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anoint

to apply oil to, esp. as a sacred rite

anomaly

irregularity/deviation from the norm

anonymity

condition of having no name/an unknown name

antagonist

foe, opponent, adversary

antecedent

(adj) coming before in place/time

antedate

dated prior to the actual occurrence

antediluvian

prehistoric, ancient beyond measure; coming before the biblical flood

antepenultimate

third from last

anterior

preceding, previous, before, prior to

anthology

collection of literary works

anthropomorphic

attributing human qualities to nonhumans; having human qualities

antipathy

dislike, hostility; extreme opposition/aversion

antiquated

outdated, obsolete

antiquity

ancient times; the quality of being old/ancient

antithesis

exact opposite/direct contrast

apace

done quickly

apathetic

indifferent, unconcerned

apathy

lack of feeling/emotion

aperture

an opening/hole

aphasia

inability to speak/use words

aphelion

point in a planet's orbit that is farthest from the sun

aphorism

old saying/short pithy statement

aplomb

poise, confidence

apocryphal

not genuine; fictional

apostate

(n) one who renounces a religious faith

apostrophe

speech to the reader/someone not present; a (') sign

apothegm

short, instructive saying

apotheosis

glorification; glorified ideal

appease

satisfy, placate, calm, pacify

append

to attach

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