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apothegm
pithy, compact saying

pithy = terse; brief, forceful and meaningful in expression

ex. a pithy observation
apotheosis
n. elevation to godhood; an ideal example of something
apparition
n. ghost; phantom
appellation
n. name; title
application
n. diligent attention


ex. she praised him for his application
apposite
adj. appropriate; fitting


She was always able to find the apposite phrase, the correct expression for every occassion.
appraise
v. estimate value of


It is difficult to appraise old paintings
aprehend
v. arrest (a criminal); dread; perceive


The police will aprehend the criminal.
apprehensive
adj. fearful; discerning
apprise
v. inform


When NASA was apprised of the dangerous weather conditions...
approbation
n. approval


All i want is a sign of approbation from my parents.
appropriate
v. acquire; take possession of for one's own private use


the ranch owner's appropriated the lands
appurtenances
n. subordinate possessions


He bought the estate and all its appurtenances
apropos
adj. to the point and timely

his comments were extremely apropos


prep. with reference to; regarding

Apropos the waltz, the dance has its faults
aquiline
adj. curved, hooked


an aquiline nose
arabesque
n. style of decoration involving intertwined plants and abstract cures; ballet position w/ one leg supporting the weight of the body, while the other leg is extended in back.
arboretum
n. place where different varieties of trees and shrubs are studied and exhibited
arcade
n. a covered passageway, usually lined with shops


The arcade was popular with shoppers
arcane
adj. secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated


Secret brotherhoods surround themselves w/ arcane rituals
argot
n. slang


In the argot of the underworld, she "was taken for a ride"
aria
n. operatic solo
armada
n. fleet of warships
arraign
v. charge in court; indict


The man was arraigned in court
array
v. marshal; draw up in order

His actions were bound to array public sentiment against him.


v. clothe; adorn

She arrayed herself in the finest clothes before going out.
arrears
n. being in debt


He was in arrears w/ his car payments
arroyo
n. gully
arsenal
n. storage place for military equipment
artful
adj. cunning; crafty; sly


an artful propagandist
articulate
adj. effective; distinct


an articulate presentation
artifice
n. deception; trickery


Cunning and artiface can be more effective than military might
artisan
n. manually skilled worker; craftsman, as opposed to artist


the artisans carved stone figures
artless
adj. without guile; open and honest


red riding hood is artless
ascendancy
n. controlling influence


The President failed to maintain his ascendancy over the Phillippines
ascertain
v. find out for certain
ascribe
v. refer; attribute; assign


I can ascribe no motive for her acts
aseptic
adj. preventing infection; having a clensing effect
ashen
adj. ash-colored; deadly pale


Her face was ashen with fear.
asinine
adj. stupid


asinine remarks
askance
adv. with a sideways or indirect look


Looking askance at her questioner
asperity
n. sharpness (of temper)


words spoken with asperity
aspersion
n. slanderous remark


The opponent casted aspersions on the president's moral character
aspirant
n. seeker after position or status


an aspirant for public office
assail
v. assault


He was assailed with questions after his lecture.
assert
v. state strongly or positively; insist on or demand recognition of (rights, claims, etc)
assimilate
v. absorb; cause to become homogeneous
assuage
v. ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)
astigmatism
n. eye defect that prevents proper focus