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deprive of self-esteem, confidence (v.)
Dennis felt abased after his parents told him they liked his brother better.
- denial of an indulgence or appetite (n.)
- While in training for the marathon, Elsa's coach insists on abstinence from sugary soft drinks.
apart from actual, specific, concrete ideas or events (adj.)
The essay would be persuasive if it were less abstract and more specific.
Syn: general, unspecific
hard to understand (adj.)
The assigned text was so abstruse I have no idea how I'll pass the test.
Syn: complex, esoteric
easy to approach or enter (adj.)
We build a ramp to make the house wheelchair accessible.
Syn: attainable, reachable
enthusiastic approval or welcome (n.)
The play received rave reviews and nationwide acclaim.
Syn: celebrate, applaud
to submit without protest (v.)
Aaron rarely stands up to his wife; he acquiesces to her every whim.
Syn: assent, agree
My mom is adept at making a delicious meal from random ingredients.
Syn: able, accomplished
faithful attachment (n.)
Strict adherence to every rule is sometimes boring.
Syn: obedience, devotion
expert, skilled, or nimble (adj.)
Lane is an adroit skier and snowboarder; he makes us all look like beginners.
Syn: facile, adept