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Abase

v. to lower in condition

Abbess

n. the lady superior of a nunnery

Abbey

n. the group of buildings which form the place for monks/nuns

Abbot

n. the superior of a community of monks

Abdicate

v. to relinquish

Abdomen

n. the belly

Abdominal

adj. relating to the belly

Abduction

n. taking a person against his will

Abed

adj. in bed

Aberration

n. deviation from a right or customary course

Abet

v. to aid, promote or encourage the commission of (an offense)

Abeyance

n. a state of suspension or temporary inaction

Abhorrence

n. the act of detesting extremely

Abhorrent

adj. very repugnant; hateful

Abidance

n. an abiding

Abject

adj. sunk to a low condition

Abjure

v. to recant, renounce, repudiate under oath

Able-bodied

adj. competent for physical service

Ablution

n. a washing or cleansing, especially of the body

Abnegate

v. to renounce (a right or privilege)

Abnormal

adj. not confirmed to the ordinary rule or standard

Abominable

adj. very hateful

Abominate

v. to hate violently

Abomination

n. a very hateful act or practice

Aboriginal

adj. primitive; unsophisticated

Aborigines

n. the original of earliest known inhabitants of a country

Aboveboard

adv. & adj. without concealment, fraud, or trickery

Abrade

v. to wear away the surface or some part of by friction

Abrasion

n. that which is rubbed off

Abridge

v. to make shorter in words (leaving important, omitting minor)

Abridgment

n. a condensed form as of a book or play

Abrogate

v. to abolish; repeal

Abrupt

adj. Beginning, ending, or changing suddenly or with a break

Abscess

n. a collection of pus

Abscission

n. the act of cutting off

Abscond

v. to depart suddenly and secretly to avoid arrest

Absence

n. the fact of not being present or available

Absent-minded

adj. lacking in attention to immediate surroundings or business

Absolution

n. forgiveness, or passing over of offenses

Absolve

v. to free from sin or its penalties

Absorb

v. to drink in or suck up

Absorption

n. the act or process of absorbing

Abstain

v. to keep oneself back (from doing something)

Abstemious

adj. characterized by self-denial or abstinence

Abstinence

n. self denial

Abstruse

adj. dealing with matters difficult to understand

Absurd

adj. inconsistent with reason

Abundant

adj. plentiful

Abusive

adj. employing harsh words or ill treatment

Abut

v. to touch at the end or boundary line

Abyss

n. bottomless gulf

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