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Abhor

To loathe, detestAfter she failed repeatedly to learn the Pythagorean theorem, Susan began to abhor geometry.

Abridge

To condense, shorten.The teacher assigned an abridged version of Tristram Shandy to her class, as the original was very long.

Abscond

To depart secretlyAfter being fired, the disgruntled worker absconded in the middle of the night with six computers.

Abstemious

Sparing or limited in appetite, restrictive.His abstemious diet helped to keep him slim.

Accolade

Praise, distinction.The winner of the spelling bee beamed as accolades were heaped upon her.

Accretion

Growth in size or increase in amount.The committee's fundraising efforts resulted in an accretion in scholarship money.

Acme

Highest point, summit.The dictator was assassinated just as he reached the acme of his power.

Acquittal

Release from blame.The public was astonished at the jury's acquittal of the serial killer, how could they let him go?

Acrimonious

Bitter, filled with animosity.The couple's acrimonious devoice made their mutual friends feel uncomfortable.

adage

Old saying or proverb."A penny saved is a penny earned" is a popular adage.

adapt

To accommodate, adjust.Although it may be difficult at first, we all have to adapt to the new computer system.

addled

Muddled, confused.Walking through the desert for so long addled his mind.

adhere

To cling or follow without deviation.He was a strict Catholic who adhered to all the teaching of the church.

adroit

Skillful, accomplished, highly competent.The adroit athlete completed even the most difficult obstacle course with ease.

adulation

High praise.After Ana's piano recital, the audience lavished her with adulation.

adversarial

Antagonistic, competitive.The brothers' adversarial relationship made it impossible for them to support each other in the times of need.

adversity

Difficult or harmful situation.She has faced a lot of adversity throughout her childhood.

aesthetic

Pertaining to beauty or art.The museum curator, with her fine aesthetic sense, created an exhibit that was a joy to behold.

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