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amphitheater
arena theater with rising tiers around a central open space
The amphitheater in the park is the perfect place for a summer concert.
ample
abundant, plentiful
Though our backpacks were small, we had ample food for the hike.
amplify
increase, intensify
We will need to amplify the music at the wedding so that everyone can dance.
amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
Though she claimed it was not due to superstition, Vivian always wore an amulet around\d her neck.
anachronism
something chronologically inappropriate
The aged hippie used anachronisms like "groovy" and "far out" that had not been popular for years.
anachronistic
outdated
The hippie's clothes, with their beads and dangling tassels, were anachronistic in style.
analogous
comparable, parallel
In a famous argument for the existence of God, the universe is analogous to a mechanical watch, the creation of a divinely intelligent "clockmaker."
anarchy
absence of government or law; chaos
Some believe that without a strong police force to keep society in order, anarchy would soon prevail.
anathema
ban, curse; something shunned or disliked
Sweaty, soiled clothing was anathema to the elegant Madeleine.
ancillary
accessory; subordinate; helping
Reforms were instituted at the main factory, but not at its ancillary plants, so defects continued to occur.
anecdote
short, usually funny account of an event
The child's grandparents entertained him for hours with anecdotes from their younger days.
angular
characterized by sharp angles; lean and gaunt
Her angular frame contrasted sharply with that of her overweight sister.
animation
enthusiasm, excitement
Ben's face filled with animation as he described his wonderful, exciting trip to Venice.
animosity
hatred, hostility
The deep-rooted animosity between them made it difficult for the cousins to work together.
annul
to cancel, nullify, declare void, or make legally invalid
The couple asked the court to annul their marriage, as they had made a mistake in wedding each other.
anodyne
something that calms or soothes pain
The skittish patient asked the dentist for an anodyne to dull the pain.
anoint
to apply oil to, especially as a sacred rite
The ceremony required the woman to anoint her child's head with oil.
anomaly
irregularity or deviation from the norm
Albino animals may display too great an anomaly in their coloring to attract normally colored mates.
anonymity
condition of having no name or an unknown name
After abandoning her movie career at a relatively youthful age, Garbo retreated into relative anonymity.
antagonist
foe, opponent, adversary
The child and the cat became bitter antagonists after the child pulled the cat's tail.
antecedent
coming before in place or time
Though the war appeared to be over, the antecedent events made the soldiers wary of retreating.
antediluvian
prehistoric, ancient beyond measure
The antediluvian fossils were displayed in the museum.
antepenultimate
third from last
In the word "ultimate," the spoken stress is on the antepenultimate syllable "ul."
anterior
preceding, previous, before, prior (to)
Following tradition, the couple's wedding was anterior to the honeymoon.
anthology
collection of literary works
Whenever the student needed a quotation, she consulted her anthology.