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abase

lower; degrade; humiliate; make humble; make (oneself) lose self-respect

abate

to lessen

abash

to embarrassed

abbreviate

shorten

abdicate

to give up power

aberrant

abnormal or deviant

aberration

something that differs from the norm

abet

to assist or encourage, especially in wrongdoing

abeyance

suspended action

abhor

to hate

abject

wretched, pitiful

abjure

renounce

ablution

washing

abnegation

renunciation; self-sacrifice; self-abnegation

abolish

cancel; put an end to

abominate

To have an intense dislike or hatred for

abominable

detestable; extremely unpleasant

aboriginal

being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native; indigenous; N. aborigine

abortive

unsuccessful; fruitless

abrasive

rubbing away; tending to grind down

abridge

condense or shorten

abrogate

abolish

abscission

the act of cutting something off

abscond

to depart secretly

absolute

complete; totally unlimited; certain

absolve

pardon (an offense)

abstain

to choose not to do something; refrain

abstemious

sparing in eating and drinking; temperate

abstinence

Act of refraining from

abstract

theoretical; not concrete

representational

(of a style of art) showing things as they actually appear in real life

abstruse

obscure; profound; difficult to understand

abusive

coarsely insulting; physically harmful

abut

border upon; adjoin

abysmal

bottomless

abyss

enormous chasm; vast bottomless pit

academic

related to a school; not practical or directly useful

accede

to agree

accelerate

to speed up

accessible

easy to approach; obtainable

accessory

additional object; useful but not essential thing

acclaim

applaud; praise; greet with great approval; announce with great approval; Ex. The new drung has been acclaimed as the most important discoveries for years; N: strong expression of approval and praise

acclimate

adjust to climate or environment; adapt

acclivity

sharp upslope of a hill

accolade

award of merit; strong praise and approval

merit

good quality deserving praise; merits: aspect of character or behavior deserving approval or disapproval; Ex. judge each plan on its own merits; V: deserve; earn

demerit

fault; bad quality

earn

gain for the performance of service or labor; gain (something that one deserves); deserve

accommodate

help out; oblige

accomplice

partner in crime

accord

agreement

accost

approach and speak first to a person

accoutre

equip; N. accoutrement

accretion

a growth in size; an increase in amount

accrue

to come as a gain; to increase

acerbity

bitterness of speech and temper

bitter

the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste

acetic

vinegary

acidulous

slightly sour; sharp, caustic

acme

peak; pinnacle; highest point

actuate

motivate

adage

proverb

addendum

an addition

addle

to drive crazy/ confused

adjutant

assistant

admonish

to warn

adherent

supporter

advert

refer

aegis

shield; protection

aerie

nest of a large bird

advent

arrival

affable

warmly; friendly

affidavit

written statement made under oath

affront

insult

agape

open mouthed

agenda

items of business at a meeting

agglomeration

heap; collection

aggrandize

increase in power, wealth

aggregate

to gather into a mass

acquittal

deliverance from a charge

agog

highly excited

alacrity

cheerful willingness

alcove

nook; recess

alimony

n. payments made to an ex-spouse after divorce

alimentary

supplying nourishment

allegory

a visible symbol representing an abstract idea

earmark

a distinctive characteristic or attribute

alloy

a mixture of two or more metals

allude

to refer to casually or indirectly

siren

a bewitching or irresistible woman; fascinating, captivating

alluvial

pertaining to soil deposits left by running water

aloof

reserved, distant

aloft

up in the air, especially in flight

amalgamate

to combine; to mix together

amalgam

mixture

amass

to accumulate

amazon

female warrior

ambience

the atmosphere of an environment

amble

walk leisurely

ambrosia

food of the gods

ambulatory

able to walk

amenable

willing to be lead

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