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abase
to lower in position, estimation, or the like; degrade
aberration
deviation from a right, customary, or prescribed course
abeyance
a state of suspension or temp inaction
abhorrence
the act of detesting extremeley
abhorrent
very repugnant, hateful
abject
sunk to a low condition
abjure
to recant, renounce, repudiate under oath
ablution
a washing or cleansing...like of the body
abnegate
to renounce (a right or priviledge)
aboveboard
without concealment, fraud or trickery
abrade
to wear away the surface by friction
abrogate
to abolish, repeal
abet
to aid or promote an offense
abscess
a collection of pus in a cavity fored within some tissue of the body
abscission
the act of cutting off, like a surgical operation
abscond
to depart from suddenly and secretly... as if escaping arrest
absolution
forgiveness, or passing over of offenses
absolve
to free from sin or its penalties
abstruse
dealing with matters too difficult to be understood
abut
to touch at the end of a boundary line
accede
to agree
accession
induction or elevation, as to dignity, office, or gov
accomplice
an associate in wrong-doing
accost
to speak to
accouter
to dress
acerbity
sourness, with bitterness and astringency
acetate
a salt of an acetic acid
achillean
invulnerable
achromatic
colorless
acme
the highest point or summit
acme
the highest point, summit
acquaint
to make familiar or conversant
acquiesce
to comply, submit
acquiescence
passive consent
acquit
to free or clear like from an accusation
acquittal
a discharge from accusation by judicial action
acquittance
release or discharge from indebtedness, obligation, or responsibility
acrid
harshly pugnant or bitter
acrimonious
full of bitterness
acrimony
sharpness or bitterness of speech or temper
actionable
affording cause for instituting an action
actuary
an officer of an insurance company that calculates and states the risk and premiums
actuate
to move or incite action
acumen
quickness of intellectual insight or discernment
adament
any substance of exceeding hardness or impenetrability
addendum
something added or to be added
addle
to make inefficient or worthless, muddle
adduce
to bring forward a name for consideration
adjudge
to award or bestow by formal decision
adjunct
something joined to or connected with another thing, but holding a subordinate place
adjuration
a vehement appeal
adjutant
auxillary
admonish
to warn of a fault
admonition
gentle reproof
ado
unnecessary activity or ceremony
adroit
having skill to use mental or bodily powers
adulterant
an adulterating substance
adulterate
to make impure by the admixture of other baser ingredients
adumbrate
to represent before hand in outline or by emblem
advent
the coming or arrival as of any important change, event, state, or personage
advert
to refer incidentally
advisory
not mandatory
advocacy
the act of pleading a cause
aeronaut
one who navigates the air; a ballonist
aerostat
a ballon or other apparatus floating in or sustained by the air
aerostatics
the branch of pneumatics that treats of the equilibrium, pressure, and mechnical properties
affable
easy to approach
affectation
a studied or ostentatious pretense or attempt
affix
to fasten
affront
an open insult or indignity
afresh
once more after rest or interval
agglomerate
to pile or heap together
aggrandize
to cause to appear greatly
aggregate
the entire sum, mass, or quantity of something
aggress
to make the first attack
agrarian
pertaining to land, especially agricultural land
aide-de-camp
an officer who recieves and transmits the orders of the general
ailment
slight sickness
airy
delicate, ethereal
alabaster
a white rock
alacrity
cheerful willingness
albeit
even though
alder
any shrub or small tree in the oak family
alderman
a member of a municiple legislative body
aliment
that which nourishes
allay
mitigate
alluvion
flood
aloof
not in sympathy with or desiring to associate with others
altercate
fight
almagam
mercury plus another metal
amalgamate
to mix or blend together in a homogeneous body
amatory
designed to excite love
ambiguous
having double meaning
ambrosial
divinely sweet, fragrant, or delicious
ambulate
to walk about
ameliorate
to relieve from pain or hardship
amenable
willing to submit
amity
friendship
amorous
having a propensity for falling in love
ampere
a unit of eletrical strength
ampersand
& and
amply
sufficiantly
anachronism
existing out of TIME order
anathema
forbidden socially
anecdote
a brief account of an event or incident
anemometer
an instrument used to measure force of wind
anhydrous
withered
animaadversion
the utterance of criticism or censure
animadvert
to pass criticism
animalcule
an animal of microscopic size
annalist
historian
annals
a record of events.. yearly
annex
to add at the end
annuciation
proclamation
antechamber
a waiting room for those who seek audience
antediluvian
before the flood
antemeridian
before noon
antemundane
before creation
anthracite
hard coal
anthropology
science of man
antic
grotesque, ludicrous, or fantastic action
anticyclone
currents flow outwards
antilogy
inconsistency and contridiction in words or ideas
antiphone
a response that is generally musical
antiphony
an anthem
antipode
on the opposite side of the earth
antistrophe
the inversion of terms as in the home of the joy and the joy of the home
apeture
hole
aphorism
proverb
apiary
where bees are kept
apogee
climax
apostasy
total departure from ones faith
apostate
false
apotheosis
deification
apparition
ghost
appelate
capable of being appealed to
appellation
the name or title
append
to add something (appendex)
apposite
appropriate
apposition
placing side by side.. or in contact
apprehesible
capable of being concieved
approbation
sanction
arbiter
someone chosen to decide in a dispute
arbitrate
to act or give judgement
achaism
obslescence
gradually falling into disuse
archipelago
large body of water studded with islands
ardent
burning with passion
aristocracy, aristocrat
heriditary nobility
armada
a fleet of war vessels
arraign
to call into court and order that the person plead guilty or not
arrant
notoriously bad
arrear
something overdue and unpaid
arrogate
to take demand or claim without reasons or grounds
artifice
trickery
ascendant
dominant
ascetic
severe sel denial
ashen
pale
askance
with a side or indirect glance or meaning
asperity
with a harsh, rough temper
assailant
one who attacks
assent
to agree with a statement
assiduous
diligent
assignee
someone appointed to manage anothers property
assimilate
to adapt
assonance
resemblance in sound
assuage
to cause to be less harsh, violent, or severe
astute
keen on discernment
athwart
from side to side
atone
to make ammends for
attache
subordinate member of a diplomatic embassy
attest
to certify as accurate
augment
to make bigger
augur
to predict
aura
pervasive psychic
auriferous
containing gold
aurora
a luminous phenomenom
auspice
favoring, protecting, influence...
austere
severly simple
autarchy
unrestricted power
autocracy
absolute governement
automaton
someone whose actions involuntary or mechanical
autonomous
self governing
avarice
passion for getting riches
aver
to assert as fact
averse
reluctant
aversion
fixed opposition
avidity
greediness
avocation
diversion
avow
to declare openly
awry
out of the proper form