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abase
to humiliate, degrade
abate
to reduce, lessen
abdicate
to give up a position, usually one of leadership
abduct
to kidnap, take by force
aberration
something that differs from the norm
abet
to aid, help, encourage
abhor
to hate, detest
abide
to put up with, to remain
abject
wretched, pitiful
abjure
to reject, renounce
abnegation
denial of comfort to oneself
abrogate
to abolish, usually by authority
abscond
to sneak away and hide
absolution
freedom from blame, guilt, sin
abstain
to freely choose not to commit an action
abstruse
hard to comprehend
accede
to agree
accentuate
to stress, highlight
accessible
obtainable, reachable
acclaim
high praise
accolade
high praise, special distinction
accommodating
helpful, obliging, polite
accord
an agreement
accost
to confront verbally
accretion
slow growth in size or amount
acerbic
biting, bitter in tone or taste
acquiesce
to agree without protesting
acrimony
bitterness, discord
acumen
keen insight
acute
sharp, severe, having keen insight
adamant
impervious, immovable, unyielding
adept
extremely skilled
adhere
to stick to something, to follow devoutly
admonish
to caution, criticize, reprove
adorn
to decorate
adroit
skillful, dexterous
adulation
extreme praise
adumbrate
to sketch out in a vague way
adverse
antagonistic, unfavorable, dangerous
affable
friendly, amiable
affinity
a spontaneous feeling of closeness
affluent
rich, wealthy
affront
an insult
aggrandize
to increase or make greater
aggregate
a whole or total, to gather into a mass
aggrieved
distressed, wronged, injured
agnostic
believing that the existence of God cannot be proven or disproven
alacrity
eagerness, speed
allay
to soothe, ease
allege
to assert, usually without proof
alleviate
to relieve, make more bearable
aloof
reserved, distant
altercation
a dispute, fight
amalgamate
to bring together, unite
ambivalent
having opposing feelings
ameliorate
to improve
amenable
willing, compliant
amenity
an item that increases comfort
amiable
friendly
amicable
friendly
amorous
showing love, particularly sexual
amorphous
without definite shape or type
anachronistic
being out of correct chronological order
analgesic
something that reduces pain
analogous
similar to, so that an analogy can be drawn
anarchist
one who wants to eliminate all government
anathema
a cursed, detested person
anecdote
a short, humorous account
anesthesia
loss of sensation
anguish
extreme sadness, torment
animated
lively
annex
to incorporate territory or space ,a room attached to a larger room or space
annul
to make void or invalid
anomaly
something that does not fit into the normal order
antagonism
hostility
antecedent
something that came before
antediluvian
ancient
anthology
a selected collection of writings, songs, etc.
antipathy
a strong dislike, repugnance
antiquated
old, out of date
antiseptic
clean, sterile
antithesis
the absolute opposite
anxiety
intense uneasiness
apathetic
lacking concern, emotion
apocryphal
fictitious, false, wrong
appalling
inspiring shock, horror, disgust
appease
to calm, satisfy
appraise
to assess the worth or value of
apprehend
to seize, arrest , to perceive, understand, grasp
approbation
praise
appropriate
to take, make use of
aquatic
relating to water
arable
suitable for growing crops
arbiter
one who can resolve a dispute, make a decision
arbitration
the process or act of resolving a dispute
arboreal
of or relating to trees
arcane
obscure, secret, known only by a few
archaic
of or relating to an earlier period in time, outdated
archetypal
the most representative or typical example of something
ardor
extreme vigor, energy, enthusiasm
arid
excessively dry
arrogate
to take without justification
artifact
a remaining piece from an extinct culture or place
artisan
a craftsman
ascertain
to perceive, learn
ascetic
practicing restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually religious
ascribe
to assign, credit, attribute to
aspersion
a curse, expression of ill-will
aspire
to long for, aim toward
assail
to attack
assess
to evaluate
assiduous
hard-working, diligent
assuage
to ease, pacify
astute
very clever, crafty
asylum
a place of refuge, protection, a sanctuary, an institution in which the insane are kept
atone
to repent, make amends
atrophy
to wither away, decay
attain
to achieve, arrive at
attribute
to credit, assign ,a facet or trait
atypical
not typical, unusual
audacious
excessively bold
audible
able to be heard
augment
to add to, expand
auspicious
favorable, indicative of good things
austere
very bare, bleak
avarice
excessive greed
avenge
to seek revenge
aversion
a particular dislike for something