SSAT WORDs STUDY "A" VERSION

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they are words. All of them start with A.

abate

become less in amount or intensity

abash

to embarrass

abase

to degrade

abattoir

a slaughterhouse

abdicate

to give up

aberration

a deviation

abet

to aid

abeyance

temporary suspension

abhor

to detest

abject

miserable

abjure

to give up on oath

ablution

washing the body

abnegate

to renounce

abominate

to loathe

aboriginal

first; existing someplace since the beginning

abort

to cut short

abrade

to rub off

abridge

to shorten

abrogate

to cancel by authority

abscond

to run away

absolve

to free of guilt

abstemious

moderate in eating and drinking

abstract

a summary

abstruse

hard to understand

abut

to border on

abysmal

bottomless; wretched

accede

to take on the duties (of); to attain (to)

acclivity

an upward slope

accolade

a demonstration of honor

accouterments

one's clothes

accretion

accumulation

accrue

to accumulate

acerbity

sharpness

acme

a peak

acquiesce

to yield

acquit

to clear of a charge

acrid

sharp

acrimony

bitterness

actuate

to put into motion

acumen

keenness

adage

an old saying

adamant

unyielding

adduce

to give as proof

adept

skilled; expert

adhere

to stay fast

adipose

fatty

adjudicate

to judge

adjunct

something added

adjure

to charge under oath

admonish

to warn

adroit

skillful

adulation

flattery

adulterate

to make impure

adumbration

a foreshadowing; an outlining

advent

an arrival

adventitious

accidental

adversity

misfortune

advocate

to support

aesthetic

pertaining to beauty

affable

friendly

affected

artificial

affidavit

a sworn statement in writhing

affinity

a close relationship

affirmation

assertion

affluent

wealthy

affray

a noisy quarrel

affront

an insult

agenda

a program

agglomerate

to gather into a mass

aggrandize

to make greater

aggravate

to make worse

aggregate

a group of things together

aggrieved

wronged

aghast

horrified

agile

nimble

agnostic

one who doesn't know

agrarian

agricultural

akimbo

with hands on hips

alacrity

eagerness

albeit

although

alchemy

early chemistry

alienate

to make unfriendly

allay

to calm

allege

to declare

allegory

a symbolic story

alleviate

to relieve

allocate

to distribute

allude

to refer indirectly

alluvial

pertaining to soil deposits left by water

altercation

an angry argument

altruism

unselfish concern for others

amass

to accumulate

amatory

showing love

ambidextrous

skillful; able to use both hands equally well

ambrosia

the good of the gods

ambulant

moving about

ameliorate

to improve

amenable

easily led

amenity

a pleasant quality

amiable

friendly

amity

friendship

amnesty

pardon

amorphous

shapeless

amplify

to increase

amulet

a charm

anachronism

something misplaced in time

analgesic

a pain reliever

analogous

comparable

anarchy

absence of government

anathema

a curse

anchorite

a recluse

ancillary

serving as an aid

animadversion

a critical comment

animate

to bring to life

animosity

hatred

annals

yearly records

anneal

to heal and then cool; to strengthen

annuity

a yearly payment

annul

to invalidate

anomaly

an abnormality

antediluvian

before the biblical flood; very old

anterior

toward the front

anthropoid

resembling man

antipathy

a strong dislke

antipodes

exact opposites

antithesis

opposite

apathetic

indifferent

aperture

an opening

apex

a peak

aphorism

an adage

aplomb

self-possession; poise

apocryphal

of doubtful authenticity

apogee

the highest point

apoplexy

sudden paralysis

apostate

one who abandons his faith or cause

apothecary

druggist

apothegm

a saying

apotheosis

deification

appall

to shock or dismay

apparition

a ghost

appease

to pacify

appellation

a name or title

append

to attach

apposite

apt

apprise

to notify

appurtenance

an accessory or possession

aquiline

curved or hooked

arabesque

an elaborate architectural design

arable

plowable (land)

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