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V. lower; humiliate Defeated Queen Zenobia was forced to _____ herself before the conquering Romans, who made her march in chains before the emperor in the procession celebrating his triumph.
abash
V. embarrass. He was not at all _____ by her open admiration.
abate
V. subside; decrease, lessen. Rather than leaving immediately, they waited for the storm to ____.
abbreviate
V. shorten. Because we were running out of time, the lecturer had to _______ her speech.
abdicate
V. renounce; give up. When Edward VII ______d the British throne to marry the woman he loved, he surprised the entire world.
abduction
N. kidnapping. The movie Ransom describes the attempts to rescue a multimillionaire's son after the child's ________ by kidnappers.
aberrant
N/ADJ. abnormal or deviant. Given the ______ nature of the data, we doubted the validity of the entire experiment
abet
V. aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage. She was unwilling to ____ him in the swindle he had planned.
abhor
V. detest; hate. She ______ all forms of bigotry.
abject
ADJ. wretched; lacking pride. On the streets of New Yourk the homeless live in _____ poverty, huddling in doorways to find shelter from the wind.
abjure
V. renounce upon oath. He _____ his allegiance to the king.
abnegation
N. repudiation; self-sacrifice. Though Rudolph and Duchness Flavia loved one another, their love was doomed, for she had to marry the king; their act of ______ was necessary to preserve the kingdom.
abolish
V. cancel; put an end to. The president of the college refused to ____ the physical education requirement.
abominable
ADJ. detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad. Mary liked John until she learned he was dating Susan; then she called him an ________ young man, with _________ taste in women.
aboriginal
N., ADJ. being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native. being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native. Her studies of the primitive art forms of the _____ Indians were widely reported in the scientific journals.
abortive
ADJ. unsuccessful; fruitless. Attacked by armed troops, the Chinese students had to abandon their ______ attempt to democratize Beijing peacefully.
abrade
V. wear away by friction; scrape; erode Because the sharp rocks had _____d the skin on her legs, she dabbed iodine on the scrapes and _______sions.
abrasive
ADJ. rubbing away; tending to grind down. Just as _____ cleaning powders can wear away a shinny finish, ab
abridge
V. condense or shorten. Because the publishers felt the public wanted a shorter version of War and Peace. they proceeded to _____ the novel.
abscond
V. depart secretly and hide. The teller who _______ed with the bonds went uncaptured until someone recognized him from his photograph on "America's Most Wanted."
absolute
ADJ. complete; totally unlimited; certain. "Although the King of Siam was an absolute monarch, he did not want to behead his unfaithful wife without absolute evidence of her infidelity.
absolve
V. pardon (an offense). The father confessor _____d him of his sins.
absorb
V. assimilate or incorporate; suck or drink up; wholly engage. During the nineth\eenth century, America _____ed hordes of immigrants, turning them into productive citizens. Can Huggies diapers ____ more liquid than Pampers can? This question does not ____ more; instead, it bores me
abstain
V. refrain; hold oneself back voluntarily from an action or practice. After considering the effect of alcohol on his athletic performance, he decided to _____ from drinking while he trained for the race.
abstemious
ADJ. sparing in eating and drinking temperate
abstinence
N. restraint from eating or drinking
abstract
ADJ. theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational
abstruse
ADJ. obscure; profound; difficult to understand
abundant
ADJ. plentiful; possessing riches or resources
abusive
ADJ. coarsely insulting; physically harmful
abut
V. boarder upon; adjoin
abysmal
ADJ. bottomless.
abyss
N. enormous chasm; vast bottomless pit
academic
ADJ. related to a school; not practical or directly useful
accede
V. agree
accelerate
V. move faster
accentuate
V. emphasize; stress.
accessible
ADJ. easy to approach; obtainable.
accessory
N. additional object; useful but not essential thing.
acclaim
V. applaud; announce with great approval.
acclimate
V. adjust to climate.
acclivity
N. sharp upslope of a hill.
accolade
N. award of merit
accommodate
V. oblige or help someone; adjust or bring into harmony; adapt.
accomplice
N. partner in crime.
accord
N. agreement
accost
V. approach and speak first to a person.
accoutre
V. equip
acerbity
N. bitterness of speech and temper.
acetic
ADJ. vinegary
acidulous
ADJ. slightly sour; sharp, caustic
acknowledge
V, recognize; admit
aceme
N. top; pinnacle
acoustics
N. science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in
acquiesce
V, assent; agree without protesting
acquire
V. obtain; get
acquittal
N. deliverance from charge
acrid
ADJ. sharp; bitterly pungent
acrimonious
ADJ. bitter in words or manner.
acrophobia
N. fear of heights.
actuarial
ADJ. calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
acuity
N. sharpness
acumen
N. mental keenness
acute
ADJ. quickly perceptive; keen; brief and severe
adage
N. wise saying; proverb
adamant
ADJ. hard; inflexible
adapt
V. alter; modify
addiction
N. compulsive, habitual need
addle
V. muddle; drive crazy; become rotten
address
V. direct a speech to; deal with or discuss
adept
ADJ. expert at
adhere
V. stick fast
adherent
N. supporter, follower.
adjacent
ADJ. adjoining; neighboring; close by.
adjunct
N. something added on or attached (generally nonessential or inferior).
admonition
N. warning.
adorn
V. decorate
adroit
ADJ. skillful