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abase
humble or reduce in stature
abate
v. reduce
abdicate
renounce a throne or position of power
abduct
v. kidnap
aberration
something that differs from the norm
abet
help, assist
abhor
hate
abide
endure
abject
wretched, pitiful
abjure
forgo
abnegation
n. the act of rejecting
abort
v. put an end to, abandon
abridge
v. make shorter
abrogate
abolish, cancel
abscond
depart without permission
absolution
n. forgiveness for sins
abstain
to freely choose not to commit an action
abstruse
hard to comprehend
accede
approve, consent to
accentuate
v. put stress on
accessible
obtainable, reachable
acclaim
n. widespread praise
accolade
n. words of praise
accord
an official agreement, harmony
accost
v. approach with a request or insult
accretion
n. growth
acerbic
adj. sour, bad-tempered
acquiesce
to agree without protesting
acrimony
bitter argument, controversy
acumen
wisdom in a specific area
acute
adj. severe
adamant
convinced of one's position in a discussion
adept
adj. skilful
adhere
v. stick to
admonish
scold lightly
adorn
to beautify, enhance
adroit
having skill in the use of bodily or mental powers
adulation
a show of excessive admiration or devotion
adumbrate
v. produce an outline or preliminary image
adverse
adj. opposing progress
advocate
plead the cause of another
aerial
adj. in or of the air
aesthetic
having to do with beauty
affable
easy to approach, friendly
affinity
n. liking
affluent
abundance of wealth/ property
affront
to annoy, upset or insult; to face in defiance or confront
aggrandize
exaggerate
aggregate
entity collected from other smaller entities
agile
adj. nimble, possessing quick reflexes
agnostic
adj. unsure of the existence of the supernatural
agriculture
farming
alacrity
willingness
alias
n. false name
allay
calm, soothe fears
allege
v. claim
alleviate
v. lessen, soothe (from pain)
allocate
to set apart for a particular purpose; assign or allot; to fix the place of; locate.
aloof
not desiring to associate with others
altercation
n. angry argument
amalgamate
combine
ambiguous
open to more than one interpretation, unclear
ambivalent
adj. having mixed feelings
ameliorate
to make better, improve
amenable
adj. open to persuasion
amenity
n. desirable facilities
amiable
adj. friendly
amorous
adj. inclined toward or displaying love
amorphous
shapeless; lacking organization
anachronistic
adj. from another time
analgesic
n. painkiller
analogous
similar to something else in certain qualities
anarchist
n. one who believes in lawless society
anathema
something despised or under a curse
anecdote
a brief account of some interesting event or incident
anesthesia
n. the science of numbing
anguish
(n.) great mental suffering, distress, or pain; (v.) to be deeply tormented by pain or sorrow
animated
adj. full of life
annex
n. addition to a building or document
annul
v. cancel
anomaly
n. outlier, something different from its surroundings
anonymous
of unknown authorship
antagonism
n. state of hostility
antecedent
preceding, coming before
antediluvian
before the great flood, ancient
anthology
n. collection of texts eg poetry
antipathy
n. bad feeling
antiquated
adj. old-fashioned
antiseptic
adj. killing germs
antithesis
opposite view
anxiety
n. worry about the future
apathetic
not caring about something or an outcome
apocryphal
adj. probably untrue
appalling
adj. shocking and disgusting
appease
soothe, make calmer
appraise
v. survey, look over to examine qualities
apprehend
v. grasp the meaning of; understand
approbation
approval
appropriate
suited to a given occasion
aquatic
adj. to do with water
arable
adj. able to be farmed
arbiter
n. judge, decider
arbitrary
based on random choice or personal whim
arbitration
n. the process of sorting out a dispute
arboreal
adj. of trees, tree-like
arcane
adj. obscure
archaic
adj. old-fashioned, outdated
archetypal
adj. the most representative or typical example of something
ardor
desire
arid
very dry
arrogate
attribute to someone
artifact
n. manmade item
artisan
n. skilled craftsperson
ascertain
make sure of
ascetic
practicing severe self-denial
ascribe
v. allot credit
aspersion
n. attack on a reputation
aspire
v. have an ambition
assail
v. attack
assess
v. consider or test the qualities of
assiduous
hardworking
assuage
to soothe, moderate, or relieve (e.g. a pain)
astute
keen in discernment, shrewd
asylum
refuge, sanctuary
atone
v. make amends
atrophy
decrease, decline, degeneration
attain
v. succeed in achieving
attribute
n. trait
atypical
adj. unusual
audacious
adj. brave
audible
adj. capable of being heard
augment
make bigger
auspicious
adj. boding well for the future
austere
severely simple; unadorned
avarice
greed, desire to hoard wealth
avenge
v. seek revenge for
aversion
n. dislike