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Glossary of cb2003 008

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assuage
make smth (pain, desire) less
assumption
smth supposed but not proved
assurance
firm statement that something is certainly true; promise or pledge; certainty; confidence in one's own ability; self-confidence
asterisk
the mark * (e.g.. omitted letters)
asteroid
small planet
astigmatism
eye defect which prevents proper focus
astral
relating to the stars
astringent
substance that shrinks
astute
clever; quick at seeing to get an advantage
astronomical
enormously large or extensive
asunder
into parts; apart
asylum
place of refuge or shelter; protection (religious or political)
asymmetric
not identical on both sides of a dividing central line
atavism
resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback
atheistic
denying the existence of God
athwart
across; in opposition
atone
make amends for; pay for
atonement
repayment; death of Jesus
atrocity
brutal deed
atrophy
wasting away
attentive
alert and watchful; listening carefully; paying attention; considerate; thoughtful; politely helpful
attenuate
make thin. weaken, enervate
attest
testify; bear witness
attire
clothe
attribute
essential quality
attrition
rubbing away by friction; gradual decrease in numbers or strength; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
attune
bring into harmony
atypical
not normal
audacious
daring, foolishly bold, impudent
audit
examination of accounts of a business; official examination
augment
increase; add to
augury
omen, sign
august
majestic, venerable
aureole
sun's corona; halo; bright circle of light
aurora
pertaining to the aurora borealis
auspice
protection or support, patronage
auspicious
favorable, successful, prosperous
austere
severely moral and strict; simple and plain
authenticate
prove genuine
authoritarian
subordinating the individual to the state; completely dominating another's will
authoritative
having the weight of authority; regarded as providing knowledge that can be trusted; reliable; peremptory and dictatorial
autocratic
having absolute unchecked power; dictatorial
automaton
mechanism that imitates actions of humans; machine that works by itself
autonomous
self-governing
autopsy
examination of a dead body; postmortem
auxiliary
helping, supporting
avalanche
great mass of falling snow and ice
avant-garde
group of artists whose work is based on the newest ideas and methods

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