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aback surprised; startled
abate to lessen; to decrease
abdicate to give up
abduct to take away; to kidnap
aberration abnormality
abet to aid; to encourage
abeyance a postponement
abhor to hate
abide to remain or to put up with
abject miserable
abjure to give up (rights); to deny
ablution cleansing
abolition doing away with
abominate to dislike strongly
aborigine original inhabitant
abortive unsuccessful
abrade to wear or scrape away
abridge to shorten or diminish
abrogate to abolish
abscond to leave secretly
absolve to free from responsibility
abstemious to show moderation in eating or drinking
abstinence self-denial; voluntary restraint
abstract lacking substance
abut to border on; adjoin
abysmal extremely bad
abyss a bottomless pit; vast
academic theoretical or pertaining to school
accede to agree to; accept
accessible easy to approach
acclaim to greet with approval; praise
acclimate to get used to
acclivity an upward slope
accolade honor or award
accommodate to make fit; to help
accord agreement
accost to approach or speak to aggressively
accoutrements equipment or accessories
accredit to certify or endorse
accretion an addition or increase
accrue to accumulate
acerbic sharp; bitter; sour
acoustic dealing with sound
acquiesce to agree; accept
acquit to find not guilty
acrid bitter; irritating
acrimonious harsh speech or action
acronym word formed from initials of other words
actuate to put into action
acuity sharp perception
acumen mental insight
acute sharp; intense
adage a familiar saying
adamant unyielding
addend something added to another
addled confused; muddled
adduce something offered as proof
adept highly skilled
adhere to stick; to support
adjudicate to judge
adjunct an assistant or in addition to
admonish to warn
adroit skillful; shrewd
adulation praise or flattery
adulterate to make impure
advent a coming or arrival
adventitious accidental; incidental
adversary enemy; an opponent
advocate to support; to defend another
aegis protection
aesthetic pertaining to beauty
affable agreeable
affectation phony attitude or behavior
affiliation to associate with
affinity any attraction to
affirmative positive
affix to attach or add
affluence wealth
agape open-mouthed; sign of surprise
agenda list of things to be done
aggrandize to make greater
aggravate to irritate
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