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Abase

to humiliate; to lower in self esteem or dignity; to humble

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Abash

to make ashamed; to embarrass

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Abate

to subside; to reduce

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Abdicate

to step down from a position of power or responsibility

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Aberration

something not typical; a deviation from the standard

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Abet

to support or encourage someone, especially someone who has done something wrong

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Abeyance

suspension; temporary cessation

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Abhor

to hate very, very much; to detest

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Abject

hopeless; extremely sad and servile; defeated

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Abjure

to repudiate; to take back; to refrain from

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Abnegate

to deny oneself things; to reject; to renounce

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Abomination

something despised of abhorred; extremely loathing

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Aboriginal

native; dating back to the very beginning

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Abortive

unsuccessful

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Abound

to be very numerous

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Abridge

to shorten; to condense

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Abrogate

to abolish or repeal formally; to set aside; to nullify

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Absolute

total; unlimited

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Absolve

to forgive or free from blame; to free from sin; to free from an obligation

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Abstinent

abstaining; voluntarily not doing something, especially something not pleasant that is bad for you or has a bad reputation

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Abstract

theoretical; impersonal

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Abstruse

hard to understand

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Abysmal

extremely hopeless or wretched; bottomless

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Accede

to give in; to yield; to agree

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Accentuate

to emphasize; to accent; to highlight

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Access

the right or ability to approach, enter, or use

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Acclaim

to praise publicly an enthusiastically

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Accolade

an award; an honor

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Accord

to agree; to be in harmony; to grant or bestow

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Accost

to approach and speak to someone aggressively

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Accouterments

personal clothing, accessories, or equipment; trappings

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Accrue

to accumulate over time

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Acerbic

sour; severe; like acid in temper, mood or tone

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Acquiesce

to comply passively; to accept; to assent; to agree

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Acquisitive

seeking or tending to acquire; greedy

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Acquit

to find not guilty; to behave or conduct oneself

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Acrid

harshly pungent; bitter

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Acrimonious

full of spite; bitter; nasty

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Acronym

a word made up from the initials of other words

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Acumen

keenness of judgement; mental sharpnes

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Acute

sharp; shrewd

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Adage

a traditional saying; a proverb

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Adamant

stubborn; unyielding; completely inflexible

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Adduce

to bring forward as an example or as 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

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Ad-lib

to improvise; to speak or act spontaneously

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Admonish

to scold gently; to warn

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Adroit

skillful; dexterous; clever; shrewd; socially at ease

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Adulation

wild or 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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Advocate

a person who argues in favor of a position

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Aesthetic

having to do with artistic beauty; artistic

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Affable

easy to talk to; friendly

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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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Affiliate

to become closely associated with

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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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Affluent

rich; prosperous

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Afford

to give; to supply; to confer upon

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Affront

insult; a deliberate act of disrspect

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Aftermath

consequence; events following some occurrence or calamity

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Agenda

program; the things to be done

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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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Aghast

terrified; shocked

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Agnostic

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

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Agrarian

relating to land; relating to the management or farming of land

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Alacrity

cheerful eagerness or readiness to respond

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Alchemy

a seemingly magical process of transformation

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Alienate

to estrange; to cause to feel unwelcome or unloved; to make hostile

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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

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Alleviate

to relieve, usually temporarily or incompletely; to make bearable; to lessen

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Allocate

to distribute; to assign; to allot

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Allot

to apportion, allocate, or assign

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Alloy

a combination of two or more things, usually metals

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Allusion

an indirect reference (often to a literary work); a hint

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Aloof

uninvolved; standing off; keeping one's distance

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Altercation

a heated fight, argument, or quarrel

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Altruism

selflessness; generosity; devotion to the interests of others

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Amass

to pile up; to accumulate; to collect for one's own use

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Ambience

atmosphere; mood; feeling

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Ambiguous

unclear in meaning; confusing; capable of being interpreted in different ways

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Ambivalent

undecided; having opposed feelings simultameously

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Ameliorate

to make better or more tolerable

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Amenable

obedient; willing to give in to the wishes of another; agreeable

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Amenity

pleasantness; attractive or comfortable feature

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Amiable

friendly; agreeable

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Amid

in the middle of

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Amnesty

an official pardon for a group of people who have violated a law or policy

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Amoral

lacking in a sense of right or wrong; neither good nor bad, neither moral nor immoral; without moral feelings

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Amorous

feeling loving, especially in a sexual sense; in love; relating to love

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Amorphous

shapeless; without a regular or stable shape; bloblike

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Anachronism

something out of place in time or history; an incongruity

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Analogy

a comparison of one thing to another; similarity

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Anarchy

absence of government or control; lawlessness; disorder

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Anathema

something or someone loathed or detested

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Ancillary

subordinate; providing asistance

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Anectdote

a short account of a humorous or revealing incident

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Angst

anxiety; fear; dread

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Anguish

agonizing physical or mental pain

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Animosity

resentment; hostility; ill will

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Annex

to add or attach

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Annuity

an annual allowance or income; the annual interest payment on an investment; any regular allowance or income

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Anomaly

an aberration; an irregularity; a deviation

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Antecedent

someone or something that went before; something that provides a model for something that came after it

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Antedate

to be older than; to have come before

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Anterior

situated in front

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Anthology

a collection, especially of literary works

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Anthropomorphic

ascribing human characteristics to nonhuman animals or abjects

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Antipathy

firm dislike; a dislike

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Antipodal

situated on opposite sides of the Earth; exactly opposite

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Antiquity

ancientness; ancient times

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Antithesis

the direct opposite

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Aparthid

the former policy of racial segregation and oppression in the Republic of South Africa

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Apathy

lack of interest; lack of feeling

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Aperture

an opening

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Apex

highest point

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Aphorism

a brief, often witty saying; a proverb

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Apocalypse

a prophetic revelation, especially one concerning the end of the world

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Apocryphal

of dubious authenticity; fictitious; spurious

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Apogee

the most distant point in the orbit of the moon or of an artificial satellite

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Apoplexy

stroke (that is, numbness and paralysis resulting from the sudden loss of blood flow to the brain)

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Apostasy

abandonment or rejection of faith or loyalty

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Apotheosis

elevation to divine status; the perfect example of something

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Appalling

causing horror or consternation

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Apparition

a ghost or ghostly object

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Appease

to soothe; to pacify by giving in to

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Appellation

a name

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Appendage

something added on to something else; a supplement

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Apportion

to distribute proportionally; to divide into portions

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Apposite

distinctly suitable; pertinent

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Appraise

to estimate the value or quality of; to judge

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Appreciate

to increase in value

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Apprehensive

worried; anxious

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Appraise (2)

to give notice to; to inform

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Approbation

approval; praise

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Appropriate

to take without permission; to set aside for a particular use

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Appurtenance

something extra; an appendage; an accessory

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Apropos

appropriate; coming at the right time

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Apt

appropriate; having a tendency to; likely

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Aptitude

capacity for learning; natural ability

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Arbiter

one who decides; a judge

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Arbitrary

random; capricious

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Arcade

a passageway defined by a series of arches; a covered passageway with shops on either side; an area filled with coin-operated games

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Arcane

mysterious; known only to a select few

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Archaic

extremely old; ancient; outdated

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Archetype

an original model or pattern

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Archipelago

a large group of islands

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Archives

a place where historical documents or materials are stored; the documents or materials themselves

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Ardent

passionate; enthusiastic

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Arduous

hard; difficult

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Arid

very dry; lacking life, interest, or imagination

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Aristocratic

of noble birth; snobbish

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Armament

implements of war; the process of arming for war

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Armistace

truce

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Arraign

to bring to court to answer an indictment; to accuse

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Arrant

utter; unmitigated; bad

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Arrears

the state of being in debt; unpaid debts

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Arsenal

a collection or armaments; a facility for storing or producing armament; a supply of anything useful

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Arful

crafty; wily; sly

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Articulate

to pronounce clearly; to express clearly

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Artifice

a clever trick; cunning

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Artisan

a person skilled in a craft

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Ascendancy

supremacy; domination

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Ascertain

to determine with certainty; to find out definitely

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Ascetic

hermitlike; practicing self-denial

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Ascribe

to credit to or assign; to attribute

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Askance

with suspicion or disproval

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Aspersion

a slanderous or damning remark

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Assail

to attack vigorously

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Assert

to claim strongly; to affirm

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Assess

to evaluate; to estimate; to appraise

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Assiduous

hardworking; busy; quite diligent

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Assimilate

to take in; to absorb; to learn thoroughly

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Assuage

to soothe; to pacify; to ease the pain of; to relieve

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Astringent

harsh; severe; withering

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Astute

shrewd; keen in judgement

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Asylum

a mental hospital or similar institution; refuge; a place of safety

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Atheist

one who does not believe in the existence of any god or divine being

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Atone

to make amends

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Atrophy

to wither away; to decline from disuse

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Attest

to give proof of; to declare to be true or correct; to give testimony

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Attribute

to credit to or assign; to ascribe

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Attrition

gradual wearing away, weakening, or loss; a natural or expected decrease in numbers or size

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Audacity

boldness; reckless daring; impertinence

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Augment

to make bigger; to add to; to increase

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Augur

to serve as an omen or be a sign; to predict or foretell

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August

inspiring admiration or awe

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Auspices

protection; support; sponsorship

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Auspicious

favorable; promising; pointing to a good result

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Austere

unadorned; stern; forbidding; without excuses

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Autocratic

ruling with absolute authority; extremely bossy

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Autonomous

acting independently

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Auxiliary

secondary; additional; giving assistance or aid

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Avail

to help; to be of use; to serve

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Avant-garde

the vanguard; members of a group especially of a literary or artistic one, who are at the cutting edge of their field

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Avarice

greed; excessive love of riches

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Aversion

a strong feeling of dislike

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Avert

to turn away; to prevent

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Avid

eager; enthusiastic

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Avow

to claim; to declare boldly; to admit

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Avuncular

like an uncle; especially a nice uncle

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Awry

off course; twisted to one side

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Axiom

a self-evident rule or truth; a widely accepted saying