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amiss

wrong; faulty.

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amorphous

formless

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ancillary

ADJ. serving as an aid or accessory; auxiliary. In an ancillary capacity, Doctor Watson was helpful; however, Holmes could not trust the good doctor to solve a perplex- ing case on his own. also N.

4

annals

records; history. “In this year our good King Richard died,” wrote the chronicler in the kingdom’s annals.

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animus

N. hostile feeling or intent. The speaker’s sarcastic comments about liberal do-gooders and elitist snobs revealed his deep-seated animus against his opponent.

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annuity

N. yearly allowance. The annuity he set up with the insurance company supplements his social security bene- fits so that he can live very comfortably without working.

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anoint

declare

8

apex

climax

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aphasia

loss of speech due to injury or illness

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aphorism

pithy maxim. An aphorism differs from an adage in that it is more philosophical or scientific. “The proper study of mankind is man” is an aphorism. “There’s no smoke without a fire” is an adage. aphoristic, ADJ.

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aplomb

self-confidence or assurance, esp. when in a demanding situation:

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apocryphal

ADJ. untrue; made up. To impress his friends, Tom invented apocryphal tales of his adventures in the big city.

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apogee

N. highest point. When the moon in its orbit is far- thest away from the earth, it is at its apogee.

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apostate

N. one who abandons his religious faith or politi- cal beliefs. Because he switched from one party to another, his former friends shunned him as an apostate. apostasy, N.