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amenities
courtesies; social graces; pleasantries
amiable
friendly; pleasant
amicable
friendly; agreeable
amiss
wrong; faulty; improper
amity
friendship
amnesty
official pardon for an offense
amoral
lacking a sense of right and wrong
amorous
loving
amorphous
sharpless
amphibious
able to live on both land and water
ample
roomy; abundant
amplify
to make larger or greater
amulet
a charm worn to keep evil away
anachronism
something out of place or time
analgesic
drug that relieves pain
analogy
similarity or comparison
anarchy
absence of government
anathema
a curse; a person or thing to be avoided
ancillary
helping; subordinate
anecdote
a short; entertaining story
anent
regarding; concerning
anguish
great suffering or grief
anhydrous
without water
animadversion
criticism; comment that opposes
animate
to give life to
animosity
hatred; hostility
animus
hostile feeling
annals
historical records
anneal
to heat and then cool; to toughen
annihilate
to totally destroy
annuity
specified income payable at stated intervals
annul
to cancel; to do away with
anomalous
abnormal; inconsistent
anon
soon
anoxia
lack of oxygen
antecedent
that which goes before something else
antediluvian
very old-fashioned; primitive
anterior
located in front or forward
anteroom
a lobby or waiting room
anthem
song of praise
anthology
collection of literary works
anthropoid
resembling man
anthropomorphic
attributing human form to objects, gods, etc
antic
playful or silly act; prank
anticlimax
something unimportant coming after something important
antidote
a remedy; a counteractive
antipathy
intense dislike
antipodes
opposite sides (of the earth)
antiquated
ancient; extremely old
antithesis
an exact opposite
apathy
indifference; lack of feeling
ape
a monkey; to imitate or to mimic
aperture
an opening; a gap
apex
the highest point; summit
aphasia
loss of the ability to speak
aphorism
brief saying; proverb
apiary
place where bees are kept
aplomb
self-confidence; poise
apocryphal
doubtful; not authentic
apogee
farthest point away from the earth
apoplexy
sudden loss of consciousness; paralysis
apostate
one who gives up his belief
apothecary
druggist
apothegm
brief instructive saying
apotheosis
glorification of a person to the rank of god
appall
to frighten; to cause loss of courage
apparel
clothing; attire
apparition
a ghost
appease
to soothe; to satisfy
appellation
a name
append
to attach; to add
apposite
appropriate
apprehend
to seize; to understand
apprehensive
fearful; anxious
apprise
to inform
approbation
approval
appropriate
to take possession of; suitable
appurtenance
something added to another more important thing
apropos
relevant; appropriate; fitting
aptitude
ability
aquatic
pertaining to water
aquiline
like an eagle; curved or hooked
arable
good for farming
arbiter
a judge; an umpire
arbitrary
partial; biased
arbor
a shaded area
arcane
mysterious
archaic
out-dated; old-fashioned
archeology
study of remains of past cultures
archetype
original; first of its kind
archipelago
group of island
archives
public records and documents
ardent
intensly enthusiastic
arduous
difficult; strenuous
aria
a solo in an opera
arid
dry
armistice
a truce; suspension of hostilities
aromatic
pleasant-smelling
arraign
to accuse
arrant
notorious; downright
array
an orderly arrangement
arrears
in debt
arrogant
proud; haughty
arroyo
a deep ditch caused by running water
arson
illegal burning of property
artful
cunning; tricky; crafty
articulate
to speak clearly
artifact
a handmade object
artifice
trick; deception
artisan
one skilled in arts and crafts
ascendant
rising
ascertain
to find out; to determine
ascetic
one who denies his body pleasure and comfort
ascribe
to attribute; to credit as to a cause or source
aseptic
without bacteria
asinine
stupid; silly
askance
sidewise; suspiciously
askew
crooked; out of position
asperity
harshness; roughness
aspersion
a damaging remark
aspire
to desire; to have an ambition
assail
to attack; to assault
assay
to test; to try
assent
to agree; to accept
assertive
confident; positive
assess
to estimate the value of
assiduity
diligence; care
assimilate
to absorb
assuage
to calm; to make less severe
asteroid
a very small planet
astral
oertaining to the stars
astray
in the wrong direction
astringent
substance that contracts blood vessels or shrinks tissues
astute
shrewd; very smart
asunder
into seoarate parts
asylum
a safe place; a refuge
atavistic
going back to behavior found in a remote ancestor
atheist
one who denies god's existence
atlas
book of maps
atone
to make up for; to repent
atrocious
cruel; brutual
atrophy
to waste away; to become useless
attenuated
decreased; weakened
attest
to confirm; to declare to be correct
attribute
to credit or assign to; a characteristic or trait
attrition
a wearing down or away; a decline
atypical
abnormal; not usual
au courant
up-to-date; fully informed
audacity
boldness; daring
audible
capable of beeing heard
audit
to examine accounts
augment
to increase; to make greater
augur
to predict
august
majestic; worthy or respect; impressive
aura
a radiance; a glow
aural
pertaining to the sense of hearing
auroral
rosy; pertaining to the dawn
auspices
approval; support
auspicious
favorable
austere
severe; stern;self-disciplined
authenticate
to confirm; to make acceptable
authoritative
dictatorial; having power
autocratic
despotic; unlimited in authority
automaton
self-operating machine; robot
autonomy
self-rule
autumnal
mature; declining
auxiliary
giving assistance; subordinate
avarice
greed
avenge
to get even; to take revenge
aver
to declare; to state firmly
averse
reluctant; not willing
averison
intense dislike
avert
to prevent; to turn away
aviary
place where birds are kept
avid
enthusiastic
avocation
a hobby; not one's regular work
avoirdupois
heaviness; weight
avow
to declare openly
avuncular
like an uncle
awe
great admiration for or fear of
awry
twisted to one side; in the wrong direction
axiom
true statement; established principle
azure
blue