ABANDON: To give up completely – abandoned the sinking ship.
Synonyms: relinquish, forgo, forsake

ABASH: To lose self-confidence; to confuse, put to shame – abashed before the assembled
Synonyms: fluster, disconcert, discomfit, discompose.
Antonym: (adj.) self-possessed

ABDICATE: To give up claim to – abdicated the throne.
Synonyms: renounce, abandon, relinquish

ABET: To encourage -or support – treacherously abetted the enemy.
Synonyms: spur, incite.
Antonym: deter

ABRIDGE: To shorten – abridged his lengthy speech.
Synonyms: curtail, diminish, retrench.
Antonyms: protract, elongate, amplify

ABROGATE: To abolish or render void – a treaty abrogated by mutual consent.
Synonyms: annul, nullify, rescind, void.

ABSTEMIOUS: Moderate in the use of food or drink – abstemious in his habits.
Synonym: temperate

ACADEMIC: Pertaining to school; theoretical academic interests; an academic discussion, with
no practical implications.
Synonym: scholastic

ACCEDE: To agree to – accede to a request.
Synonym: assent.
Antonym: demur

ACCELERATE: – To quicken, speed tip – took an accelerated course in order to graduate early.
Synonym: expedite (adj. expeditious).
Antonym: retard.

ACCOLADE: An award or salute – a tremendous accolade for a returning hero. Synonyms:
tribute, ovation

ACCORD: Agreement or harmony – in full accord with his view.
Synonyms: concord, concurrence.
Antonyms: dissension, discord

ACRIMONIOUS: Sharp or harsh in language or temper – stung by the acrimonious remark. Synonyms: caustic, acerb, pungent, tart, mordant, acrid; (noun) asperity.
Antonyms: suave, affable,

ACUMEN: Keenness of mind or insight – showing exceptional business acumen.
Synonyms: perspicacity, discernment, perception.
Antonym: obtuseness.

ADMONISH (noun: ADMONITION): To warn or find fault gently – admonishing the unruly child.
Synonyms: chide, caution, reprimand, reprehend, reproach.

ADVERSARY: (adj.: ADVERSE): An opponent – his adversary in a bitter debate.
Synonym: antagonist.
Antonyms: cohort, confederate, ally, accomplice.

ADVERSITY: Misfortune – calm in the face of adversity.
Synonyms: affliction, mischance, reverses.

AESTHETIC: Pertaining to the beautiful – interested in aesthetic values rather than in purely practical affairs.

AFFABLE: Sociable, courteous, and agreeable in manner a much admired, affable gentleman. Synonyms: civil, complaisant, benign, gracious, genial, urbane, cordial.
Antonyms: curt, brusque, rude, boorish, surly.

AFFLUENT: Prosperous, flourishing; copious – a large bequest from an affluent grandfather. Synonyms: opulent, profuse.
Antonyms: destitute, impecunious.

AGGRESSIVE (noun: AGGRESSION. an unprovoked attack): self-assertive; attacking, offensive – annoyed people by his aggressive attitude.
Synonyms: bumptious, officious, obtrusive.
Antonyms: meek, humble, retiring, diffident.

ALACRITY: Eagerness; cheerful promptness – responded to the flattering offer with alacrity. Synonyms: celerity, briskness, energy, animation.
Antonyms: apathy, nonchalance, sluggishness, lethargy, phlegmatism.

ALIENATE: To estrange – alterated by his gruff manner.

ALLAY: To calm; to lessen in severity – at ease now that his fears have been allayed. Synonyms: appease, alleviate, pacify, assuage, abate, mitigate, propitiate, mollify, placate. Antonyms: intensify, aggravate.

ALLUDE (noun: ALLUSION): To refer to indirectly – alluded quite subtly to his friend’s misfortune.
Synonyms: insinuate, intimate, imply.

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