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abet
to aid; to encourage
abeyance
a postponement
abide
to remain or to put up with
abject
miserable
abjure
to give up (rights); to deny
ablution
cleansing
abortive
unsuccessful
abrogate
to abolish
abscond
to leave secretly
absolve
to free from responsibility
abstemious
to show moderation in eating or drinking
abut
to border on; adjoin
acclaim
to greet wih approval; praise
acclimate
to get used to
acclivity
an upward slope
accolade
honor or award
accost
to approach or speak aggressively
accredit
to certify or endorse
accretion
an addition or increase
accrue
to accumulate
acrimonious
harsh speech or action
acuity
sharp perception
actuate
to put into action
acumen
mental insight
acute
sharp; intense
adduca
something offered as proof
adjudicate
to judge
adjunct
an assistant or in addition to
advent
a coming or arrival
adventitious
accidental; incidental
aegis
protection
affable
aggreeable
affectation
phony attitude or behavior
affix
to attach or add
affluence
wealth
aggrandize
to make greater
aggregate
to collect or gather together
alacrity
willingness
allay
to calm
allege
to charge without proof
allocate
to assign for a specific purpose
allude
to hint at
amalgamate
to combine or unite
ambulatory
able to walk
amenable
agreeable
amazon
strong, masculine woman
ambient
surrounding
amenity
courtesy or agreeableness
amiable
friendly
amicable
agreeable
amnesty
official pardon for an offense
amoral
no sense of right and wrong
amorous
loving
ample
abundant
anachronism
something out of place or time
analgesic
drug that reduces pain
anathema
a curse; a person strongly disliked
ancillary
subordinate
anecdote
a short, entertaining story
anent
concerning
annals
historical records
annuity
income paid at stated intervals
anomalous
abnormal; irregular
anoxia
lack of oxygen
anthology
collection of literary works
antic
playful or silly act
anticlimax
something unimportant coming after something special
antipathy
strongly dislike
antiquated
extremely old
aperture
an opening
apex
the highest point
aphasia
loss of the ability to speak
aphorism
brief saying; a short proverb
aplomb
self-confidence
apocryphal
mythical; doubtful in origin
apoplexy
sudden loss of consciousness; paralysis
apostate
one who gives up his beliefs
appellation
a name
apprehensive
fearful; anxious
apprise
to inform
approbation
approval
apropos
apropriate; fitting
appropriate
to take possession of; satisfactory
arbiter
a judge; referee
arbitrary
biased or at random
arbor
a shaded area
arcane
mysterious or secret
archaic
out-dated
archetype
original
archives
public records and documents
ardent
strongly enthusiastic
ardous
difficult
array
an orderly arrangement
arrears
in debt
artful
cunning; crafty
artifact
a simple, handmade object
artifice
deception
artisan
a skilled craftsman
ascendant
rising; dominant
ascertain
to find out
ascribe
to attribute
aseptic
without bacteria
asinine
stupid or silly
askance
to look at suspiciously
askew
crooked; out of position
aspersion
a damaging remark
aspire
to have an ambition
assail
to attack
assay
to test
assent
to agree
assess
to estimate the value of; measure
assertive
confident
assiduous
diligence; care
assimilate
to absorb
astringent
substance that contracts blood vessels
astute
very smart; clever
asunder
into separate parts
asylum
refuge
atrocious
cruel; awful
atrophy
to become useless; waste away
attenuated
weakened
attest
to confirm
attribute
to assign to; a characteristic
attrition
a wearing down
atypical
not usual
audacity
boldness
audit
to examine accounts or records
augment
to increase or enlarge
augur
to predict
august
majstic; worthy of respect
aura
a glow
aural
pertaining to the sense of hearing
auroral
rosy
auspicious
favorable; fortunate
austere
severe; self-disciplined
authenticate
to confirm
authoritarian
bossy, like a dictator
authoritative
trustworthy; having power
autocratic
unlimited authority
autonomy
self-rule
avarice
greed; money hungry
avenge
to get revenge
aversion
intense dislike
avert
to prevent; to turn away
avid
enthusiastic
avocation
a hobby
avow
to declare openly
awry
in the wrong direction
affirmative
positive
amplify
to make greater