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Abrogate
to abolish or annul by authority; put down
Abscission

act of cutting of or removing



Accolade
an expression of praise; an award
Acerbic

having a sour or bitter taste or character

acumen

quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight

admonish

to reprove; to express warning or disapproval
adroit


adept, dexterous




since he is ambidextrous, he is equally adroit at shooting marbles with either hand.




maladroit means clumsy or bungling


adulation

excessive praise, intense adoration

adumbrate

to foreshadow vaguely, intimate, suggest, or outline sketchily
aggrandize

to increase in intensity, power, or prestige; to make appear greater
alacrity

eager and enthusiastic willingness

alchemy

a magical or wonderful transformation

alloy

to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior

amenable

agreeable; responsive to suggestion

apogee

farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith

apposite

appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apropos
apprise

give notice to, inform

arabesque

complex, ornate design

arcane

mysterious, abstruse, esoteric, knowable only to initiates

arduous

strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort

arrant

impudent, in every way, being completely such, bare-faced, utter

artless

completely without guile; natural, without artificiality

asperity

severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability

aspersion

an act of defamation or maligning

assiduous

diligent, hard-working

astringent

having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe

attenuate

to rarefy, weaken or make thinner, lessen

august

majestic, venerable

auspice

protection or support, patronage

auspicious

favorable, propitious, successful, prosperous

austere

without adornment, bare, severely simple, ascetic

avarice
greed, especially wealth

aver


to state as fact, to confirm or support