1 abase lower; degrade; humiliate; make humble; make (oneself) lose self-respect ♠ abash embarrass ♠ abate subside or moderate abbreviate shorten abdicate renounce; give up (position, right, or responsi- bility) aberrant abnormal or deviant aberration deviation from the normal; mental disorder ♠ abet assist usually in doing something wrong; encour- age ♠ abeyance suspended action abhor detest; hate abject (of a condition) wretched; as low as possible; lacking pride; very humble; showing lack of self- respect; Ex. abject apology abjure renounce upon oath ablution washing abnegation renunciation; self-sacrifice; self-abnegation abolish cancel; put an end to abominate loathe; hate abominable detestable; extremely unpleasant aboriginal being the first of its kind in a region; primi- tive; native; indigenous; N. aborigine abortive unsuccessful; fruitless abrasive rubbing away; tending to grind down abridge condense or shorten abrogate abolish ♠ abscission cutting off; separation abscond depart secretly and hide absolute complete; totally unlimited; having complete power; certain; not relative; Ex. absolute honesty/ruler; CF. absolutism absolve pardon (an offense) abstain refrain; withhold from participation; intention- ally not use one’s vote; abstemious sparing in eating and drinking; temperate abstinence restraint from pleasant things, esp. eating or drinking; CF. abstention: act of abstaining from vote abstract theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational ♥ representational (of a style of art) showing things as they actually appear in real life abstruse obscure; profound; difficult to understand abusive coarsely insulting; physically harmful ♠ abut border upon; adjoin abysmal bottomless abyss enormous chasm; vast bottomless pit academic related to a school; not practical or directly useful accede agree accelerate move faster accessible easy to approach; obtainable accessory additional object; useful but not essential thing acclaim applaud; praise; greet with great approval; an- nounce with great approval; Ex. The new drung has been acclaimed as the most important discoveries for years; N: strong expression of approval and praise acclimate adjust to climate or environment; adapt ♠ acclivity sharp upslope of a hill; OP. declivity accolade award of merit; strong praise and approval ♥ merit good quality deserving praise; merits: aspect of character or behavior deserving approval or disap- proval; Ex. judge each plan on its own merits; V: de- serve; earn ♥ demerit fault; bad quality ♥ earn gain for the performance of service or labor; gain (something that one deserves); deserve accommodate oblige or help someone; adjust or bring into harmony; adapt; make enough space for; ADJ. ac- commodative; CF. accomodating: helpful and obliging accomplice partner in crime accord agreement accost approach and speak first to a person ♠ accoutre equip; N. accoutrement accretion growth or increase in size by gradual addi- tion; growth; increase; increase by natural growth; Ex.
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