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  • abhor

    to loathe, detest

    abject

    brought low in condition or status

    abortive

    failing to accomplish an intended result

    abridged

    condensed, shortened

    abscond

    to depart secretly

    absolve

    to forgive, free from blame

    accede

    to express approval, agree to

    accessible

    attainable, available, approachable

    accolade

    praise, distinction

    accost

    to approach and speak to someone

    accrue

    to accumulate, grow by addition

    acme

    highest point, summit

    acquiesce

    to accept without opposition, comply quietly

    acquittal

    release from blame

    acrid

    harsh, bitter

    acrimony

    bitterness, animosity

    acuity

    sharpness of perception or vision

    acute

    sharp, pointed, severe

    adage

    old saying or proverb

    adamant

    uncompromising

    adapt

    to accommodate, adjust

    adhere

    to hold fast or stick by something, as if by gluing

    adjacent

    next to

    adjunct

    added as an auxiliary staff member

    admonish

    to caution, correct, express disapproval

    adroitly

    skillfully

    adulation

    high praise

    adumbrate

    to sketch or outline in a shadowy way, to foreshadow

    advantageous

    favorable, useful

    aerial

    having to do with the air

    affable

    friendly, easy to approach

    affinity

    fondness, liking, similarity

    affluent

    rich, abundant

    affront

    personal offense, insult

    aggregate

    collective mass or sum, total

    aggrieved

    troubled in spirit, distressed

    agile

    well coordinated, flexible in a graceful way

    agitation

    commotion, excitement, uneasiness

    agrarian

    relating to farming or rural matters

    ajar

    slightly open

    algorithm

    mechanical problem-solving procedure

    alias

    an assumed name, false name

    alienate

    to make unfriendly or hostile where there had formerly been affection

    alleviate

    to relieve, ease

    allude

    to make indirect reference, to refer

    allure

    to entice by charm, attract

    aloof

    detached, indifferent

    altercation

    noisy dispute

    altruistic

    unselfish, concerned for the welfare of others

    ambiguous

    unclear, subject to multiple interpretations

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