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abaft

(adv.) on or toward the rear of a ship

abase

(v.) to degrade; humiliate; disgrace

abdicate

(v.) to reject, renounce, or abandon

aberrant

(adj.) abnormal; straying from the normal or usual path

abeyance

(n.) a state of temporary suspension or inactivity

abhor

(v.) to hate

abjure

(v.) to give up

abject

(adj.) of the worst or lowest degree

abominate

(v.) to loathe; to hate

abridge

(v.) to shorten; to limit

abrogate

(v.) to cancel by authority

abrupt

(adj.) happening or ending unexpectedly

abscond

(v.) to go away hastily or secretly; to hide

absolve

(v.) to forgive; to acquit

abstemious

(adj.) sparing in use of food or drinks

abstinence

(n.) the act or process of voluntarily refraining from any action or practice; self-control; chastity

abstruse

(adj.) hard to understand; deep; recondite

abysmal

(adj.) very deep

accede

(v.) to comply with; to consent to

acclaim

(n.) loud approval; applause

accolade

(n.) approving or praising mention; a sign of approval or respect

accomplice

(n.) co-conspirator; partner; partner-in-crime

accretion

(n.)growth by addition; a growing together by parts

accrue

(v.) a natural growth; a periodic increase

acerbic

(adj.) tasting sour; harsh in language or temper Too

acquiesce

(v.) to agree without protest

acrid

(adj.) sharp; bitter; foul smelling

acrimony

(n.) sharpness or bitterness in language or manner.

adage

(n.) an old saying now accepted as being truthful

addled

(adj.) rotten

adjure

(v.) solemnly ordered

adulation

(n.) praise in excess

adulterate

(v.) to corrupt, debase, or make impure

adversary

(n.) an enemy; foe

aesthetic

(adj.) of beauty; pertaining to taste in art and beauty

affable

(adj.) friendly; amiable; good-natured

affiliate

(v.) to connect or associate with; to accept as a member

affinity

(n.) a connection; similarity of structure

aggrandize

(v.) to make more powerful

aghast

(adj.) astonished; amazed; horrified; terrified; appalled

abnegation

(n.) a denial

agrarian

(adj.) of the land

alacrity

(n.) eager readiness or speed

alchemist

(n.) a person who studies chemistry

alchemy

(n.) any mysterious change of substance or nature

allegory

(n.) a symbolic description

alleviate

(v.) to lessen or make easier

allocate

(v.) set aside; designate; assign

allude

(v.) to refer indirectly to something

allure

(v.; n.) to attract; entice; attraction; temptation; glamour

allusion

(n.) an indirect reference (often literary); a hint

aloof

(adj.) distant in interest; reserved; cool

altercation

(n.) controversy; dispute

altruism

(n.) unselfish devotion to the welfare of others

altruistic (adj.)

(adj.) unselfish

amalgam

(n.) a mixture or combination (often of metals)

amalgamate

(v.) to mix, merge, combine

amass

(v.) to collect together; accumulate

ambivalent

(adj.) undecided

ameliorate

(v.) to improve or make better

amendment

(n.) a positive change

amiss

(adj.; adv.) wrong; awry; wrongly; in a defective manner

amity

(n.) friendly relations

amortize

(v.) to put money into a fund at fixed intervals

anachronism

(n.) something out of place in time

analogy

(n.) similarity; correlation; parallelism

anaphylaxis

(n.) an allergic reaction

anarchist

(n.) one who believes that a formal government is unnecessary

anchorage

(n.) something that can be relied on

anecdote

(n.) a short account of happenings

animosity

(n.) a feeling of hatred or ill will

anoint

(v.) to crown; ordain;

anomaly

(n.) an oddity, inconsistency; a deviation from the norm

antagonism

(n.) hostility; opposition

antipathy

(n.) a strong dislike or repugnance

apathy

(n.) lack of emotion or interest

apocalyptic

(adj.) pertaining to a discovery or new revelation Science-

apocryphal

(adj.) counterfeit; of doubtful authorship or authenticity

appease

(v.) to satisfy; to calm

apposite

(adj.) suitable; apt; relevant

apprehensive

(adj.) fearful; aware; conscious

approbatory

(adj.) approving or sanctioning

arable

(adj.) suitable (as land) for plowing

arbiter

(n.) one who is authorized to judge or decide

arbitrary

(adj.) based on one's preference or judgment

arcane

(adj.) obscure; secret; mysterious

archetype

(n.) original pattern or model; prototype

ardent

(adj.) with passionate or intense feelings

arduous

(adj.) laborious, difficult; strenuous

arid

(adj.) extremely dry, parched; barren, unimaginative

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