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abase
abash
abbreviate
abdicate
abdication
abet
abhorrent
abjure
ablution
abnegate
abnegation
abrade
abridge
abrogate
abscond
abstemious
acclimate
acclivity
accolade
accost
accouter
accretion
acerbity
acetic
acidulous
acquisition
acrimonious
acrimony
acrophobia
actuarial
actuate
acuity
adage
addle
adjoin
adjudicate
adjunct
adjure
admonition
adulation
adulterate
adumbrate
adventitious
advert
aerie
affix
affluence
agglomeration
aggrandize
agnostic
aka
alacrity
algorithm
alimentary
allay
allege
allegory
alliteration
allocate
allusion
altar
amalgam
amalgamate
amass
ambidextrous
ambivalence
amble
ambulatory
ameliorate
amity
amorphous
amphitheater
amplify
amputee
anachronistic
analgesic
anathema
ancestry
ancillary
anew
angular
animus
annotate
anodyne
antecede
antecedents
antediluvian
anthology
anthropocentric
anthropoid
anthropomorphic
anticlimax
antipathy
apartheid
aphasia
aphorism
apiary
aplomb
apogee
apolitical
apologist
apostate
apotheosis
appall
append
apposite
appraise
apprenticeship
apprise
aquifer
archetype
archipelago
arena
aristocracy
arraign
arrogate
artisan
aseptic
ashen
askance
aspect
asperity
aspirant
assay
assimilate
astigmatism
astringent
asymmetric
at loggerheads
atavism
atavistic
atheistic
atrocity
attenuate
attrition
atypical
aura
aureole
auroral
austerity
authenticate
authoritarian
autocrat
autocratic
automaton
autonomous
avalanche
aviation
avocation
avuncular

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abase
Pronounce   v. humiliate; lower or depress in rank or esteem
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abash
Pronounce   v. embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert
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abbreviate
Pronounce   v. make shorter; reduce to shorter form intended to represent full form, as for word or phrase
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abdicate
Pronounce   v. give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
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abdication
Pronounce   n. the act of giving up or renouncing a right, office, or position of power etc.
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abet
Pronounce   v. aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
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abhorrent
Pronounce   a. disgusting, loathsome
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abjure
Pronounce   v. renounce upon oath; abandon forever
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ablution
Pronounce   n. washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of religious rite
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abnegate
Pronounce   v. give up or surrender; deny something to oneself
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abnegation
Pronounce   n. repudiation; self-sacrifice; renouncing your own interests in favor of interests of others
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abrade
Pronounce   v. wear away by friction; scrape; erode
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abridge
Pronounce   v. condense; shorten; reduce length of written text
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abrogate
Pronounce   a. abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
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abscond
Pronounce   v. leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution
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abstemious
Pronounce   a. sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
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acclimate
Pronounce   v. accustom or become accustomed to a new environment or situation; adapt
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acclivity
Pronounce   n. upward slope, as of hill
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accolade
Pronounce   n. award of merit; expression of approval; praise
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accost
Pronounce   v. approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request
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accouter
Pronounce   v. equip; provide with military equipment
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accretion
Pronounce   n. growth or increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion, or inclusion
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acerbity
Pronounce   n. bitterness of speech and temper; sourness or acidness of taste, character, or tone
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acetic
Pronounce   a. having properties of vinegar; sour
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acidulous
Pronounce   a. slightly sour in taste or in manner; sharp; caustic
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acquisition
Pronounce   n. the act of acquiring or gaining possession
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acrimonious
Pronounce   a. bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
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acrimony
Pronounce   n. animosity, sharp or bitter hatred
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acrophobia
Pronounce   n. fear of heights; abnormal fear of high places
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actuarial
Pronounce   a. calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
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actuate
Pronounce   v. put into motion or action; activate
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acuity
Pronounce   n. sharpness; acuteness of vision or perception; keenness
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adage
Pronounce   n. an old saying, that has obtained credit by long use
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addle
Pronounce   v. muddle; drive crazy; become confused
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adjoin
Pronounce   v. be next to; be contiguous to; border on
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adjudicate
Pronounce   v. hear and settle a case by judicial procedure
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adjunct
Pronounce   n. something added on or attached generally nonessential or inferior
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adjure
Pronounce   v. appeal to or entreat earnestly; command or enjoin solemnly, as under oath
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admonition
Pronounce   n. gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning
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adulation
Pronounce   n. excessive flattery or admiration; unmerited praise
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adulterate
Pronounce   v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
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adumbrate
Pronounce   v. give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
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adventitious
Pronounce   a. accidental; casual; not inherent but added extrinsically
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advert
Pronounce   n. advertisement an ad; public promotion of some product or service
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aerie
Pronounce   n. nest of bird, such as eagle, built on a cliff or other high place
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affix
Pronounce   v. fasten; append; add on; secure to something
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affluence
Pronounce   n. abundance; a plentiful supply of material goods; wealth
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agglomeration
Pronounce   n. collection; heap; act or process of gathering into a mass
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aggrandize
Pronounce   v. increase scope of; extend; intensify; make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation
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agnostic
Pronounce   n. one who is skeptical of existence of a god or any ultimate reality
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aka
Pronounce   ad. as known or named at another time or place; also known as
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alacrity
Pronounce   n. cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
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algorithm
Pronounce   n. established procedure for solving problem
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alimentary
Pronounce   a. providing nourishment; concerned with food, nutrition, or digestion
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allay
Pronounce   v. calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
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allege
Pronounce   v. to assert to be true
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allegory
Pronounce   n. symbolic representation of abstract ideas or principles in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form
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alliteration
Pronounce   n. repetition of beginning sound in poetry
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allocate
Pronounce   v. assign; distribute according to plan
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allusion
Pronounce   n. an indirect reference
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altar
Pronounce   n. elevated place or structure before which religious ceremonies may be enacted or upon which sacrifices may be offered
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amalgam
Pronounce   n. a combination of many different things; an alloy of mercury and other metals
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amalgamate
Pronounce   v. combine; unite in one body; mix or alloy a metal with mercury
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amass
Pronounce   v. collect; gather for oneself, as for one's pleasure or profit
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ambidextrous
Pronounce   a. capable of using either hand with equal ease
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ambivalence
Pronounce   n. state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes, such as love and hate
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amble
Pronounce   n. moving at an easy pace; walk slowly or leisurely
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ambulatory
Pronounce   a. able to walk; formed or adapted for walking; not stationary
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ameliorate
Pronounce   v. make or become better; improve; grow better
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amity
Pronounce   n. friendship; peaceful relations, as between nations
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amorphous
Pronounce   a. formless; lacking shape or definition
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amphitheater
Pronounce   n. oval building with tiers of seats from central open space or arena
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amplify
Pronounce   v. broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make larger or more powerful; increase
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amputee
Pronounce   n. a person who has had one or more limbs removed by amputation
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anachronistic
Pronounce   a. having time error in story; erroneous in date; in wrong time
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analgesic
Pronounce   a. serving to reduce sensibility to pain without loss of consciousness
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anathema
Pronounce   n. solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
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ancestry
Pronounce   n. family descent; series or line of ancestors; lineage
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ancillary
Pronounce   a. serving as aid or accessory; auxiliary
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anew
Pronounce   ad. once more; again; in a new and different way
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angular
Pronounce   a. sharp-cornered; consisting of an angle or angles; stiff in manner
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animus
Pronounce   n. feeling of animosity
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annotate
Pronounce   v. comment; make explanatory notes
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anodyne
Pronounce   n. source of relaxation or comfort; medicine that relieves pain
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antecede
Pronounce   v. precede; go before in time, and sometimes in place, rank, or logical order
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antecedents
Pronounce   n. preceding events or circumstances that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background
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antediluvian
Pronounce   a. antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times
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anthology
Pronounce   n. book of literary selections by various authors
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anthropocentric
Pronounce   a. regarding human beings as the center of the universe
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anthropoid
Pronounce   a. manlike; resembling a human, especially in shape or outward appearance
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anthropomorphic
Pronounce   a. having human form or characteristics
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anticlimax
Pronounce   n. letdown in thought or emotion; decline viewed in disappointing contrast with previous rise
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antipathy
Pronounce   n. strong feelings of aversion or dislike
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apartheid
Pronounce   n. South Africa's policy of racial separation, in place from 1948 to 1990.
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aphasia
Pronounce   n. loss of speech due to injury or illness
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aphorism
Pronounce   n. definition or concise statement of principle; tersely phrased statement of truth or opinion
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apiary
Pronounce   n. place where bees and beehives are kept, especially where bees are raised for their honey
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aplomb
Pronounce   n. poise; self-confident assurance
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apogee
Pronounce   n. the highest point; point in orbit most distant from the body being orbited
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apolitical
Pronounce   a. having aversion or lack of concern for political affairs
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apologist
Pronounce   n. person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as doctrine, policy, or institution
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apostate
Pronounce   n. one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
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apotheosis
Pronounce   n. elevation to godhood; fact or action of becoming a god; an ideal example of something
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appall
Pronounce   v. depress or discourage with fear; grow faint or become weak
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append
Pronounce   v. attach; add as supplement or appendix
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apposite
Pronounce   a. strikingly appropriate and relevant; well-suited
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appraise
Pronounce   v. estimate value of; evaluate, especially in official capacity
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apprenticeship
Pronounce   n. term during which one learns a trade from skilled worker; service or legal condition of an apprentice
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apprise
Pronounce   v. inform; give notice to; make aware
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aquifer
Pronounce   n. underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc
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archetype
Pronounce   n. prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
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archipelago
Pronounce   n. a large group of islands; a sea, containing a large number of scattered islands
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arena
Pronounce   n. an enclosed area, often outdoor, for the presentation of sporting events or other spectacular events
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aristocracy
Pronounce   n. hereditary nobility; privileged class
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arraign
Pronounce   v. officially charge someone in a court of law
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arrogate
Pronounce   v. claim without justification; claim for oneself without right
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artisan
Pronounce   n. manually skilled worker; craftsman, as opposed to artist
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aseptic
Pronounce   a. preventing infection; having cleansing effect
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ashen
Pronounce   a. ash-colored; very pale; consisting of ashes
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askance
Pronounce   a. with sideways or indirect look; Turned to side, especially of eyes
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aspect
Pronounce   n. look, or particular appearance of the face; the visual percept of a region
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asperity
Pronounce   n. harshness of manner, roughness
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aspirant
Pronounce   n. one who aspires, as to advancement, honors, or a high position
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assay
Pronounce   v. analyze; evaluate; examine by trial or experiment; put to test
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assimilate
Pronounce   v. to make similar, to incorporate or absorb into
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astigmatism
Pronounce   n. eye defect that prevents proper focus
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astringent
Pronounce   a. causing contraction; having the effect of drawing tissue together; stern or austere
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asymmetric
Pronounce   a. not identical on both sides of a dividing central line
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at loggerheads
Pronounce   ad. engaged in a dispute
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atavism
Pronounce   n. resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; deformity returning after passage of two or more generations
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atavistic
Pronounce   a. displaying characteristics of previous cultural era or of previous ancestral form
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atheistic
Pronounce   a. denying existence of God; godless
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atrocity
Pronounce   n. extreme criminality or cruelty; quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
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attenuate
Pronounce   v. make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of
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attrition
Pronounce   n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
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atypical
Pronounce   a. not normal; unusual or irregular; not representative of a group, class, or type
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aura
Pronounce   n. an invisible breath; distinctive atmosphere or quality associated with something
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aureole
Pronounce   n. the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere; halo
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auroral
Pronounce   a. characteristic of dawn; dawning, eastern, like new beginning; relating to the atmospheric phenomenon auroras
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austerity
Pronounce   n. severe and rigid economy; severe or rigorous simplicity; absence of adornment or luxury
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authenticate
Pronounce   v. prove genuine; establish authenticity of
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authoritarian
Pronounce   a. expecting absolute obedience; completely dominating another's will
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autocrat
Pronounce   n. dictator; ruler having unlimited power
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autocratic
Pronounce   a. having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
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automaton
Pronounce   n. mechanism that imitates actions of humans
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autonomous
Pronounce   a. self-governing; not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent
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avalanche
Pronounce   n. fall or slide of a large mass, as of snow or rock, down a mountainside
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aviation
Pronounce   n. art or act of flying; specifically, the science or art of directing and controlling flying-machines
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avocation
Pronounce   n. activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment
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avuncular
Pronounce   a. in manner of uncle, pertaining to uncle; kind, genial, benevolent or tolerant
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