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Abase

Deprive of self-esteem, confidence.

Dennis felt ABASED after his parents told him they liked his brother better.

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Abstinence

Denial of an indulgence or appetite.

While in training for the marathon, Elsa's coach insists on ABSTINENCE from sugary soft drinks.

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Abstract

Apart from actual, specific, concrete ideas or events.

The essay would be persuasive if it were less ABSTRACT and more specific.

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Abstruse

Hard to understand.

The assigned text was so ABSTRUSE I have no idea how I'll pass the test.

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Accessible

Easy to approach or enter.

We built a ramp to make the house wheelchair ACCESSIBLE.

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Acclaim

Enthusiastic approval or welcome.

The play received race reviews and nationwide ACCLAIM.

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Acquiesce

To submit without protest.

Aaron rarely stands up to his wife; he ACQUIESCES to her every whim.

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Adept

Skilled.

My mom is ADEPT at making a delicious meal from random ingredients.

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Adherence

Faithful attachment.

Strict ADHERENCE to every rule is something boring.

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Adroit

Expert, skilled, or nimble.

Lane is an ADROIT skier and snowboarder; he makes us all look like beginners.

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Adulation

Excessive adoration or admiration.

Justine was the subject of nonstop ADULATION on her wedding day.

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Advocate

To speak or write in favor of.

A group of teachers joined together to ADVOCATE literacy in the community.

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Aesthetic

Related to beauty.

The AESTHETIC changes made the room more welcoming.

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Affable

Easy to approach or talk to.

Allen's AFFABLE personality makes him the perfect customer service representative.

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Affluence

Abundance of wealth.

Oprah's AFFLUENCE allows her to support numerous charities.

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Alacrity

Cheerful willingness.

My grandmother climbed the hill with surprising ALACRITY.

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Allegation

An assertion/accusation made with little or no proof.

The ALLEGATIONS of bribery turned out to be false.

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Alleviate

To make easier to endure.

Many people believe a steak will ALLEVIATE the swelling on a black eye.

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Allude

To refer casually or indirectly.

Let's not ALLUDE to my poor grades in math last year.

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Altruism

Unselfish concern for others.

Motivated by ALTRUISM, the lottery winner donated his winnings to charity.

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Ambiguous

Open to several meanings or interpretations.

Will's AMBIGUOUS response left us wondering what he actually did last night.

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Ambivalent

Uncertainty or fluctuation, mixed feelings.

Gretchen was AMBIVALENT about going to the beach on a windy day.

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Amiable

Showing pleasant or good natured qualities.

John's AMIABLE nature helps him make friends easily.

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Anachronism

Something out of place in historical time.

If a movie character living in the 1950s were listening to an MP3 player, that would be an ANACHRONISM.

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Anecdote

A short, amusing story.

Aaron loves to tell the ANECDOTE about how he drove a car at age five.

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Animated

Full of life or spirit.

Jim's ANIMATED facial expressions are both weird and hilarious.

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Animosity

A feeling of strong dislike.

Joanne has a lot of ANIMOSITY toward her roommate, who steals clothes and money.

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Antagonistic

Acting in opposition to another.

Shane has an ANTAGONISTIC streak; he's always picking on someone.

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Apathetic

Having or showing little emotion, uncaring.

It's hard to go see a movie with Ian because he's APATHETIC about everything I suggest.

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Apprehensive

Uneasy or fearful, nervous.

Ned always feels APPREHENSIVE before a big test.

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Appropriated

To take possession of.

The detective APPROPRIATED my car to chase bad guys down the freeway.

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Ardent

Having intense or passionate feeling, enthusiastic.

Mike is such an ARDENT fan, he has a copy of every song the Beatles ever recorded.

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Arrogant

Acting superior.

The defeated team was tired of listening to the ARROGANT boasting of the winners.

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Articulate

Using language easily or clearly, eloquent.

Tim's ARTICULATE speech made his crazy ideas seem logical.

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Aspect

A part, feature, or phase, facet.

Organization is one ASPECT of a well-written essay.

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Assertion

A statement or declaration, often without reasoning or support.

Ted's most common ASSERTION during trivia games was "I knew that already."

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Assuage

To made milder or less severe.

To ASSUAGE his guilt about forgetting her birthday, Bob bought his girlfriend a lot of flowers.

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Astute

Having practical intelligence, shrewd.

The detective's ASTUTE observations helped solve the crime.

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Atypical

Not typical, not conforming to type, unusual.

Joe's love of reading is ATYPICAL of the kids in his family.

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Augment

To make larger.

We need to AUGMENT the curriculum to include more art classes.

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Austere

Severe in manner or appearance, strict.

Ms. Kenney's AUSTERE nature made her students fearful.

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Authenticity

The quality of being authentic or genuine, validity.

Convenience store clerks usually check large bills for AUTHENTICITY.

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Autonomy

Independence or freedom of will.

There were do many rules at the boarding school that students had little, if any, AUTONOMY.