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assimilation
act of blending in, becoming similar
Language classes were offered to aid in the assimilation of the immigrants with the native citizens.
assonance
resemblance in sound, especially in vowel sounds; partial rhyme
The professor pointed out how assonance among the words contributed to the flow of the poem.
assuage
to make less severe, ease, relieve
Like many people, Philip Larkin used alcohol to assuage his sense of meaninglessness and despair.
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
The principal's punishments seemed overly astringent, but the students did not dare to complain.
astute
having good judgment
The novelist Judy Blume is an astute judge of human nature; her characters ring true.
asunder
into different parts
Though the boat was strong, the violent storm tore it asunder.
asymmetrical
not corresponding in size, shape, position, etc.
The hairstylist was shocked to find that the two sides of his customer's hair were asymmetrical.
atone
to make amends for a wrong
Many people go to church to atone for their wrongdoings and seek forgiveness.
atrocious
monstrous, shockingly bad, wicked
The British officer committed the atrocious act of slaughtering a large group of peaceful Indian villagers.
atrophy
to waste away, wither form disuse
When Mimi stopped exercising, her muscles began to atrophy.
attain
to accomplish, gain
It is clear that Clem's hard work will help him attain that raise he's been hoping for.
attenuate
to make thin or slender; weaken
The Bill of Rights attenuated the traditional power of government to change laws at will.
attest
to testify, stand as proof of, bear witness
Once her husband had attested to the fact that Mrs. Martin was with him on the night of the murder, the jury had no choice but to acquit her of the crime.
audacious
bold, daring, fearless
"And you, your majesty, may kiss my bum!" replied the audacious peasant.
audible
capable of being heard
The shy boy's voice was barely audible as he answered the teacher's questions.
audit
formal examination of financial records
The grocer cursed the IRS's decision to audit him, as he couldn't pay all the back taxes they demanded.
auditory
having to do with hearing
Sometimes, people's auditory canals become blocked by large quantities of wax.
augment
to expand, extend
Ben augmented his salary with overtime hours as much as possible.
augury
prophecy, prediction of events
Troy hoped the rainbow was an augury of good things to come.
august
dignified, awe inspiring, venerable
The august view of the summit of the Grand Teton filled the climbers with awe.
auspicious
having favorable prospects, promising
Tamika thought that having lunch with the boss was an auspicious start to her new job.
austere
stern, strict, unadorned
The lack of decoration makes Zen temples seem austere to the untrained eyes.
authoritarian
extremely strict, bossy
The authoritarian manager alienated his employees with his bossy manner.
autocrat
dictator
Mussolini has been described as an autocrat who did not tolerate opposition.
autonomous
separate, independent
There is a movement underway to make Scotland an independent country, autonomous from England.