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ablate
–verb (used with object) 1. to remove or dissipate by melting, vaporization, erosion, etc
–verb (used without object) 2. to become ~ed; undergo ~tion.
ablution
–noun 1. a cleansing with water or other liquid, esp. as a religious ritual.
2. the liquid thus used.
3. a washing of the hands, body, etc.
absinthe
–noun 1. a green, aromatic liqueur that is 68 percent alcohol, is made with wormwood and other herbs, and has a bitter, licorice flavor: now banned in most Western countries.
abstemious
–adjective 1. sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet.
2. characterized by abstinence
3. sparing
acidulous
–adjective 1. slightly sour.
2. sharp; caustic
3. moderately acid or tart; subacid.
adjure
–verb (used with object), - 1. to charge, bind, or command earnestly and solemnly, often under oath or the threat of a penalty.
2. to entreat or request earnestly or solemnly.
adumbrate
–verb (used with object), -1. to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch.
2. to foreshadow; prefigure.
3. to darken or conceal partially; overshadow.
aegis
1. Classical Mythology. the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena, bearing at its center the head of the Gorgon.
2. protection; support:
3. sponsorship; auspices:
affective
–adjective 1. of, caused by, or expressing emotion or feeling; emotional.
2. causing emotion or feeling.
agathism;agathist
The Doctrine That All Things Tend Towards Ultimate Good

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forward-looker who believes that the world and things in general are heading for the better
agog
–adjective 1. highly excited by eagerness, curiosity, anticipation, etc.
–adverb 2. in a state of eager desire; excitedly.
akimbo
–adjective, adverb with hand on hip and elbow bent outward
aleatory
–adjective 1. Law. depending on a contingent event:
2. of or pertaining to accidental causes; of luck or chance; unpredictable
3. Music. employing the element of chance in the choice of tones, rests, durations, rhythms, dynamics, etc.
amanuensis
–noun
a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary.
a propos
adj.
Being at once opportune and to the point.
adv.
1. At an appropriate time; opportunely.
2. By the way; incidentally:
prep.
With regard to; concerning
ad hoc
adv.
For the specific purpose, case, or situation at hand and for no other
adj.
1. Formed for or concerned with one specific purpose:
2. Improvised and often impromptu
aficionado
An enthusiastic admirer or follower; a fan.
al fresco
adv.
In the fresh air; outdoors
adj.
Taking place outdoors; outdoor
au courant
adj.
1. Informed on current affairs; up-to-date.
2. Fully familiar; knowledgeable.
bete noire
One that is particularly disliked or that is to be avoided: