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Aesthete
One who makes much of aesthetics
Abeyance
Cessation of activity
Abjure
Renounce or disavow upon oath
Abscond
Hide or withdraw
Abraded
Rubbed off; worn away by friction.
Abrogate
Repeal by authority
Acarpous
Infertile
Admonitory
Containing warning
Agog
Eager; excited
Alacrity
Cheerful readiness
Amalgam
Mixture or compound
Amalgamate
Mix different societies
Ameliorate
Make better; improve
Amortize
To end a debt by means of a gradual pay-off
Antipathy
Aversion; dislike
Antithetical
In direct opposition to
Apprise
Give notice; inform
Aplomb
Self confident
Apostate
One who abandons former religious or political convictions
Apotheosis
Deification
Approbation
Approval
Apropos
Appropriate; apt
Arabesque
Complex, ornate design
Argot
Jargon; slang
Arrant
Shameless; unmitigated
Archaism
Ancient word, expression, or style of speech no longer in use
Aseptic
Surgically clean
Asperity
Roughness; irritability
Aspersion
Slander
Astringent
Substance that shrinks
Attenuate
Make thin; weaken; enervate
Augury
Omen
August
Majestic
Auspicious
Prosperous; favorable
Austere
Morally disciplined
Aver
Affirm; justify
Avow
Declare
Abate
Beat down; overthrow
Accretion
Joining of separate entities; natural growth
Adulteration
Making impure or poorer in quality
Antediluvian
Ancient; outmoded
Banal
Commonplace; trite
Beatify
To bless, make happy, or ascribe virtue
Bedizen
To adorn in a showy manner or with bad taste
Bellicose
Inclined to aggression or contention; warlike; pugnacious
Belabor
Beat hard
Bereft
To deprive of something; disposes; rob
Bilge
To bulge the underside of a ship
Blandishment
Flattery; coaxing
Brazen
Made of brass
Broach
Bring up
Brook
Tolerate; endure
Bombast
Make pompous speech
Burgeon
To send out buds; to flourish
Burnish
Rub or shine
Buttress
Support

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