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Abase
to humble; disgrace
Abate
decrease, reduce
Aberration
something different from the usual
Abet
to aid; act as accomplice
Abject
miserable, pitiful
Abortive
interrupted while incomplete
Abrogate
to put an end to, abolish by authority
Abscond
to depart secretly
Abstain
to choose not to do something
Accrue
to accumulate, grow by additions
Acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste or temper
Acme
highest point; summit
Acquiesce
to agree; comply quietly
Acrid
harsh, bitter
Acrimony
bitterness, animosity
Acuity
sharpness
Acumen
sharpness of insight
Adage
old saying or proverb
Adamant
uncompromising, unyielding
Admonish
to cautioin or reprimand
Adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent
Adulation
high praise
Adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
Adversarial
antagonistic, competitive
Aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
Affable
friendly, easy to approach
Affected (adj.)
pretentious, phony
Affront (n.)
personal offense, insult
Agrarian
relating to farming or rural matters
Alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed
Allegory
symbolic representation
Alleviate
to relieve, improve partially
Allure (v.)
to entice by charm; attract
Aloof
detached, indifferent
Altruism
unselfish concern for others' welfare
Ambiguous
uncertain; subject to multiple interpretations
Ambivalence
attitude of uncertainty; conflicting emotions
Ameliorate
to make better, improve
Amenable
agreeable, cooperative
Amenity
pleasantness; something increasing comfort
Amicable
friendly, agreeable
Amoral
unprincipled, unethical
Amorphous
having no definite form
Ample
abundant, plentiful
Anachronistic
outdated
Anarchy
absence of government or law; chaos
Annul
to cancel, nullify, declare void, or make legally invalid
Anomaly
irregularity or deviation from the norm
Anonymity
condition of having no name or an unknown name
Antecedent (adj.)
coming before in place or time
Anthology
collection of literary works
Antipathy
dislike, hostility; extreme opposition or aversion
Antiquity
ancient times; the quality of being old
Antithesis
exact opposite or direct contrast
Apathy
lack of feeling or emotion
Aphorism
old saying or short, pithy statement
Apocryphal
not genuine; fictional
Approbation
praise; official approval
Appropriate (v.)
to take possession of
Arable
suitable for cultivation
Arbitrary
depending solely on individual will; inconsistent
Arboreal
relating to tress; living in trees
Arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few
Archipelago
large group of islands
Ardent
passionate, enthusiastic, fervent
Arduous
extremely difficult, laborious
Arid
extremely dry or deathly boring
Ascend
to rise or climb
Ascetic
self-denying, abstinent, austere
Ashen
resembling ashes; pale
Aspersion
false rumor, damaging report, slander
Assail
to attack, assault
Assiduous
diligent, persistent, hard-working
Assuage
to make less severe, ease, relieve
Astringent
harsh, severe, stern
Astute
having good judgement
Atone
to make amends for a wrong
Atrocious
monstrous, shockingly bad
Attenuate
to make thin or slender; weaken
Audacious
bold, daring, fearless
Augment
to expand, extend
August
dignified, awe inspiring, venerable
Auspicious
having favorable prospects, promising
Austere
stern, strict, unadorned
Authoritarian
extremely strict, bossy
Autocrat
dictator
Avarice
greed
Aver
to declare to be true, affirm
Aversion
intense dislike
Aviary
large enclosure housing birds
Awry
crooked, askew, amiss