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Aberration
A deviating from the right path or unusual course of action ; a mental disorder, especially of a minor or temporary nature.
unusual course of action,
we could only hope that Fred's cruelty was a temporary ...
Abstinence
The giving up of certain pleasures such as food or drink.
Upon entering the monastery, he was sworn to an oath of verbal ...
Abstract
Theoretical,not applied or practical; not concrete; hard to understand.(As a noun,abstract means "a summary."
I find it hard to decipher modern poetry because it so ...
Acclaim
Loud applause; approval.(When used as a verb, acclaim means "to applaud ; to praise."
To great acclaim, the actress mounted the stage to accept her Oscer.
Acquiesce
To accept the conclusions or arrangement of other; to accede; to give consent by keeping silent.
I'll ... about the summer vacation if you give in concerning winter recess.
Admonish
To advise against something; to warn; to scold gently; to urge stongly.
Network executives were forced to ... the talk show host about his language.
Advocate
To support; to be in favor of.
Those who ... violence must be prepared to take responsibility.
Aesthetic
Showing an appreciation of beautry in nature or art; artistic.
I found the black canvas completely devoid of ... excellence.
Affinity
Natural Attraction to a person of liking for a thing; relation; connections.
My affinity for detective stories led me naturally to the Sherlock Homles collection.
Aggrandizement
To an increase in rank or wealth; growth in power.
In the 1980's,Russia was accused of ... in its conflict with Afghanistan.
Alienate
To turn away the normal feelings of fondess toward anyone; to estrange.
Unwilling to ... our old neighbors, we put up with their boisterous friends.
Alleviate
To make easier to endure; to relieve; to diminish.
Nothing tends to ... my headache better than simple aspirin.
Aloof
Indifferent,unsympathetic; not interested;apart.
Some teachers are genuinely interested in thier student's lives,but others prefer to stand ...
Altruistic
Thoughtful of the welfare of others.
Ambiguous
Permitting more than one interpretation; not clearly defined.
Listening to Archer's ... remarks, we weren't sure whether he was on our side.
Ambivalence
Condition of having conflicting attitudes.
Ameliorate
To make better or more tolerable; to improve.
In an effort to ameliorate the marriage relationship, the alcoholic agreed to a one-year period of abstinence.
Analogous
Similar in certain qualities; comparable.
The auto mechanic said that the engine was ... to the human heart.
Animosity
Active dislike; ill will
Expecting that Molly would show animosity, I was surprised by her warm acceptance of my new plan.
Anonymity
Condition of being nameless or unknown.
After two decades of anonymity, Ellis acquiesced to putting his real name on his new novel.