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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