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  1. abash
    (uh-BASH)
    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
    (uh-BATE)
    v. to put an end to, diminish, or reduce something intensity; to lessen or weaken another thing.
  3. abdicate
    (AB-di-kate)
    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
    (a-buh-RAY-shun)
    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
    (uh-BET)
    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
    (ab-HORE)
    v. to find something or someone loathsome, contemptible, reprehensible, or repulsive.
  7. abide
    (uh-BIDE)
    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
    (AB-jekt)
    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
    (ab-JOOR)
    v. to renounce, repudiate, or give up one's previously held beliefs; to solemnly swear off or recant.
  10. ablution
    (ah-BLOO-shun)
    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
    (AB-ne-gate)
    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
    (a-buh-RIDGE-ih-nul)
    adj. indigenous or native; something that existed first, or an area's first inhabitants; used in reference to the Aborigines of Australia.
  13. abortive
    (uh-BOR-tive)
    abj. failing to reach completion; unsuccessful or fruitless.
  14. abrade
    (uh-BRADE)
    v. to wear away, rub off, or erode through fiction; to break or wear down in a spiritual sense.
  15. abrogate
    (A-bro-gate)
    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
    (ab-SKOND)
    v. to run away secretly, often to avoid arrest or criminal charges, and hide yourself.
  17. absolve
    (ab-SOLV)
    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
    (ab-STEE-me-us)
    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
    (ah-kuh-PEH-la)
    adj. without accompaniment from musical instruments, usually in reference to singing, often in a rhythmic and inventive vocal style.
  21. accede
    (ak-SEED)
    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
    (ak-SEN-shoo-ate)
    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
    (A-keh-lade)
    n. an expression of high praise an esteem; acknowledgement, praise, and public recognition of an achievement.
  24. accrue
    (uh-CRUE)
    v. to gather over a period of timme; accumulate or grow; to realize an increase or accumulation by gradual means.
  25. acquiescence
    (A-kwee-ESS-unce)
    n. passive agreement without objection; assent or compliance with another's demands.
  26. acrid
    (A-krid)
    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
    (a-krih-MOH-nee-us)
    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
    (a-kroh-NIM)
    n. a word that is formed from the initials or other parts of several words.
  29. acrophobia
    (a-croh-FO-bee-a)
    n. an irrational fear of high places, characterized by feelings of dread, danger, and helplessness.
  30. acumen
    (a-CUE-men)
    n. quick insight; the ablity to make fast, accurate evaluations or judgements about people, situations, or things.
  31. acute
    (a-CUTE)
    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.

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