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abut
to touch the end or boundary line
accost
to speak to
accouter
to dress
acerbity
sourness, bitterness
Achillean
invulnerable
actuary
insurance officer
actuate
move to action
addendum
something to be added
adamant
any substance of exceeding hardness or inpenetrability
addle
make inefficient or worthless, muddle
adduce
bring forward for consideration
adieu inter
Good bye, farewell
adjudge
award by formal decision
adjuration
a vehement appeal
adjutant
Auxilary
admonition
gentle reprimand
advert
to refer incidentally
aeronaut
one who navigates the air, a baloonist.
aerostat
any apparatus floating or sustained by the air.
aerostatics
the branch of pneumatics that treats of the equilibrium, pressure, and mechanical properties
affectation
a studied attempt.
aggress
to make first attack
aide-de-camp
an officer who receives and transmits the orders of the general
albeit
even though
albino
a person with milky white skin and hair, and eyes with bright red pupil and usually pink iris.
alder
any shrub or small tree of the genus alumnus, of the oak family.
alderman
a member of a municipal legislative body, who usually exercises also certain judicial functions.
allay
calm the violence, mitigate
allude
refer by suggestion
alluvion
flood
altercate
to contend angrily or zealously in words
amalgam
an alloy of mercury and another metal
amatory
designed to excite love
amenable
willing to submit
amour
illicit love afair
ampere
unit of electric-current strength
anhydrous
withered
animadversion
the utterance of criticism or censure
anode
the point where or path by which a voltaic current enters and electrolyte or the like
antechamber
a waiting room for those who seek audience
antedate
assign a date earlier than actual one
antemeridian
before noon
antemundane
time before creation of earth
anthracite
hard coal
antilogy
inconsistency in ideas
antiphon
a response or alteration of responses, generally musical
antiphony
an anthem or other composition sung responsively
antipodes
place or region on the opposite side of earth
antiquate
to make out of date
antistrophe
the inversion of terms in successive classes.
aphorism
proverb
apogee
climax
apostate
false
apothecary
one who keeps drugs for sale and puts up prescriptions
apotheosis
deification
apposite
appropriate
apposition
act of placing side by side
approbation
sanction
arbiter
chosen one by mutual consent of parties in dispute to decide matters
arboreal
pertaining to tree
arrant
notoriously bad
arrear
something overdue unpaid
arrogate
take, especially without grounds.
artesian well
a very deep well. Water rises due to underground pressure
askance
with a side or indirect glance or meaning
asperity
harshness of temper
assay
the chemical analysis of an alloy ore
attache
a subordinate member of a diplomatic embassy
augur
to predict
aural
pertaining to ear
auriferous
containing gold
auspice
protecting guidence
autarchy
unrestricted power
aver
assert as fact
avidity
greediness
barring
apart from
batten
narrow strip of wood
bedlam
madhouse
bellicose
warlike
benefice
church treasury
berth
train cot
beset
attack on all sides
bestrew
to cover or sprinkle with strewn things
betimes
in good season or time
bibulous
fond of drinking
bier
a horizontal framework with two handles at each end for carrying corpse to grave.
bight
a slightly receding bay between headlands.
blase
sated with pleasure
blazon
make widely known
blithe
joyous
ble
the trunk or body of tree
boll
a round pod or seed-capsule
bombardier
a person in charge of mortars, bombs, shells
boorish
rude
borough
an incorporated village or town
Bowdlerize
to expurgate in editing by omitting words or passages
bowler
in cricket, the player who delivers ball
brae
hillside
bravado
agressive display of boldness
bray
loud harsh sound, like cry of an ass or the blast of horn.
braze
decorate with brass.
brazier
an open pan or basin for holding live coals
breaker
one who trains horses, dogs
bric-a-brac
objects of curiosity or for decoration
brigand
one who lives by robbery and plunder.