PSAT Kaplan 2005 Vocab (A-1)

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abandon

total lack of inhibition

abase

to humble, disgrace

abate

decrease, reduce

abdicate

to give up a position, right, or power

aberration

something different from the usual

abet

to aid, act as accomplice

abhor

to loathe, detest

abject

miserable, pitiful

abolitionist

oppose slavery

abortive

interrupted while incomplete

abridge

to shorten

abrogate

put an end to

abscond

to depart secretly

absolve

free from blame

abstain

to choose not to do something

accolade

praise, distinction

accrue

to accumulate

acerbic

sharp in taste or temper

acme

highest point, summit

acquiesce

to agree, comply quietly

acrid

harsh, bitter

acrimony

bitterness, animosity

acuity

sharpness

acumen

sharpness of insight

adage

old saying or proverb

adamant

uncompromising, unyielding

adapt

to accommodate, adjust

adhere

to cling or follow without deviation

adjacent

next to

admonish

to caution or reprimand

adroit

skillful, accomplished

adulation

high praise

adumbrate

to sketch, outline in a shadowy way

adversarial

antagonistic, competitive

aerie

nook or nest built high in the air

aesthetic

pertaining to beauty or art

affable

friendly

affected

pretentious, phony

affluent

rich, abundant

affront

personal offense, insult

agenda

plan, schedule

agile

nimble

agitation

uneasiness, commotion, excitement

agrarian

relating to farming or rural matters

alacrity

eagerness, speed

alias

assumed name

alienated

distanced, estranged

allegory

symbolic representation

alleviate

to relieve

allure

to entice, attract

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