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aberrant
abnormal or deviant.
abet
aid or assist
abeyance
suspended action
abjure
renounce upon oath, reject
abnegation
renunciation, self-sacrifice
abominate
loathe, hate
abrogate
abolish
abscission
removal by cutting off, as in surgery, separation. medical, or in nature when a flower or leaf separates from a plant
abstemious
sparing in eating or drinking, temparate
abstruse
obscure, profound, difficult to understand
accede
agree, give in
acclivity
sharp upslope of a hill
accost
approach and speak first to a person
accoutre
equip (like accoutrement)
accretion
growth, increase
acetic
vinegary-- acetic acid
acidulous
slightly sour, sharp, caustic
acme
peak, pinnacle, highest point
acrophobia
fear of heights
actuate
motivate
adjunct
something (generally nonessential or inferior) attached or added on.
adjuration
solemn urging
adjutant
staff officer assisting the commander
adulterate
make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
advent
arrival
adventitious
accidental, causal
advert
refer to
aerie
nest of a large bird of prey
affable
approachable, warmly friendly
affidavit
written statement made under oath.
affinity
kinship
agglomeration
collection, heap
aggrandize
increase or intensify, raise in power, wealth, rank, or honor
aggregate
gather, accumulate
agog
highly excited, intensely curious
alacrity
cheerful promptness, eagerness
alimentary
supplying nourishment
allay
calm, pacify
alloy (verb)
mix, make less pure, lessen or moderate
amalgamate
combine, unite in one body
ameliorate
improve
analgesic
causing insensitivity to pain
anathema
solemn curse
ancillary
serving as an aid or accessory
animadversion
critical remark
anneal
reduce brittleness or toughen
anodyne
a drug that relieves pain
antic (adj)
extravagantly odd
aphasia
loss of speech due to injury or illness
aphorism
pithy maxim or saying
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