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advent
arrival
adventitious
accidental; casual

adventitious meeting
advert
refer (to)

you advert to this matter frequently...
aegis
shield; defense

under the aegis of the bill of rights, we enjoy our most treasured freedoms
aerie
nest of a large bird of prey
affected
artificial; pretended; assumed in order to impress

affected mannerisms
affront
insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect

he took it as a personal affront
agape
openmouthed
agglomeration
collection; heap
aggrandize
increase or intensify; raise in power, wealth, rank or honor
agog
highly excited; intensely curious
*alacrity
cheerful promptness; eagerness
alimentary
supplying nourishment
alimony
payments made to an ex-spouse after divorce
allay
calm; pacify
allegory
story in which characters are used as symbols; fable
alloy
mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
allusion
indirect reference
alluvial
pertaining to soil deposits left by running water

farmers found alluvial deposits at the mouth of the river
altercation
noisy quarrel; heated dispute
amazon
female warrior
*ambivalence
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
amble
moving at an easy pace
ambrosia
food of the gods
ambulatory
able to walk; not bedridden
amenable
readily managed or willing to be led; answerable or accountable legally