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Ivy Reading Vocab - A, Z

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adroit
skillful; dexterous; clever; shrewd; socially at ease
ambrosial
exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; worthy of the gods
attenuate
to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, or value; to make thin or fine
angular
lean or bony; awkward or stiff in manner or movement; of or related to an angle
accretion
growth in size or extent; an added part; an addition
abstruse
hard to understand
arabesque
spiraling, waving, or serpentine style of dance; an object fancifully decorated with flowing, geometrical lines; a highly ornamented piece of music
augury
the practice of divination; a sign or omen
argot
slang or jargon peculiar to a particular group; underworld slang used to conceal criminal communications
aural
related to the ear or to the sense of hearing
annotation
critical or explanatory notes added to a text
adherent
a follower, supporter, or believer
affluent
rich; prosperous
abut
to be next to; to touch or join at the edge or border
arboreal
relating to trees; adapted for living among trees
agape
with the mouth wide open, as in wonder, surprise, or eagerness
ambulatory
related to or capable of walking, not stationary
aesthete
a person who has, or shows off, a highly developed appreciation of beauty or art
aegis
protection, support, or sponsorship
arable
capable of producing crops; suitable for farming
ardent
passionate or enthusiastic
antiseptic
free from contamination or pollution; removing germs; lacking spirit or feeling
armada
a large group of ships, especially warships; a large group of vehicles, etc
apathy
lack of interest; lack of feeling
ad nauseum
excessively, to the point of causing nausea or ill-feeling
abstemious
moderate in eating and drinking; characterized by abstinence
acrimonious
full of spite; emotionally bitter and nasty
alcove
a recessed space, niche, or small area next to a larger room
altruism
selflessness; generosity; devotion to the interests of others
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
awe
overwhelming wonder, admiration, or dread
acuity
sharpness or keenness, especially of perception or thought
anodyne
capable of relieving pain or distress; not likely to offend or arouse tensions
adumbrate
to outline or sketch; to give a faint indication of; to foreshadow
antediluvian
very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; before the biblical flood
aspersion
a slanderous or damning remark
agog
highly excited by eagerness, curiosity, anticipation
abscond
to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture
abduct
to carry off or lead away (a person) by force or cunning; to kidnap
acquisitive
seeking or tending to acquire; greedy
apothecary
a pharmacy or drugstore; a pharmacist or druggist
anomaly
an aberration, irregularity, or deviation
atavistic
reverting to or suggesting the characteristics of an ancestral or more primitive
alacrity
cheerful eagerness or readiness to respond
assay
to examine or analyze; to evaluate or judge; to conduct a test or trial
acoustic
related to the sense of hearing, to sound, or to the science of sound
amalgam
an alloy of mercury with another metal or metals; any mixture or combination
acerbic
sour; severe; like acid in temper, mood, or tone
affliction
misery, illness, or great suffering, or a source of these things
aver
to state with confidence; to declare positively
affirm
to declare to be true; to make a positive statement; to uphold
amenable
willing to give in to the wishes of another; agreeable or cooperative; accountable or responsible
antithetical
directly opposed or contrasted
zephyr
a gentle, mild breeze; delicate fabrics or garments
asperity
harshness or roughness of manner; severe hardship or difficulty; roughness of surface
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