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arrears

n. pl.
money that is owed and should have been payed earlier

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artifact

n.
an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest

or...

something observed in a scientific investigation or experiment that is not naturally present but occurs as a result of the preparative or investigative procedure

3

ascertain

find (something) out for certain; make sure of

4

ashen

of the pale gray color of ash: the ashen morning sky.
• (of a person's face) very pale with shock, fear, or illness.
• of or resembling ashes: the volcano's ashen breath.

or...

made of timber from the ash tree.

5

aspersion

an attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something: I don't think anyone is casting aspersions on you.

6

assignation

an appointment to meet someone in secret, typically one made by lovers: his assignation with an older woman.

or...

the allocation or attribution of someone or something as belonging to something.

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asymmetric

having parts that fail to correspond to one another in shape, size, or arrangement; lacking symmetry: the church has an asymmetrical plan with an aisle only on one side.

or...

having parts or aspects that are not equal or equivalent; unequal in some respect: the asymmetrical relationship between a landlord and a tenant.

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at bay

at bay forced to confront one's attackers or pursuers; cornered.

9

atheistic

a person who does not believe in the existence of God or gods: he is a committed atheist.

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atone

make amends or reparation: he was being helpful, to atone for his past mistakes.

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atrocious

horrifyingly wicked: atrocious cruelties.

or...

of a very poor quality; extremely bad or unpleasant: he attempted an atrocious imitation of my English accent | atrocious weather.

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attune

make receptive or aware: a society more attuned to consumerism than ideology | (as adj. attuned) : the department is very attuned politically.

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audacious

showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks: a series of audacious takeovers.

or...

showing an impudent lack of respect: an audacious remark.

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audible

able to be heard

or...

a change in the offensive play called by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage.

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auditory

of or relating to the sense of hearing: the auditory nerves | teaching methods use both visual and auditory stimulation.

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augment

make (something) greater by adding to it; increase: he augmented his summer income by painting houses.

or...

a vowel prefixed to past tenses of verbs in Greek and other Indo-European languages.

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august

respected and impressive: she was in august company.

or...


the eighth month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the last month of summer: the sultry haze of late August | [ as modifier ] : an August cold snap.

18

aural

of or relating to the ear or the sense of hearing: aural anatomy | information held in written, aural, or database form.

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austerity

sternness or severity of manner or attitude: he was noted for his austerity and his authoritarianism.
• extreme plainness and simplicity of style or appearance: the room was decorated with a restraint bordering on austerity.
• (austerities) conditions characterized by severity, sternness, or asceticism: a simple life of prayer and personal austerity.
• difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce a budget deficit, esp. by reducing public expenditure: a period of austerity | [ as modifier ] : austerity measures.

20

avarice

extreme greed for wealth or material gain.

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averaging down

the mean or average

22

avian

of or relating to birds: avian tuberculosis.

or...

a bird.

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avidity

extreme eagerness or enthusiasm: he read detective stories with avidity.

24

awl

a small pointed tool used for piercing holes, esp. in leather.

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axiomatic

self-evident or unquestionable: it is axiomatic that dividends have to be financed.
• [ attrib. ] chiefly Mathematics relating to or containing axioms.

26

axis

a line that is passing through the center of a symmetrical solid

or...

an imaginary line about which a body rotates: the earth revolves on its axis once every 24 hours.

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artifact

n.
an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest

or...

something observed in a scientific investigation or experiment that is not naturally present but occurs as a result of the preparative or investigative procedure

28

ascertain

find (something) out for certain; make sure of

29

ashen

of the pale gray color of ash: the ashen morning sky.
• (of a person's face) very pale with shock, fear, or illness.
• of or resembling ashes: the volcano's ashen breath.

or...

made of timber from the ash tree.

30

aspersion

an attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something: I don't think anyone is casting aspersions on you.

31

assignation

an appointment to meet someone in secret, typically one made by lovers: his assignation with an older woman.

or...

the allocation or attribution of someone or something as belonging to something.

32

asymmetric

having parts that fail to correspond to one another in shape, size, or arrangement; lacking symmetry: the church has an asymmetrical plan with an aisle only on one side.

or...

having parts or aspects that are not equal or equivalent; unequal in some respect: the asymmetrical relationship between a landlord and a tenant.

33

at bay

at bay forced to confront one's attackers or pursuers; cornered.

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atheistic

a person who does not believe in the existence of God or gods: he is a committed atheist.

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atone

make amends or reparation: he was being helpful, to atone for his past mistakes.

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atrocious

horrifyingly wicked: atrocious cruelties.

or...

of a very poor quality; extremely bad or unpleasant: he attempted an atrocious imitation of my English accent | atrocious weather.

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attune

make receptive or aware: a society more attuned to consumerism than ideology | (as adj. attuned) : the department is very attuned politically.

38

audacious

showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks: a series of audacious takeovers.

or...

showing an impudent lack of respect: an audacious remark.

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audible

able to be heard

or...

a change in the offensive play called by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage.

40

auditory

of or relating to the sense of hearing: the auditory nerves | teaching methods use both visual and auditory stimulation.

41

augment

make (something) greater by adding to it; increase: he augmented his summer income by painting houses.

or...

a vowel prefixed to past tenses of verbs in Greek and other Indo-European languages.

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august

respected and impressive: she was in august company.

or...


the eighth month of the year, in the northern hemisphere usually considered the last month of summer: the sultry haze of late August | [ as modifier ] : an August cold snap.

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aural

of or relating to the ear or the sense of hearing: aural anatomy | information held in written, aural, or database form.

note:of or relating to the ear or the sense of hearing: aural anatomy | information held in written, aural, or database form.

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austerity

sternness or severity of manner or attitude: he was noted for his austerity and his authoritarianism.
• extreme plainness and simplicity of style or appearance: the room was decorated with a restraint bordering on austerity.
• (austerities) conditions characterized by severity, sternness, or asceticism: a simple life of prayer and personal austerity.
• difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce a budget deficit, esp. by reducing public expenditure: a period of austerity | [ as modifier ] : austerity measures.

45

avarice

extreme greed for wealth or material gain.

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averaging down

the mean or average

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avian

of or relating to birds: avian tuberculosis.

or...

a bird.

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avidity

extreme eagerness or enthusiasm: he read detective stories with avidity.

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awl

a small pointed tool used for piercing holes, esp. in leather.

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axiomatic

self-evident or unquestionable: it is axiomatic that dividends have to be financed.
• [ attrib. ] chiefly Mathematics relating to or containing axioms.

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axis

a line that is passing through the center of a symmetrical solid

or...

an imaginary line about which a body rotates: the earth revolves on its axis once every 24 hours.