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PSAT Kaplan 2005 Vocab (A-1)

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abandon
total lack of inhibition
abase
to humble, disgrace
abate
decrease, reduce
abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
aberration
something different from the usual
abet
to aid, act as accomplice
abhor
to loathe, detest
abject
miserable, pitiful
abolitionist
oppose slavery
abortive
interrupted while incomplete
abridge
to shorten
abrogate
put an end to
abscond
to depart secretly
absolve
free from blame
abstain
to choose not to do something
accolade
praise, distinction
accrue
to accumulate
acerbic
sharp in taste or temper
acme
highest point, summit
acquiesce
to agree, comply quietly
acrid
harsh, bitter
acrimony
bitterness, animosity
acuity
sharpness
acumen
sharpness of insight
adage
old saying or proverb
adamant
uncompromising, unyielding
adapt
to accommodate, adjust
adhere
to cling or follow without deviation
adjacent
next to
admonish
to caution or reprimand
adroit
skillful, accomplished
adulation
high praise
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
adversarial
antagonistic, competitive
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty or art
affable
friendly
affected
pretentious, phony
affluent
rich, abundant
affront
personal offense, insult
agenda
plan, schedule
agile
nimble
agitation
uneasiness, commotion, excitement
agrarian
relating to farming or rural matters
alacrity
eagerness, speed
alias
assumed name
alienated
distanced, estranged
allegory
symbolic representation
alleviate
to relieve
allure
to entice, attract