abandon yourself to something verb literary to feel an emotion so strongly that you let it control you completely
* She abandoned herself to grief.
* He abandoned himself to despair.
* He abandoned himself to his emotions.
abase yourself verb formal to behave in a way that shows you accept that someone has complete power over you
* The members of the Political Executive Committee abased themselves once more.
* She won’t abase herself by listening to his criticism.
abate verb formal to become less strong or decrease
* We waited for the wind/storm to abate.
* The storm showed no sign of abating.
* They waited for the crowd’s fury to abate.
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* Many parents simply abdicate all responsibility for their children.
* She abdicated all responsibility for the project.
abdication noun formal
* The council denied that their decision represented any abdication of responsibility.
* I think it’s an abdication of your responsibility if you don’t vote.
aberrant adjective formal not usual or not socially acceptable
* Ian’s rages and aberrant behavior worsened.
aberration noun formal a fact, an action or a way of behaving that is not usual, and that may be unacceptable
* The losses this year are an aberration, and the company will continue to grow.
* A childless woman was regarded as an aberration, almost a social outcast.
* In a moment of aberration, she agreed to go with him.
* I’m sorry I’m late – I had a mental aberration and forgot we had a meeting today.
* The fact that he is late for our meeting is an aberration; he’s normally on time.
* It became very clear that the incident was not just an aberration, it was not just a single incident.
* The drop in our school’s test scores was dismissed as an aberration.
* For her, such a low grade on an exam was an aberration.
(aid and) abet verb formal to help or encourage somebody to do something wrong
* He was abetted in the deception by his wife.
* She abetted the thief in his getaway.
* Did he abet the commission of a crime?
* Their actions were shown to abet terrorism.
* She is charged with aiding and abetting the thief in his getaway.
* She stands accused of aiding and abetting the crime.
* His wife was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for aiding and abetting him.
* He was charged with aiding and abetting a wanted criminal.
* Shady lawyers abetted the company’s officers in stealing the funds.
* His accountant had aided and abetted him in the fraud.
* Three tax inspectors were accused of aiding and abetting the men charged with fraud.
* Prosecutors argued that he aided and abetted in illegal drug cultivation and sale.
* That man was jailed because he aided and abetted a friend who robbed a bank.
(in) abeyance noun formal something such as a custom, rule or system that is in abeyance is not being used at the present time
* Legal proceedings are in abeyance, while further enquiries are made.
* The Russian threat is, at least, in abeyance.
* Hostilities between the two groups have been in abeyance since last June.
* The project is being held in abeyance until agreement is reached on funding it.
* A decision is being held in abeyance until more information is available.
* The plans are in abeyance.
* The plans are being held in abeyance.
abhor verb formal to hate a kind of behavior or way of thinking, especially because you think it is morally wrong
* She abhors violence.
* She abhors bad table manners.
* I abhor discrimination of any kind.
* The great majority of the Irish people have...