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aberrant
deviating from the norm
acerbic
having a sour or bitter taste or character.
acumen
quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight.
aesthetic
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
aggrandize
to increase in intensity, power or prestige.
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness
alchemy
a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, especially into gold
amalgamate
to combine many elements into a whole
ameliorate
to make better or to tolerate
amenable
agreeable, responsive to suggestion
anachronism
something or someone out of place in terms of its histrorical or chronological context
anomaly
deviation from the normal order, form or rule; abnormality
approbation
an expression of approval or praise
arduous
strenuouis, taxing, requiring lots of effort.
ascetic
one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion. (like a monk)
assuage
to ease or lesson, to appease or pacify
audacious
daring and fearless, recklessly bold
austere
without adornment, bare, simple
avarice
greedy, especially for money
aver
to state as a fact, to confirm or support
axiom
a universal truth, a recognized principle -- (the earth is round)
bombastic, bombast
pompuous writing or speech, pompous
bucolic
rustic, rural, rural areas and people
burgeon
to grow fast, to flourish
cacophony
harsh, jarring sound
canon
an established set of rules and principles, religious in nature
capricious
inclined to change one's mind impulsively, erratic, unpredictable
castigation
severe criticism or punishment
caustic
burning or stinging, causing corrosion