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apothegm
n. pithy, compact saying
apotheosis
n. elevation to godhood; an ideal example of something
apparition
n. ghost; phantom
appellation
n. name; title
application
n. diligent attention. Pleased with how well Tom had whitewashed the fence, Aunt Polly praised hiim for his application.
apposite
adj. appropriate; fitting
apprise
v. inform
approbation
n. approval
appropriate
v. acquire; take possession for one's own use. The ranch owners appropriated the lands that had originally been set aside for the Indians' use.
appurtenances
n. subordinate possessions
apropos
adj. to the point and timely.
apropos
prep. with referece to; regarding. Apropos the waltz, the dance has its faults.
aquiline
adj. curved, hooked
arabesque
n. style of decoration involving intertwined plants and abstract curves; ballet position with one leg supporting the weight of the body, while the other leg is extended in back.
arable
adj. fit for growing crops
arbiter
n. person with power to decide a matter in dispute; judge
arbitrary
adj. unreasonable or capricious; tyrannical
arboretum
n. place where different varieties of trees and shrubs are studied and exhibited.
arcane
adj. secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated.
archaic
adj. antiquated
archipelago
n. group of closely located islands
ardor
n. heat; passion; zeal
arduous
adj. hard; strenuous
argot
n. slang
aria
n. operatic solo
arid
adj. dry; barren
armada
n. fleet of warships
arraign
v. charge incourt; indict
array
1. v. marshal; draw up in order. His actions were bound to array public sentiment against him
2. v. clothe; adorn. She liked to watch her mother array herself in her finest clothes before going out for the evening
arryhthmic
adj. lacking rhythm or regularity
arroyo
n. gully
artful
adj. cunning; crafty; sly.
artifact
n. object made by human beings, either hand made or mass-produced
artifice
n. deception; trickery
artisan
n. manually skilled worker; craftsman, as opposed to artist
artless
adj. without guile; open and honest
ascendancy
n. controlling influence
ascertain
v. find out for certain
ascetic
adj. practicing self-denial; austere
ascribe
v. refer; attribute; assign
ashen
adj. ash colored; deadly pale
asinine
adj. stupid
askance
adv. with a sideways or indirect look
asperity
n. sharpness (of temper)
aspersion
n. slanderous remark
aspirant
n. seeker after position or status
assail
v. assault
assay
v. analyze; evaluate
assent
v. agree; aceept
assiduous
adj. diligent
assimilate
v. absorb; cause to become homogenous
assuage
v. ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)