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Glossary of a-SAT words A

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abeyance
a temporary postponement
abjure
to give up (rights)
aboveboard
honest, frank
abrade
to wear away
accretion
an increase
actuate
to put into motion
adduce
to give an example in proving something
adipose
fatty
adventitious
accidental, nonessential
albatross
a constant burden
ambulatory
moving about, capable of moving
ambuscade
hidden attack
amenable
agreeable, responsive
ancillary
helping
animadversion
criticism
animus
hostile feeling
anneal
to toughen
apocryphal
doubtful, unauthentic
apostate
one who recants
apothegm
brief instructive saying
apotheosis
super-glorification
appurtenance
something added to a more important thing
arraign
accuse
arrant
notorious, downright
arrears
in debt
askance
suspiciously
atavistic
deevolutionary
attentuated
decreased, weakened
au courant
up to date
aver
to decalre

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