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abacus
Chinese counting device
abase
to degrade or humiliate
from lead guitar to <i>a base</i>
abash
to make ashamed or uneasy
abate
to reduce
abbess
a women in charge of a covent of nuns
abbreviatte
to shorten
abdignate
to step down from a powerful position
abduct
to carry off a person by force; to kidnap
aberrant
to stray from the correct or normal way
while most ants wear clothing, there is a bare ant who chooses to be different
abet
to help someone do something illegal
placing a bet in school is illegal
abeyance
temporary state of unuse
abhor
to hate deeply
abide
to remain; endure
abut
to border upon or adjoin
abject
sad; hopeless
abjure
to give up; renounce
ablution
cleansing with water especially as a religious ritual
abnegate
to deny oneself; reject
abominate
to loathe intensely
aboriginal
native to an area
abortive
unsuccessful
abound
to exist in large numbers
abridge
to shorten
picture a shrinking bridge
abrogate
to abolish or nullify by authority; to end formally
abscond
take flight; escape
absolute
total
absolve
to make free of blame
abstain
to refrain from
abstract
hard to understand
abstruse
hard to understand
absurd
ridiculously unreasonable
abysmal
bottomless; hopeless
abyss
bottomless pit
accede
to yield or give in to a request
accentuate
to accent
access
permission to enter, look at, or use something
acclaim
to give public approval
acclimate
to adapt
accolade
an honor or award
accommodate
to provide for
accomplice
person who aids another in crime
accord
agree; conform; to grant
accost
to approach and speak to someone
accountable
responsible; reliable
accouterments
equipment needed for a certain activity or way of life
accrete
to adhere; to increase by growth
accrue
to accumulate over time
acerbic
sour; severe
acme
the highest point
acquiesce
to agree passively
"I am disinclined to acquiesce to your request."
Pirates of the Carribean
acquisitive
greedy
acquit
to decide officially someone is not guilty
acrid
acidic; harsh
acrimonious
bitter; nasty
acronym
word created from the initials of other words
AWOL, MIA, AIDS, POW
acuity
sharpness; deftness
acumen
mental keenness or sharpness
acute
sharp angle; shrewd
ad lib
to act, speak, and perform spontaneously
adage
wise saying or proverb
adamant
stubborn; inflexible
addicted
devoting habitually or compulsively
address
to speak to
adduce
to give as proof
adherent
follower; supporter
adjourn
to suspend until later
adjunct
an assistant
admonish
to warn; scold mildly
adrenaline
stimulation of energy or strength; hormone
adroit
skillful; deft
C3PO is an adroit android
adulation
extreme flattery or admiration
adumbrate
to sketch; outline; to give a hint of what's to come
advent
to arrival or beginning
adventitious
accidental or incidental
adverse
unfavorable
advocate
one who supports a cause
aegis
a shield or protection
aesthetic
to do with artistic beauty
affable
friendly; easy-going
affect
v. to influence
affectation
false behavior intended to impress
affidavit
a sworn written statement
affiliate
to associate with
affinity
natural attraction; similarity
affirm
declare something to be true
affliction
condition of pain or suffering
afflict
to cause suffering or pain
affluent
wealthy, rich
afford
to allow to have, to provide
affront
action intended to insult or offend someone
aftermath
events following some occurrence
agenda
schedule
aggrandizement
exaggeration, appearance of greater power
aggregate
total; collection of different things
aggrieve
to distress or bring grief to
aghast
filled with terror; shocked; feelings of anxiety or fear
agnostic
one who believes it is impossible to know whether God exists
agog
highly excited by eagerness
agrarian
related to farming and land
ague
malarial fever
ajar
partially open
alacrity
cheerful expectancy; eagerness
alchemy
magical power or process or transmutation (medieval chemistry)
alcove
nook; corner; recessed space
allegory
symbolic story
alibi
excuse to avoid blame
alienate
to make hostile; to cause to feel unwelcome
allay
to relieve or calm
allege
to state with proof
allegiance
devotion or loyalty
alleviate
to make less severe; relieve
alliterative
repeating of initial consonant sounds in language
allocate
to assign; allot
allot
to give a share of something; allocate
alloy
combination of two or more metals
allude
to refer to indirectly
allure
to entice with something desirable
ally
to unite formally by treaty or league
alms
money or goods given as charity to the poor
aloof
distant; reserved in manner; uninvolved
also-ran
one who is defeated; a loser
altar
elevated structure where religious rites are performed
altercaton
vehement argument; heated quarrel
alternative
choice between two possibilities
altruism
devotion to helping others
amalgam
fusion, compound, blend
amass
gather or accumulate
ambiance
mood, feeling; general atmostphere
ambiguous
confusing
ambivalence
indecision; contradictory emotions
ambulatory
capable of walking
ameliorate
to make better
amenable
agreeable; pleasant
amend
to alter, modify, improve
amenity
comfortable, pleasant feature
amiable
friendly; agreeable
amicable
showing friendliness; peaceable
amid
in the middle of
amity
friendship
amnesty
political pardon
amoral
lacking a sense of right and wrong
amorous
full of love
amplify
to make larger or more powerful
anachronism
something out of time or place in history
analogous
comparable; similar or equivalent
analogy
comparison of two things
anarchy
disorder; lawlessness
anathema
something or someone greatly disliked or disapproved of
ancillary
helping; providing assistance
androgynous
having characteristics of both male and female
anecdote
a short, humorous story
anemic
lacking power; vitality
angst
strong anxiety and unhappiness; dread
anguish
agonizing pain- mental or physical
angular
having an angle; gaunt
animated
filled with activity
animosity
feeling of ill-will
annals
history
annex
addition or attachment
annotation
expanatory note added to a text
annuity
any income paid at fixed intervals
anomaly
an irregularity; deviation from the norm
anomie
condition of an individual or of socity resulting from a breakdown in standards and values
anonymity
condition of being unknown
antagonism
active hostility or oppression
antecedent
something going before
antedate
to be earlier than; precede in time
anterior
situated in front
anthology
collection of artistic workds
anthropomorphic
giving human characteristics to something that isn't human
anticlimactic
having an end that is less important than what precedes it
antipathy
natural basic dislike
antipodal
situated on the other side of the globe
antiquity
the quality of ancientness
antiseptic
free from germs
antithesis
the direct opposite
antonym
word of opposite meaning
anxiety
apprehension; nervousness
apathy
absence of emotion or excitement
aperture
a narrow opening (controls amount of light reaching an optical instrument)