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astral
adj. relating to the stars
astringent
adj. binding; causing contraction; harsh or severe


astringent quality of lemon juice
astronomical
adj. enormously large or extensive
asunder
adv. into parts; apart


A fierce quarrel split the partnership asunder
atavism
n. resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback
atone
v. make amends for; pay for


How can he atone for his brutal crime?
attenuate
v. make thinner; weaken or lessen (in density, force, degree)
attest
v. testify; bear witness


i can attest...
attribute
n. essential quality
His outstanding attribute was his kindness.

v. ascribe; explain
I attribute her success to...
attrition
n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in the work force w/o firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harrassment
audit
n. examination of accounts


When bank examiners hold their annual audit...
augury
n. omen; prophecy.


departure of the birds - augury of evil
august
adj. impressive, majestic
aureole
n. sun's corona; halo


areoles around their heads
auspicious
adj. favoring success
authoritarian
adj. subordinating the individual to the syate; completely dominating another's will
autocratic
adj. having absolute, unchecked power dictatorial
automaton
n. mechanism that imitates actions of humans


writers used to create stories of automatons who could outperform humans
auxiliary
adj. offering or providing help; additional or subsidiary


To prepare for an emergency, they built an auxiliary power station
avarice
n. greediness for wealth
aver
v. assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state formally as a fact
averse
adj. reluctant; disinclined

The reporter was averse to revealing the sources of his information
avert
v. prevent; turn away

She averted her eyes from...
aviary
n. enclosure for birds
avid
adj. greedy; eager for


He was avid for learning...
avocation
n. secondary or minor occupation
avow
v. declare openly


She avowed that she never meant to steal her bf.
avuncular
adj. like an uncle


Avuncular pride did not prevent him from noticing his nephew's shortcomings
awl
n. pointed tool used for piercing
awry
adv. distorted; crooked


He held his head awry
axiom
n. self-evident truth requiring no proof
bacchnalian
adj. drunken


he attended the bacchanalian orgy.
badger
v. pester; annoy
badinage
n. teasing conversation
baffle
v. frustrate; perplex
bait
v. harass; tease


a bully baits small kids
baleful
adj. threatening; menacing; sinister; foreshadowing evil


The baleful glare
balk
v. stop short, as if faced w/ an obstacle, and refuse to continue

v. foil
he tried to balk their attempt to escape
balm
n. something that relieves pain

ie tiger balm
balmy
adj. mild; fragrant


balmy breeze
banal
adj. hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality
bandy
v. discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly


He refused to bandy words w/ unfriendly reporters
bane
n. curse; cause of ruin


bane of my existence
baneful
adj. destructdive; causing ruin or death
bantering
adj. good natured ridiculing
barb
n. sharp projection from fishhook or other object; openly cutting remark

critics' barbed results