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Abase
humble, disgrace
Abate
decrease, reduce
Abberation
something different from the usual
Abet
to aid
Abeyence
temporary suppression/ suspension
Abhor
to lothe, detest
Abject
miserable, pitiful
Abjure
to reject, abandon formally
Ablution
act of cleansing
Abnegate
to deny, renounce
Abridge
condense, shorten
Abrogate
put end to, abolish by authority
Abscond
depart secretly
Absolve
to forgive, free from blame
Abtruse
difficult to comprehend
Accede
exprexx approval, agree to
Accolade
praise, distinction
Accost
to approach and speak to sumone
Accretion
growth in size or increase in amount
Accrue
accumulate
Acerbic
bitter, sharp in taste/temper
Acme
highest point, summit
Acquiesce
to agree, comply quietly
Acquittal
relase from blame
Acrid
harsh, bitter
Acrimony
bitterness, animosity
Acuity
sharpness
Acumen
sharpness of insight
Adage
old saying/ proverb
Adjunct
something added, attached/ joined
Admonish
to caution/ repremand
Adroit
skillful, accomplished, highly competent
Adulation
high praise
Adulterate
to corrupt / make impure
Adumbrate
to sketch, outline in a shadowy way
Advantageous
favorable, useful
Adversarial
antagonistic, competitive
Adverse
unfavorable, unlucky, harmful
Aerie
nook/ nest high in air
Affable
friendly, easy to approach
Affinity
fondness, liking, similarity
Affront
personal offense, insult
Aggrandize
to make larger or greater in power
Aggregate
collective mass/sum, total
Aggrieve
to afflict, distress
Agnostic
one whp doubts God exists
Agrarian
relating to farming or rural matters
Alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness, speed
Algorithm
mechanical problem-solving procedure
Allay
to lessen, ease, soothe
Allegory
symbolic representation
Allocation
allowance, portion, share
Allure
to entice by charm, attract
Allusion
indirect reference
Allusiveness
quality of making many indirect references
Aloof
detached,indifferent
Altercation
noisy dispute
Altruism
unselfish concern for other's welfare
Amalgmate
mix, combine
Ambivalence
attitude of uncertainty, conflicting emotions
Ameliorate
make better/ improve
Amenable
agreeable, cooperative
Amend
improve, correct flaws
Amiable
friendly, pleasant,likable
Amicable
friendly, agreeable
Amity
friendship
Amoral
unprincipled, unethical
Amorous
strongly attracted to love, showing love
Amorphous
having no definite form
Amortize
to diminish by installment payments
Amphibian
creature equally at home on land or in water
Amphitheater
arena theater w/ rising tiers around a central open space
Amulet
ornament worn as charm against evil spirits
Anachronism OR Anacronistic
something chronologically inappropriate OR outdated
Analogous
comparable, parallel
Anarchy
absence of govt or law/ chaos
Anathema
ban, curse, something shunned/ disliked
Ancillary
accesory, subordinate, helping
Anecdote
short, unusually funny account of an event
Animation
enthusiasm, excitement
Animosity
hatred, hostility
Annul
cancel, nullify, declare void, make legally invalid
Anodyne
something that calms/ sootehs pain
Anoint
apply oil to
Anomaly
irregularity or deviation from norm
Anonymity
condition of having no name/ unknown name
Antecedent
coming before in place or time
Antediluvian
prehistoric, ancient beyond measure
Antepenultimate
third from last
Anterior
preceding, previous, before, prior to
Anthology
collection of literary works
Anthropomorphic
attributing human qualities to nonhumans
Antipathy
dislike, hostility, extreme opposition
Antiquated
outdated
Antiquity
ancient times, quality of being old
Antithesis
exact opposite/ direct contrast
Apathetic
indifferent, unconcerned
Apathy
lack of feeling/emotion
Aphasia
inability to speak or use words
Aphelion
point in a planet's orbit that is farthest from the sun
Aphorism
old saying or short
Apocryphal
not genuine, fictional
Apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
Apostrophe
an address to the reader or someone not present
Apotheosis
glorification
Appease
to satisfy, calm
Approbation
praise, official approval
Appropriate
take possession of
Arable
suitable for cultivation
Arbitrary
depending solely on individual will, inconsistent
Arbitrate
mediate, negotiate
Arboreal
relating to tress, living in trees
Arboretum
place where trees are dispayed/studied
Arcane
secret, obscure, known only to a few
Archaic
from an earlier time, outdated
Archipelago
large group of islands
Ardor
great emotion/ passion
Arduous
extremely difficult, laborious
Arraign
to call to court to answer an indictment
Arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
Arsenal
ammunition storehouse
Ascendancy
state of rising, ascending: power or control
Ascertain
to determine, discover, make certain of
Ascetic
self-denying
Ascribe
to attribute to, assign
Ashen
resembling ashes, deathly pale
Aspersion
false rumor, damaging report
Assail
to attack, assult
Assent
to express agreement
Assiduous
diligent, persistent, hard-working
Archipelago
large group of islands
Ardor
great emotion/ passion
Arduous
extremely difficult, laborious
Arraign
to call to court to answer an indictment
Arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
Arsenal
ammunition storehouse
Ascendancy
state of rising, ascending: power or control
Ascertain
to determine, discover, make certain of
Ascetic
self-denying
Ascribe
to attribute to, assign
Ashen
resembling ashes, deathly pale
Aspersion
false rumor, damaging report
Assail
to attack, assult
Assent
to express agreement
Assiduous
diligent, persistent, hard-working
Archipelago
large group of islands
Ardor
great emotion/ passion
Arduous
extremely difficult, laborious
Arraign
to call to court to answer an indictment
Arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
Arsenal
ammunition storehouse
Ascendancy
state of rising, ascending: power or control
Ascertain
to determine, discover, make certain of
Ascetic
self-denying
Ascribe
to attribute to, assign
Ashen
resembling ashes, deathly pale
Aspersion
false rumor, damaging report
Assail
to attack, assult
Assent
to express agreement
Assiduous
diligent, persistent, hard-working
Assignation
appointment for lovers' meeting, assignment
Assimilation
act of blending in, becoming similar
Assonance
resemblance in sound
Assuage
to make less severe, ease, relieve
Astringent
harsh, severe, stern
Astute
having good judgment
Asunder
into different parts
Atone
to make amends for a wrong
Atrophy
to waste away
Attenuate
to make thin/ slender, weaken
Attest
to testify, stand as proof, bear witness
Audacious
bold, daring, fearless
Audit
formal exclaimation of financial records
Augment
to expand, extend
Augury
prophecy, prediction of events
August
dignified, awe inspiring
Auspicious
having favorable prospects, promising
Austere
stern, strict
Autocrat
dictator
Autonomous
separate, independent
Auxiliary
supplementary, reserve
Avarice
greed
Avenge
to retaliate, take revenge for an injury or crime
Aver
to declare to be true, affirm
Aversion
intense dislike
Avow
to state openly or declare
Awry
crooked, askew
Axiom
premise, postulate, self-evident truth