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Apocalyptic
A. Prophetic; pertaining to revelations

The crowd jeered at the street preacher's apocalyptic predictions of doom.
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Apogee
N. highest point

When the moon in its orbit is furthest away from the earth, it is at its apogee.
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Apolitical
A. having an aversion or lack of concern for political affairs.

It was hard to remain apolitical during the Vietnam War.
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Apologist
N. one who writes in defense of a cause or institution.

Rather than act as an apologist for the current regime in Beijing and defend its brutal actions, he left the country.
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Apostate
N. one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs.

An apostle adheres to a belief, an apostate renounces or abandons one.
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Apothecary
N. druggist

In Holland, apothecaries still seel spices as well as ointments and pills.
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Apothegm
N. pithy, compact sayig

Proverbs are apothegms that have become familiar sayings.
8

Apotheosis
N. elevation to godhood; an ideal example of something

The hero of the novel Generation X was the apotheosis of a slacker.
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Apparition
N. ghost; phantom

In Hamlet, an apparition materialized and spoke to Hamlet about his uncle's treachery.
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Apellation
N. Name; title

Macbeth was startled when the witches greeted him with an incorrect appellation.
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Append
V. attach.

When you append a bibliography to a text, you have created an appendix.
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Apposite
A. appropriate; fitting

She was always able to find the apposite phrase, the correct expression for every occasion.
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Appraise
V. estimate value of

It is difficult to appraise old paintings, it is easier to call them priceless.
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Aprehend
V. arrest; dreat

The police will aprehend the culprit and convict him before long.
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Apprehensive
A. fearful; discerning

His apprehensive glances at the people who were walking inthe st. revealed his nervousness.
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Apurtenances
N. subordinate possessions

He brought the estate and all its appurtenances.
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Apropos (N,P)
A. to the point and timely
Prep. With references to; regarding

When Bob spoke out against druk driving, many found his comments extremely apropos.
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Aquiline
A. curved, hooked

He can be recognized by his aqualine nose, curved like the beak of the eagle.
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Arabesque
N. sty;e of decoration involving intertwined plants and abstract curves; ballet position with 1 leg supporting the weight of the body, while the other leg is extended back.
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Arboretum
N. place where different varieties of trees and shrubs are studied and exhibited.

Walking along the treelined paths of the arboretum, Rita noted many fine sycamores.
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Arcade
N. a covered passageway, ussually lined with shops.

The arcade was popular with shoppers because it gave them protection from the sun.
22

Archipelago
N. group of closely located islands

When he looked at the map and saw the archipelagoes in the South Seas, he longed to visit them.
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Ardor
N. Heat, passion

Inspired by her ardent enthusiasm, protestors signed the petition.
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Armada
N. fleet of warships

Queen Elizabeth's navy was able to defeat the armada the threaten the coast.
25

Arraign
V. charge in court; indict

After his indictment by the jury, the accused was arraigned in the county criminal court.
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Array (V,V)
V. Marshal; draw up in order
His actions were bound to array public sentiment against him.

V. clothe; adorn
She liked to watch her mother array herself in hr finest clothing.
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Arrears
N. being in debt

Because he was in arrears with his car payments, the repo men repossessed his Porsche.
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Arrhythmic
A. lacking rhythm or regularity.

The doctors feared his arrhythmic heartbeat might be the first symptom of an imminent heart attack.
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Arroyo
N. gully-small vallery made by running water

Until the heavy rains of the past spring, this arroyo had been a dry bed.
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Arsenal
N. Storage place for military equipment

People are forbidden to smoke in the arsenal because it can set off the munitions stored there.
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Artful
A. cunning; crafty

artful schemes
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Artifice
N. deception; trickery

The Trojan War proved to the Greeks that cunning and artifice were often more effective than military might.
33

Aseptic
A. preventing infection

The mortality rate decrease due to the introduction of aseptic conditions.
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Ashen
A. ash-colored

Her face was ashen with fear
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Asinine
A. stupid

Your asinine remarks prove that you have not given this problem any serious consideration.
Askance
A. with a sideways or indirect look

Looking askance at her questioner, she displayed hr scorn.
Asperity
N. sharpness (of temper)

These remarks, spoken with asperity, stung the boys to whom they had been directed.
Aspersion
N. Slanderous remark

Instead of attacking the policy, he resoted to aspersions on the candidates character.
Aspirant
N. seeker after position or status

Though I am an apirant for office, I am not willing to accept the dictates of party bosses.
Assail
V. Assault

He was assailed with questions after his lecture
Assay
V. analyze; evaluate

When they assayed the ore, they found that they had discovered a very rich vein.
Assent
V. agree; accept

It gives me great pleasure to assent to your request
Astigmatism
N. eye defect that prevents proper focus.

As soon as his parents discovered that they boy suffered from astigmatism, they took him to the optometrist for corrective glasses.
Astringent
A. binding;harsh or severe

The astringent quality of the unsweetened lemon juice made swallowing difficult.
Asylum
N. place of refuge or shelter

seeking asylum
Atavism
N. resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type

Martin seemed an atavism to his Tuscan ancestors.
Atone
V. make amends for; pay for

He knew no way in which he could atone for his brutal crime.
Atrocity
N. brutal deed

In time of war, many atrocities are committed by invading armies.
Audit
N. examination of accounts

when the bank examiners arrived to hold thier annual audit.
Augury
N. omen; prophecy

He interpreted the departure of the birds as an augury of evil.