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SSAT WORDs STUDY "A" VERSION

they are words. All of them start with A.
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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)
arbiter
a judge or umpire
arbitrary
left to one's judgment; despotic
arboreal
pertaining to trees
archaic
ancient or old-fashioned
archetype
an original model or perfect example
archipelago
a group of islands
archives
a place where records are kept; records
ardor
passion
arduous
laborious
argot
jargon
armada
a fleet of warships
arraign
to bring to court to answer charges
arrant
complete; out-and-out
arrears
unpaid debts
arrogate
to appropriate
articulate
to join; to speak clearly
artifact
a manmade object particularly a primitive one
artifice
ingenuity; trickery
artisan
a skilled craftsman
ascendant
rising
ascetic
self-denying
ascribe
to assign or attribute
aseptic
free of bacteria
askance
with a sideways look; suspiciously
askew
crookedly
asperity
Harshness
aspersion
a slanderous remark
assail
to assault
assay
to testor analyze; to try
asseverate
to assert
assiduous
diligent
assimilate
to incorporate
assuage
to lessen
astral
pertaining to the starts
astute
clever; shrewd
atavism
a throwback to an earlier state; a reappearance of a characteristic from an earlier generation
atheist
one who believes there is no god
athwart
across
atrophy
to waste away
attenuate
to weaken