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aback
surprised; startled;
abandon
to leave; to give up; to discontinue;
abase
to humiliate; to humble; to lower;
abash
ashamed; embarrassed;
abate
to lessen; to decrease;
abdicate
to yield; to give up;
abduct
to take away; to kidnap;
aberration
abnormality; deviation;
abet
to aid; to encourage;
abeyance
a temporary postponement
abhor
to hate; to detest
abide
to remain; to put up with
abject
miserable; wretched
abjure
to give up (rights)
ablution
a washing; a cleansing
abnegate
to deny; to reject
abolition
doing away with; putting an end to;
abominate
to detest; to dislike strongly
aborigine
original inhabitant
abortive
unsuccessful
abound
to be large in number
aboveboard
honest; frank; open
abrade
to wear away
abridge
to shorten
abrogate
to abolish; to repeal
abscond
to leave secretly; to flee;
absolve
to free from responsibility
abstemious
moderate or sparing in eating or drinking
abstinence
self-denial; resisting tempting foods;
abstract
a summary; to remove;
abstruse
hard to understand
absurd
ridiculous; unreasonable
abut
to touch; to rest on or against
abysmal
wretched; extremely bad
abyss
a bottomless pit; anything infinite
academic
pertaining to school; theoretical or unrealistic;
accede
to agree to
accelerate
to speed up; to move faster
accessible
easy to approach; open
access
approach; admittance
accessory
something additional
acclaim
to greet with approval
acclimate
to adapt; to get used to;
acclivity
upward slope
accolade
honor; award; approval;
accommodate
to make fit; to help
accomplice
a partner in crime
accord
agreement
accost
to approach and speak to
accoutrement
equipment; outfit;
accredit
to approve; to certify
accretion
an increase; an addition
accrue
to gather; to accumulate
acerbic
sharp or bitter in smell or taste
Achilles' heel
a weakness
acknowledge
to admit; to confess
acme
highest point; peak
acoustics
branch of physics dealing with sound
acquiesce
to agree; to consent
acquit
to free of guilt; to clear
acrid
bitter to the taste or smell; sarcastic
acrimonious
harsh in speech or behavior
acronym
word formed from initials
acrophobia
fear of heights
actuate
to put into motion or action
acumen
mental keenness; shrewdness
acute
sharp; keen
ad infinitum
endlessly; forever;
ad lib
to act or speak without preparation
adage
a familiar saying
adamant
stubborn; unyielding
adapt
to adjust; to change
addendum
something added as a supplement
addled
confused
adduce
to give an example in provoking something
adept
highly skilled
adherent
sticking fast; a follower or a supporter
adipose
fatty
adjacent
near; close; adjoining;
adjudicate
to judge
adjunct
a subordinate; an assistant
admonish
to warn
ado
fuss; trouble
adonis
a very handsome man
adorn
to dress up; to decorate
androit
skillful; clever
adulation
excessive praise or flattery
adulterate
to make impure
advent
an arrival; a coming
adventitious
accidental; nonessential
adversary
enemy; opponent
adversity
a misfortune; distress
advocate
to recommend; to defend
aegis
a shield; protection; sponsorship
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty
affable
friendly; agreeable
affectation
a phony attitude; insincerity
affiliate
to associate or to unite with
affinity
attraction to
affix
to attach
affliction
great suffering; ahardship
afflucence
wealth
affront
an insult
aftermath
outcome; result
agape
open-mouthed; surprised
agenda
a list or program of things to be done
aggrandize
to enlarge or to expand
aggravate
to worsen an already bad situation; to intensify
aghast
shocked; terrified
agile
able to move quickly
agitate
to upset; to stir up;
agnostic
one who doubts the existence of God
agrarian
pertaining to farmers and agriculture
ague
a fever; a plague
alacrity
liveliness; willingness
albatross
a seabird; a constant burden
albeit
although
alchemy
chemsistry of the Middle Ages
alias
an assumed name
alien
strange; foreign
alien
strange; foreign
alienate
to make others unfriendly to you
alimentary
furnishing food or nourishment
allay
to relieve or to calm
alleged
so-called; supposed
allegory
a symbolic work of literature
allegro
rapid; quick
alleviate
to lessen; to relieve
allocate
to set aside for a specific purpose
allude
to hint at; to refer to indirectly
alluring
tempting; fascinating; charming
alluvial
pertaining to a deposeit of sand formed by flowing water
aloft
up in the air; high
aloof
reserved; cool; indifferent
alter
to change