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4825 Words That Start With A

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abruptness (noun) an abrupt discourteous manner Synonyms: gruffness, shortness, curtness, brusqueness
(noun) the property possessed by a slope that is very steep Synonyms: precipitousness, steepness
(noun) the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning Synonyms: precipitance, precipitancy, precipitateness, precipitousness, suddenness
abscess (noun) symptom consisting of a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue
abscessed (adjective) infected and filled with pus
abscise (verb) shed flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of a scar tissue
(verb) remove or separate by abscission
abscissa (noun) the value of a coordinate on the horizontal axis
abscission (noun) shedding of flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of scar tissue in a plant
(noun) the act of cutting something off Synonyms: cutting off
abscond (verb) run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along Synonyms: run off, make off, decamp, go off, absquatulate, bolt
absconder (noun) a fugitive who runs away and hides to avoid arrest or prosecution
abscondment (noun) the act of running away secretly (as to avoid arrest) Synonyms: decampment
abseil (verb) descend by means of a rappel Synonyms: rappel, rope down
(noun) (mountaineering) a descent of a vertical cliff or wall made by using a doubled rope that is fixed to a higher point and wrapped around the body Synonyms: rappel
abseiler (noun) a person who descends down a nearly vertical face by using a doubled rope that is wrapped around the body and attached to some high point Synonyms: rappeller
absence (noun) the state of being absent
(noun) failure to be present
(noun) the time interval during which something or somebody is away
(noun) the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; common in petit mal epilepsy Synonyms: absence seizure
absent (verb) stay away or leave Synonyms: remove
(adjective) not being in a specified place
(adjective) nonexistent Synonyms: missing, wanting, lacking
(adjective) lost in thought; showing preoccupation Synonyms: scatty, absentminded, abstracted
absentee (noun) one that is absent or not in residence
absenteeism (noun) habitual absence from work
absently (adverb) in an absentminded or preoccupied manner Synonyms: inattentively, absentmindedly, abstractedly
absentminded (adjective) lost in thought; showing preoccupation Synonyms: scatty, absent, abstracted
absentmindedly (adverb) in an absentminded or preoccupied manner Synonyms: inattentively, absently, abstractedly
absentmindedness (noun) preoccupation so great that the ordinary demands on attention are ignored
absinth (noun) strong green liqueur flavored with wormwood and anise Synonyms: absinthe
absinthe (noun) aromatic herb of temperate Eurasia and North Africa having a bitter taste used in making the liqueur absinthe Synonyms: old man, common wormwood, Artemisia absinthium, lad's love
(noun) strong green liqueur flavored with wormwood and anise Synonyms: absinth
absolute (noun) something that is conceived or that exists independently and not in relation to other things; something that does not depend on anything else and is beyond human control; something that is not relative
(adjective) perfect or complete or pure
(adjective) complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers Synonyms: rank, right-down, downright, out-and-out, sheer
(adjective) not limited by law
(adjective) expressing finality with no implication of possible change
(adjective) not capable of being violated or infringed Synonyms: infrangible, inviolable
absolutely (adverb) completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers Synonyms: utterly, dead, perfectly
(adverb) totally and definitely; without question
absoluteness (noun) the quality of being complete or utter or extreme Synonyms: utterness, starkness
(noun) the quality of being absolute
absolution (noun) the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance
(noun) the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance Synonyms: remission, remission of sin, remittal
absolutisation (noun) the process of rendering something absolute or converting it into an absolute. Synonyms: absolutization
absolutism (noun) dominance through threat of punishment and violence Synonyms: despotism, tyranny
(noun) a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.) Synonyms: totalitarianism, monocracy, despotism, dictatorship, one-man rule, Stalinism, shogunate, Caesarism, authoritarianism, tyranny
(noun) an ideological belief in the complete and unrestricted power of government. Synonyms: totalism, totalitarianism
(noun) the doctrine of an absolute being, often related to idealism in philosophy.
absolutist (adjective) pertaining to the principle of totalitarianism Synonyms: absolutistic
(noun) one who advocates absolutism
absolutistic (adjective) pertaining to the principle of totalitarianism Synonyms: absolutist
absolutization (noun) the process of rendering something absolute or converting it into an absolute. Synonyms: absolutisation
absolve (verb) grant remission of a sin to Synonyms: shrive
(verb) let off the hook Synonyms: free
absolved (adjective) freed from any question of guilt Synonyms: exculpated, exonerated, vindicated, clear, cleared
absolver (noun) someone who grants absolution
absolvitory (adjective) providing absolution Synonyms: exonerative, forgiving
absorb (verb) become imbued
(verb) take up mentally Synonyms: ingest, assimilate, take in
(verb) take up, as of debts or payments Synonyms: take over
(verb) take in, also metaphorically Synonyms: imbibe, draw, soak up, take in, take up, suck, sop up, suck up
(verb) cause to become one with
(verb) suck or take up or in Synonyms: take in
(verb) devote (oneself) fully to Synonyms: immerse, plunge, engross, engulf, soak up, steep
(verb) assimilate or take in
(verb) consume all of one's attention or time Synonyms: occupy, engage, engross
absorbable (adjective) capable of being absorbed or taken in through the pores of a surface
absorbance (noun) (physics) a measure of the extent to which a substance transmits light or other electromagnetic radiation Synonyms: photographic density, optical density, transmission density
absorbate (noun) a material that has been or is capable of being absorbed
absorbed (adjective) giving or marked by complete attention to Synonyms: rapt, intent, engrossed, enwrapped, wrapped, captive
(adjective) retained without reflection
absorbefacient (adjective) inducing or promoting absorption Synonyms: sorbefacient
absorbency (noun) the property of being absorbent
absorbent (noun) a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance Synonyms: absorbent material
(adjective) having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.) Synonyms: absorptive
absorber (noun) (physics) material in a nuclear reactor that absorbs radiation
absorbing (adjective) capable of arousing and holding the attention Synonyms: riveting, gripping, engrossing, fascinating
absorptance (noun) a measure of the rate of decrease in the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (as light) as it passes through a given substance; the fraction of incident radiant energy absorbed per unit mass or thickness of an absorber Synonyms: coefficient of absorption, absorption coefficient
absorption (noun) (chemistry) a process in which one substance permeates another; a fluid permeates or is dissolved by a liquid or solid Synonyms: soaking up
(noun) (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium
(noun) the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another Synonyms: assimilation
(noun) the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion Synonyms: assimilation
(noun) complete attention; intense mental effort Synonyms: immersion, concentration, engrossment
(noun) the mental state of being preoccupied by something Synonyms: preoccupancy, preoccupation, engrossment
absorptive (adjective) having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.) Synonyms: absorbent
absorptivity (noun) (physics) the property of a body that determines the fraction of the incident radiation or sound flux absorbed or absorbable by the body Synonyms: absorption factor
absquatulate (verb) run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along Synonyms: run off, make off, decamp, go off, abscond, bolt
abstain (verb) refrain from voting
(verb) choose not to consume Synonyms: refrain, desist
abstainer (noun) someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline Synonyms: ascetic
(noun) a person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beverages Synonyms: nondrinker, abstinent
abstemious (adjective) sparing in consumption of especially food and drink
(adjective) marked by temperance in indulgence Synonyms: light
abstemiously (adverb) in a sparing manner; without overindulgence Synonyms: temperately
abstemiousness (noun) restricted to bare necessities
(noun) moderation in eating and drinking
abstention (noun) the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol) Synonyms: abstinence
abstentious (adjective) self-restraining; not indulging an appetite especially for food or drink Synonyms: abstinent
abstinence (noun) the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol) Synonyms: abstention
(noun) act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
abstinent (adjective) self-restraining; not indulging an appetite especially for food or drink Synonyms: abstentious
(noun) a person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beverages Synonyms: nondrinker, abstainer
abstract (verb) consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically
(verb) make off with belongings of others Synonyms: sneak, lift, hook, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, snarf, swipe, cabbage, filch
(verb) consider apart from a particular case or instance
(verb) give an abstract (of)
(noun) a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance Synonyms: abstraction
(noun) a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory Synonyms: outline, precis, synopsis
(adjective) existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment
(adjective) not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature Synonyms: nonfigurative, nonobjective, abstractionist
(adjective) dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention
abstracted (adjective) lost in thought; showing preoccupation Synonyms: scatty, absent, absentminded
abstractedly (adverb) in an absentminded or preoccupied manner Synonyms: inattentively, absently, absentmindedly
abstractedness (noun) preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else Synonyms: abstraction
abstracter (noun) one who makes abstracts or summarizes information Synonyms: abstractor
abstraction (noun) a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance Synonyms: abstract
(noun) the act of withdrawing or removing something
(noun) the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances Synonyms: generalisation, generalization
(noun) an abstract painting
(noun) preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else Synonyms: abstractedness
(noun) a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples Synonyms: abstract entity
abstractionism (noun) an abstract genre of art; artistic content depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation Synonyms: abstract art
(noun) a representation having no reference to concrete objects or specific examples Synonyms: unrealism
abstractionist (adjective) not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature Synonyms: nonfigurative, nonobjective, abstract
(noun) a painter of abstract pictures Synonyms: abstract artist
abstractive (adjective) of an abstracting nature or having the power of abstracting
abstractly (adverb) in abstract terms
abstractness (noun) the quality of being considered apart from a specific instance or object
abstractor (noun) one who makes abstracts or summarizes information Synonyms: abstracter
abstruse (adjective) difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge Synonyms: recondite, deep
abstrusely (adverb) in a manner difficult to understand
abstruseness (noun) the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand Synonyms: reconditeness, obscureness, obscurity
(noun) wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound Synonyms: reconditeness, profoundness, profundity, abstrusity
abstrusity (noun) wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound Synonyms: reconditeness, profoundness, profundity, abstruseness
absurd (adjective) inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense
(adjective) so unreasonable as to invite derision Synonyms: ridiculous, nonsensical, idiotic, derisory, preposterous, cockeyed, laughable, ludicrous
(noun) a situation in which life seems irrational and meaningless Synonyms: the absurd
absurdity (noun) a message whose content is at variance with reason Synonyms: ridiculousness, absurdness
(noun) a ludicrous folly Synonyms: silliness, fatuity, fatuousness
absurdly (adverb) in an absurd manner or to an absurd degree
absurdness (noun) a message whose content is at variance with reason Synonyms: ridiculousness, absurdity
abulia (noun) a loss of will power Synonyms: aboulia
abulic (adjective) suffering from abulia; showing abnormal inability to act or make decisions Synonyms: aboulic
abundance (noun) the property of a more than adequate quantity or supply Synonyms: copiousness, teemingness
(noun) (physics) the ratio of the number of atoms of a specific isotope of an element to the total number of isotopes present
(noun) (chemistry) the ratio of the total mass of an element in the earth's crust to the total mass of the earth's crust; expressed as a percentage or in parts per million
abundant (adjective) present in great quantity
abundantly (adverb) in an abundant manner Synonyms: profusely, extravagantly, copiously
abuse (noun) cruel or inhumane treatment Synonyms: ill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment
(noun) a rude expression intended to offend or hurt Synonyms: insult, revilement, vilification, contumely
(noun) improper or excessive use Synonyms: misuse
(verb) treat badly Synonyms: step, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mistreat
(verb) change the inherent purpose or function of something Synonyms: pervert, misuse
(verb) use foul or abusive language towards Synonyms: shout, clapperclaw, blackguard
(verb) use wrongly or improperly or excessively
abused (adjective) subjected to cruel treatment Synonyms: ill-treated, maltreated, mistreated
(adjective) used improperly or excessively especially drugs
abuser (noun) someone who abuses Synonyms: maltreater
abusive (adjective) expressing offensive reproach Synonyms: opprobrious, scurrilous
(adjective) characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment
abusively (adverb) in an abusive manner
abut (verb) lie adjacent to another or share a boundary Synonyms: march, edge, border, adjoin, butt, butt against, butt on
abutment (noun) point of contact between two objects or parts
(noun) a masonry support that touches and directly receives thrust or pressure of an arch or bridge
abutter (noun) the owner of contiguous property
abuzz (adjective) noisy like the sound of a bee Synonyms: buzzing
abvolt (noun) a unit of potential equal to one-hundred-millionth of a volt
abwatt (noun) a power unit equal to the power dissipated when 1 abampere flows across a potential difference of 1 abvolt (one ten-thousandth of a milliwatt)
aby (verb) make amends for Synonyms: expiate, abye, atone
abye (verb) make amends for Synonyms: expiate, aby, atone
abysm (noun) a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively) Synonyms: abyss
abysmal (adjective) very great; limitless
(adjective) resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be unmeasurable Synonyms: unfathomable, abyssal
abysmally (adverb) in a terrible manner Synonyms: rottenly, abominably, atrociously, awfully, terribly
abyss (noun) a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively) Synonyms: abysm

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