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different from the usual; abnormal, unusual

aberrant

2

to regard w/ extreme repugnance

abhor

3

reject formally/solemnly/upon oath

abjure

4

to end or cancel in a formal/official way; to fail to do what is required

abrogate

5

causing irritations, very unpleasant; (particularly in regards to personality traits)

abrasive

6

marked by restraint, esp. regarding food

abstemious

7

hard to understand

abstruse

8

to confront boldly, approach; (n.) greeting

accost

9

expressing harsh or sharp criticism in a clever way

acerbic

10

without a brain

acerebral

11

one who attends or follows; an altar attendant/public worshipper, aid, helper

acolyte

12

the ability to think clearly and make good decisions

acumen

13

excessive adoration/praise (sycophancy, blandishment, fawning, anticritics)

adulation

14

protection, support, shield

aegis

15

friendly and easy to talk to

affable

16

a sudden rush of divine or poetic inspiration; from Ltn, afflare-- to breathe or blow on; inspiration itself means breathing in, use as noun

afflatus

17

with hand on hop and elbow bent outward

akimbo

18

similar or related

akin

19

cheerful readiness, promptness, willingness, liveliness, briskness

alacrity

20

although, even if (conj.)

albeit

21

to reduce the pain or trouble; make something less painful, difficult, or severe

alleviate

22

baldness

alopecia

23

existing before a war, esp. before US civil war

antebellum

24

very old, out of date, primitive

antediluvian

25

to attribute human form or attributes

anthropomorphize

26

entirely opposed; situated at opposite side of earth or moon

anitpodal

27

exact opposite of something or someone; state of two things that are directly opposite each other

antithesis

28

short phrase that expresses a tone or wise idea

aphorism

29

doubtful authorship or authenticity

apocryphal

30

secret, hidden; suggestive of strange and wonderful mysteries and powerful knowledge, possibly of a remote or obscure field, known and understood by only a few

arcane

31

very difficult, very laborious

arduous

32

showing great attention, care, and effort

assiduous

33

absolute calm and tranquility; imperturbability; complete freedom from anxiety or strain

ataraxia

34

showing or suggesting that future success is likely

auspicious

35

group of people who develop new and often very surprising ideas in art, etc.; (adj.: new, cutting edge)

avant-garde

36

lit. in the manner of an uncle; benevolent, mildly paternal, gently jocular, mature and dignified

avuncular

37

self-evident, obvious, unquestionable

axiomatic

38

shortening a word as we speek (i.e.: 'cuz)

apheresis