- v. condense or shorten.
- Besacuse the publishers felt the public wanted a shorter version of War and Peace, they proceeded to abridge the novel.
- adj. [ab-stee-mee-uhs] sparring in eating and drinking; temperate.
- Concerned whether her vegetarian son's abstemious diet provided him with sufficient protien, the worried mother pressed food on him.
- adj. theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentative.
- To him hunger was an abstract concept; he had never missed a meal.
- adj. obscure; profound; difficult to understand.
- Baffled by the abstruse philosophical text assigned in class, Dave asked Lexy to explain Kant's Crittique of Pure Reason.
- adj. easy to approach; obtainable.
- We asked our guid whether the ruins were accessible on foot.
- v. appluad; annouce with great approval.
- The NBC sportcasters acclaimed every American victory in the Olympics.
- n. flattery; admiration.
- The rock star thrived on the adulation of his groupies and yes men. adulate, v.
- v. urge; plead for.
- The abolitionists advocated freedom for the slaves.
- adj. [es-thet-ik] artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciation of the beautiful.
- The beauty of Tiffany's stained glass appealed to Esther's aesthetic sense. aesthete, n.
- adj. easily approachable; warmly friendly.
- Accustomed to cold, aloof supervisors, Nicholas was amazed at how affable his new employer was.
n. positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath.