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archipelago
large group of islands
Boat taxis are the only form of transportation between villages in the Stockholm archipelago.
ardent
passionate, enthusiastic, fervent
After a 25-game losing streak, even the Met's most ardent fans realized the team wouldn't finish first.
ardor
great emotion or passion
Bishop's ardor for landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the Hudson Valley.
arduous
extremely difficult, laborious
Amy thought she would pass out after completing the arduous climb up the mountain.
arid
extremely dry or deathly boring
The arid farmland produced no crops.
arraign
to call to court to answer an indictment
The conman was arraigned yesterday, but failed to show up in court.
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
Lynn watched in astonishment as her boss arrogated all the credit for Lynn's brilliant work on the project.
arsenal
ammunition storehouse
The soldiers rushed to the arsenal to fetch more cannonballs.
articulate
well spoken, expressing oneself clearly
She such an articulate defender of labor that unions are among her strongest supporters.
artifact
historical relic, item made by human craft
The archeologist discovered hundreds of interesting artifacts in the ruins of the mansion.
artisan
craftsperson; expert
Artisans were among the valued citizens of the kingdom for their skills in tool-making.
ascend
to rise or climb
As Mr. Boggs ascended the stairs, he panted heavily.
ascendancy
state of rising, ascending; power or control
The devious politician's ascendancy to the top ranks of government seemed inevitable.
ascertain
to determine, discover, make certain of
Try as he might, the archeologist couldn't ascertain the correct age of the Piltdown man's skeleton.
ascetic
self-denying, abstinent, austere
The monk lived an ascetic life deep in the wilderness, denying himself all forms of luxury.
ascribe
to attribute to, assign
Aunt Fran was shocked when she heard about the negative qualities her family ascribed to her.
ashen
resembling ashes; deathly pale
The ashen look on Jesse's face made it clear he had already heard the bad news.
askew
crooked, tilted
I was so late for work that I rushed out of the house with my hair uncombed and my hat askew.
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report, slander
It is unfair to cast aspersions on someone behind his or her back.
aspire
to have great hopes; to aim at a goal
Although Sid started out in the mailroom, he aspired to owning the company someday.
assail
to attack, assault
The foreign army assailed the fort for days, but did not manage to take it.
assent
to express agreement
I want to make money, but I would never assent to doing anything illegal.
assert
to affirm, attest
Some people look favorably on politicians who are willing to assert their views boldly.
assiduous
diligent, persistent, hard-working
The chauffeur scrubbed the limousine assiduously, hoping to make a good impression on his employer.
assignation
appointment for lovers' meeting; assignment
Romeo and Juliet made an assignation to meet at her balcony.