acrophobia

  1. a morbid fear of great heights

    Type Of : simple phobia

acrid

  1. harsh or corrosive in tone

    Synonyms : acerb, acerbic, acid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic
    Examples :
    • her acrid remarks make her many enemies
  2. strong and sharp

    Synonyms : pungent
    Examples :
    • the acrid smell of burning rubber

acquiesce

  1. to agree or express agreement

    Synonyms : accede, assent
    Type Of : agree

accolade

  1. a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

    Synonyms : award, honor, honour, laurels
    Type Of : symbol

abstruse

  1. difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge

    Synonyms : deep, recondite
    Examples :
    • the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them

abstemious

  1. marked by temperance in indulgence

    Synonyms : light
    Examples :
    • abstemious with the use of adverbs
  2. sparing in consumption of especially food and drink

    Antonyms : gluttonous
    Examples :
    • the pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one naturally abstemious

abstain

  1. choose not to consume

    Synonyms : desist, refrain
    Antonyms : consume
    Examples :
    • I abstain from alcohol
  2. refrain from voting

    Type Of : forbear, refrain

absolution

  1. the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance

    Synonyms : remission, remission of sin, remittal
    Type Of : redemption, salvation
  2. the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance

    Type Of : condition, status

abrogate

  1. revoke formally

    Type Of : abolish, get rid of

abasement

  1. depriving one of self-esteem

    Synonyms : humiliation
    Type Of : degradation, debasement
  2. a low or downcast state

    Synonyms : abjection, degradation
    Type Of : humiliation
    Examples :
    • each confession brought her into an attitude of abasement