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ABATE

v to lessen in intensity or degree

ABERRANT

adj deviating from the norm

ABJURE

v to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid

ABROGATE

v to abolish or annul by authority; put down

ABSCISSION

n act of cutting off or removing

ABSCOND

v to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide

ACCOLADE

n an expression of praise; an award

ACCRETION

n growth, increase by successive addition, building up

ACERBIC

adj having a sour or bitter taste or character

ACUMEN

n quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight

ADMONISH

v to reprove; to express warning or disapproval

ADROIT

adj adept, dexterous

ADULATION

n excessive praise; intense adoration

ADULTERATE

v to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients

ADUMBRATE

v to foreshadow vaguely, intimate, suggest, or outline sketchily

AESTHETIC

adj dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful

AGGRANDIZE

v to increase in intensity, power, or prestige; to make appear greater

ALACRITY

n eager and enthusiastic willingness

ALCHEMY

n a medieval science aimed at the tansmutation of metals, especially base metals into gold; any magical or wonderful transformation

ANTITHETICAL

adj diametrically opposed, as in antithesis

APOCRYPHAL

adj of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious

APOGEE

n farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith

APOSTATE

n one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions, a betrayer of a cause

APOTHEOSIS

n deification, glorification to godliness, the perfect example

APPOSITE

adj appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apropos

APPRISE

v give notice to, inform

APPROBATION

n expression of approval or praise

APPROPRIATE

v take for one's own use, confiscate

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