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abase (v)
lower, degrade, humiliate
abash (v)
embarass
abject (adj)
wretched, lacking pride
abrasive (adj) abrade (v)
rubbing away, tending to grind down
abrogate
abolish
abscission
cutting off, separation
absolve (v)
to pardon (an offense)
accede
agree
acclivity
sharp upslope of a hill
accost
approach and speak first to a person
accountre (v)
to equip
acetic
vinegary
acme
peak, pinnacle, highest point
acrid
sharp, bitterly pungent
acrimonious
bitter in words and manner
acrophobia
fear of heights
actuarial
calculating, pertaining to insurance calculations
actuate
to motivate
acuity
sharpness
acumen
mental keenness
adage
wise saying, proverb
adulation
flattery and admiration
advent
arrival
advert (v)
to refer to
aegis
shield, defense
aerie
nest of a large bird of prey
affinity
kinship
affront (n)
insult, offense
agglomeration
collection, heap
aghast
horrified, dumbfounded
alcove (n)
nook, recess
alimentary
supplying nourishment

Digestive track is an alimentary part of the body
allay (v)
to calm, pacify
alliteration
repetition of beginning sound in poetry
allusion
indirect reference
alluvial
pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
aloft
upward
amiss (adj)
wrong, faulty
amok, amuck (adv)
in a state of rage
anarchist
person who seeks to overturn the established government
anarchy
absence of governing body; state of disorder
ancillary
serving as an aid or accessory, auxilliary
angular
sharp-cornered, stiff in manner
animadversion
critical remark
animus
hostile feeling or intent
annals
history; records
anneal
reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling
anodyne (n)
drug that relieves pain; opiate
anthology
book of literary selections by various authors
anthropoid
manlike
anticlimax
let down in thought or emotion
anvil
iron block used in hammering out metals
ape (v)
to imitate or mimic
aperture
opening, hole
apex
tip, summit and climax
apiary
place where bees are kept
aplomb (n)
poise, assurance
apocryphal
untrue, made up
apogee (n)
highest point
apologist
one who writes in defense of a cause or institution
apothegm
pithy, compact saying
apparition
ghost; phantom
apposite (adj)
appropriate, fitting
appurtenances
subordinate possessions
apropos (prep)
with reference to; regarding
aquiline (adj)
curved, hooked
arbitrary
unreasonable or capricious
arboretum
place where different varieties of trees are studied
arcane
secret, mysterious, known only to initiated
archipelago
group of closely ocated islands
arraign (v)
charge in court, indict
array (v)
marshal, draw up in order
array (n)
to clothe, adorn
arrears (n)
being in debt
arroyo (n)
gully
artless
without guile; open and honest
ascendancy
controlling influence
asinine
stupid
askance (adv)
with a sideways or indirect look
askew (adv)
crookedly, slanted, at an angle
assail (v)
to assult
assay (v)
to analyze, evaluate
assent (v)
agree, accept
astigmatism
eye defect that prevents proper focus
astral (adj)
relating to the stars
asunder (adv)
into parts, apart
atavism
resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents
atrophy
wasting away
attest (v)
testify, bear witness
augment
icrease, add to
aureole (n)
sun's corona; halo
auroral (adj)
pertaining to aurora borealis
automaton
mechanism that imitates actions of humans
averse (adj)
reluctant, disinclined
avocation
secondary or minor occupation
avuncular
like an uncle
awl (n)
pointed tool used for piercing