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abjure
verb

to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
abscission
noun

act of cutting off or removing
abscond
verb

to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
adulterate
verb

to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
adumbrate
verb

to foreshadow vaguely, intimate, suggest, or outline sketchily
anathema
noun

a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse, accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
anodyne
adjective

soothing
antipathy
noun

aversion, dislike
antithetical
adjective

diametrically opposed, as in antithesis
apocryphal
adjective

of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious
apogee
noun

farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith
apostate
noun

one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions, a betrayer of a cause
apotheosis
noun

deification, glorification to godliness, the perfect example
appostive
adjective

appropriate, pertinent, relevant, apropos
approbation
noun

an expression of approval or praise
arrant
adjective

impudent; being notoriously without moderation
ascetic
noun

one who practices rigid self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion
asperity
adjective

severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability

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