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astral
relating to stars
astringent
binding; causing contraction; harsh or severe
astronomical
enourmously large or extensive
astute
wish; shrewd; keen
asunder
into parts; apart
asylum
place of refuge or shelter; protection
asymmetric
not idenitcal on both sides of a dividing central line
atavism
resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback
atheist
one who denies the existence of God
atone
make aments for; pay for
atrocity
brutal deed
atrophy
wasting away
attentive
alert and watchful; considerate; thoughtful;
attenuate
make thinner; weaken or lessen (in density, force, degree)
attest
testify; bear witness
attribute
essential quality; ascribe; explain
attrition
gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
atypical
not normal
aduacious
daring; bold
audit
examination of accounts
augment
increase; add to
augury
omen; prophecy
august
impressive; majestic
aureole
sun's corona; halo
auroral
pertaining to the aurora borealis
auspicious
favoring sucess
austere
forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
authenticate
prove genuine
authoritarian
subordinating the individual to the state; completely dominating another's will
authoritative
having the weight of authority; peremptory adn dictatorial
autocratic
having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
automaton
mechanism that imitates actions of humans
autonomous
self-governing
autopsy
examination of dead body
auxiliary
offering or providing help; additional or subsidiary
avalanche
great mass of falling snow and ice
avarice
greediness for wealth
avenge
take vengeance for something (on behalf of someone)
aver
assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state formally as a fact
averse
reluctant; disinclined
aversion
firm dislike
avert
prevent; turn away
aviary
enclosure for birds
avid
greedy; eager for
avocation
secondary or minor occupation
avow
declare openly
avuncular
like an uncle
awe
solemn wonder
awl
pointed tool used for piercing
awry
distored; crooked
axiom
self-evident truth requiring no proof
azure
sky blue
babble
chatter idly
bacchanalian
drunken
badger
pester; annoy
badinage
teasing conversation
baffle
frustrate; perplex
bait
harass; tease
baleful
threatening; menacing; sinister; foreshadowing evil
balk
stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue
ballast
heavy substance used to add stability or weight
balm
something that relieves pain
balmy
mild; fragrant
banal
hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality
bandy
discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly
bane
curse; cause of ruin
baneful
destructive; causing ruin or death
bantering
good-naturely ridiculing
barb
sharp projection from fishook or other object; openly cutting remark