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abdicate
renounce; give up
abet
assist, usually in doing something wrong; assist
abeyance
suspended action
abjure
renounce upon oath; disavow
abrogate
abolish
accede
agree
accost
apporach and speek first to a person
accoutre
equip
accretion
growth;increase
adjuration
oath; solemn urging
adversity
poverty; misfortune
aerie
nest of a large bird
affable
easily apporachable
affliction
state of distress; cause of suffering
agog
highly excited; intensely curious
alimony
payments made to ex-spouse after divorce
allegiance
loyalty
allegory
fable
alliteration
repetition of beginning sound in poetry
allude
refer indirectly
altruistic
unselfishly generous; concerned for others
amenable
readily managable; willing to be led
amok, amuck
in stage of rage
anathema
curse
annals
records; history
animadversion
critical remark
anneal
reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling
annotate
comment
anodyne
drug that relieves pain; opiate
antagonism
hostility; active resistance
antecede
precede
anthology
book of literary selections by various authors
antic
extravagantly odd
aplomb
poise; assurance
apocryphal
spurious; not authentic
apologist
one who writes in defense of a cause or institution
apostate
one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
apothecary
druggist; pharmacist
apothegm
pithy, compact saying
apotheosis
elevation to godhood; ideal example
apparition
ghost; phantom
appellation
name; title
apposite
appropriate; fitting
apprehend
arrest(ciriminal); dread; perceive
appurtenances
subordinate possessions
appropos
to the point and timely; regarding
arabseque
style of decoration involving intertwined plants
arcane
secret; mysterious
argot
slang
aria
operatic solo
armada
fleet of warships
arraign
charge in court; indict
array
marshal; draw up in order; clothe; adorn
arroyo
gully
artifice
deception; trickery
ascetic
practising self-denial; austere
askance
with a sideways look or indirect look
asperity
sharpness ( of temper)
aspersion
slanderous remark
assail
assault
assay
analyse; evaluate
astral
relating to stars
asunder
into parts; apart
atavism
resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback;
atrophy
wasting away
audacious
daring; bold
augury
omen; prophecy
avarice
greediness for wealth
averse
reluctant; disinclined
avid
greedy; eager for
avocation
secondary or minor occupation
awl
pointed tool used for piercing
awry
distorted; crooked
azure
blue sky
bacchanalian
drunken
badinage
teasing conversation
baleful
threatening; menancing; foreshadows evil
balk
foil; stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; stop or get in the way of; frustrate
bandy
discuss lightly or gilbly; exchange words heatedly
bane
curse; cause of ruin
baneful
harmful; destructive
bantering
good-natured ridiculing