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ABASE
to humiliate; to lower in esteem or dignity; to humble;
ABASH
to make ashamed; to embarrass;
ABATE
to subside; to reduce;
ABDICATE
to step down from a position of power or responsibility;
ABERRATION
something not typical; a deviation from the standard;
ABET
to support or encourage someone especially someone who has done something wrong;
ABEYANCE
obeysuspension; temporary cessation;
ABHOR
to hate very very much; to detest;
ABJECT
hopeless; extremely sad and servile; defeated; utterly bummed out;
ABJURE
to repudiate; to take back; to refrain from;
ABNEGATE
to deny oneself things; to reject; to renounce;
ABOMINATION
something despised or abhorred; extreme loathing;
ABORIGINAL
native; dating back to the very beginning;
ABORTIVE
unsuccessful;
ABOUND
to be very numerous;
ABRIDGE
to shorten; to condense;
ABROGATE
to abolish or repeal formally; to set aside; to nullify;
ABSOLUTE
total; unlimited; perfect;
ABSOLVE
to forgive or free from blame; to free from sin; to free from an obligation;
ABSTINENT
abstaining; voluntarily not doing something especially something pleasant that is bad for you or has a bad reputation;
ABSTRACT
theoretical; impersonal;
ABSTRUSE
hard to understand;
ABYSMAL
extremely hopeless or wretched; bottomless;
ACCEDE
to give in; to yield; to agree;
ACCENTUATE
to emphasize; to accent; to highlight;
ACCESS
the right or ability to approach enter or use;
ACCLAIM
to praise publicly and enthusiastically;
ACCOLADE
an award; an honor;
ACCORD
to agree; to be in harmony; to grant or bestow;
ACCOST
to approach and speak to someone;
ACCOUTERMENTS
personal clothing accessories or equipment; trappings;
ACCRUE
to accumulate over time;
ACERBIC
bitter; sour; severe;
ACQUIESCE
to comply passively; to accept; to assent; to agree;
ACQUISITIVE
seeking or tending to acquire;
ACQUIT
to find not guilty; to bahave or conduct oneself;
ACRID
harsh; like acid;
ACRIMONIOUS
full of spite; bitter; nasty;
ACRONYM
exufoa word made up of the initials of other words;
ACUMEN
keenness of judgment; mental sharpness;
ACUTE
sharp; shrewd;
ADLIB
to improvise; speak or act spontanesously;
ADAGE
a. traditional saying; a proverb;
ADAMANT
stubborn; unyielding; completely inflexible;
ADDRESS
to speak to; to direct ones attention to;
ADDUCE
citeto bring forward as an example or as proof; to cite;
ADHERENT
follower; supporter; believer;
ADJOURN
to suspend until another time;
ADJUNCT
something added to or connected with something else; an assistant;
ADMONISH
to scold gently; to warn;
ADROIT
skillful; dexterous; clever; shrewd; socially at ease;
ADULATION
wild or excessive admiration; flattery;
ADULTERATE
to contaminate; to make impure;
ADVENT
arrival; coming; beginning;
ADVENTITIOUS
accidental; connected to but nonetheless unrelated; irrelevant;
ADVERSE
unfavorable; antagonistic;
ADVOCATE
a. person who argues in favor of a position;
AESTHETIC
having to do with artistic beauty; artistic;
AFFABLE
easy to talk to; friendly;
AFFECTATION
unnatural or artificial behavior usually intended to impress;
AFFIDAVIT
a. sworn written statement made before an official;
AFFILIATE
to become closely associated with;
AFFINITY
sympathy; attraction; kinship; similarity;
AFFLICTION
misery; illness; great suffering; a source of misery or great suffering;
AFFLUENT
rich; prosperous;
AFFORD
to give; to supply; to confer upon;
AFFRONT
insult; a deliberate act of disrespect;
AFTERMATH
consequence; events following some occurrence or calamity;
AGENDA
program; the things to be done;
AGGRANDIZE
to exaggerate; to cause to appear greater; to increasesomething in powerreputation wealth etc;
AGGREGATE
sum total; a collection of separate things mixed together;
AGGRIEVE
grievousto mistreat; to do grievous injury to; to distress;
AGHAST
terrified shocked;
AGNOSTIC
one who believes that the existence of a god can be neither proven nor disproven;
AGRARIAN
relating to land; relating to the management or farming of land;
ALACRITY
cheerful eagerness or readiness to respond;
ALCHEMY
a. seemingly magical process of transformation;
ALIENATE
to estrange; to cause to feel unwelcome or unloved; to make hostile;
ALLEGE
to assert without proof;
ALLEGIANCE
loyaltyloyalty;
ALLEGORY
a. story in which the characters are symbols with moral or spiritual meanings;
ALLEVIATE
to relieve usually temporarily or incompletely; to make bearable; to lessen;
ALLOCATE
to distribute; to assign; to allot;
ALLOT
allocateto apportion allocate or assign;
ALLOY
a. combination of two or more things usually metals;
ALLUSION
hint an indirect reference often to a literary work; a hint;
ALOOF
uninvolved; standing off; keeping ones distance;
ALTERCATION
a. heated fight argument or quarrel;
ALTRUISM
selflessness; generosity; devotion to the interests of others;
AMASS
to pile up; to accumulate; to collect for ones own use;
AMBIENCE
mood atmosphere; mood; feeling;
AMBIGUOUS
unclear in meaning; confusing; capable of being interpreted in different ways;
AMBIVALENT
undecided; neutral; wishywashy;
AMELIORATE
to make better or more tolerable;
AMENABLE
obedient; willing to give in to the wishes of another; agreeable;
AMENITY
pleasantness; attractive or comfortable feature;
AMIABLE
friendly; agreeable;
AMID
in the middle of;
AMNESTY
an official pardon for a group of people who have violated a law or policy;
AMORAL
lacking a sense of right and wrong; neither good nor bad neither moral nor immoral; without moral feelings;
AMOROUS
feeling loving especially in a sexual sense; in love relating to love;
AMORPHOUS
shapeless; without a regular or stable shape; bloblike;
ANACHRONISM
something out of place in time or history; an incongruity;
ANALOGY
similarity a comparison of one thing to another; similarity;
ANARCHY
absence of government or control; lawlessness; disorder;
ANATHEMA
something or someone loathe or detested;
ANCILLARY
subordinate; providing assistance;
ANECDOTE
a. short account of a humorous or revealing incident;
ANGST
anxiety; fear; dread;
ANGUISH
agonizing physical or mental pain;
ANIMOSITY
resentment; hostility; ill will;
ANNEX
to add or attach;
ANNUITY
an annual allowance or income; the annual interest payment on an investment; any regular allowance or income;
ANOMALY
an aberration; an irregularity; a deviation;
ANTECEDENT
someone or something that went before; something that provides a model for something that came after it;
ANTEDATE
to be older than; to have come before;
ANTERIOR
situated in front;
ANTHOLOGY
collectiona collection especially of literary works;
ANTHROPOMORPHIC
ascrigbing human characteristics to nonhuman animals or objects;
ANTIPATHY
firm dislike; a dislike sympathy;
ANTIPODAL
situated on opposite sides of the earth; exactly opposite;
ANTIQUITY
ancientness; ancient times;
ANTITHESIS
the direct opposite;
APARTHEID
the abhorrent policy of racial segregation and oppression in the repubic of south africa;
APATHY
lack of interest; lack of feeling;
APERTURE
chasman opening;
APEX
highest point;
APHORISM
a. brief often witty saying; a proverb;
APOCALYPSE
a. prophetic revelation especially one concerning the end of the world;
APOCRYPHAL
of dubious authenticity; fictitious; spurious;
APOGEE
the most distant point in the orbit of the moon or of an artificial satellite;
APOPLEXY
stroke that is numbness and paralysis resulting from the sudden loss of blood flow to the brain;
APOSTASY
treacherabandonment or rejection of faith or loyalty;
APOTHEOSIS
elevation to divine status; the perfect example of something;
APPALLING
appellate compellcausing horror or consternation;
APPARITION
a. ghost or ghostly object;
APPEASE
to soothe; to pacify by giving in to;
APPELLATION
a. name;
APPENDAGE
something added on to something else; a supplement;
APPORTION
allocation allotto distribute properionally; to divide into portions;
APPOSITE
apropos aptdistinctly suitable; pertinent;
APPRAISE
to estimate the value or quality of; to judge;
APPRECIATE
to increase in value;
APPREHENSIVE
worried; anxious;
APPRISE
to give notice to; to inform;
APPROBATION
approval; praise;
APPROPRIATE
to take without permission; to set aside for a particular use;
APPURTENANCE
appendagesomething extra; an appendage; an accessory;
APROPOS
apposite aptappropriate; coming at the right time;
APT
apposite aproposappropriate; having a tendency to; likely;
APTITUDE
capacity for learning; natural ability;
ARBITER
one who decides; a judge;
ARBITRARY
random random; capricious;
ARCADE
a. passageway defined by a series of arches; a covered passageway with shops on either side; an area filed with coinoperated games;
ARCANE
mysterious mysterious; known only to a select few;
ARCHAIC
extremely old; ancient; outdated;
ARCHETYPE
an original model or pattern;
ARCHIPELAGO
a. large group of islands;
ARCHIVES
a. place where historical documents or materials are stored; the documents or materials themselves;
ARDENT
halfhearted passionate;
ARDUOUS
hard; difficult;
ARID
very dry; lacking life interest or imagination;
ARISTOCRATIC
of noble birth; snobbish;
ARMAMENT
implement of war; the process of arming for war;
ARMISTICE
truce;
ARRAIGN
to bring to court to answer an indictment; to accuse;
ARRANT
utter; unmitigated; very bad;
ARREARS
the state of being in debt; unpaid debts;
ARSENAL
a. collection of armaments; a facility for storing or producing armament; a supply of anything useful;
ARTFUL
crafty wily; sly;
ARTICULATE
to pronounce clearly; to express clearly;
ARTIFICE
a. clever trick; cunning;
ARTISAN
a. person skilled in a craft;
ASCENDANCY
supremacy; domination;
ASCERTAIN
to determine with certainty; to find out definitely;
ASCETIC
hermitlike; practicing selfdenial;
ASCRIBE
to credit to or assign; to attribute;
ASKANCE
with suspicion or disapproval;
ASPERSION
a. slanderous or damning remark;
ASSAIL
to attack vigorously;
ASSERT
to claim strongly; to affirm;
ASSESS
to evaluate; to estimate; to appraise;
ASSIDUOUS
hardworking; busy; quite diligent;
ASSIMILATE
to take in; to absorb; to learn thoroughly;
ASSUAGE
to soothe; to pacify; to ease the pain of; to relieve;
ASTRINGENT
stringent contingentharsh; severe; withering;
ASTUTE
shrewd; keen in judgment;
ASYLUM
a. mental hospital or similar institution; refuge; a place of safety;
ATONE
amendto make amends;
ATROPNY
to wither away; to decline from disuse;
ATTEST
to give proof of; to declare to be true or correct; to give testimony;
ATTRIBUTE
to credit to or assign; to ascribe;
ATTRITION
gradual wearing away weakening or loss; a natural or expected decrease in numbers of size;
AUDACITY
boldness; reckless daring; impertinence;
AUGMENT
to make bigger; to add to; to increase;
AUGUR
to serve as an omen or be a sign; to predict or foretell;
AUGUST
inspiring admiration or awe;
AUSPICES
protection; support; sponsorship;
AUSPICIOUS
favorable; promising; pointing to a good result;
AUSTERE
unadorned; stern; forbidding; without excess;
AUTOCRATIC
ruling with absolute authority; extremely bossy;
AUTONOMOUS
acting independently;
AUXILIARY
secondary; additional; giving assistance of aid;
AVAIL
to help; to be of use; to serve;
AVANGGARDE
the vanguard; members of a group especially of a literary or artistic one who are at the cutting edge of their field;
AVARICE
greed; excessive love of riches;
AVERSION
a. strong feeling of dislike;
AVERT
to turn away; to prevent;
AVID
avarice; arideager; enthusiastic;
AVOW
to claim; to declare boldly; to admit;
AVUNCULAR
like an uncle especially a nice uncle;
AWRY
off course; twisted to one side;
AXIOM
selfevident rule or truth; a widely accepted saying;