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abacus
instrument for performing computations by sliding counters along rods or grooves
abalone
to cast down or reduce in estimation, to degrade.
abash
to discomfit or embarrass
abate
to reduce in intensity or number
abdicate
to give up a power or function
aberration
a deviation from the right or normal
abet
to encourage or countenance the commission of an offense
abeyance
temporary suspension of action
abhor
to regard with horror or loathing
abject
miserable, wretched
abjure
to renounce under oath
ablution
a washing or cleansing
abnegate
to deny or renounce
abominate
loathe
abortive
ineffectual
abrade
rub off, wear away by friction
abridge
shorten
abrogate
annul or abolish
abscond
to steal off to avoid some penalty
absolution
pardon, forgiveness
abstain
refrain voluntarily from some act
abstemious
moderate in eating and drinking
abstruse
deep, obscure in meaning
abut
to touch, as bordering property
accede
consent
acclimate
accustom to the new environment
acclivity
upward slope
accolade
an award or praise
accouchement
confinement for childbirth
acerbity
bitterness, sourness
acme
the top or high point
acolyte
an assisant, especially in a religious rite
aconite
a type of poisonous plant
acoustic
pertaining to hearing
acquiesce
to comply or accept, reluctantly.
acquit
to set free from an accusation
acrimony
harsh or biting language or temper
acronym
word formed from initials
acrostic
word arrangement in which certain letters read up and down to make another word
actuary
an expert who calculates insurance risks
actuate
to put into action, incite
acumen
sharpness of mind, keenness in business matters
adage
a proverb, a saying that has been in long use
adamant
inflexible, hard
adduce
bring forward as a reason or example.