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SAT Vocab Words (Ab)

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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