Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: abdicate – ability
abdicate (-d), v. [L. abdicare, to deny, to renounce.] (webplay: life).
Relinquish; renounce; abandon.
abdication, n. [see abdicate, v.] (webplay: monarchy).
- Disowning; surrender; relinquishing sovereignty; giving up a title; [fig.] losing one's self (see Matthew 10:39).
- Rejection; renunciation.
abduct (-ed), v. [L. abduco, to lead away.]
Kidnap; remove illegally; carry away improperly; [fig.] evaporate; cause to disappear.
abet (-s), v. [OFr abeter, to incite.]
Aid; help with a dubious activity; assist in a negative deed.
abhor (-s), v. [L. abhorrere < ab-, away, from and horrere, to shudder.]
- Detest; hate extremely; feel contempt for.
- Reject; spurn; cast off.
abhorred, verbal adj. [see abhor, v.]
Base; low; miserable; dreaded; shunned; detested; despicable.
abhorrence, n. [see abhor, v.]
Detestation; extreme hatred.
abhorrent, adj. [see abhor, v.]
abide (abode, -s), v. [OE abidan.] (webplay: dwell, land, stand).
- Live; exist in a place; [fig.] grow.
- Endure; survive; stay; remain.
- Preside; occur; be present.
- Exist; stay; remain; continue.
- Linger; remain; be present in part; continue in spirit if not in physical sight.
- Dwell; live; reside.
- Phrase. “Abide with”: accompany; be present with.
- Phrase. “Abide with”: endure; survive; bear.
ability (abilities), n. [L. habilitas; see able, adj.] (webplay: force, will).
- Mastery; authority; power; right.
- Action; activity; motion; movement; [fig.] talent; physical potential; mental resources.
- Capacity; faculty; sensory function.
- Power; strength.