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'Tis the mind that makes the body rich.-Shakespeare.
abatis, abattis (åb'-à-tis; French, á-bà-tē'), n. A defense of
trees cut down, with the branches sharpened and turned to the enemy.
It revealed a deep abatis rendered more effective by
barbed wire. aberrant (ăb-ěr'-ắnt), adj. Straying from the right course; wandering; abnormal.
His actions became more aberrant. aberration (ăb-ēr-ā'-shủn), n. Deviation; mental disorder; a wandering away.
It is only a mental aberration.
She changed the course of the conversation, bringing it
back from an unpleasant aberration. abeyance (à bā'-ăns), n. Suspension; temporary suppression or
inaction. Law: A state of expectation. Word of similar import, “suspension.”
"Christmas found the wedding date still in abeyance."
His power of speech, temporarily in abeyance, was slowly
returning. ablution (ăb-lū'-shủn), n. Cleansing or washing; a ceremonial washing; also water so used.
The Hindus consider bathing a sacred duty, and utter a prayer after each ablution.
They were allowed to perform their ablutions every day in the sea.
The daily ablutions of the birds amused her.
abnegation (ăb-nē-gā'-shŭn), n. Self-denial; a renunciation; self-sacrifice. Word of similar import, “denial."
This would involve self-abnegation.
The ardor of self-abnegation reflected in her face. abolition (åb-o-lish'-un), n. State of being abolished; utter destruction; annulment. Word of similar import, "extinction."
They encouraged the abolition of serfdom.
There was a strong sentiment expressed by those present for the abolition of the constitution.
This was after the abolition of slavery. aboriginal (ăb-ā-rij'-1-năl), adj. Of or belonging to the first in
habitants of a country; first; simple; native. Words of similar import, “primitive,” "native."
The aboriginal laws were very crude.
The aboriginal customs of Darkest Africa were far from
civilized. abortive (-bôr'-tỉv), adj. Brought forth too early; born prematurely; hence, ineffectual, not perfectly developed.
Lacking consideration of the facts, the decision will
prove abortive. abrogate (ăb'-ro-gāt), v. t. Annul by an authoritative aet; repeal. Word of similar import, "cancel.”
He did not possess authority to abrogate this law.
It pleased them to abrogate old customs. abscond (ăb-skond'), v. i. Steal off; depart clandestinely; decamp; depart secretly.
Then he suddenly absconds with a large sum.
We accidentally met the absconding bank clerk. abstemious (ăb-stē'-mi-ūs), adj. Temperate; abstaining from
usual food and drink; drinking and eating sparingly; characterized by self-denial. Word of similar import, "abstinent."
He was abstemious.
To grief and anguish one abstemious day.-Pope. abysmal (å-biz'-mål), adj. Pertaining to an abyss; fathomless; bottomless; profound; a vast moral or intellectual depth.
We could almost see them sink into the abysmal depths of despondency.
It seemed to ascend into the abysmal blue above.
Abysmal despair caused the unfortunate to lose hope. academic (ăk-à-děm'-ik), adj. Of a philosophic character; lit
erary; scholarly; pertaining to a college or university.
This question now has become purely academic.
Knowledge of this is altogether academic. accede căk-sēd'), v. i. To enter or come into possession of
an office; to agree; to come to assent or agreement; to yield; to give one's consent. Words of similar import, "agree,' "acquiesce," "comply.”
They readily acceded to it without the faintest reluctance.
Every one accedes to Margaret's wishes. acerose (ăs'-ēr-os), adj. Having a sharp point; needle-shaped. Chiefly used in botany.
Here we have the acerose needles of the pine. accelerate (åk-sěl'-ēr-āt), v. t. To quicken; to increase the rate of motion; hasten. Word of similar import, "expedite."
They came to accelerate development.
He was never known to accelerate his speed, whatever befell.
We often accelerate the destruction which we would
avoid. accentuato (ăk-sěn'-tū-āt), v. t. Emphasize; bring out into prominence.
The value of this experience is to accentuate the fact that right always prevails.
This fact they emphasize and accentuate. accessible (ăk-sěs'-1-b'l), adj. Approachable; easy of access;
attainable. Words of similar import, "approachable," "attainable.”
The place is easily accessible from all sides.
Unless above himself he can erect himself, how poor a thing is man.-Samuel Daniel. accessory (ăk-sěs'-ā-ri), adj. also n. Contributing; acting in
subordination to the principal agent; accompanying; that which belongs to something else; additional. Words of similar import, "associate," "confederate," "helper."
He was considered an accessory to the felony.
Of the many accessories of knowledge, the power of expression is the most valuable.
These are indispensable accessories.
acclimate (ă-kli'-māt), v. t. also i. To habituate or become
accustomed to a climate not native; to adapt to a new or different climate. “Acclimatize” more generally used.
They were not acclimated.
acclimatize (ă-kli'-må-tiz), v. t. also i. To become inured to a climate not native.
He became acclimatized.
accolade (åk-o-lād'), n. Literally, a salutation or embrace used
in conferring knighthood, consisting of a kiss, or the like; now a tap on the shoulder with the flat of a sword, for the same purpose; fig., a recognition of merit.
No accolade of knighthood could have given greater honor.
accord (ă-kôrd'), v. t., also i, also n. Harmonize, as differences
or persons; to grant as proper or suitable; concede; give agreement; to agree; consent; assent; harmony, as of sound, sentiment, etc. Words of similar import, "conform," harmonize."
My views accord with yours.
If I had been accorded the selection of environment, my life would have been a success.
She longed for prestige, and through their influence it was accorded her.
accoutrement (ă-kõõ'-tér-měnt), n. Equipment; state of being equipped or dressed.
His military accoutrement was perfect.
The parade was not far away; the clattering sound of
accoutrements reached us. accredit (ă-krěd'-ít), v. t.; accredited, p. a. To sanction; authorize; trust.
He was the accredited messenger. accretion (ă-krē'-shữn), n. Extraneous formation; increase or
growth by external addition; an accumulation. Words of similar import, “increase," "addition.”
This is an unfoldment, not accretion. accrue (ă-kroo'), v. i. To increase; to be added as increase,
especially as the produce of money lent; to accumulate as interest.
They spoke of the advantages which might accrue to them.
We will share in the benefits that will accrue.
No benefit could accrue from this. acerbity (a-sûr'-bi-ti), n. Severity; bitterness; harshness. Word of similar import, "sharpness.
There was acerbity in her voice.