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abattoir

slaughterhouse

aborigine

Note: Could be confused with the word aborigen.
One of the native people especially as contrasted with an invading or colonizing people. (Australia!!!)

accelerate

To speed up, or add speed (quicken the motion of).

abysmal

Having the charectaristics of an abyss:bottomless

accipiter

A hawk

abseil

Descent in mountaineering by means of a rope looped over a projection above. (Dibba, remember?)

acescent

Turning sour or tending to turn sour.

acre

A measurement of land.

acrimonious

caustic, biting or rancorous epsecially in feeling language or manner: bitter

Adonis

An exceptionally handsome yong man.

adagio

a series of sustained and perfectly controlled dance movements displaying balance and grace.

Aeschylean

of, relating to or suggestive of the Greek tragic poet Aeschylus

aerosol

a suspension of ultramicroscopic liquid particles or gas.

affidavit

a sworn statement in writing made especialy under oath or before an officer.

aggravate

make worse, more serious, or more severe

aggrandizement

the act action or result of making great or greater as in power, honour and wealth.

alacrity

cheerful readiness :eagerness

albatross

a big sea bird

alchemy

the medieval chemical science and speculative theory of turning metals such as tin into gold.

alfresco

open air

alcove

a recessed part, as a breakfast nook, of a room

alibi

the plea of having been elsewhere at the time an act was committed

alimentary

Note: could be confused with elementary. Of, concerned with, or relating to nourishment or to the function nutrition.

allegro

ballet steps performed in a lively fast tempo

alliteration

the repitition usually initially of a sound that is usually a consonant in two or more neighboring words or syllables (as in "daring deed")

alopecia

loss of hair, wool or feathers: baldness

amalgam

an alloy of mercury with another metal

ambrosia

a dessert of fruit or of mixed fruits topped with shredded coconut

amicable

characterized by or as if by good friendship and goodwill

amnesia

loss of memory or forgetfullness

anaudia

loss of voice inability to articulate

amphibian

an animal or plant accustomed or adapted to life both on land and in water

anaconda

a large arboreal snake of the boa family of tropical South america

anarchy

a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of authority

antipasto

any of various savory foods usually served as appetizers: hors d'oeuvre.

anchovy

a small edible fish

anecedote

a usually short narrative of a interesting amusing or curious incident

apartheid

a policy of segregation and political and economic discrimination against certain population groups

apex

the point of the heavens toward which a celestial body is moving at a given time
/ The top of a triangle

apocope

the loss of one or more sounds or letters from the end of a word

apostle

one who is sent forth: messenger.

apparatchik

a communist secret agent

appendicitis

an inflammation of the appendix

apropos

pertinent, relevent

arabesque

a posture in ballet dancing in which the body is bent forward from the hip on one leg with one arm extended forward and the other arm and leg backward in a line parallel to the floor

arcanum

a secret or mysterious knowledge or info, known only to the initiate.

archipelago

a group or cluster of islands

aristoi

citizens of high rank making up a governing body.

Armageddon

final and conclusive conflict between the forces of good and evil.

arraignment

an act of finding fault with denunciation

askew

out of line, tilted

artillery

the missiles discharged by the weapons of war

artichoke

the flower head of a tall herb that resembles a thistle and is cooked as a vegetable

aspartame

a crystalline compound that is used as a low calorie sweetner

assassinate

murder

audacious

recklessly venturesome, bold

aurora

the redness of the sky just before the sun rises

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