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Abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
abolish
end, cancel, eliminate
aboriginal
being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native; indigenous; N. aborigine
abstruse
hard to understand; secret, hidden
accomplice
partner in crime
actuary
someone who advises insurance companies
adolescence
the period betwieen childhood and adulthood
aggravate
to make worse; to anger or intensify
aggressor
a person who attack first
agnostic
one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god or any ultimate reality
alienate
make unfriendly or hostile; estrange; separate; change the ownership of
alimony
payments made regularly to an ex-spouse after divorce
amateur
not a professional
ambivalence
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes or opinions
amnesty
A pardon granted to a group of people, usually for political offences.
amoral
nonmoral; having no understanding of right and wrong
amphibian
able to live both on land and in water; N.
anarchy
noun: lawlessness, the absence of government or authority, a state of chaos
animism
The belief that natural objects,such as trees,have souls
assent
agree; accept; N. assessment
apostle
a strong believer
assertive
one who expressess one's opinion firmly but politely
ambivert
both introvert and extrovert
accolade
award of merit; strong praise and approval
acrimonious
bitter
agitation
the arousing of public concern about an issure and pressing for action on it
amphitheater
oval building with tiers of seats; CF. arena
apartheid
any system or caste that separates people according to race
apathy*
lack of interest or emotion; uncaring; indifference
apoplexy
stroke; loss of consciousness caused by too much blood in the brain
arsonist
a person who commits the criminal act of deliberately setting fire to property
attic
a space or room just below the roof of a building
avantgarde
group of artists whose work is based on the newest ideas and methods; CF. vanguard