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anthropomorphic
attributing human qualities to nonhumans
Milo's anthropomorphic behavior towards his computer was evident when he called it "Fred."
antipathy
dislike, hostility; extreme opposition or aversion
The antipathy between the French and the English regularly erupted into open warfare.
antiquated
outdated, obsolete
The old man's typewriter was completely antiquated, especially when compared to his son's computer.
antiquity
ancient times; the quality of being old
It was obviously a castle of great antiquity, unchanged since before the Middle Ages.
antithesis
exact opposite or direct contrast
The ill-mannered boy was often described as the antithesis of his sweet sister.
apathetic
indifferent, unconcerned
The author seemed apathetic, going along with all the editor's proposed changes without an argument.
apathy
lack of feeling or emotion
The apathy of voters is so great that less than half the people who are eligible to vote bother to do so.
aphasia
inability to speak or use words
Stroke victims often suffer from aphasia, making it difficult for them to communicate with others.
aphelion
point in a planet's orbit that is farthest form the sun
When the Earth is at its aphelion, it has reached its greatest distance from the sun.
aphorism
old saying or short, pithy statement
The country doctor was given to aphorisms such as "Still waters run deep."
apocryphal
not genuine, fictional
Sharon suspected that the stories she was hearing about alligators in the sewer were apocryphal.
apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
The king declared himself an apostate before flouting the Church's doctrines to divorce his wife.
apostrophe
an address to the reader or someone not present
The author often used apostrophe to present a viewpoint directly to the reader.
apotheosis
glorification; glorified ideal
In her heyday, many people considered Jackie Kennedy to be the apotheosis of stylishness.
appease
to satisfy, placate, calm, pacify
We all sang lullabies to try to appease the bawling infant.
approbation
praise; official approval
Billy was sure that he had gained the approbation of his teacher when he received a glowing report card.
appropriate
to take possession of
Lucia came up with the great idea to appropriate the abandoned building for storage.
aquatic
belonging or living in the water
The heaviest aquatic creature, the whale, dwarfs heavy land mammals, as its weight is supported by water.
arable
suitable for cultivation
The overpopulated country desperately needed more arable land to grow food for its starving people.
arbitrary
depending solely on individual will; inconsistent
Nancy won a prize, but not Fred, making the judges' decisions seem completely arbitrary.
arbitrate
mediate, negotiate
Since the couple could not come to an agreement, a judge was forced to arbitrate their divorce proceedings.
arboreal
relating to trees; living in trees
The squirrel is an arboreal mammal, spending much of its time running up and down trees.
arboretum
place where trees are displayed and studied
The botanist spent many hours in the arboretum doing research.
arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few
The arcane rituals of the sect were passed down through many generations.
archaic
antiquated, from an earlier time; outdated
Her archaic Commodore computer could not run the latest software.