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amorphous
without definite shape
"The amoeba is an amorphous life form."
archetypal
the most typical example
"Superman is the archetypal super-hero."
anachronistic
out of chronological order
"A history exercise would be to put a list from anachronistic order to chronological order."
antithesis
the opposite
"Pro-life is the antithesis of pro-choice."
arbitrary
based on factors that are random
"lottery winner is an arbitrary selection."
appease
to calm, satisfy
"Despite his heavy binging he could not seem to appease his beastly appetite."
ascetic
practicing restraint; self discipline
"I find that to be ascetic for the sake of religion is illogical."
assiduous
hard working
"The Joad’s are an example of an assiduous family."
audible
able to be heard
"An audible speaker would not need a microphone when speaking to a normal sized crowd."
augment
to add, expand
"Chewing gum augments my appetite."
auspicious
favorable
"An auspicious time to ask for money would be after my dad has eaten."
absolution
freedom from guilt
"Long ago, people could buy indulgences to achieve absolution."
accolade
high praise
"A student who receives a perfect score on the SAT will also receive accolades from many of the best colleges."
accord
an agreement
"Americans are not in accord about the situation in Iraq."
acrimony
bitterness, discord
"When I get angry I speak in a tone of acrimony."
aesthetic
artistic; related to beauty
"I live in a house that reflects an aesthetic lifestyle."
affable
friendly
"People who are optimistic are usually more affable than people who are pessimistic. "
alacrity
eagerness, hastiness
A teacher’s pet is a student who would accept boring and tedious jobs with alacrity. "
alleviate
to relieve
"– When I have a headache I choose IBUPROFEN to alleviate my pain."
aloof
reserved, distant
"The Ugly Duckling was aloof from his fellow ducklings because of his bazaar appearance."
altercation
a dispute, fight
"Romeo and Juliet opens with an altercation between the servants of the Capulet and Montague houses."
ambivalent
having opposing feelings
"He was ambivalent when the doctor told him that his best option was to amputate his leg."
Abate
to reduce, lessen
"Despite his heavy medication, his pain would not abate."
abdicate
to give up a position
"The only American president to abdicate was Nixon in order to avoid impeachment."
amiable
friendly
"A wedding is an amiable sort of party."