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accretion
growth in size or increase in amount
The committee's strong fund-raising efforts resulted in an accretion in available scholarship money.
accrue
to accumulate, grow by additions
Before he knew it, Cliff had accrued an overwhelmingly large debt.
acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
Gina's acerbic wit and sarcasm were feared around the office.
acme
highest point; summit
The dictator was assassinated just as he reached the acme of his power.
acquiesce
to agree; comply quietly
The princess acquiesced to demands that she marry a nobleman, but she was not happy about it.
acquittal
release from blame
The public was astonished at the jury's acquittal of the serial killer-how could they let a man like that go?
acrid
harsh, bitter
The acrid smell of vinegar drove the children out of the kitchen.
acrimony
bitterness, animosity
The acrimony the newly divorced couple showed towards each other made everyone feel uncomfortable.
acuity
sharpness
Although Dr. Patel is in her mid-eighties, her mental acuity is still impressive.
acumen
sharpness of insight
The portfolio manger's financial acumen helped him to select high-yield stocks for his clients.
acute
sharp, pointed, severe
There is an acute shortage of food in the city, and people will starve if food is not brought in soon.
adage
old saying or proverb
"A penny saved is a penny earned" is a popular adage.
adamant
uncompromising, unyielding
The lawyer was adamant in his tireless defense of the death penalty.
adapt
to accommodate; adjust
Although it may be difficult at first, we all have to adapt to the new computer system.
adhere
to cling or follow without deviation
He was a strict Catholic who adhered to all the teachings of the Church.
adjacent
next to
The photocopier is down the hall, adjacent to the water cooler.
adjunct
something added, attached or joined
An adjunct professor is not given the same full-time status as other faculty members.
admonish
to caution or reprimand
My mother began to admonish me about my poor grades.
adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent
The adroit athlete completed even the most difficult obstacle course with ease.
adulation
high praise
After Ana's piano recital, the audience lavished her with adulation.
adulterate
to corrupt or make impure
The restaurateur made his ketchup last longer by adulterating it with water.
adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
There was only time to adumbrate an escape plan before the cyclone hit.
advantageous
favorable, useful
Derek found his Spanish-speaking skills to be advantageous in his travels in Mexico.
adversarial
antagonistic, competitive
The brother's adversarial relationship made it impossible for them to support each other in times of need.
adverse
unfavorable, unlucky; harmful
They canceled the baseball game due to adverse weather conditions.