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Antiseptic
Anything that destroys or restrains the growth of (infections) microorganisms
Aperture
An opening, as in a hole or gap
Aphorism
A proverb
Apogee
The farthest point OR the climax
Apostasy/Apostate
Abandonment of one's faith, (political) party, principles, or cause/One characterized by said abandonment OR disloyalty
Apotheosis
Exaltation to divine status; deification
Apparition
A ghost
Appellation
A name or title by which something is called
Appertain
To belong to a function or part; pertain
Appraise
To estimate the monetary value of something
Approbation
Praise or approval
Arbiter
One chosen to settle an issue; arbitrator
Arbitrate
To judge
Arbor/arboreal/arborescent
A tree/pertaining to trees/having the nature of a tree
Arcade
A series of arches supported by columns OR a roofed passageway (with shops on the side(s))
Archipelago
A body of water containing several scattered islands
Ardent
Burning with passion; fervent
Ardor
Fiery intensity; zeal
Aristocracy
A hereditary nobility
Armada
A fleet of warships
Arraign
To call into court to answer a charge made by indictment
Arrant
Completely such; thoroughoing [often a pejorative intensifier]
Arrear
Something overdue or unpaid
Arrogate
To take or claim for oneself without right; assert one's right to
Artifice
A clever strategy; trickery
Ascendant
Ascending OR dominant, superior
Ascetic
Given to severe abstinence OR one who partakes in said abstinence
Ascribe
To assign as a quality or attribute
Ashen
Of or relation to ashes; pale
Askance
With disapproval, suspicion, or distrust
Asperity
Harshness or roughness (either figuratively or literally)
Assay
To evaluate, assess, or analyze OR an evaluation, assessment, or analysis
Assent
To agree, concur OR agreement [reach an assent]
Assiduous
Diligent, persistent
Assonance/assonate
Correspondence in sound (specifically vowels); rough similarity/to correspond in vowel sounds
Assuage
To cause to be less intense or severe
Astringent
Harsh or severe
Astute
Keen
Athwart
From side to side
Attache
One attached to another person or thing (in particular, an embassy)
Attest
To affirm to be correct or true
Auburn
A color from reddish-brown to brown
Audacious
Fearless (often recklessly); bold
Augur
To predict OR one who predicts [a soothsayer]
Auriferous
Containing gold
Auspice/Auspicious
Favoring or protecting guidance OR a favorable omen/favorable, prosperous
Austere
Simple, unadorned OR a stern or strict demeanor
Autarchy
Absolute rule or power [autocracy]OR a region of (economic) self-sufficiency
Autocracy
Government by a single person with absolute power; despotism
Autonomous/Autonomy
Independent (self-governing)/Independence (self-government)
Auxiliary
That which helps (especially something subsidiary)
Avarice
Immoderate desire for wealth; greed
Aver
To assert or declare
Averse/aversion
Having a feeling of opposition; strongly disinclined/a fixed, intense dislike; repugnance
Avert
To turn away
Avidity
Ardent desire; eagerness
Avocation
An activity taken up for enjoyment; a hobby
Avow
To declare openly