1 Ind Sr Word Meaning Sentence 1 A1 abase lower; degrade; humiliate; make humble; make (oneself) lose self-respect Anna expected to have to curtsy to the King of Siam; when told to cast herself down on the ground before him, however she refused to abase herself. 2 A2 abash embarrass He was not at all abashed by her open admiration. 3 A3 abate subside or moderate Rather than leaving immediately, they waited for the storm to abate. 4 A4 abbreviate shorten Because we were running out of time, the lecturer had to abbreviate her speech. 5 A5 abdicate renounce; give up (position, right, or responsibility) When Edward VII abdicated the British throne, he surprised the entire world. 6 A6 aberrant abnormal or deviant Given the aberrant nature of the data, we came to doubt the validity of the entire experiment. 7 A7 aberration deviation from the normal; mental disorder 8 A8 abet assist usually in doing something wrong; encourage She was unwilling to abet him in the swindle he had planned. 9 A9 abeyance suspended action The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival. 10 A10 abhor detest; hate 11 A11 abide dwell; abide by: comply with; put up with; tolerate; Ex. abide by the rules; Ex. I can't abide rude people. 12 A12 abject (of a condition) wretched; as low as possible; lacking pride; very humble; showing lack of self- respect; Ex. abject apology On the streets of New York the homeless live in abject poverty, huddling in doorways to find shelter from the wind. 13 A13 abjure renounce upon oath He abjured his allegiance to the king. 14 A14 ablution washing His daily ablutions were accompanied by loud noises that he humorously labeled "Opera in the Bath." 15 A15 abnegation renunciation; self-sacrifice; self-abnegation Though Rudolph and Duchess Flavia loved one another, their love was doomed, for she had to wed the king; their act of abnegation was necessary to preserve the kingdom. 16 A16 abode dwelling place; home 17 A17 abolish cancel; put an end to 18 A18 abominable detestable; extremely unpleasant 19 A19 abominate loathe; hate Moses scolded the idol worshippers in the tribe because he abominated the custom. 20 A20 aboriginal being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native; indigenous; N. aborigine 21 A21 abortive unsuccessful; fruitless We had to abandon our abortive attempts. 22 A22 abrasive rubbing away; tending to grind down Just as abrasive cleaning powders can wear away a shiny finish, abrasive remarks can wear away a listener's patience. 23 A23 abridge condense or shorten 24 A24 abrogate abolish He intended to abrogate the decree issued by his predecessor. 25 A25 abscission cutting off; separation 26 A26 abscond depart secretly and hide The teller absconded with the bonds and was not found. 27 A27 absolute complete; totally unlimited; having complete power; certain; not relative; Ex. absolute honesty/ruler; CF. absolutism Although the King of Siam was an absolute monarch, he did not want to behead his unfaithful wife without absolute evidence of her infidelity.
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