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Abase

Verb (uh *bays*)
to humble; disgrace

My intention was not to abase the comedian.

Synonyms: demean,humiliate
Abate

Verb (uh -bayt-)
to reduce in amount, degree,or severity

As the hurricane's force abated, the winds dropped and the sea bacame calm.

Synonyms: ebb;lapse; let up; moderate;relent;slacken;subside;wane
Abdicate

Verb [-aab- duh kayt]
to give up, right, or power

With the angry mob clamoring outside the palace, the king abdicated his throne and fled.

Synonyms: cede;relinquish; resign;quit;yield
Aberrant

adj [uh -ber- unt]
deviating from the normal or expected

Since he had been a steady, cheerful worker for many years, his fellow postal workers did not expect his aberrant burst of range.
Abeyance

Noun [uh -bay- uhns]
temporary suppression or suspension

The baseball game was held in abeyance while it continued to rain.

Synonyms: deferral; delay; dormancy; postponement; remission
Abjure

Verb [aab -jur-]
to reject; abandon formally

The spy abjurred his allegiance to the united states when he defected to Russia.

Synoyms: forswear; recall; recant; retract; take back
Abscond

Verb [aab -skahnd-]
to leave secretly

The patron absconded from the restraunt without paying his bill.

Synonyms: Decamp; escape; flee
Abstain

verb [uhb -stayn-]
to chose not to do something

Before the medical procedure, you must abstain from eating.

Synonyms: forbear; refrain; withhold
Abstemious

adj [aab -stee- me uhs]
moderate in appetite

Because Alyce is a vegetarian, she was only able to eat an abstemious meal at the Texas Steakhous.

Synonyms: abstinent; continent; self-restraining; sober; temperate
Abyss

noun [uh -bihs-]
an extremely deep hole

The submarine dove into the abyss to chart the previously unseen depths.

Synonyms: chasm; void
Accretion

noun [uh -kree- shuhn]
a growth in size; an increase in amount

The committee's strong fund-raising efforts resulted in an accretion in scholarship money.

Synonyms: accumulation; buildup
Acidulous

adj [uh -si- juh luhs]
sour in taste or manner

The acidulous taste of the spoiled milk made the young boy's lips pucker.

Synonyms: acerbic; acetose; biting; piquant; pungent; tart
Acme

Noun [-aak- me]
Highest point; summit; the highest level or degree attainable

Just when he reached the acme of his power, the dictator was overthrown.

Synonyms: apex; peak; summit
Adulterate

Verb [uh -duhl- tuhr ayt]
to make impure

The restaurant made his ketchup last longer by adulterating it with water.

Synonyms: debase; doctor; load
Advocate

verb [-aad- vuh kayt]
to speak in favor of

The vegetarian advocated a diet containing no meat.

Synonyms: back; champion; support
Aerie

noun [-ayr- ee] [-eer- ee]
A nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded dwelling

Perched high among the trees, the eagle's aerie was filled with eggs.

Synonyms: perch; stronghold
Aesthetic

adj [ehs -theh- tihk]
concerning the appreciation of beauty

The aesthetic movement regarded the pursuit of beauty to be the only true purpose of art.

Synonyms: artistic; tasteful
affected

adj [uh -fehk- tihd]
phony, artificial

The affected hairdresser spouted french phrases, though she had never been to france.

Synonyms: insincere; pretentious; put-on
Aggrandize

verb [uh -graan- diez] [-aa- gruhn diez]
To increase in power, influence and reputation

The supervisor sought to aggrandize himeself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own

Synonyms: amplify; augument; elevate
Alacrity

noun [uh -laak- crih tee]
promptness, cheerful readiness

The restaurant won a reputation for fine service since the wait staff responded to their client's request with alacrity

Synonyms: eagerness, swiftness
Alleviate

verb [uh -lee- vee ayt]
to ease, to make more bearable

Taking aspirin helps to alleviate a headache.

Synonyms: lessen; lighten; mitigate; relieve
Amalgamation

noun [uh -maal- guh may shun]
a merger, a uniting of elements

The amalgamation of the two giant companies worried the small mom and pop stores.

Synonyms: compound; fusing
Ambiguous

adj [aam -bihg- yoo uhs]
doubtful or uncertain; can be interpreted several ways

The directions he gave were so ambiguous that we disagreed on which way to turn.

Synonyms: obscure; unclear; vague
ameliorate

Verb [uh -meel- yuhr ayt]
to make better; to improve

The doctor was able to ameliorate the patient's suffering using painkillers.

Synonyms: pacify; upgrade; make more tolerable
Amortize

Verb [uh -mohr- tiez]
To diminish by installment payments

While college students are notorious for accumulating credit card debt, they are not as well known for amortizing it.
Amulet

Noun [-aam- yoo liht]
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits

Though she claimed it was not because of superstition, vivian always wore an amulet around her neck.

Synonyms; fetish; talisman
Anachronism

Noun [uh -naak- ruh nih suhm]
Something out of place in time

The aging hippie used anachronistic phrases like 'groovy' and 'far out' that had not been popular for years.

Synonyms: archaism; incongruity
Analgesia

Noun [aah nuhl -jee- zhuh]
A lessening of pain without loss of consciouness

After having her appendix removed, tatiana welcomed the analgesia that the painkillers provided.
Analogous

adj [uh -naal- uh guhs]
similar or alike in some way; equivalent to

His mother argued that not going to college was analogous to throwing his life away.

Synonyms: alike; comparable; parallel; similar
Anodyne

Noun [-aah- nuh dien]
something that calms or soothes pain

The anodyne massage helped remove the knots from the lawyer's tense shoulders.

Synonyms: opiate