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abet
assist, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
abeyance
suspended action
abject
wretched; lacking pride
ablution
washing
abnegation
renunciation; self-sacrifice
abstemious
sparing in eating/drinking; temperate
abstinence
restraint from eating/drinking
abut
border upon; adjoin
accede
to agree
accost
approach and speak first to a person
accoutre
equip
acrid
sharp; bitterly pungent
acrimonious
bitter in words/manner
actuate
motivate
addle
muddle; drive crazy; become rotten
adjunct
something added on/attached
adjuration
solemn urging
adjutant
staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
adventitious
accidental; casual
advert
refer to
aegis
shield; defense
aerie
nest of a large bird of prey
affected
artificial; pretended; assumed in order to impress
affix
to attach/add on; fasten
affront
insult; offense
agape
openmouthed
agglomeration
collection
agog
highly excited; intensely curious
alcove
nook; recess
alimentary
supplying nourishment
alimony
payments made to ex-spouse after divorce
alluvial
pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
aloof
apart; reserved
aloft
upward
amble
moving at an easy pace
ambrosia
food of the gods
ambulatory
able to walk; not bedridden
amiss
wrong; faulty
amok
in a state of rage
analgesic
causing insensitivity to pain
ancillary
serving as aid/accessory; auxiliary
angular
sharp-cornered; stiff in manner
animadversion
critical remark
animus
hostile feeling
annals
records/history
anneal
reduce brittleness; improve toughness by heating/cooling
anoint
consecrate
antecede
precede
antediluvian
antiquated; extremely ancient
anthropoid
manlike
anthropomorphic
having human form/chars
antic
extravagantly odd
anticlimax
letdown in thought/emotion
antiseptic
substance that prevents infection
anvil
iron block used in hammering out metals
ape
mimic
aphasia
loss of speech due to injury/illness
aphorism
pithy maxim, saying
apiary
place where bees are kept
aplomb
poise, assurance
apolitical
having lack of concern for political affairs
apologist
one who writes in defense of a cause or institution
apothegm
pithy, compact saying
application
diligent attention
apprehend
arrest (criminal); dread; perceive
appurtenances
subordinate possessions
apropos
to the point, timely;

w/ reference to; regarding
aquiline
curved, hooked
arbitrary
unreasonable, capricious; tyrannical
arboretum
place where different varieties of trees, shrubs are studied and exhibited
arcade
covered passageway, usually lined w/ shops
argot
slang
arraign
charge in court; indict
array
marshal; draw up in order

clothe; adorn
arrears
being in debt
arroyo
gully, channel in the earth
arsenal
storage place for military equipment
artifice
deception, trickery
ascendancy
controlling influence
aseptic
preventing infection
asinine
stupid
askance
with a sideways/indirect look
aspirant
seeker after position/status
assail
assault
assay
analyze; evaluate
astigmatism
eye defect that prevents proper focus
astute
wise, shrewd, keen
asunder
into parts; apart
atavism
resemblance to remote ancestors; reversion to earlier type; throwback
attrition
gradual decrease in numbers; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
aureole
sun's corona; halo
automaton
mechanism that imitates actions of humans
averse
reluctant
avert
prevent; turn away
avocation
secondary occupation
avow
to declare openly
avuncular
like an uncle
awl
pointed tool used for piercing
bacchanalian
drunken
badinage
teasing conversation
balk
stop short; foil
ballast
heavy substance used to add stability/weight
balmy
mild; fragrant
bandy
discuss lightly; exchange words heatedly
barb
sharp projection from fishhook/other object; openly cutting remark