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abasement

n degradation, dishonor

abate

v to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc; lessen

aberration

n something departing from the right, normal, or usual course

abhorrence

n a feeling of extreme repugnance or aversion; utter loathing; abomination

abide

v to put up with; tolerate; stand

abolish

v to do away with; put an end to

abolition

n the legal prohibition and ending of slavery, especially of slavery of blacks in the US

abound

v to occur or exist in great quantities or numbers

abrasion

n a scraped spot or area; the result of rubbing or abrading

abreast

Adj side by side; beside each other in a line

abridgement

n the action of reducing or lessoning in duration, length, scope, etc.

absentee

n a person who is missing, especially from work or school

abstraction

n an abstract or general idea or term

absurdity

n the state or quality of being utterly senseless, illogical or untrue

abundance

n an ample quantity

abuse

v to use wrongly or improperly; misuse

accelerate

v to cause faster or greater activity, development, progress, advancement, etc

accentuate

v to give emphasis or prominence to

accessible

Adj easy to approach, reach, enter, speak with, or use

accessory

n a subordinate or supplementary part, object, or the like, used mainly for convenience, attractiveness, safety, etc

acclaim

n an enthusiastic approval, expression of enthusiasm

accolade

n a mark of acknowledgement

accompanist

n a person who provides a musical support to another musician or to a singer

accord

v to grant; bestow

accost

v to confront boldly

account

v to think of as

accountability

n the state of being liable, or answerable

accumulate

v to gather or collect, often in gradual degrees

accumulation

n the action or process of accumulating: the state of being or having accumulated

acoustical

Adj pertaining to the sense or organs of hearing, to sound, or to the science of sound

acquaintance

n a person known to one, but usually not a close friend

acquisitive

Adj tending or seeking to acquire and own

acronym

n a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words

actuality

n actual existence; reality

acuity

n sharpness; acuteness; keenness

acumen

n keeness and depth of perception

adage

n a saying often in metaphorical form that embodies a common observation

adaptation

n the state of making suitable to requirements or conditions; adjustment

adept

Adj very skilled; proficient; expert

adequately

Adv as much or as good as necessary for some requirement

adjustment

n the adaptation to a particular condition, position, or purpose

admonish

v to express warning or disapproval to especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner

adolescent

n a person growing to manhood or womanhood; youthful

adroitly

Adv cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious

adroitness

n skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations

adulation

n obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration

adventist

n a member of any of certain Christian denominations that maintain that the Second Advent of Christ is imminent

adversary

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

advocate

n a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc

aerate

v to expose to the action or effect of air or to cause air to circulate through

aerodynamically

Adv the branch of mechanics that deals with the motion of air and other gases and with the effects of such motion on bodies in the medium

aesthete

n one having or affecting sensitivity to the beautiful especially in art

aesthetic

Adj having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love of beauty

affability

n being pleasant and at ease in talking to others

affair

n an event or a performance; a particular action, operation, or proceeding

affected

Adj having or showing an attitude or mode of behavior that is not natural or genuinely felt

affectionate

Adj fond attachment, devotion, or love

affinity

n a natural liking for or attraction to a person, thing, idea, etc

affliction

n a state of pain, distress, or grief; misery

afoot

Adj in the process of development

agent

n a natural force or object producing or used for obtaining specific results

aggrandize

v to widen in scope, increase in size or intensity

aggrandizement

n the act of making greater, or increasing

aggregation

n a group or mass of distinct or varied things, persons, etc

aghast

Adj struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror

agnostic

Adj a person who denies or doubts the possibility of ultimate knowledge in some area of study

agonizing

Adj accompanied by, filled with, or resulting in agony or distress

agrarian

Adj relating to land, land tenure, or the division of landed property

aide

n an assistant or helper, especially a confidential one

ailment

n a physical disorder or illness, especially of a minor or chronic nature

akimbo

Adj having the hand on the hip and the elbow turned outward

alacrity

n promptness in response

alcove

n a small recessed section of a room

ale

n a malt beverage, darker, heavier, and more bitter than beer, containing about 6 percent alcohol by volume

alert

v to advise or warn; cause to be on guard

alienate

v to make unfriendly, hostile, or indifferent especially where attachment formerly existed

alight

Adj provided with light; lighted up

align

v to bring into line or alignment

allege

v to assert without proof

allegiance

n loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like

allegory

n the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human existence

alleviate

v to make more bearable

allocate

v to set apart for a particular purpose; assign or allot

allotment

n a portion assigned or distributed

allude

v to make indirect reference

allure

n the power of attraction

allusion

n a passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication

aloofness

n the quality removed or distant either physically or emotionally

alter

v to become different

altercation

n a heated or angry dispute; noisy argument or controversy

alternation

n succession; repeated rotation

altruism

n the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others

alumni(us)

n a former associate, employee, member, or the like

amalgam

n a mixture of different elements

amalgamation

n the action or process of mixing or combining

amass

v to gather for oneself; collect as one's own

ambiance

n the mood, character, quality, tone, atmosphere, etc, particularly of an environment or milieu

ambition

n an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction

ambivalence

n simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings

amiable

Adj having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable

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