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  • Abase (v.)—to humiliate, to degrade
  • Abate (v.)—to reduce or to lessen
  • Abdicate (v.)—to give up a position, usually one of great power or authority
  • Abduct (v.)—to kidnap, take by force
  • Aberration (n.)—something that differs from what’s normal
  • abet (v.)—to encourage or assist (someone)—to do something wrong, in particular to commit a crime
  • Abhor (v.)—to hate, detest
  • Abide—To agree
  • Abject (adj.)—wretched, pitiful
  • Abjure (v.)—to reject, renounce
  • Abort (v.)—to give up on a half-finished project or effort
  • Abridge a. (v.)—to cut down, shorten; b. (adj.)—shortened
  • Abrogate (v.)—to abolish, usually by authority
  • Abscond (v.)—to sneak away and hide
  • Absolution (n.)—freedom from blame, guilt, sin
  • Abstain (v.)—to freely choose not to commit an action
  • Abstruse (adj.)—hard to comprehend
  • Accede (v.)—to agree
  • Accentuate (v.)—to stress, highlight
  • Accessible (adj.)—obtainable, reachable
  • Acclaim (n.)—high praise
  • Accolade (n.)—high praise, special distinction, approbation
  • Accord (n.)—an agreement
  • Accost (v.)—to confront verbally
  • Accretion (n.)—slow growth in size or amount
  • Acerbic (adj.)—biting, bitter in tone or taste
  • Acquiesce (v.)—to agree without protesting
  • Acrimony (n.)—bitterness, discord
  • Acumen (n.)—keen insight
  • Acute a. (adj.)—sharp, severe;
  • b. (adj.)—having keen insight
  • Adamant (adj.)—impervious, immovable, unyielding
  • adept (adj.)—extremely skilled
  • adhere a. (n.)—to stick to something; b. (n.)—to follow devoutly
  • admonish (v.)—to caution, criticize, reprove, to warn lightly
  • adorn (v.)—to decorate
  • adroit (adj.)—skillful, dexterous, deft
  • adulation (n.)—extreme praise
  • adverse (adj.)—antagonistic, unfavorable, dangerous
  • aesthetic (adj.)—artistic, related to one’s sense of beauty
  • affable (adj.)—friendly, amiable
  • affinity (n.)—a spontaneous feeling of closeness
  • affluent (adj.)—rich, wealthy
  • affront (n.)—an insult
  • aggrandize (v.)—to increase or make greater
  • aggregate a. (n.)—a whole or total; b. (v.)—to gather into a mass
  • aggrieved (adj.)—distressed, wronged, injured
  • agile (adj.)—quick, nimble
  • agnostic (adj.)—doubting the existence of God
  • aisle (n.)—a passageway between rows of seats
  • alacrity (n.)—eagerness, speed
  • allay (v.)—to soothe, ease, put to rest
  • allege (v.)—to assert, usually without proof
  • alleviate (v.)—to relieve, make more bearable

[Opposite – Aggravate]

  • aloof (adj.)—reserved, distant
  • altercation (n.)—a dispute, fight
  • amalgamate (v.)—to bring together, unite
  • ambiguous (adj.)—uncertain, variably interpretable
  • ambivalent (adj.)—having opposing feelings
  • ameliorate (v.)—to improve
  • amenable (adj.)—willing, compliant
  • amiable/amicable (adj.)—friendly
  • anachronistic (adj.)—out of its proper time
  • analgesic (n.)—something that reduces pain
  • analogous (adj.)—similar to, so that an analogy can be drawn
  • anarchist (n.)—one who opposes and wants to eliminate all forms of government and law
  • anathema (n.)—something cursed, a detestable person
  • anecdote (n.)—a short, humorous account
  • anguish (n.)—extreme sadness, torment
  • annex a. (v.)—to incorporate a space; b. (n.)—a space attached to a larger space
  • annul (v.)—to make void or invalid
  • anomaly (n.)—something that does not fit into the normal order
  • anonymous (adj.)—being unknown, unrecognized
  • antagonism (n.)—hostility
  • antecedent (n.)—something that came before
  • anthology (n.)—a selected collection of writings, songs, etc.
  • antipathy (n.)—a strong dislike, repugnance
  • antiquated (adj.)—old, out of date
  • antiseptic (adj.)—clean, sterile
  • antithesis (n.)—the absolute opposite
  • apathetic (adj.)—lacking concern, non-emotional
  • apocryphal (adj.)—probably fictitious, probably false or wrong
  • appalling (adj.)—inspiring shock, horror, disgust
  • appease (v.)—to calm, satisfy
  • appraise (v.)—to assess worth or value
  • apprehend a. (v.)—to seize, arrest; b. (v.)—to perceive, understand, grasp
  • arable (adj.)—suitable for growing crops
  • arbiter (n.)—one who can resolve a dispute or make a decision
  • arbitrary (adj.)—based on random factors
  • arboreal (adj.)—of or relating to trees
  • arcane (adj.)—obscure, secret, known only by a few
  • archaic (adj.)—of or relating to an earlier period in time, outdated
  • archetypal (adj.)—the most representative or typical example of something
  • ardor (n.)—extreme vigor, energy, enthusiasm
  • arid (adj.)—excessively dry
  • arrogate (v.)—to take without justification
  • artifact (n.)—a remaining piece from an extinct culture or place
  • artisan (n.)—a craftsman
  • ascetic (adj.)—practicing restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually religious
  • ascribe (v.)—to assign, credit, attribute to
  • aspersion (n.)—a curse, expression of ill-will
  • aspire (v.)—to long for or to aim toward
  • assail (v.)—to attack
  • assiduous (adj.)—hard-working, diligent
  • assuage (v.)—to ease, pacify
  • astute (adj.)—very clever, crafty
  • atone (v.)—to repent, make amends
  • atrophy (v.)—to wither away, decay
  • attribute a. (v.)—to credit, assign; b. (n.)—a facet or trait
  • audacious (adj.)—excessively bold, brave
  • augment (v.)—to add to, expand
  • auspicious (adj.)—favorable, indicative of good things
  • austere (adj.)—very bare, bleak, strict in manner
  • avenge (v.)—to seek revenge
  • aversion (n.)—a particular dislike for something





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