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Abatebecome less intense or widespread
Abdicate renounce one’s throne
Aberrantdeparting from an accepted standard.
Abeyancea state of temporary disuse or suspension
Abjectpresent to the maximum degree.
Abjuresolemnly renounce
Abscissiontypically dead leaves and ripe fruit
Abscondleave hurriedly and secretly
Abstemiousindulging only very moderately in something
Abstinencethe practice of restraining oneself from indulging in something
Abysmalextremely bad; appalling.
accretion growth in size or increase in amount
Accrueaccumulate or receive over time
Adamantrefusing to be persuaded or to change one’s mind.
Adjuncta thing added to something else as a supplementary rather than an essential part.
Admonishreprimand firmly.
Adulteratepoorer in quality by adding another substance
Aestheticconcerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.
Affectedinfluenced or touched by an external factor.
Affinitya natural liking for and understanding of someone or something.
aggrandize to make larger or greater
Aggregatea whole formed by combining several separate elements.
Alacritybrisk and cheerful readiness.
Alchemy medieval chemical philosophy based on
changing metal into gold; a seemingly magical
power or process of transmutation
Allaydiminish or put at rest
Alleviatemake (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe
Alloya metal made by combining two or more metallic elements
Allurethe quality of being powerfully
Amalgamatecombine or unite to form one organization or structure
Ambiguousopen to more than one interpretation
Ambivalencethe state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.
Ambrosiathe food of the gods.
Amelioratemake (something bad or unsatisfactory) better.
Amenableopen and responsive to suggestion
Amenitya desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place.
Amuletan ornament or small piece of jewellery thought to give protection against evil, danger, or disease.
anachronism something out of the proper time
Analgesic(of a drug) acting to relieve pain.
Analogouscomparable in certain respects
Anarchya state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority or other controlling systems.
Anodynenot likely to cause offence or disagreement and somewhat dull.
Anomalousdeviating from what is standard, normal, or expected.
Antecedenta thing that existed before or logically precedes another.
Antediluvianof or belonging to the time before the biblical Flood.
Antipathya deep-seated feeling of aversion.
apathy indifference
Apexthe highest point of achievement; a climax.
Apogeethe highest point in the development of something; a climax or culmination.
Apothegma concise saying or maxim; an aphorism.
Appeaseassuage or satisfy
Appellationa name or title.
Appositeapt in the circumstances or in relation to something
Appriseinform or tell
Approbationapproval or praise.
Appropriatesuitable or proper in the circumstances.
Aproposwith reference to; concerning.
Arabesquea posture in which one leg is extended backwards at right angles
Ardorgreat enthusiasm or passion.
Arduousinvolving or requiring strenuous effort
Argotthe jargon or slang of a particular group or class.
Arreststop or check
Artifactan object made by a human being
Artlesswithout guile or deception
Ascetica person who follows an ascetic life.
Asperityharshness of tone or manner.
Aspersionan attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something.
Assiduousshowing great care and perseverance.
Assuagemake (an unpleasant feeling) less intense.
Astringentsharp or severe in manner or style.
Asyluman institution for the care of people who are mentally ill.
AtavismA tendency to revert to something ancient or ancestral.
Attenuatereduce the force, effect, or value of
Audaciousshowing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.
Austeresevere or strict in manner or attitude.
Autonomoushaving the freedom to act independently.
Avariceextreme greed for wealth or material gain
Averstate or assert to be the case.
Avocationa hobby or minor occupation
Avuncularkind and friendly towards a younger or less experienced person.
Axiomaticself-evident or unquestionable

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