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amiss
wrong; faulty


something amiss
amity
friendship; peaceful relationship as between nations
amnesty
pardon (allowed by gov to political criminals)
amorous
moved by sexual love; loving; of sexual love


amorous advances
amphitheater
oval building with tiered seats
amplitude
n. quality of being ample; abundance; largeness of space
amok (amuck)
in a state of rage


he ran amok
amulet
charm; talisman; an object worn believed to protect against evil/bad luck


She wore the amulet the witch doctor had given her
analgesic
causing insensitivity to pain
analgesia
condition of being unable to feel pain
anarchist
person who seeks to overturn the established gov't. ; advocate of abolishing authority
anarchy
absence of governing body; state of disorder
anathema
solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
ancillary
serving as an aid or accesory
anguish
acute pain; extreme suffering
animadversion
critical remark

v. animadvert: comment critically w/ disapproval

He resented the animadversion of his critics
animus
hostile feeling or intent; animosity; hostility; disposition
annals
records arranged in yearly parts; history
anneal
reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling (metal or glass)
annex
v. attach; add to a larger thing; take possession of; incorporate (territory) into a larger existing political unit (by force);

N: building added to a large one
annuity
yearly allowance
elope
run away secretly w/ the intention of getting married
anodyne
drug that relieves pain or trouble; ; opiate; ADJ.


anodyne statement
anoint
consecrate; put oil on (religious ceremony)
antagonism
hostility; active opposition;

V. antagonize: cause to become an enemy;

N. antagonist: person who is
opposed to another; opponent; adversary; principal character
in oppostion to the protagonist
protagonist
leader or noticeable supporter of an idea; chief character in a play or story
antecede
precede
antecedents
preceding events that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background
antediluvian
antiquated; extremely ancient
anthem
song of praise or patriotism;


Ex. national anthem
anthology
book of literary selections by various authors;
anthropoid
n. manlike; resembling a human being
anthropomorphic
having human form or characteristics
antidote
remedy to counteract a poison or disease;


Ex. antidote to the economic troubles
antipathy
aversion; dislike or opposition
antiquated
obsolete; old-fashioned; outdated
antithesis
contrast; direct opposite of or to;

ADJ. antithetic or antithetical
anvil
iron block used in hammering out metals
apathy
lack of caring; indifference; lack of concern or interest
in important matters;


Ex. He was sunk in apathy after
his failure; ADJ. apathetic
ape
imitate or mimic (a person’s behavior or manner)
aphasia
loss of speech due to injury or illness
aphorism
pithy maxim or saying; ADJ. aphoristic
apiary
a place where bees are kept
aplomb
poise; composure in difficult situations; assurance;
self-confidence
apocalyptic
prophetic; pertaining to revelations especially
of disaster; N. apocalypse
apocryphal
(of a story) widely believed but untrue
apogee
highest point; the point farthest from the earth;
apologist
one who writes in defense of a cause or institution;
N. apologia
apoplexy
stroke; loss of consciousness caused by too much
blood in the brain
apostate
one who abandons his religious faith or political
beliefs; N. apostasy
apothecary
druggist; pharmacist