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Amass an Ivy League Vocabulary

abase v.

To lower in position, estimation, or the like; degrade.

abbess n.

The lady superior of a nunnery.

abbey n.

The group of buildings which collectively form the dwelling-place of a society of monks or nuns.

abbot n.

The superior of a community of monks.

abdicate v.

To give up (royal power or the like).

abdomen n.

In mammals, the visceral cavity between the diaphragm and the pelvic floor; the belly.

abdominal n.

Of, pertaining to, or situated on the abdomen.

abduction n.

A carrying away of a person against his will, or illegally.

abed adv.

In bed; on a bed.

aberration n.

Deviation from a right, customary, or prescribed course.

abet v.

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

abeyance n.

A state of suspension or temporary inaction.

abhor v.


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 conformed to the ordinary rule or standard.

abominable adj.

Very hateful.

abominate v.

To hate violently.

abomination n.

A very detestable 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, keeping the essential features, leaning out minor particles.

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 in a cavity formed within some tissue of the body.

abscission n.

The act of cutting off, as in a surgical operation.

abscond v.

To depart suddenly and secretly, as for the purpose of escaping 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, as a sponge absorbs water.

absorption n.

The act or process of absorbing.

abstain v.

To keep oneself back (from doing or using something).

abstemious adj.

Characterized by self denial or abstinence, as in the use of drink, food.

abstinence n.

Self denial.

abstruse adj.

Dealing with matters difficult to be understood.

absurd adj.

Inconsistent with reason or common sense.

abundant adj.


abusive adj.

Employing harsh words or ill treatment.

abut v.

To touch at the end or boundary line.

abyss n.

Bottomless gulf.

academic adj.

Of or pertaining to an academy, college, or university.

academician n.

A member of an academy of literature, art, or science.

academy n.

Any institution where the higher branches of learning are taught.

accede v.

To agree.

accelerate v.

To move faster.

accept v.

To take when offered.

access n.

A way of approach or entrance; passage.

accessible adj.


accession n.

Induction or elevation, as to dignity, office, or government.

accessory n.

A person or thing that aids the principal agent.

acclaim v.

To utter with a shout.

accommodate v.

To furnish something as a kindness or favor.

accompaniment n.

A subordinate part or parts, enriching or supporting the leading part.

accompanist n.

One who or that which accompanies.

accompany v.

To go with, or be associated with, as a companion.

accomplice n.

An associate in wrong-doing.

accomplish v.

To bring to pass.

accordion n.

A portable free-reed musical instrument.

accost v.

To speak to.

account n.

A record or statement of receipts and expenditures, or of business transactions.

accouter v.

To dress.

accredit v.

To give credit or authority to.

accumulate v.

To become greater in quantity or number.

accuracy n.


accurate adj.

Conforming exactly to truth or to a standard.

accursed adj.

Doomed to evil, misery, or misfortune.

accusation n.

A charge of crime, misdemeanor, or error.

accusatory adj.

Of, pertaining to, or involving an accusation.

accuse v.

To charge with wrong doing, misconduct, or error.

accustom v.

To make familiar by use.

acerbity n.

Sourness, with bitterness and astringency.

acetate n.

A salt of acetic acid.

acetic adj.

Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of vinegar.

ache v.

To be in pain or distress.

achillean adj.


achromatic adj.


acid n.

A sour substance.

acidify v.

To change into acid.

acknowledge v.

To recognize; to admit the genuineness or validity of.

acknowledgment n.


acme n.

The highest point, or summit.

acoustic adj.

Pertaining to the act or sense of hearing.

acquaint v.

To make familiar or conversant.

acquiesce v.

To comply; submit.

acquiescence n.

Passive consent.

acquire v.

To get as one's own.

acquisition n.

Anything gained, or made one's own, usually by effort or labor.

acquit v.

To free or clear, as from accusation.

acquittal n.

A discharge from accusation by judicial action.

acquittance n.

Release or discharge from indebtedness, obligation, or responsibility.

acreage n.

Quantity or extent of land, especially of cultivated land.

acrid adj.

Harshly pungent or bitter.

acrimonious adj.

Full of bitterness.

acrimony n.

Sharpness or bitterness of speech or temper.

actionable adj.

Affording cause for instituting an action, as trespass, slanderous words.

actuality n.

Any reality.

actuary n.

An officer, as of an insurance company, who calculates and states the risks and premiums.

actuate v.

To move or incite to action.

acumen n.

Quickness of intellectual insight, or discernment; keenness of discrimination.

acute adj.

Having fine and penetrating discernment.

adamant n.

Any substance of exceeding hardness or impenetrability, not changing ones mind.

addendum n.

Something added, or to be added.

addle v.

To make inefficient or worthless; muddle.

adduce v.

To bring forward or name for consideration.

adhere v.

To stick fast or together.

adherence n.


adherent adj.

Clinging or sticking fast.

adhesion n.

The state of being attached or joined.

adieu inter.

Good-by; farewell.

adjacency n.

The state of being adjacent.

adjacent n.

That which is near or bordering upon.

adjudge v.

To award or bestow by formal decision.

adjunct n.

Something joined to or connected with another thing, but holding a subordinate place.

adjuration n.

A vehement appeal.

adjutant adj.

Auxiliary, supplementary

administrator n.

One who manages affairs of any kind.

admissible adj.

Having the right or privilege of entry.

admittance n.

Entrance, or the right or permission to enter.

admonish v.

To warn of a fault.

admonition n.

Gentle reproof.

ado n.

unnecessary activity or ceremony.

adoration n.

Profound devotion.

adroit adj.

Having skill in the use of the bodily or mental powers.

adulterant n.

An adulterating substance.

adulterate v.

To make impure by the admixture of other or baser ingredients.

adumbrate v.

To represent beforehand in outline or by emblem.

advent n.

The coming or arrival, as of any important change, event, state, or personage.

adverse adj.

Opposing or opposed.

adversity n.


advert v.

To refer incidentally.

advertiser n.

One who advertises, especially in newspapers.

advisory adj.

Not mandatory.

advocacy n.

The act of pleading a cause.

advocate n.

One who pleads the cause of another, as in a legal or ecclesiastical court.

aerial adj.

Of, pertaining to, or like the air.

aeronaut n.

One who navigates the air, a balloonist.

aeronautics n.

the art or practice of flying aircraft.

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