Word List 1

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abase

V. lower; humiliate Defeated Queen Zenobia was forced to _____ herself before the conquering Romans, who made her march in chains before the emperor in the procession celebrating his triumph.

abash

V. embarrass. He was not at all _____ by her open admiration.

abate

V. subside; decrease, lessen. Rather than leaving immediately, they waited for the storm to ____.

abbreviate

V. shorten. Because we were running out of time, the lecturer had to _______ her speech.

abdicate

V. renounce; give up. When Edward VII ______d the British throne to marry the woman he loved, he surprised the entire world.

abduction

N. kidnapping. The movie Ransom describes the attempts to rescue a multimillionaire's son after the child's ________ by kidnappers.

aberrant

N/ADJ. abnormal or deviant. Given the ______ nature of the data, we doubted the validity of the entire experiment

abet

V. aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage. She was unwilling to ____ him in the swindle he had planned.

abhor

V. detest; hate. She ______ all forms of bigotry.

abject

ADJ. wretched; lacking pride. On the streets of New Yourk the homeless live in _____ poverty, huddling in doorways to find shelter from the wind.

abjure

V. renounce upon oath. He _____ his allegiance to the king.

abnegation

N. repudiation; self-sacrifice. Though Rudolph and Duchness Flavia loved one another, their love was doomed, for she had to marry the king; their act of ______ was necessary to preserve the kingdom.

abolish

V. cancel; put an end to. The president of the college refused to ____ the physical education requirement.

abominable

ADJ. detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad. Mary liked John until she learned he was dating Susan; then she called him an ________ young man, with _________ taste in women.

aboriginal

N., ADJ. being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native. being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native. Her studies of the primitive art forms of the _____ Indians were widely reported in the scientific journals.

abortive

ADJ. unsuccessful; fruitless. Attacked by armed troops, the Chinese students had to abandon their ______ attempt to democratize Beijing peacefully.

abrade

V. wear away by friction; scrape; erode Because the sharp rocks had _____d the skin on her legs, she dabbed iodine on the scrapes and _______sions.

abrasive

ADJ. rubbing away; tending to grind down. Just as _____ cleaning powders can wear away a shinny finish, ab

abridge

V. condense or shorten. Because the publishers felt the public wanted a shorter version of War and Peace. they proceeded to _____ the novel.

abscond

V. depart secretly and hide. The teller who _______ed with the bonds went uncaptured until someone recognized him from his photograph on "America's Most Wanted."

absolute

ADJ. complete; totally unlimited; certain. "Although the King of Siam was an absolute monarch, he did not want to behead his unfaithful wife without absolute evidence of her infidelity.

absolve

V. pardon (an offense). The father confessor _____d him of his sins.

absorb

V. assimilate or incorporate; suck or drink up; wholly engage. During the nineth\eenth century, America _____ed hordes of immigrants, turning them into productive citizens. Can Huggies diapers ____ more liquid than Pampers can? This question does not ____ more; instead, it bores me

abstain

V. refrain; hold oneself back voluntarily from an action or practice. After considering the effect of alcohol on his athletic performance, he decided to _____ from drinking while he trained for the race.

abstemious

ADJ. sparing in eating and drinking temperate

abstinence

N. restraint from eating or drinking

abstract

ADJ. theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational

abstruse

ADJ. obscure; profound; difficult to understand

abundant

ADJ. plentiful; possessing riches or resources

abusive

ADJ. coarsely insulting; physically harmful

abut

V. boarder upon; adjoin

abysmal

ADJ. bottomless.

abyss

N. enormous chasm; vast bottomless pit

academic

ADJ. related to a school; not practical or directly useful

accede

V. agree

accelerate

V. move faster

accentuate

V. emphasize; stress.

accessible

ADJ. easy to approach; obtainable.

accessory

N. additional object; useful but not essential thing.

acclaim

V. applaud; announce with great approval.

acclimate

V. adjust to climate.

acclivity

N. sharp upslope of a hill.

accolade

N. award of merit

accommodate

V. oblige or help someone; adjust or bring into harmony; adapt.

accomplice

N. partner in crime.

accord

N. agreement

accost

V. approach and speak first to a person.

accoutre

V. equip

acerbity

N. bitterness of speech and temper.

acetic

ADJ. vinegary

acidulous

ADJ. slightly sour; sharp, caustic

acknowledge

V, recognize; admit

aceme

N. top; pinnacle

acoustics

N. science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in

acquiesce

V, assent; agree without protesting

acquire

V. obtain; get

acquittal

N. deliverance from charge

acrid

ADJ. sharp; bitterly pungent

acrimonious

ADJ. bitter in words or manner.

acrophobia

N. fear of heights.

actuarial

ADJ. calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics

acuity

N. sharpness

acumen

N. mental keenness

acute

ADJ. quickly perceptive; keen; brief and severe

adage

N. wise saying; proverb

adamant

ADJ. hard; inflexible

adapt

V. alter; modify

addiction

N. compulsive, habitual need

addle

V. muddle; drive crazy; become rotten

address

V. direct a speech to; deal with or discuss

adept

ADJ. expert at

adhere

V. stick fast

adherent

N. supporter, follower.

adjacent

ADJ. adjoining; neighboring; close by.

adjunct

N. something added on or attached (generally nonessential or inferior).

admonition

N. warning.

adorn

V. decorate

adroit

ADJ. skillful

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