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Abandon

to leave completely and finally; forsake utterly; desert

Abase

to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade

Abash

to destroy the self-confidence, poise, or self-possession of; disconcert; make ashamed or embarrassed

Abdicate

to renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power, claim, responsibility, or the like, esp. in a formal manner

Abduct

to carry off or lead away (a person) illegally and in secret or by force, esp. to kidnap

Abhor

to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate

Abject

utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched

Abstract

thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances

Acrimonious

caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc.

Acumen

keen insight; shrewdness

Adherent

a person who follows or upholds a leader, cause, etc.; supporter; follower

Adjacent

lying near, close, or contiguous; adjoining; neighboring

Admonition

a gentle reproof

Advent

a coming into place, view, or being; arrival

Adversary

a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe

Adverse

unfavorable or antagonistic in purpose or effect

Aesthetic

pertaining to a sense of the beautiful

Affable

pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial; warmly polite

Affiliate

to bring into close association or connection

Affinity

a natural liking or sympathy

Affluence

abundance of money, property, and other material goods; riches; wealth

Affront

a personally offensive act or word; deliberate act or display of disrespect; intentional slight; insult

Alacrity

cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness

Allay

to lessen or relieve; mitigate; alleviate

Allege

to assert without proof

Allure

to attract or tempt by something flattering or desirable

Ample

fully sufficient or more than adequate for the purpose or needs; plentiful; enough

Analogous

corresponding in some particular

Anecdote

a short account of a particular incident or event of an interesting or amusing nature, often biographical

Animate

to give life to; make alive

Animate

in a physically live state, as opposed to being dead or inert

Annul

to declare a legal document or agreement invalid

Apathy

lack of interest in anything, or the absence of any wish to do anything

Appease

to say or do something in order to make somebody less angry or aggressive, especially by giving in to demands that have been made

Arbitrary

based solely on personal wishes, feelings, or perceptions, rather than on objective facts, reasons, or principles

Argosy

a large richly laden merchant ship, or a fleet of such ships

Arid

dry; completely lacking in interest or excitement

Ashen

extremely pale in appearance

Askew

at an angle

Assiduous

showing persistent and hard-working effort in doing something

Astute

shrewd and discerning, especially where personal benefit is to be derived

Atone

to make reparation for a sin or a mistake

Automatic

started, operated, or regulated by a process or mechanism without human intervention

Automaton

a machine that contains its own power source and can perform a complicated series of actions, including responses to external stimuli, without human intervention

Aver

to assert something confidently

Averse

strongly opposed to or disliking something

Avouch

to make frank acknowledgment or affirmation of

Azure

deep blue, like the color of a clear sky

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