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Word Smart - A

Abate to lessen in intensity or degree
Aberrant deviating from the norm
Abjure to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
Abrogate to abolish or annul by authority; put down
Abscission act of cutting off or removing
Abscond to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
Abstain to refrain from an activity
Accolade an expression of praise an award
Accretion growth, increase by successive addition, building up
Acerbic having a sour or bitter taste or character
Acumen quick, keen, or accurate knowledge or insight
Admonish to reprove; to express warning or disapproval
Adroit adept, dexterous
Adulation excessive praise; intense adoration
Adulterate to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
Adumbrate to foreshadow vaguely, intimate, suggest, or outline sketchily
Advocate to argue for or support a cause
Aesthetic dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
Aggrandize to increase in intensity, power, or prestige; to make appear greater
Alacrity eager and enthusiastic willingness
Alchemy a magical or wonderful transformation
Alloy to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior
Amalgamate to combine several elements into a whole
Ambiguity uncertainty in meaning
Ambivalence the quality of having opposing ideas or feelings
Ameliorate to make better or more tolerable
Amenable agreeable; responsive to suggestion
Anachronism something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
Anathema a solemn or ecclesiastical curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
Anodyne soothing
Anomaly deviating from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
Antagonize to irritate or cause hostility
Antipathy aversion, dislike
Antithetical diametrically opposed, as in antithesis
Apathy lack of interest or feeling
Apocryphal of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious
Apogee farthest of highest point; culmination; zenith
Apostate one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions, a betrayer of a cause
Apotheosis deification, glorification to godliness, the perfect example
Apposite appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apropos
Aprise give notice to, inform
Approbation an expression of approval or praise
Appropriate to take for one's own use, confiscate
Arabesque complex, ornate design
Arcane mysterious, abstruse, esoteric, knowable only to initiates
Archaic outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive time
Arduous strenuous, taxing, requiring significant effort
Arrant impudent; in every way, being completely such, bare-faced, utter
Arrest to suspend; to engage
Articulate to enunciate or pronounce clearly; to express oneself clearly
Artless completely without guile; natural, without artificiality
Ascetic one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion
Asperity severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability
Aspersion an act of defamation or maligning
Assiduous diligent, hard-working
Assuage to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
Astringent having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe
Attenuate to rarefy, weaken or make thinner, lessen
Audacious daring and fearless; recklessly bold
Augury omen, portent, the reading of omens
August majestic, venerable
Auspice protection or support, patronage
Auspicious favorable, propitious, successful, prosperous
Austere without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
Avarice greed, especially for wealth
Aver to state as a fact; to confirm or support
Axiom a universally recognized principle; a generally accepted or common saying
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