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aback
suprised; startled
abate
to lessen; to decrease
abdicate
to give up
aberration
abnormality
abet
to aid; to encourage
abeyance
a postponement
abhor
to hate
abject
miserable
abjure
to give up (rights); to deny
ablution
cleansing
abolition
doing away with
abominate
to strongly dislike
aborigine
original inhabitant
abortive
unsuccessfull
abrade
to wear or scrape away
abrogate
to abolish
abscond
to leave secretly
absolve
to free from responsibility
abstemious
to show moderation in eating or drinking
abstract
lacking substance; theoretical
abut
to border on; adjoin
accede
to agree to; accept
acclaim
to greet with approval; praise
acclimate
to get used to
acclivity
an upward slope
accolade
honor or award
accord
agreement
accost
to approach or speak to aggressively
accoutrements
equipment or accessories
accredit
to certify or endorse
accretion
an addition or increase
accrue
to accumulate
acerbic
sharp; bitter; sour
acquiesce
to agree; accept
acquit
to find not guilty
acrid
bitter; irritating
acrimonioius
harsh speech or action
actuate
to put into action
acuity
sharp perception
acumen
mental insight
adage
a familiar saying
adamant
unyielding
addend
something added to another
addled
confused; muddled
adduce
something offered as proof
adept
highly skilled
adjudicate
to judge
adjunct
an assistant or in addition to
admonish
to warn
adroit
skillfull; shrewd
adulation
praise or flattery
adulterate
to make impure
advent
a coming or arrival
adventitious
accidental; incidental
advocate
to support; to defend another
aegis
protection
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty
affable
agreeable
affectation
phony attitude or behavior
affiliation
to associate with
affinity
any attraction to
affix
to attach or add
affluence
wealth
agape
open-mouthed; sign of suprise
aggrandize
to make greater
aggregate
to collect or gather together
aghast
shocked
agile
to move quickly
agnostic
one who doubts the existence of God
agrarian
pertaining to farmers and agriculture
alacrity
willingness
alias
an assumed name
allay
to calm
allege
to charge without proof
allocate
to assign for a specific purpose
aloft
high in the air
altercation
an argument
altruism
concern for others
amalgamate
to combine or unite
amass
accumulate
amazon
strong, masculine woman
ambient
surrounding
ambivalence
conflicting feelings toward something
ambulatory
able to walk
ameliorate
to improve; make better
amenable
agreeable
amicable
agreeable
amiss
wrong; improper
amity
friendship
amnesty
official pardon for an offence
amoral
no sense of right or wrong
amorous
loving
ample
abundant
amulet
a charm worn to keep evil away
anachronism
something out of place or time
analgesic
drug that reduces pain
anarchy
absence of government or order
anathema
a curse; a person strongly disliked
ancillary
subordinate
anent
concerning
animosity
hostility
annals
historical records
annuity
income paid at state intervals
annul
to cancel
anomalous
abnormal; irregular
anoxia
lack of oxygen
anthology
collection of literary works
anthropoid
resembling man
antic
playful or silly act
anticlimax
something unimportant coming after something special
antiquated
extremely old
antithesis
an exact opposite
apathy
indifference; lack of interest or emotion
aperture
an opening
apex
the highest point
aphasia
loss of the ability to speak
aphorism
brief saying; a short proverb
aplomb
self-confidence
apocryphal
mythical; doubtful in origin
apoplexy
sudden loss of consciousness; paralysis
apostate
one who gives up his beliefs
apall
to frighten; dismay
appease
to satisfy
appelation
a name
append
to aadd to
apprehensive
fearful; anxious
apprise
to inform
approbation
approval
appropriate
to take possesion of; satisfactory
apropos
appropriate; fitting
arbiter
a judge; referee
arbitrary
biased or at random
arbor
a shaded area
arcane
mysterious or secret
archetype
original
archives
public records and documents
ardent
strongly enthusiastic