abate to decrease; reduce
abase v. to humiliate, cause to feel shame; v. to hurt the pride of
abase lower; degrade; humiliate; make humble; make (oneself) lose self-respect
abjure formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
aboveboard adjective: open and honest Synonyms : straightforward The mayor, despite his avuncular face plastered about the city, was hardly aboveboard - some concluded that it was his ingratiating smile that allowed him to engage in corrupt behavior and get away with it.
aberrant adjective: markedly different from an accepted norm Synonyms : deviant , deviate When the financial director started screaming and throwing food at his co-workers, the police had to come in to deal with his aberrant behavior.
ac, acer, acri, acro sharp or point or high
aboveboard a. open and honest syn:straightforward