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agnostic

person who is doubtful about something
a- without, absence of, not
gnos- know
tic- adj

abduct

carry away by force, kidnap
ab- from, away, off
duct- lead

abrade

wear away by friction, erode
ab- from, away, off
rad- scrape

acrimonious

bitter and sharp in language and tone
acri- harsh, bitter, sour
moni- state
out- adj

acumen

keenness of judgment
acu- sharp

acuminate

tapering to a point, make sharp, taper
acu- sharp

aculeate

having a stinger, having sharp prickle
acu- sharp

acquiesce

consent quietly to something
ac- to, toward

synagogue

place of meeting for worship in the Jewish faith
syn- together
agog- leader

emmenagogue

agent that induces menstrual flow
agog- leader

anagogy

mystical interpretation that detects allusion to the afterlife
agog- leader

hypnagogic

inducing sleep
agog- leader

agronomy

application of science to farming
agr- field

inalienable

not capable of being surrendered
not transferable to another or capable of being repudiated
in- not
ali- another

alibi

fact of absence from the scene of a crime
the defense by an accused person of having been elsewhere at the time an alleged offense was committed.
ali- another
bi- place

alienage

official status as an alien
ali- another

aliment

something that nourishes
ali- support, nourish, cherish

alimony

allowance for support to a divorced person by the former chief provider
ali- support, nourish, cherish

alible

nourishing
ali- support, nourish, cherish

alimentary

concerned with nutrition or food
ali- support, nourish, cherish
ment- a
ary- adj

alimentation

giving or receiving of nourishment
ali- support, nourish, cherish
ment- n
ation- n

altercate

argue vehemently
to argue or quarrel with zeal, heat, or anger; wrangle.
alter- other

altar

elevated structure before which religious ceremonies are performed
alt- high, deep

altipano

high plateau
alt- high, deep

enamor

captivate or charm
to fill or inflame with love (usually used in the passive and followed by of or sometimes with )
en- in
am- love, liking

amity

friendship
ami- love, liking
ty- n

amatory

inclined toward love
of or pertaining to lovers or lovemaking; expressive of love
am- love, liking

ambulate

walk from place to place
to wander or move from one place to another
amb- to go, to walk

amble

walk slowly
to go at a slow, easy pace; stroll; saunter
am- to go, to walk

perambulate

walk about
to walk through, about, or over; travel through; traverse.
ambul- to go, to walk

ambulatory

capable of walking
moving about or from place to place; not stationary
ambul- to go, to walk

ambient

surrounding
completely surrounding; encompassing
ambi- around, on both sides

ambidextrous

able to use both hands well
double-dealing; deceitful.
ambi- around, on both sides
dexter "right-handed"

ambiversion

personality trait that combines both introversion and extroversion
ambi- around, on both sides

amphora

two handled jar
amph- around, double, on both side
phoreus "bearer,"

amphitheater

round structure with levels of seats rising upward from central area
amphi- around, double, on both sides

amphibolous

having a diploid set of chromosomes from each parent
amphi- around, double, on both sides
-bol- (verbid of bállein to throw) + -os -ous

animism

belief that individual spirits inhibit natural phenomena
the belief that natural objects, natural phenomena, and the universe itself possess souls.
anim- life, breath, spirit

animosity

hostility, hatred
a feeling of strong dislike, ill will, or enmity that tends to display itself in action
anim- life, breath, spirit

annuity

yearly income payment
annu- yearly

biennial

happening every two years
enni- yearly

perennial

lasting throughout the year or for several years
per- "through"
enni- yearly

antedate

come before in time
ante- before

antler

bony growth on the head of a deer
ant- before

antispetic

substance that can kill disease-causing organisms
free from or cleaned of germs and other microorganisms.
exceptionally clean or neat.
anti- against, opposite

antiquity

ancient times, an object from ancient time
the quality of being ancient; ancientness
antiqu- old, ancient

antiquarian

relating to the study of antiquities
pertaining to antiquaries or to the study of antiquities.
antiqu- old, ancient

appellation

name or title
appell- name, call upon

appellative

relating to the assignment of names
appell- name, call upon

appellant

relating to an appear
appell- name, call upon

appellate

having the power to hear court appeals
of or pertaining to appeals.
having the power or authority to review and decide appeals, as a court.
appell- name, call upon

apt

exactly suitable
apt- skill, ability, fit

archaic

out of date
marked by the characteristics of an earlier period; antiquated
arch- first, chief, rule, superior

archetype

original model after which others are patterned
arch- first, chief, rule, superior

armistice

truce, temporary stop to fighting
a temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of the warring parties; truce
arm- weapons

armada

fleet of warships
arma- weapons

armadillo

burrowing mammal that has armorlike long plates
arma- weapons

art nouveau

late 19th century style of art
art- art

artifice

artful expedient
trickery; guile; craftiness.
art- art

auscultation

listening to the hear or other organs
the act of listening, either directly or through a stethoscope or other instrument, to sounds within the body as a method of diagnosis.
aus- bold, daring, listen, hear

august

dignified, awe-inspiring
inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic
aug- increase

augur

foretell
to argue, talk, or converse.
to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate.
aug- increase

auxiliary

supplementary
additional; supplementary; reserve
used as a substitute or reserve in case of need
aux- increase

autonomic

occurring involuntarily
auto-self

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