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anachronism
n. someone or something misplaced in time
analgesic
adj. causing insensitivity to pain
anathema
n. solemn curse
ancillary
adj. serving as an aid or accessory; auxiliary
animadversion
n. critical remark
animus
n. a hostile feeling or intent
annals
n. records, history
anneal
v. reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling
anodyne
n. drug that relieves pain; opiate
antediluvian
adj. antiquated; extremely ancient
anthropoid
adj. manlike
antipathy
n. aversion; dislike
aphasia
n. loss of speech due to injury or illness
aphorism
n. pithy maxim or saying

An aphorism is usually philosophic or scientific, as compared to an adage, which is usually more homely and concrete.

i.e. "Absolute power corrupts absolutely" = aphorism
apiary
n. a place where bees are kept
apocryphal
adj. untrue; made up
apogee
n. highest point
apologist
n. one who writes in defense of a cause or institution
apostate
n. one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs