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2011-01-24 21:21:13

All words beginning in 'a'.
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  1. abash
    v. to make another feel ashamed, embarrassed, uncomfortable, or humiliated; to make someone feel uncomfortable, including yourself, or to cause someone to lose composure.
  2. abate
    v. to put an end to, diminish, or reduce something intensity; to lessen or weaken another thing.
  3. abdicate
    v. to formally give up a position or responsibility; commonly refers to royalty renouncing the throne; to step down from a high government office or other powerful position.
  4. abberation
    n. a departure (usually temporary) from what is normal, desirable, or expected; divergence from a moral standard; deviation from a customary, natural course of action; a defect in a lens or mirror that causes a distorted image.
  5. abet
    v. to assist someone in an activity that is probably illegal; to encourage or assist with a plan or activity, as in the case of an accomplice to a robbery.
  6. abhor
    v. to find something or someone loathsome, contemptible, reprehensible, or repulsive.
  7. abide
    v. to patiently wait or tolerate; to abide is to endure; to bear or accept a person or condition; to withstand or persevere.
  8. abject
    adj. allowing no hope of improvement or relief; in a state of hopelessness, destitution, or resignation; describes the most miserable kind of situation, or the most wretched or degraded person or thing; can also mean extremely humble, as in an apology or request.
  9. abjure
    v. to renounce, repudiate, or give up one's previously held beliefs; to solemnly swear off or recant.
  10. ablution
    n. an act of ceremonial washing or cleansing, usually religious, as in a priest's hands during mass; can also refer to any cleansing, purification, or purging.
  11. abnegate
    v. to renounce something or deny it to yourself, in particular something considered vital or important, such as food in the case of a hunger strike; to give up, as in rights or claims.
  12. aboriginal
    adj. indigenous or native; something that existed first, or an area's first inhabitants; used in reference to the Aborigines of Australia.
  13. abortive
    abj. failing to reach completion; unsuccessful or fruitless.
  14. abrade
    v. to wear away, rub off, or erode through fiction; to break or wear down in a spiritual sense.
  15. abrogate
    v. to formally (and with authority) repeal or cancel something, such as an agreement or a contract; to take official action leading to such an end.
  16. abscond
    v. to run away secretly, often to avoid arrest or criminal charges, and hide yourself.
  17. absolve
    v. to publicly or formally pronounce someone guiltless and blameless; to release someone from any responsibility for an alleged misdeed or, for a priest, to forgive them of sins.
  18. abstemious
    adj. not overindulgent in food or drink; moderate in terms of consumption.
  19. abtruse (ab-STROOSE)
    adj. obscure, complex, and difficult to comprehend; refers to something that requires special effort to grasp.
  20. a capella
    adj. without accompaniment from musical instruments, usually in reference to singing, often in a rhythmic and inventive vocal style.
  21. accede
    v. to give consent or agree to something; to attain or formally accept a high position, or to be party to an international agreement or treaty.
  22. accentuate
    v. to make a feature of something more noticeable; to put emphasis on a syllable, word, or phrase; to strengthen or heighten the effect of something.
  23. accolade
    n. an expression of high praise an esteem; acknowledgement, praise, and public recognition of an achievement.
  24. accrue
    v. to gather over a period of timme; accumulate or grow; to realize an increase or accumulation by gradual means.
  25. acquiescence
    n. passive agreement without objection; assent or compliance with another's demands.
  26. acrid
    adj. strong and bitter in smell or taste; unpleasantly pungent to the smell or taste; can also describe a bitter tone or harsh verbal exchange.
  27. acrimonious
    adj. bitter, angry, or filled with resentment; used to describe mean-spirited or ill-natured language or exchanges that are filled with animosity.
  28. acronym
    n. a word that is formed from the initials or other parts of several words.
  29. acrophobia
    n. an irrational fear of high places, characterized by feelings of dread, danger, and helplessness.
  30. acumen
    n. quick insight; the ablity to make fast, accurate evaluations or judgements about people, situations, or things.
  31. acute
    adj. extremely serious, painful, sharp, shrewd, perceptive, or severe; keenly perceptive, intellectual and sensitive to details; also used in reference to a disease that is severe and quick to crisis.