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Abate: To bring down or reduce to a lower state, number, degree or estimation.

Abdicate: To surrender, renounce or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy.

Aberrant: Differing from the norm, from the expected type; abnormal, anomalous.

Abeyance: Suspension; temporary suppression.

Abject: Sunk to a low condition; down in spirit or hope; degraded; servile; grovelling; despicable; as, abject posture, fortune, thoughts.

Abjure: To renounce or reject with solemnity; to recant; to abandon forever; to reject; repudiate.

Abscission: The act or process of cutting off.

Abscond: To depart secretly; to steal away, particularly to avoid arrest or prosecution :

Abstinence: 1.The act or practice of abstaining, refraining from indulging a desire. 2. The giving up of certain pleasure

Abysmal: Pertaining to, or resembling an abyss; bottomless; unending; profound; fathomless; immeasurable.

Accrue: To increase, to augment; to come to by way of increase; to arise or spring as a growth or result; to be added as increase, profit, or damage, especially as the produce of money lent.

adamant: resistant to reason; determined; inflexible; unshakeable; unyielding

adjunct: An appendage; something attached to something else in a subordinate capacity

Admonish: To counsel against wrong practices; to caution or advise; to warn against danger or an offense; — followed by of, against, or a subordinate clause.

Aesthetic: Concerned with beauty, artistic impact, or appearance.

Affected: Pretentious, phony

Aggrandize: To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; applied to persons, countries, etc.

Alacrity: eagerness; liveliness; enthusiasm

Allay: To make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm.

Alleviate: To make less severe, as a pain or difficulty.

Allure: The power to attract, entice; the quality causing attraction.

Ambivalence: A state of uncertainty or indecisiveness.

Ambrosia: Something delicious; the food for the gods

ameliorate: To make better, to improve; to heal; to solve a problem.

Amenable: Willing to comply with; agreeable.

Amenity: A thing or circumstance that is welcome and makes life a little easier or more pleasant.

Amulet: A charm or ornament worn for protection against evil.

Anachronism: A chronological mistake; the erroneous dating of an event, circumstance, or object.

Analgesic: Any medicine, such as aspirin, that reduces pain.

Analogous: Comparable

Anarchy: The state of a society being without authoritarians or a governing body.

Anodyne: Any medicine or other agent that relieves pain.

Anomalous: deviating from the normal; aberrant or abnormal

Antecedent: Any thing that precedes another thing, especially the cause of the second thing.

Antediluvian: ancient or antiquated; old; prehistoric.

Antipathy: Dislike; hostility

Apathy: Complete lack of emotion or motivation about a person, activity, or object; depression; lack of interest or enthusiasm; disinterest.

Apex: The highest point of something.

Apogee: The point in an orbit around the Earth that is most distant from the Earth.

Apothegm: Alternative spelling of apophthegm.

apophthegm: A short, witty, instructive saying; an aphorism or maxim.

Appease: To make quiet; to calm; to reduce to a state of peace; to dispel (anger or hatred).

Appellation: A name, title, or designation.

Apposite: appropriate, relevant, well-suited; fit

Apprise: To notify, or to make aware; to inform.

Approbation: The act of approving; an assenting to the propriety of a thing with some degree of pleasure or satisfaction; approval, sanction, commendation or official recognition

Appropriate: Confiscate; to take possession for one's own use

Apropos: Relevant

Arabesque: An elaborate design of intertwined floral figures or complex geometrical patterns. This ornamental design is mainly used in Islamic Art and architecture

Ardor: great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion

Arduous: Needing or using up much energy; testing powers of endurance; laborious, extremely difficult;

Argot: The specialized informal vocabulary and terminology used between people with special skill in a field, such as between doctors, mathematicians or hackers; a jargon.

Artifact: An object, such as a tool, weapon or ornament, of archaeological or historical interest, especially such an object found at an archaeological excavation.

Artless: Having or displaying no guile, cunning, or deceit; natural; guileless

Ascetic: One who is devoted to the practice of self-denial, either through seclusion or stringent abstinence.

Asperity: Something that is harsh and hard to endure; Severity; irritability

Aspersion: An attack on somebody's reputation or good name; False rumor; slander

Assiduous: Hard-working, diligent or regular (in attendance or work); industrious.

Assuage: To lessen the intensity of, to mitigate or relieve (hunger, emotion, pain etc.).; to pacify or soothe

Astringent: Having the effect of drawing tissue together; styptic; harsh; sever

Asylum: The protection, physical and legal, afforded by such a place.

Atavism: The reappearance of an ancestral characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence.

Attenuate: To reduce in size, force, value, amount, or degree; to weaken

Audacious: Showing willingness to take bold risks; recklessly daring; impudent

Austere: Lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy

Avarice: Excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.

Aver: To assert the truth of, to affirm with confidence; to declare in a positive manner.

Avocation: A hobby or recreational or leisure pursuit.

Avuncular: In the manner of an uncle, pertaining to an uncle; Uncle like; kind

Axiomatic: Of or pertaining to an axiom; taken for granted

Bacchanalian: Of or pertaining to the festival of Bacchus; relating to or given to reveling and drunkenness.

Banal: Common in a boring way, to the point of being predictable; containing nothing new or fresh.

Banter: Good humoured, playful, typically spontaneous conversation.

Bard: A professional poet and singer, as among the ancient Celts, whose occupation was to compose and sing verses in honor of the heroic achievements of princes and brave men.

bawdy: Obscene; filthy; unchaste.

Beatify: To make blissful; to sanctify; to bless

Bedizen: To ornament something in showy, tasteless, or gaudy finery; to dress in vulgar

behemoth: A great and mighty beast described in Job 40:15-24 used to illustrate God's mightiness.

Belie: To give a false representation of something.

Beneficent: Given to acts that are kind, charitable, philanthropic or beneficial.

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