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aberration

n. wandering or staying away; in optics, failure of rays to focus

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abnegation

n. repudiation; self-sacrifice

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abut

v. border upon' adjoin

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acclimate

v. adjust to climate

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acephalous

adj. headless

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acerbity

n. bitterness of speech and temper

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acquiescence

n. submission; compliance

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adjunct

n. something attached to but holding an inferior position

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adjure

v. request solemnly

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admonition

n. warning

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advert

v. refer to

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adulterated

adj. made impure or spoiled by the addition of inferior materials

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advent

n. arrival

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aegis

n. shield' defense

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affable

adj. courteous

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aeon

n. long period of time; an age

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afferent

adj. carrying toward the center

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affidavit

n. written statement made under oath

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afflatus

n. ispiration

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agrarian

adj. pertaining to land or its cultivation

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agronomist

n. scientist engaged in the management of land

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amazon

n. female warrior

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ambivalence

n. the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes

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amoreal

adj. nonmoral

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amortization

n. act of reducing a debt through partial payments

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anachronism

n. an error involving time in a story

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analgesic

adj. causing insensitivity to pain

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animus

n. hostile feeling or intent

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anneal

v. reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling

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anodyne

n. drug that relives pain; opiate

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aphasia

n. loss of speech due to injury

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apologue

n. moral fable

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apropos

prep. witch reference to; properly

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archetype

n. prototype; primitive pattern

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arrogate

v. claim without reasonable grounds

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arroyo

n. gully

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aseptic

adj. preventing putrefaction or blood poisoning by killing bacteria

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atavism

n. resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents

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atelier

n. workshop; studio

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aureole

n. sun's corona; halo

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auroral

adj. pertaining to the aurora borealis

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auscultation

n. act of listening to the heart or lungs to discover abnormalities

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avocation

n. secondary or minor occupation