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astral
adj. relating to the stars
astringent
adj. binding; causing concentration
astronomical
adj. enormously large or extensive
astute
adj. wise; shrewd; keen
asunder
adv. into parts; apart
asylum
n. place of refuge or shelter; protection
asymmetric
adj. not identical on both sides of a dividing line
atavism
n. resemblance to a remote ancestor rather than to parents; deformity reting after passage of two or more generations
atheistic
adj. denying the existence of God
atlas
n. a bound volume of maps, charts, or tables
atone
v. make amends for; pay for
atrocity
n. brutal deed
atrophy
n.wasting away
attain
v. achieve or accomplish; gain
attentive
adj. alert and watchful; considerate; thoughtful
attenuate
v. make thin, weaken
attest
v. testify, bear witness
attribute
n. essential quality
attribute
v. ascribe; explain
attrition
n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
atypical
adj. not normal
audacious
adj. daring, bold
audit
n. examination of accounts
auditory
adj. pertaining to the sense of hearing
augment
v. increase, add to
augury
n. omen; prophecy
august
adj. impressive, majestic
aureole
n. sun's corona; halo
auroral
adj. pertaining to the aurora borealis
auspicious
adj. favoring success
austere
adj. forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unoramented
authenticate
v. prove genuine
authoritarian
adj. subordinating the individual to the state; completly dominating another's will
authorative
adj. having the weight of authority; peremptory and dictorial
autocratic
adj. having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
automaton
n. mechanism that imitates actions of humans
autonomous
adj. self-governing
autopsy
n. examination of a dead body; post-mortem
auxiliary
adj. helper, additional or subsidiary
avalanche
n. great mass of falling snow and ice
avarice
n. greediness for wealth
avenge
v. take vengeance for something (or on behalf of someone)
averse
adj. reluctant; disinclined
aversion
n. firm dislike
avert
v. prevent; turn away
austere
adj. forbiddingly stern; severely simple and unoramented
authenticate
v. prove genuine
authoritarian
adj. subordinating the individual to the state; completly dominating another's will
authorative
adj. having the weight of authority; peremptory and dictorial
autocratic
adj. having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
automaton
n. mechanism that imitates actions of humans
autonomous
adj. self-governing
autopsy
n. examination of a dead body; post-mortem
auxiliary
adj. helper, additional or subsidiary
avalanche
n. great mass of falling snow and ice
avarice
n. greediness for wealth
avenge
v. take vengeance for something (or on behalf of someone)
averse
adj. reluctant; disinclined
aversion
n. firm dislike
avert
v. prevent; turn away
aviary
n. enclosure for birds
avid
adj. greedy; eager for
avocation
n. secondary or minor occupation
avow
v. declare openly
avuncular
adj. like an uncle
awe
n. solemn wonder
awry
adv. distorted; crooked
axiom
n. self-evident truth requiring no proof
azure
adj. sky blue
babble
v. chatter idly
bacchanalian
adj. drunken
badger
v. pester; annoy
badinage
n. teasing conversation
baffle
v. frustrate; perplex
bait
v. harass; tease
baleful
adj. deadly; having a malign influence; ominous
balk
v. foil or thwart; stop short; refuse to go on
ballast
n. heavy substance used to add stability or weight
balm
n. something that relieves pain
balmy
adj. mild; fragrant
banal
adj. hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality
bandy
v. discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly
bane
n. cause of ruin; curse
bantering
adj. good-natured ridiculing
barb
n. sharp projection from fishhook, etc; openly cutting remark