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Abacus

A frame with rows of beads, used for calculating.

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Abate

to decrease in force or intensity

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Abdicate

to renounce a throne, high office, dignity, or function

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Abetted

to actively second and encourage

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Aboriginal

being the first or earliest known of its kind present in a region

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Abrasive

causing damage or wear

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Abrogate

to abolish

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Abysmal

extremely poor or bad

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Abyss

great space or deep gulf

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Academe

a place of instruction

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Accede

to express approval or give consent

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Accentuate

emphasize or noticeable

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Accessible

capable of being reached

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Accessory

an object that is not essential but adds to the beauty

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Acclaim

applaud or praise

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Acclamation

loud expression of approval or praise

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Acclimate

to adapt to to a new temperature, altitude, climate, environment, or situation

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Accoast

to approach in an aggressive way

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Accredit

to recognize as

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acid rain

the rain that has increased acidity caused by environmental factors

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acidulous

bitter or sour or sharp tasting

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acme

the highest point or stage

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acoustics

effects of sound in a room or building

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acquisitive

possessive

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acquit

to discharge or let free from guilty

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ad-lib

without previous preparation

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addle

confused or rotten

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adjunct

something joined or added to another thing

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adjure

urge or request

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adventurism

take risks in business or politics

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affectation

artificial and designed to impress

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affidavit

a written statement confirmed by oath

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agronomist

an expert in the science of soil management and crop production.

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specialist

a person highly skilled in a particular subject

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albatross

a very large oceanic bird

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alleviate

to relieve or reduce

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alloy

mixture with base metals

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allure

power of attraction or fascination

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alms

to donate or give charity to the poor

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altruism

unselfish

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altruistic

unselfish

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amalgamate

to unite or merge

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amazon

female warriors of Greek mythology

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amelioration

improvement

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amethyst

a deep purple stone

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amnesty

forgiveness or pardon

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analogous

similar or comparable

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animosity

hatred or enemy

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annuity

money paid to someone each year

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anonymous

unknown

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antagonism

opposing view

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anticlimax

a disappointing end to an exciting or impressive series of events

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antidote

prevents or relieves

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apartheid

segregation

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appellation

A title or name

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apperceptive

consciousness

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applique

decoration with a needle

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apprehensive

worried or fearful

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approbation

approval

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arachnid

A spider species with four pairs of legs but no antennae

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archaic

very old or old fashioned

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archipelago

a group of islands

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ardor

enthusiasm or passion

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arduous

difficult and tiring

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aria

melody or tune

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armoire

tall cupboard or wardrobe

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ascertain

to find out or learn with certainty

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ascribe

attribute something

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aspersion

misleading charge meant to harm someone's reputation

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assiduously

with great care and perseverance

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asteroid

a small rocky body orbiting the sun

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astute

mentally sharp or clever

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atheistic

lacking belief in the existence of God.

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pertaining

to belong as a part or member

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attune

to make aware

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audacious

bold or daring

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auditory

sense of hearing

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aural

ear or to the sense of hearing

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auspicious

showing or suggesting that future success

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autistic

difficulties with social interaction and communication

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autocratic

a ruler who has absolute power

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autonomy

the quality or state of being self-governing

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auxiliary

offering or providing help

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avatar

an incarnation in human form

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avian

relating to birds

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avidity

extreme eagerness or enthusiasm

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awe

a feeling of amazement

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axis

an striaght line about which a body rotates.