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n. pithy, compact saying. Proverbs are apothegms that have become familiar sayings.
n. elevation to godhood; an ideal example of something. The Roman empress Livia envied the late emperor Augustus his apotheosis, she hoped that on her death she, too, would be exalted to the ranks of the gods. The hero of the novel Generation X was the apotheosis of a slacker, the quitessential example of a member of his generation.
v. dismay; shock. We were appalled by the horrifying conditions in the city`s jails.
n. ghost; phantom. On the castle battlements, an apparition materialized and spoke to Hamlet, warning him of his uncle`s treachery. In Ghostbusters, hordes of apparitions materialized, only to be dematerialized by the specialized apparatus wielded by Bill Murray.
v. pacify or soothe; relieve. Tom and Jody tried to appease the crying baby by offering him one toy after another. However, he would not calm down until they appeased his hunger by giving him a bottle. appeasement, n.
n. name; title. Macbeth was startled when the witches greeted him with an incorrect appellation. Whey did they call him Thane of Cawdor, he wondered, when the holder of that title still lived?
v. attach. Whenyou append a bibliography to a text, you have created an appendix.
n. diligent attention. Pleased with how well Tom had whitewashed the fence, Aunt Polly praised him for his application (Tom had applied himself to applying the paint.) (secondary meaning) apply, v.
adj. appropriate; fitting. She was always able to find the apposite phrase, the correct expression for every occasion.
v. estimate value of. It is difficult to appraise old paintings; it is easier to call them priceless. appraisal, n.
v. be thankful for; increase in worth; be thoroughly conscious of. Little Orphan Annie truly appreciated the stocks Daddy Warbucks gave her, whose value appreciated considerably over the years.
v. arrest (a criminal); dread; perceive. The police will apprehend the culprit and convict him before long.
adj. fearful; discerning. His apprehensive glances at the people who were walking in the street revealed his nervousness.
v. inform. When NASA was apprised of the dangerous weather conditions, the head of the space agency decided to postpone the shuttle launch.
n. approval. Wanting her parents` regard, she looked for some sign of their approbation. Benjamin Franklin, that shrewd observer of mankind, once wrote, "We must not in the course of public life expect immediate approbation and immediate grateful acknowledgement of our services."
v. acquire; take possession of for one`s own use. The ranch owners appropriated the lands that had originally been set aside for the Indians` use.
n. subordinate possessions. He bought the estate and all its appurtenances.
adj. to the point and timely. When Bob spoke out against drunk driving, some of our crowd called him a spoilsport, but the rest of us found his comments extremely apropos.
n. fitness; talent. The American aviator Bessie Coleman grew up in Waxahatchie, Texas, where her mathematical aptitude freed her from working in the cotton fields with her twelve brothers and sisters.
adj. curved, hooked. He can be recognized by his aquiline nose, curved like the beak of the eagle.
n. style of decoration involving intertwined plants and abstract curves; ballet position with one leg supporting the weight of the body, while the other leg is extended in back. Because the Koran prohibits the creation of human and animial images, Moorish aragesques depict plants but no people. The statue of winged Mercury stands poised on one foot, frozen in an eternal arabesque.
adj. fit for growing crops. The first settlers wrote home glowing reports of the New World, praising its vast acres of arable land ready for the plow.
n. person with power to decide a matter in dispute; judge. As an arbiter in labor disputes, she has won the confidence of the workers and the employers.
adj. unreasonable or capricious; tyrannical. The coach claimed the team lost because the umpire made some arbitrary calls.
v. act as judge. She was called upon to arbitrate the dispute between the union and the management.
n. place where different varieties of trees and shurbs are studied and exhibited. Walking along the treelined paths of the arboretum, Rita noted poplars, firs, and some particularly fine sycamores.
n. a covered passageway, usually lined with shops. The arcade was popular with shoppers because it gave them protection from the summer sun and the winter rain.
adj. secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated. Secret brotherhoods surround themselves with arcane rituals and trapping to mystify outsiders. So do doctors. Consider the arcane terminology they use and the impression they try to give that what is arcane to us is obvious to them.
n. study of artifacts and relics of early mankind. The professor of archaeology headed an expedition to the Gobi Desert in search of ancient ruins.
adj. antiquated. "Methink," "thee," and "thou" are archaic words that are no longer part of our normal vocabulary.