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abbé a title of respect for any clergyman, esp. in France.
abduct to carry off or lead away, esp. by force; kidnap. [1/2 definitions]
abet to incite, encourage, or aid, esp. in wrongdoing.
ablation erosion, esp. by heat. [1/2 definitions]
ablution a washing or cleansing of oneself, esp. as part of a religious observance or ritual. [1/2 definitions]
abolitionism advocacy of or legal movement toward abolition, esp. of slavery in the United States.
aborigine an original or first inhabitant of an area, esp. a member of a tribe native to Australia. [1/2 definitions]
abortionist one who performs abortions, esp. illegally.
about-face a reversal of one's position or direction, esp. in response to a military command. [1/3 definitions]
abscond to leave suddenly and secretly, esp. to avoid observation or capture.
absentee a person who is absent, esp. from duty, work, or property. [1/2 definitions]
absolute power complete control over someone or something, esp. of a government or ruler over his citizens.
abstain to choose to refrain from something, esp. from actions or things considered to be unhealthy or unwise. [1/2 definitions]
abstinence the denial of satisfaction of one's appetites, esp. the appetite for certain foods, drugs, or sexual activity. [1/2 definitions]
academic freedom in educational institutions, the freedom of a teacher to teach, of a student to learn, and of both to discuss and hold opinions, esp. about social, political, and moral issues, without arbitrary interference or reprisals by school or public officials, organized groups, or the like.
acanthus in architecture, a decoration resembling acanthus leaves, esp. at the top of a Corinthian column. [1/2 definitions]
accelerator a mechanical device that regulates the speed of something, esp. the gas pedal of a car. [1/3 definitions]
accept to receive, esp. willingly. [1/6 definitions]
accompanist one who provides a musical accompaniment, esp. on a piano.
accomplish to succeed in doing or finishing, esp. something that requires effort. [1/3 definitions]
account to provide a count or tally, esp. of money spent and taken in (usually followed by "for"). [1/15 definitions]