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abdicate
to give up a position, right, or power
abjure
to reject, abandon formally
abrogate
to put an end to, abolish by authority
aggrieve
to afflict, distress
alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed
alleviate
to relieve, improve partially
altruism
unselfish concern for others' welfare
ambivalence
attitude of uncertainty; conflicting emotions
amortize
to diminish by installment payments
ample
abundant, plentiful
antepenultimate
third from last
anterior
preceding, previous, before, prior (to)

anterior to...
antipathy
dislike, hostility; extreme opposition or aversion
aphelion
point in a planet's orbit that is farthest from the sun (n.)
apocryphal
not genuine; fictional; made up
apotheosis
glorification; glorified ideal
approbation
praise; official approval
arboreal
relating to trees; living in trees
arboretum
place where trees are displayed and studied
archaic
antiquated
ardor
great emotion or passion
arduous
extremely difficult, laborious
arid
extremely dry or deathly boring
arraign
to call to court to answer an indictment
arrogate
to demand, claim arrogantly
articulate
(adj.) well spoken, expressing oneself clearly
artifact
historical relic, item made by human craft
ascetic
self-denying, abstinent, austere
ascribe
to attribute to, assign
ashen
(adj.) resembling ashes; deathly pale
askew
crooked, tilted
aspersion
false rumor, damaging report, slander
aspire
to have great hopes; to aim at a goal
assail
to attack, assault
assert
to affirm, attest
assiduous
diligent, persistent, hard-working
assignation
appointment for lovers' meeting; assignment
assimilation
act of blending in, becoming similar
assuage
to make less severe, ease, relieve
astringent
harsh, severe, stern
astute
having good judgement
asunder
(adv.)into different parts
atone
to make amends for a wrong
atrocious
monstrous, shockingly bad, wicked
atrophy
to waste away, wither from disuse
attain
to accomplish, gain
attenuate
to make thin or slender; weaken
attest
to testify, stand as proof of, bear witness
audacious
bold, daring, fearless
audible
capable of being heard
audit
formal examination of financial records
auditory
having to do with hearing
augment
to expand, extend
augury
prophecy, prediction of events
august
dignified, awe inspiring, venerable
austere
stern, strict, unadorned
autonomous
separate, independent
auxiliary
supplementary, reserve
avarice
greed
avenge
to retaliate, take revenge for an injury or crime
aversion
intense dislike
avert
to turn (something) away; prevent, hinder
aviary
large enclosure housing birds
avow
to state openly or declare
axiom
premise, postulate, self-evident truth