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acumen

keenness of judgment, mental sharpness

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adduce

to bring forward as an example or proof, to cite

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adherent

follower, supporter, believer

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adjourn

to suspend until another time

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adjunct

- something added to or connected with something else, an assistant
- adjunct professor: lacks permanent position on the faculty

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adulation

excessive admiration, flattery

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adulterate

to contaminate, to make impure

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advent

arrival, coming, beginning

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adventitious

accidental, connected to but nonetheless unrelated, irrelevant

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adverse

unfavorable, antagonistic

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affectation

unnatural or artificial behavior, usually intended to impress

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affidavit

a sworn written statement made before an official

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affinity

sympathy, attraction, kinship, similarity

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affliction

misery, illness, great suffering, a source of misery, illness, or great suffering

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afford

to give, supply, confer upon

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affront

insult, a deliberate act of disrespect

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aggrandize

to exaggerate, to cause to appear greater, to increase something in power, reputation, wealth, etc.

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aggregate

sum total, a collection of separate things mixed together

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aggrieve

to mistreat, to do grievous injury to, to distress

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agnostic

one to believes that the existence of a god can be neither proven nor disproven

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alacrity

cheerful eagerness or readiness to respond

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alchemy

- a seemingly magical process of transformation
- Middle Ages, alchemists were people who sought ways to turn metals into gold

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allege

to assert without proof

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allegiance

loyalty

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allegory

a story in which the characters are symbols with moral or spiritual meanings