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- lower; degrade; humiliate
- Anna expected to have to curtsy to the king of siam, but when told to cast herself down on the ground before him, she refused to abase herself.
- He was not at all abashed by her open admiration.
- subsidise or moderate
- Rather than leaving immediately, they waited for the storm to abate.
- renounce; give up
- When the king abdicated the throne, he surprised the country.
- abnormal or deviant
- Given the aberrant nature of the data, we came to doubt the validity of the entire experiment.
abnormality; departure from the norm; mental irregularity or disorder
assist or encourage, usually in doing something wrong
- suspended action
- The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival.
- wretched; lacking pride
- On the street of New York the homeless live in abject poverty, huddling in doorways to find shelter from the wind.
renounce upon oath; disvow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
- The ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
- renunciation; self-sacrifice
- Renunciation of your own interests in favour of the interests of others
cancel; put to an end
detestable; extremely displeasing; very bad
being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native
rubbing away; tending to grind down
- abolish; revoke formally; get rid of
- The king intended to abrogate the decree issued by his predecessor.
- 1. removal by cutting off, as in surgery;
- 2. separation
- When a flower or leaf separates naturally from the parent plant, this process is called abscission or leaf fall.
depart secretly and hide
complete; totally unlimited; certain
- pardon (an offense)
- absolved him of his sins
refrain; withhold from participation
- sparing in eating and drinking; temperate (=not extreme)
- Concerned whether her vegetarian son's abstemious diet provided him with sufficient protein, the worried mother pressed food on him.
restraint from eating or drinking
- theoretical; not concrete; non-representational
- 1. Existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment
- abstract words like 'truth' and 'justice'2. Not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
- a large abstract painting3. Dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention
- abstract reasoning
- obscure (=unclear); profound; difficult to understand
- The professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them.
coarsely insulting; physically harmful
border upon; adjoin (=adjacent to one another)
- His arrogance is exceeded only by his abysmal ignorance.
enormous chasm (=A deep opening in the earth's surface); vast; bottomless pit
- related to a school; not practical or directly useful
- Hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result
- an academic discussion
agree; yield to another's wish or opinion
easy to approach; obtainable
additional object; useful but not an essential thing
applaud; announce with great approval
adjust to climate or environment; adapt
sharp upslope of a hill
- award of merit
- In Hollywood, an "Oscar" is the highest accolade.
oblige or help someone; adapt; adjust or bring into harmony
partner in crime
approach and speak first to a person
accoutre (=accouter) (v.)
- come about by addition
- accrued interest
- You must pay the interest accrued on your debt as well as the principal sum.
bitter or sour in nature; sharp and cutting (in tone)
bitterness of speech and temper
- The salad has an exceedingly acetic flavour.
- slightly sour; sharp; caustic (=Harsh or corrosive in tone)
- sarcastic and acidulous remarks
peak; pinnacle; highest point
science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in
acquiesce (akwee'es) (v.)
assent (=agreement); agree passively
deliverance from a charge
sharp; bitterly pungent
bitter in words or manner
fear of heights
calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
- I fail to understand what actuate you to reply to this letter so nastily.
mental keenness; shrewdness shown by keen insight
quickly perceptive; keen; brief and severe
wise saying; proverb
addition; appendix of a book
compulsive; habitual need
- muddle (=confuse); drive crazy; become rotten
- The idiotic plan is confusing enough to addle anyone.
direct a speech to; deal with or discuss
- expert at
- She was adept at the fine art of irritating people.
- stick fast
- I will adhere to this opinion until proof that I am wrong is presented.
adjoining; neighbouring; close by
something added or attached to another thing but not an essential part of it
- solemn urging
- Her adjuration to tell the truth did not change the witness' testimony.
- staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
- chief adjutant
- warn; reprove (=take to task)
- When her friends questioned her religious beliefs, she admonished then, declaring that she would worship as she pleased.
- Wall paintings adorned her house.
- Her adroit handling of the delicate situation pleased her employers.
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