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abjure
verb

to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
Steve had to abjure all indulgence when he entered training camp.
abscission
noun

act of cutting off or removing
Dr. Carter recommended an immediate abscission of the abscess in order to minimize any further infection.
abscond
verb

to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
Doug was left penniless when the two con men absconded with his life savings.
adulterate
verb

to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
The was a scandal when customers discovered that the healthfood store had been adulterating the wheat grass juice with clippings from the front lawn.
adumbrate
verb

to foreshadow vaguely, intimate, suggest, or outline sketchily
The first volume of the trilogy only adumbrates the basics of the story that will be developed in the next two books.
anathema
noun

a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse, accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
He was an anathema to his entire town once it was revealed that he had been a secret police informant.
anodyne
adjective

soothing
Don't you agree that nothing is quite so anodyne as a long soak in a bubble bath?
antipathy
noun

aversion, dislike
I have a very strong antipathy toward pain.
antithetical
adjective

diametrically opposed, as in antithesis
apocryphal
adjective

of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious
Most people believe that stories of alien abduction are apocryphal, but hwat if there really is a big government conspiracty and all those stories are true?
apogee
noun

farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith
perigee is the lowest or closent point (nadir).
apostate
noun

one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions, a betrayer of a cause
Jordan was an apostate of modern culture; he renounced all the trappings of modern life and went to live in a cave.
apotheosis
noun

deification, glorification to godliness, the perfect example
She is the apotheosis of nuturing motherhood; she makes soup for sick friends, nurses wounded birds, and listens to everyone's problems.
appostive
adjective

appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apropos
approbation
noun

an expression of approval or praise
arrant
adjective

impudent; being notoriously without moderation
variation of errant
ascetic
noun

one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion
A true ascetic would be able to resist eating these chocolate eclairs, which is why I know I'm not an ascetic.
asperity
adjective

severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability
The asperity of a northern winter can lead to serious depression.