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abacus

a calculating instrument

abdicate

relinquish formally; renounce

abdomen

region of an insect's body

aborigine

one of the native people

abruptly

in a manner that produces a sudden ending

abysmal

bottomless

accolade

a bestowal of praise

acquiescence

implied agreement without verbalization

acquittal

release or discharge from debt or liability

adjacent

near or close to another

agnostic

one who maintains doubt about a god

ambivalent

exhibiting contradictory emotional attitudes

antecedent

a word referred to by a pronoun

aplomb

complete confidence or assurance in oneself

apothecary

one who sells drugs for medicinal purposes

discotheque

a nightclub for dancing to recorded music

dissuade

divert by advice or persuasion

disintegration

the act or process of shattering suddenly

docilely

in an obedient or submissive manner

dumbbell

exercise device

dungeon

a dark, usually underground, prison or vault

dyslexia

a disturbance in the ability to read

effervescent

difficult to restrain or repress

exaggeration

overstatement

exultantly

in a manner filled with extreme joy

fallacy

a false or erroneous idea

knowledgeable

possessing information or knowledge

frontiersman

a man living at the edge of known civilization

superfluous

unnecessary

ghoulish

suggestive of an evil being

independent

not relying on another

psychology

the study of the human mind

tongue

a fleshy movable muscle on the mouth's floor

grammar

a system of rules for writing and speaking

appearance

a thing seen or visible to the eye

separate

apart from the rest; not connected or attached

absence

a state of not being present

definitely

without question and beyond doubt

mosquitoes

small flying insects known for sucking blood

personnel

employees; office staff

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