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Abate become less intense or widespread
Abdicate  renounce one’s throne
Aberrant departing from an accepted standard.
Abeyance a state of temporary disuse or suspension
Abject present to the maximum degree.
Abjure solemnly renounce
Abscission typically dead leaves and ripe fruit
Abscond leave hurriedly and secretly
Abstemious indulging only very moderately in something
Abstinence the practice of restraining oneself from indulging in something
Abysmal extremely bad; appalling.
accretion  growth in size or increase in amount
Accrue accumulate or receive over time
Adamant refusing to be persuaded or to change one’s mind.
Adjunct a thing added to something else as a supplementary rather than an essential part.
Admonish reprimand firmly.
Adulterate poorer in quality by adding another substance
Aesthetic concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.
Affected influenced or touched by an external factor.
Affinity a natural liking for and understanding of someone or something.
aggrandize  to make larger or greater
Aggregate a whole formed by combining several separate elements.
Alacrity brisk and cheerful readiness.
Alchemy  medieval chemical philosophy based on
changing metal into gold; a seemingly magical
power or process of transmutation
Allay diminish or put at rest
Alleviate make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe
Alloy a metal made by combining two or more metallic elements
Allure the quality of being powerfully
Amalgamate combine or unite to form one organization or structure
Ambiguous open to more than one interpretation
Ambivalence the state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.
Ambrosia the food of the gods.
Ameliorate make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better.
Amenable open and responsive to suggestion
Amenity a desirable or useful feature or facility of a building or place.
Amulet an ornament or small piece of jewellery thought to give protection against evil, danger, or disease.
anachronism  something out of the proper time
Analgesic (of a drug) acting to relieve pain.
Analogous comparable in certain respects
Anarchy a state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority or other controlling systems.
Anodyne not likely to cause offence or disagreement and somewhat dull.
Anomalous deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected.
Antecedent a thing that existed before or logically precedes another.
Antediluvian of or belonging to the time before the biblical Flood.
Antipathy a deep-seated feeling of aversion.
apathy  indifference
Apex the highest point of achievement; a climax.
Apogee the highest point in the development of something; a climax or culmination.
Apothegm a concise saying or maxim; an aphorism.
Appease assuage or satisfy
Appellation a name or title.
Apposite apt in the circumstances or in relation to something
Apprise inform or tell
Approbation approval or praise.
Appropriate suitable or proper in the circumstances.
Apropos with reference to; concerning.
Arabesque a posture in which one leg is extended backwards at right angles
Ardor great enthusiasm or passion.
Arduous involving or requiring strenuous effort
Argot the jargon or slang of a particular group or class.
Arrest stop or check
Artifact an object made by a human being
Artless without guile or deception
Ascetic a person who follows an ascetic life.
Asperity harshness of tone or manner.
Aspersion an attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something.
Assiduous showing great care and perseverance.
Assuage make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense.
Astringent sharp or severe in manner or style.
Asylum an institution for the care of people who are mentally ill.
Atavism A tendency to revert to something ancient or ancestral.
Attenuate reduce the force, effect, or value of
Audacious showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.
Austere severe or strict in manner or attitude.
Autonomous having the freedom to act independently.
Avarice extreme greed for wealth or material gain
Aver state or assert to be the case.
Avocation a hobby or minor occupation
Avuncular kind and friendly towards a younger or less experienced person.
Axiomatic self-evident or unquestionable

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