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abase

to lower

abate

to lessen

abdicate

to give up

aberration

deviation from the norm

abet

to aid

abeyance

suspended action

abject

hopeless and crushed

abrade

erode

abscond

depart secretly to avoid capture

absolute

complete

absolve

to free from blame

abstain

to refrain

abstract

theoretical

abstruse

difficult to understand

accelerate

to move faster

accessible

obtainable

accessory

additional object

acclaim

applaud

accolade

award of merit

accommodate

to help someone or to provide lodging

accomplice

partner in crime

acknowledge

to recognize

acquittal

declaration of innocence

acrimony

bitterness of words

acumen

mental keenness

adamant

determined

adapt

alter

addiction

habitual need

adhere

to stick fast to

adjacent

adjoining

adjudicate

pass legal judgment on

admonish

to warn

adroit

skillful

adulation

flattery

adulterate

to make impure

adversary

opponent

adverse

unfavorable

adversity

misfortune

advocate

to plead for

aesthetic

artistic

affable

easily approachable

affected

artificial

affinity

attraction to

affirmation

confirmation

affix

to add on

affluence

wealth

affront

to insult

aggregate

gather

agility

nimbleness

agitate

to disturb

alacrity

cheerful promptness

alias

an assumed name

alienate

to separate

alleviate

to relieve

alloy

to mix

allude

to refer indirectly

allusion

indirect reference

allure

to entice

aloft

upward

aloof

standoffish

altercation

heated dispute

altruistic

unselfishly generous

amalgam

alloy

ambiguous

unclear

ambivalence

having conflicting emotional attitudes

ambulatory

able to walk

ameliorate

to improve

amenable

submissive

amiable

lovable

amorous

loving

amorphous

formless

ample

abundant

amplify

to intensify

anachronism

something regarded as outmoded

analogy

similarity

anarchist

person who seeks to overturn the established government

anarchy

absence of governing body

ancillary

serving as an aid

animated

spirited

animosity

active enmity

anomaly

irregularity

antagonism

hostility; active resistance

antecedents

things that influence what come later

anticlimax

letdown in thought or emotion

antipathy

dislike

antiquated

outdated

antiseptic

substance that prevents infection

antithesis

contrast

apathy

lack of caring

aplomb

poise

apocryphal

untrue

apostate

one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs

append

to attach

apprehension

fear

apprenticeship

time spent as a novice learning a trade from a skilled worker

appropriate

suitable

arable

fit for growing crops

arbiter

judge

arbitrary

unreasonable

archipelago

group of closely located islands

arduous

strenuous

aria

operatic solo

arid

dry; barren

aristocracy

privileged class

arrogance

pride

articulate

distinct

ascendancy

controlling influence

ascetic

practicing self denial

aspire

to long for

assail

assault

assert

to insist on

assiduous

diligent

assuage

to lessen

assumption

something taken for granted

assurance

promise or pledge

astute

wise

asylum

place of refuge or safety

atrophy

waste away

attain

to gain

attentive

considerate

attire

clothing

attribute

essential quality or to credit

attrition

gradual decrease in numbers

audacity

boldness

augment

increase

aura

luminous glow

auspicious

fortunate

austere

forbiddingly stern

authentic

genuine

authoritative

having the weight of authority

autonomous

self-governing

autopsy

examination of a dead body

avarice

greediness for wealth

Averse

reluctant

aversion

firm dislike

avert

prevent

avid

greedy

awe

solemn wonder

babble

chatter idly

badger

annoy

baffle

to frustrate

balk

to foil

banal

common

bane

cause of ruin

bastion

stronghold

begrudge

resent

beguile

mislead

belie

contradict

benefactor

gift

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