apprehensive

1) discerning (showing insight); 2) fearful, anxious about the future; 3) having apprehension (cognizant)

appellation

name, title

archipelago

group of closely location islands

aptitude

fitness, talent

aria

operatic solo, a song sung by one person as an opera or an oratorio

application

1) act of applying; 2) something applied, such as a cosmetic or curative agent; 3) diligent attention, diligence; 4) the capacity of being usable, relevance; 5) a specific use to which something is put; 6) a request for assistance, employment, school; 7) a computer program with a user-interface

apropos

1) an opportune time; 2) with reference to

assurance

1) firm statement that something is certainly true, promise, pledge, certainty; 2) confidence in one's own ability, self-confidence

assure

1) tell firmly with confidence; 2) ensure, make certain to happen; 3) make feel sure, give confidence to

assured

confident in one's own ability, showing certainty

astigmatism

1) eye defect which prevents proper focus; 2) distorted understanding

aspirant

seeker of position or status

apprise

inform

aseptic

preventing infection, having a cleansing effect

asteroid

1) small rocky celestial body; 2) starfish

arrhythmic

lacking regularity

askance

1) with a side-glance (obliquely); 2) with disapproval or distrust (scornfully)

archaeology

study of artifacts and relics or early mankind

artifact

1) a man-made object from a particular period; 2) something made from a particular institution, period, trend, or individual; 3) a product of artificial character due to extraneous agency

aspersion

slanderous remark

ascendancy

controlling influence, domination

regent

1) a person who governs in place of a ruler who is ill, absent, or a child; 2) a member of a governing board

ascribe

refer, attribute, assign

ascetic

practicing self-denial, avoiding physical pleasures and comforts, austere

appropriate

1) acquire/take possession of without permission, take exclusive possession; 2) allocate; 3) suitable or compatible (fitting)

arcade

a covered passageway usually lined with shops

artery

1) blood vessel; 2) a channel of transportation or communication (i.e. river, highway, etc.) especially the main route in a branching system

aromatic

fragrant, having a sweet smell

arbiter

person with power to decide a matter in dispute, judge who is in a position to make influential judgments

apothem

cryptic, pithy, compact saying or maxim

arid

dry, barren, unproductive

arsenal

1) a place for the manufacture or storage of weapons; 2) store, repertoire

appreciate

1) be thankful for; 2) increase in worth; 3) be thoroughly conscious of

artisan

manually skilled worker

approbation

approval

assiduous

diligent

apposite

appropriate or filling

arbitrary

unreasonable or capricious, random, tyrannical

arcane

esoteric, secret, mysterious, known only to the initiated

askew

crookedly, awry

archives

public records, place where public records are kept

appurtenances

1) subordinate part or adjunct; 2) accessory objects

arrears

1) having an unfinished job/duty; 2) having unpaid debts

assuage

make less severe, ease or lessen, satisfy, soothe

arraign

charge in court, indict, accuse of wrong

aristocracy

hereditary nobility, privileged class, government by nobility

arboretum

place where different trees and shrubs are studies and exhibited

assimilate

1) absorb, take into the body and digest 2) understand completely and be able to use properly; 3) cause to become homogenous

arable

fit for growing crops

artifice

1) clever or artful skill, an ingenious device or expedient; deception, trickery

array

V. 1) marshal, draw up in order; 2) clothe splendidly, adorn; 3) N. fine clothes; 4) ordered group

ascertain

find out for certain, make certain

argot

slang, speech spoken by only a small group of people

asperity

sharpness, roughness, severity

asinine

stupid

ashen

ash-colored, deadly pale

assay

V. 1) analyze, evaluate; N. 2) test used to analyze, product of analysis

articulate

1) effective, distinct, expressing ideas clearly; 2) consisting of segments united by joints; 3) pronouncing clearly

assumption

1) something taken for granted; 2) the taking over or taking possession of

archaic

antiquated, no longer used, belonging to the past

artless

1) uncultured; 2) crude, natural; 3) without guile, open and honest

arduous

hard, strenuous, steep

apotheosis

1) elevation to divine status; 2) the perfect example, quintessence

aquiline

curved, hooked, of or like an eagle

arch-

chief, first

apprehend

1) arrest/seize; 2) dread, anticipate with anxiety; 3) understand, grasp, perceive

arroyo

gully, narrow channel formed by rainwater

archetype

prototype, original pattern or model, a perfect representative example

ardor

heat, passion, zeal

audacious

daring, bold

attenuate

make thin, weaken

asunder

into parts, apart

sunder

to break apart; to be broken apart

astronomical

1) enormously large or extensive; 2) of or relating to outer space

audit

1) examination of accounts of a business; 2) official examination

augment

1) increase, add to; 2) supplement

aureole

1) sun's corona; 2) halo/bright circle of light

auroral

1) characteristic of the dawn; 2) of or relating to the atmospheric phenomenon auroras

avarice

greediness for wealth

aver

state confidently, declare as true

aviary

enclosure for birds, large cage

avocation

secondary or minor occupation

avuncular

of or like an uncle

axiom

self-evident truth requiring no proof

azure

sky blue

bacchanalian

drunken

bacchanal

noisy party with a lot of drinking

attrition

1) rubbing away by friction; 2) gradual decrease in numbers or strength; 3) reduction in the workforce without firing employees; 4) wearing away of opposition by means of harassment

astute

wise, shrewd, keen, seeing quickly something that is true

astringent

1) binding; 2) causing contraction (stopping bleeding); 3) harsh or severe; 4) stringent

astral

1) visionary; 2) elevated in status or position, exalted; 3) of, relating to, or coming from the stars

augury

omen, prophecy, sign of coming events

augur

predict, foretell, be a sign of

august

impressive, majestic

auspicious

favoring success, giving signs of future success

autocratic

having absolute unchecked power, dictatorial

automaton

1) mechanism that imitates actions of humans; 2) machine that works by itself

autonomous

self-governing

avert

prevent, avoid, turnaway (eyes or thought)

avow

declare openly

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