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apotheosis

N. elevation to godhood; an ideal example of something. The apotheosis of a Roman emperor was designed to insure his eternal greatness: people would worship at his altar forever. The hero of the musical How to Succeed in Business...was the apotheosis of yuppieness: he was the perfect upwardly-bound young man on the make.

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apposite

ADJ. appropriate; fitting. He was always able to find the apposite phrase, the correct expression for every occasion.

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apprise

inform

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approbation

acquire

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aquiline

curved

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armada

fleet of warships. Queen Elizabeth’s navy defeated the mighty armada that threatened the English coast.

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arraign

V. charge in court; indict. After his indictment by the Grand Jury, the accused man was arraigned in the County Criminal Court.

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arrears

N. being in debt. He was in arrears with his pay- ments on the car.

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artifice

N. deception; trickery. The Trojan War proved to the Greeks that cunning and artifice were often more effec- tive than military might.

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ascendancy

N. controlling influence; domination. Leaders of religious cults maintain ascendancy over their followers by methods that can verge on brainwashing.

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asinine

stupid

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askew

crookedly

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asperity

N. sharpness (of temper). These remarks, spoken with asperity, stung the boys to whom they had been directed.

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aspersion

N. slander; slur; derogatory remark. Unscrupu- lous politicians practice character assassination as a politi- cal tool, casting aspersions on their rivals.

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assail

V. assault. He was assailed with questions after his lecture.

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assay

V. analyze; evaluate. When they assayed the ore, they found that they had discovered a very rich vein. also N.

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assent

V. agree; accept. It gives me great pleasure to assent to your request.

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assiduous

ADJ. diligent. He was assiduous, working at this task for weeks before he felt satisfied with his results. assiduity, N.

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assuage

lessen pain