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abase
v. To lower in position, estimation, or the like; degrade.
abbess
n. The lady superior of a nunnery.
abbey
n. The group of buildings which collectively form the dwelling-place of a society of monks or nuns.
abbot
n. The superior of a community of monks.
abdicate
v. To give up (royal power or the like).
abdomen
n. In mammals, the visceral cavity between the diaphragm and the pelvic floor; the belly.
abdominal
n. Of, pertaining to, or situated on the abdomen.
abduction
n. A carrying away of a person against his will, or illegally.
abed
adv. In bed; on a bed.
aberration
n. Deviation from a right, customary, or prescribed 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.
ablution
n. A washing or cleansing, especially of the body.
abnegate
v. To renounce (a right or privilege).
abnormal
adj. Not conformed to the ordinary rule or standard.
abominable
adj. Very hateful.
abominate
v. To hate violently.
abomination
n. A very detestable 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, keeping the essential features, leaning out minor particles.
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 in a cavity formed within some tissue of the body.
abscission
n. The act of cutting off, as in a surgical operation.
abscond
v. To depart suddenly and secretly, as for the purpose of escaping 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, as a sponge absorbs water.
absorption
n. The act or process of absorbing.
abstain
v. To keep oneself back (from doing or using something).
abstemious
adj. Characterized by self denial or abstinence, as in the use of drink, food.
abstinence
n. Self denial.
abstruse
adj. Dealing with matters difficult to be understood.
absurd
adj. Inconsistent with reason or common sense.
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.
academic
adj. Of or pertaining to an academy, college, or university.
academician
n. A member of an academy of literature, art, or science.
academy
n. Any institution where the higher branches of learning are taught.
accede
v. To agree.
accelerate
v. To move faster.
accept
v. To take when offered.
access
n. A way of approach or entrance; passage.
accessible
adj. Approachable.
accession
n. Induction or elevation, as to dignity, office, or government.
accessory
n. A person or thing that aids the principal agent.
acclaim
v. To utter with a shout.
accommodate
v. To furnish something as a kindness or favor.
accompaniment
n. A subordinate part or parts, enriching or supporting the leading part.
accompanist
n. One who or that which accompanies.
accompany
v. To go with, or be associated with, as a companion.
accomplice
n. An associate in wrong-doing.
accomplish
v. To bring to pass.
accordion
n. A portable free-reed musical instrument.
accost
v. To speak to.
account
n. A record or statement of receipts and expenditures, or of business transactions.
accouter
v. To dress.
accredit
v. To give credit or authority to.
accumulate
v. To become greater in quantity or number.
accuracy
n. Exactness.
accurate
adj. Conforming exactly to truth or to a standard.
accursed
adj. Doomed to evil, misery, or misfortune.
accusation
n. A charge of crime, misdemeanor, or error.
accusatory
adj. Of, pertaining to, or involving an accusation.
accuse
v. To charge with wrong doing, misconduct, or error.
accustom
v. To make familiar by use.
acerbity
n. Sourness, with bitterness and astringency.
acetate
n. A salt of acetic acid.
acetic
adj. Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of vinegar.
ache
v. To be in pain or distress.
Achillean
adj. Invulnerable.
achromatic
adj. Colorless
acid
n. A sour substance.
acidify
v. To change into acid.
acknowledge
v. To recognize; to admit the genuineness or validity of.
acknowledgment
n. Recognition.
acme
n. The highest point, or summit.
acoustic
adj. Pertaining to the act or sense of hearing.
acquaint
v. To make familiar or conversant.
acquiesce
v. To comply; submit.
acquiescence
n. Passive consent.
acquire
v. To get as one's own.
acquisition
n. Anything gained, or made one's own, usually by effort or labor.
acquit
v. To free or clear, as from accusation.
acquittal
n. A discharge from accusation by judicial action.
acquittance
n. Release or discharge from indebtedness, obligation, or responsibility.
acreage
n. Quantity or extent of land, especially of cultivated land.
acrid
adj. Harshly pungent or bitter.
acrimonious
adj. Full of bitterness.
acrimony
n. Sharpness or bitterness of speech or temper.
actionable
adj. Affording cause for instituting an action, as trespass, slanderous words.
actuality
n. Any reality.
actuary
n. An officer, as of an insurance company, who calculates and states the risks and premiums.
actuate
v. To move or incite to action.
acumen
n. Quickness of intellectual insight, or discernment; keenness of discrimination.
acute
adj. Having fine and penetrating discernment.
adamant
n. Any substance of exceeding hardness or impenetrability.
addendum
n. Something added, or to be added.
addle
v. To make inefficient or worthless; muddle.
adduce
v. To bring forward or name for consideration.
adhere
v. To stick fast or together.
adherence
n. Attachment.
adherent
adj. Clinging or sticking fast.
adhesion
n. The state of being attached or joined.
adieu
inter. Good-by; farewell.
adjacency
n. The state of being adjacent.
adjacent
n. That which is near or bordering upon.
adjudge
v. To award or bestow by formal decision.
adjunct
n. Something joined to or connected with another thing, but holding a subordinate place.
adjuration
n. A vehement appeal.
adjutant
adj. Auxiliary.
administrator
n. One who manages affairs of any kind.
admissible
adj. Having the right or privilege of entry.
admittance
n. Entrance, or the right or permission to enter.
admonish
v. To warn of a fault.
admonition
n. Gentle reproof.
ado
n. unnecessary activity or ceremony.
adoration
n. Profound devotion.
adroit
adj. Having skill in the use of the bodily or mental powers.
adulterant
n. An adulterating substance.
adulterate
v. To make impure by the admixture of other or baser ingredients.
adumbrate
v. To represent beforehand in outline or by emblem.
advent
n. The coming or arrival, as of any important change, event, state, or personage.
adverse
adj. Opposing or opposed.
adversity
n. Misfortune.
advert
v. To refer incidentally.
advertiser
n. One who advertises, especially in newspapers.
advisory
adj. Not mandatory.
advocacy
n. The act of pleading a cause.
advocate
n. One who pleads the cause of another, as in a legal or ecclesiastical court.
aerial
adj. Of, pertaining to, or like the air.
aeronaut
n. One who navigates the air, a balloonist.
aeronautics
n. the art or practice of flying aircraft
aerostat
n. A balloon or other apparatus floating in or sustained by the air.
aerostatics
n. The branch of pneumatics that treats of the equilibrium, pressure, and mechanical properties.
affable
adj. Easy to approach.
affect
v. To act upon
affectation
n. A studied or ostentatious pretense or attempt.
affiliate
n. Some auxiliary person or thing.
affirmative
adj. Answering yes; to a question at issue.
affix
v. To fasten.
affluence
n. A profuse or abundant supply of riches.
affront
n. An open insult or indignity.
afire
adv. & adj. On fire, literally or figuratively.
afoot
adv. In progress.
aforesaid
adj. Said in a preceding part or before.
afresh
adv. Once more, after rest or interval.
afterthought
n. A thought that comes later than its appropriate or expected time.
agglomerate
v. To pile or heap together.
aggrandize
v. To cause to appear greatly.
aggravate
v. To make heavier, worse, or more burdensome.
aggravation
n. The fact of being made heavier or more heinous, as a crime , offense, misfortune, etc.
aggregate
n. The entire number, sum, mass, or quantity of something.
aggress
v. To make the first attack.
aggression
n. An unprovoked attack.
aggrieve
v. To give grief or sorrow to.
aghast
adj. Struck with terror and amazement.
agile
adj. Able to move or act quickly, physically, or mentally.
agitate
v. To move or excite (the feelings or thoughts).
agrarian
adj. Pertaining to land, especially agricultural land.
aide-de-camp
n. An officer who receives and transmits the orders of the general.
ailment
n. Slight sickness.
airy
adj. Delicate, ethereal.
akin
adj. Of similar nature or qualities.
alabaster
n. A white or delicately tinted fine-grained gypsum.
alacrity
n. Cheerful willingness.
albeit
conj. Even though.
albino
n. A person with milky white skin and hair, and eyes with bright red pupil and usually pink iris.
album
n. A book whose leaves are so made to form paper frames for holding photographs or the like.
alchemy
n. Chemistry of the middle ages, characterized by the pursuit of changing base metals to gold.
alcohol
n. A volatile, inflammable, colorless liquid of a penetrating odor and burning taste.
alcoholism
n. A condition resulting from the inordinate or persistent use of alcoholic beverages.
alcove
n. A covered recess connected with or at the side of a larger room.
alder
n. Any shrub or small tree of the genus Alumnus, of the oak family.
alderman
n. A member of a municipal legislative body, who usually exercises also certain judicial functions.
aldermanship
n. The dignity, condition, office, or term of office of an alderman.
alias
n. An assumed name.
alien
n. One who owes allegiance to a foreign government.
alienable
adj. Capable of being aliened or alienated, as lands.
alienate
v. To cause to turn away.
alienation
n. Estrangement.
aliment
n. That which nourishes.
alkali
n. Anything that will neutralize an acid, as lime, magnesia, etc.
allay
v. To calm the violence or reduce the intensity of; mitigate.
allege
v. To assert to be true, especially in a formal manner, as in court.
allegory
n. The setting forth of a subject under the guise of another subject of aptly suggestive likeness.
alleviate
v. To make less burdensome or less hard to bear.
alley
n. A narrow street, garden path, walk, or the like.
alliance
n. Any combination or union for some common purpose.
allot
v. To assign a definite thing or part to a certain person.
allotment
n. Portion.
allude
v. To refer incidentally, or by suggestion.
allusion
n. An indirect and incidental reference to something without definite mention of it.
alluvion
n. Flood.
ally
n. A person or thing connected with another, usually in some relation of helpfulness.
almanac
n. A series of tables giving the days of the week together with certain astronomical information.
aloof
adv. Not in sympathy with or desiring to associate with others.
altar
n. Any raised place or structure on which sacrifices may be offered or incense burned.
alter
v. To make change in.
alteration
n. Change or modification.
altercate
v. To contend angrily or zealously in words.
alternate
n. One chosen to act in place of another, in case of the absence or incapacity of that other.
alternative
n. Something that may or must exist, be taken or chosen, or done instead of something else.
altitude
n. Vertical distance or elevation above any point or base-level, as the sea.
alto
n. The lowest or deepest female voice or part.
altruism
n. Benevolence to others on subordination to self-interest.
altruist
n. One who advocates or practices altruism.
amalgam
n. An alloy or union of mercury with another metal.
amalgamate
v. To mix or blend together in a homogeneous body.
amateur
adj. Practicing an art or occupation for the love of it, but not as a profession.
amatory
adj. Designed to excite love.
ambidextrous
adj. Having the ability of using both hands with equal skill or ease.
ambiguous
adj. Having a double meaning.
ambitious
adj. Eagerly desirous and aspiring.
ambrosial
adj. Divinely sweet, fragrant, or delicious.
ambulance
n. A vehicle fitted for conveying the sick and wounded.
ambulate
v. To walk about
ambush
n. The act or state of lying concealed for the purpose of surprising or attacking the enemy.
ameliorate
v. To relieve, as from pain or hardship
amenable
adj. Willing and ready to submit.
Americanism
n. A peculiar sense in which an English word or phrase is used in the United States.
amicable
adj. Done in a friendly spirit.
amity
n. Friendship.
amorous
adj. Having a propensity for falling in love.
amorphous
adj. Without determinate shape.
amour
n. A love-affair, especially one of an illicit nature.
ampere
n. The practical unit of electric-current strength.
ampersand
n. The character &; and.
amphibious
adj. Living both on land and in water.
amphitheater
n. An edifice of elliptical shape, constructed about a central open space or arena.
amplitude
n. Largeness.
amply
adv. Sufficiently.
amputate
v. To remove by cutting, as a limb or some portion of the body.
amusement
n. Diversion.
anachronism
n. Anything occurring or existing out of its proper time.
anagram
n. The letters of a word or phrase so transposed as to make a different word or phrase.

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