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abate
reduce, diminish
abdicate
formally give up the throne (or some other power or responsibility)
aberrant
abnormal, deviant
abhor
detest, regard with disgust
abjure
give up renounce; repudiate, recant, or shun (especially formally or under oath)
abrasive
rough, suitable for grinding or polishing (such as sandpaper); causing irritation or annoyance
abridge
reduce or lessen; shorten by omitting parts throughout while retaining the main idea
abstain
hold back, refrain (especially from something bad or unhealthy); decline to vote
acme
summit, peak, highest point
activism
the practice of pursuing political or other goals through vigorous action, often including protests and demonstrations
adhere
stick to, such as with glue, or to a plan or belief
admonish
mildly scold; caution, advise, or remind to do something
adverse
opposing, harmful
advocate
speak or argue in favor of; a person who pleads for a cause or on behalf of another person
aesthetic
concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste, pertaining to the science of what is beautiful; a sense of beauty and taste of a particular time and place
affable
warm and friendly, pleasant, approachable
affectation
fake behavior (such as in speech or dress) adopted to give a certain impression
aggrandize
make greater; exaggerate
aggregate
gather together, amount to; constituting a whole made up of constituent parts
alacrity
cheerful or speedy willingness