Aniket’s important A words. – 309 Words

abut

lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

abysmal

so deep as to be immeasurable

abyss

a bottomless gulf or pit

accede

yield to another’s wish or opinion

accessory

a supplementary component that improves capability

acclimate

get used to a certain environment

acclivity

an upward slope or grade, as in a road

accolade

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

accompany

go or travel along with

accomplice

a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan

accomplish

achieve with effort

accord

concurrence of opinion

accost

approach and speak to someone aggressively or insistently

accoutre

provide with military equipment

accretion

an increase by natural growth or addition

accrue

grow by addition

acerbity

a sharp bitterness

acidulous

being sour to the taste

acknowledge

declare to be true or admit the existence or reality of

acme

the highest point of something

acoustic

relating to the study of the physical properties of sound

acquiescent

willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another

acquit

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

acrimonious

marked by strong resentment or cynicism

acronym

a word formed from the initial letters of several words

actuarial

relating to statistics to calculate insurance premiums

actuate

put in motion

acumen

shrewdness shown by keen insight

adage

a condensed but memorable saying embodying an important fact

adamant

very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem

adapt

make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

addle

mix up or confuse

adduce

advance evidence for

adept

having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

adhere

stick to firmly

adhesive

tending to stick to firmly

adipose

composed of animal fat

adjudicate

hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of

adjunct

something added to another thing but not essential to it

adjure

command solemnly

adjutant

an officer who acts as an assistant to a more senior officer

admonish

scold or reprimand; take to task

adobe

sun-dried brick used in hot dry climates

adore

love intensely

adorn

make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color

adroit

quick or skillful or adept in action or thought

adulation

exaggerated flattery or praise

adulterate

make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance

advent

arrival that has been awaited

adventitious

associated by chance and not an integral part

adversary

someone who offers opposition

adverse

in an opposing direction

adversity

a state of misfortune or affliction

advert

a public promotion of some product or service

advocate

a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea

aegis

armor plate that protects the chest

aeon

the longest division of geological time

aerialist

an acrobat who performs above the ground, as on a trapeze

aesthete

one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art

aesthetic

characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

aesthetician

a philosopher who specializes in the nature of beauty

aestival

(rare) of or occurring in summer

aestivate

sleep during summer

aficionado

a serious devotee of some activity, genre, or performer

affable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

affect

have an influence upon

affidavit

written declaration made under oath

affiliate

join in a social or business relationship

affinity

a natural attraction or feeling of kinship

affirmation

the act of asserting or stating something

affluence

abundant wealth

affray

a noisy fight

agape

with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe

agenda

a list of matters to be taken up, as at a meeting

agglomeration

the act of collecting in a mass

aggrandise

add details to

aggregate

a sum total of many heterogeneous things taken together

aggravate

make worse

aghast

struck with fear, dread, or consternation

agile

moving quickly and lightly

agility

the gracefulness of a quick and nimble person or animal

agitation

a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance

agnostic

a person who claims the existence of God is unknowable

agrarian

relating to rural matters

alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

albino

a person with white hair, milky skin, and pink eyes

alchemy

a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times

alga

primitive chlorophyll-containing mainly aquatic eukaryotic organisms lacking true stems and roots and leaves

alias

a name that has been assumed temporarily

alibi

proof that someone accused of a crime could not have done it

alienate

arouse hostility or indifference in

alimentary

of or providing nourishment

alimony

support paid by one spouse to another after separation

allay

lessen the intensity of or calm

allegory

a short moral story

alleviate

provide physical relief, as from pain

alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word

allude

make an indirect reference to

allure

the power to entice or attract

alluvial

relating to deposits carried by rushing streams

aloft

at or on or to the masthead or upper rigging of a ship

aloof

remote in manner

altercation

a noisy quarrel

altruism

the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others

altruistic

showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others

alumna

a woman who has received a degree from a school

amateur

someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime

amalgamate

bring or combine together or with something else

amazon

a large, strong, and aggressive woman

ambidextrous

equally skillful with each hand

ambience

the atmosphere of an environment

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

amble

walk leisurely

ameliorate

make better

amenable

disposed or willing to comply

amend

make revisions to

amiable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

amicable

characterized by friendship and good will

amigo

a friend or comrade

amiss

in an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner

amity

a state of friendship and cordiality

amnesia

partial or total loss of memory

amnesty

a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense

moral

concerned with principles of right and wrong

amorous

inclined toward or displaying love

amputate

remove surgically

amuck

wildly; without self-control

amulet

a trinket thought to be a magical protection against evil

anachronism

locating something at a time when it couldn’t have existed

anaemia

a deficiency of red blood cells

anaesthetic

a drug that causes temporary loss of bodily sensations

analgesic

capable of relieving pain

analogy

drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity

anarchist

an advocate of the abolition of governments

anathema

a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication

ancillary

furnishing added support

andiron

metal supports for logs in a fireplace

animadvert

express blame or censure or make a harshly critical remark

animated

having life or vigor or spirit

animosity

a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility

annals

a chronological account of events in successive years

anneal

bring to a desired consistency by heating and cooling

annihilate

kill in large numbers

annotate

add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments

annul

cancel officially

anodyne

capable of relieving pain

anoint

administer an oil or ointment to, often ceremonially

anomalous

deviating from the general or common order or type

anonymous

having no known name or identity or known source

antagonistic

characterized by feelings of intense dislike or hostility

antecede

be earlier in time; go back further

antediluvian

of or relating to the period before the biblical flood

anthropoid

resembling human beings

antipathy

a feeling of intense dislike

antithesis

exact opposite

apathetic

showing little or no emotion or animation

aperture

a natural opening in something

apex

the highest point of something

aphasia

inability to use language because of a brain lesion

aphorism

a short pithy instructive saying

apiary

a shed containing a number of beehives

aplomb

great coolness and composure under strain

apocalyptic

of or relating to a catastrophe

apocryphal

being of questionable authenticity

apogee

the farthest point in an orbit around the Earth

apoplexy

a loss of consciousness from the lack of oxygen in the brain

apostate

not faithful to religion or party or cause

apostle

an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform

apothecary

a health professional trained in the art of preparing drugs

apothegm

a short pithy instructive saying

apotheosis

model of excellence or perfection of a kind

appall

strike with disgust or revulsion

apparition

a ghostly appearing figure

appease

make peace with

appellation

identifying words by which someone or something is called

append

fix to; attach

apposite

being of striking appropriateness and pertinence

appraise

consider in a comprehensive way

apprehend

anticipate with dread or anxiety

apprise

inform somebody of something

approbation

official acceptance or agreement

appropriate

suitable for a particular person, place, or situation

appurtenance

equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles

apropos

of a suitable, fitting, or pertinent nature

aquiline

curved down like an eagle’s beak

arable

capable of being farmed productively

arbiter

someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue

arbitrary

based on or subject to individual discretion or preference

arbitrate

act between parties with a view to reconciling differences

arbitrator

someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue

arcade

a structure composed of arches supported by columns

arcane

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

archaeology

the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people

archaic

so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

archetype

something that serves as a model

archipelago

a group of many islands in a large body of water

archives

collection of records especially about an institution

archivist

a person in charge of a repository of documents and records

arduous

characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion

arid

lacking sufficient water or rainfall

armada

a large fleet

aromatic

having a strong pleasant odor

arraign

accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy

arrant

without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

array

an impressive display

arrears

the state of being behind in payments

arrogate

seize and take control without authority

arroyo

a stream or brook

articulate

express or state clearly

artifact

a man-made object

artifice

a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture

ascendancy

the state when one person or group has power over another

ascertain

learn or discover with confidence

ascetic

someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

ascribe

attribute or credit to

asinine

devoid of intelligence

askance

with suspicion or disapproval

asperity

harshness of manner

aspersion

a disparaging remark

askew

turned or twisted to one side

aspire

have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

assail

attack someone physically or emotionally

assay

a test of a substance to determine its components

assent

agree or express agreement

assessment

the act of judging a person or situation or event

assiduous

marked by care and persistent effort

assimilate

make alike

assuage

provide physical relief, as from pain

asteroid

a small celestial body composed of rock and metal

astigmatism

impaired eyesight common in nearsighted people

astral

being or relating to or resembling or emanating from stars

astringent

tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue

astute

marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

asunder

into parts or pieces

asylum

a shelter from danger or hardship

atavism

a reappearance of an earlier characteristic

atelier

a studio especially for an artist or designer

athwart

across the course, direction, or center line of a ship

atone

turn away from sin or do penitence

atrocious

shockingly brutal or cruel

atrocity

an act of shocking cruelty

atrophy

a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse

attache

a specialist assigned to the staff of a diplomatic mission

attenuate

become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

attest

provide evidence for

attribute

a quality belonging to or characteristic of an entity

attrition

the act of rubbing together

audacious

disposed to venture or take risks

augment

enlarge or increase

augury

an event indicating important things to come

august

profoundly honored

auscultation

listening to sounds within the body with a stethoscope

austere

of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor

authenticate

establish the undisputed credibility of something

authoritarian

characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule

autocracy

a theory favoring unlimited authority by an individual

automaton

a mechanism that can move independently of external control

autonomous

existing as an independent entity

autopsy

an examination and dissection of a dead body

auxiliary

furnishing added support

avarice

reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth

aver

declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

averse

strongly opposed

avert

turn away or aside

aviary

a building where birds are kept

avid

marked by active interest and enthusiasm

avocation

an auxiliary activity

avow

declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

avuncular

being or relating to an uncle

awry

turned or twisted to one side

awe

an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration

axiom

a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof

azure

of a deep somewhat purplish blue color

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

ablution

the act of washing oneself, as for ritual purposes

abnegation

the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief

abolish

do away with

abolitionist

a reformer who favors putting an end to slavery

abominable

unequivocally detestable

abominate

find repugnant

aborigine

an indigenous person who was born in a particular place

abortive

failing to accomplish an intended result

abrade

rub hard or scrub

abridge

lessen, diminish, or curtail

abrogate

revoke formally

abscess

a localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue

abscond

run away, often taking something or somebody along

absolve

grant remission of a sin to

abstain

refrain from doing, consuming, or partaking in something

abstemious

marked by temperance in indulgence

abstinence

the trait of refraining from something, especially alcohol

abstract

existing only in the mind

abstruse

difficult to penetrate

abaca

Philippine banana tree having leafstalks that yield Manila hemp used for rope and paper etc

aback

by surprise

abandon

forsake; leave behind

abase

cause to feel shame

abash

cause to be embarrassed

abate

become less in amount or intensity

abbey

a church or building associated with a monastery or convent

abbot

the superior of an abbey of monks

abbreviate

shorten

abdicate

give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors

abduct

take away to an undisclosed location against their will

aberration

a state or condition markedly different from the norm

abettor

one who helps or encourages or incites another

abeyance

temporary cessation or suspension

abhor

find repugnant

abhorrent

offensive to the mind
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