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amenities
n. convenient features; courtesies
amiable
adj. agreeable; loveable; warmly friendly
amicable
adj. politely friendly; not quarrelsome
amiss
adj. wrong; faulty
amity
n. friendship
amnesia
n. loss of memory
amnesty
n. pardon
amoral
adj. nonmoral
amorous
adj. moved by sexual love; loving
amorphus
adj. formless; lacking shape or definition
amphibian
adj. able to live on both land and in water
amphitheater
n. oval building with tiers of seats
ample
adj. abundant
amplify
v. broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make stronger
amputate
v. cut off part of the body; prune
amok (also amuck)
adv. in a state of rage
amulet
n. charm; talisman
*anachronism
n. something or someone misplaced in time
analgesic
adj. causing insensitivity to pain
*analogous
adj. comparable
analogy
n. similarity; parallelism
anarchist
n. person who seeks to overturn the established government; advocate of abolishing authority
*anarchy
n. absence of governing body; state of disorder
anathema
n. solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
ancestry
n. family descent
anchor
v. secure or fasten firmly; be fixed in place
ancillary
adj. serving as an aid or accessory; auxiliary
anecdote
n. short account of an amusing or interesting event
anemia
n. condition in which blood lacks red corpuscles
anesthetic
n. substance that removes sensation with or without loss of conciousness
anguish
n. acute pain; extreme suffering
angular
adj. sharp-cornered; stiff in manner
animadversion
n. critical remark
animated
adj. lively; spirited
animosity
n. active enmity
animus
n. hostile feeling or intent
annals
n. records; history
anneal
v. reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling
annex
v. attach; take possession of
annihilate
v. destroy
annotate
v. comment; make explanatory notes
annuity
n. yearly allowance
annul
v. make void
anodyne
n. drug that relieves pain; opiate
anoint
v. consecrate
*anomalous
adj. abnormal; irregular
anomaly
n. irregularity
anonymity
n. state of being nameless; anonymousness
antagonism
n. hostility; active resistance
antecede
v. precede
antecedents
n. preceding events or circumstances that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background
antediluvian
adj. antiquated; extremely ancient
anthem
n. song of praise or patriotism
anthology
n. book of literary selections by various authors
anthropoid
adj. manlike
anthropologist
n. student of the history and science of humankind
anthropomorphic
adj. having human form or characteristics
antic
adj. extravagantly odd
anticlimax
n. letdown in thought or emotion
antidote
n. remedy to counteract a poison or disease
*antipathy
n. aversion; dislike
antiquated
adj. obsolete; outdated
antiseptic
n. substance that prevents infection
antithesis
n. contrast; direct opposite of or to
anvil
n. iron block used in hammering out metals
*apathy
n. lack of caring; indifference
ape
v. imitate or mimic
aperture
n. opening; hole
apex
n. tip; summit; climax
aphasia
n. loss of speech due to injury or illness
aphorism
n. pithy maxim or saying (usually scientific or philosophic)
apiary
n. a place where bees are kept
aplomb
n. poise; assurance
apocalyptic
adj. prophetic; pertaining to revelations
apocryphal
adj. spurious; not authentic; invented rather than true
apogee
n. highest point
apolitical
adj. having an aversion or lack of concern for political affairs
apologist
n. one who writes in defense of a cause or institution
apostate
n. one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
apothecary
n. druggist