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apathy: /'æpəθɪ/ n. Syn. indifference lack of caring; indifference A firm believer in democratic government, she could not understand the apathy of people who never bothered to vote.
apprehensive: /æprɪ'hɛnsɪv/ a. capable of apprehending; knowing; conscious; relating to the faculty of apprehension; sensible; feeling; perceptive Here I walked about for a long time, feeling very strange, and mortally apprehensive of some one coming in and kidnapping me.
approbation: /æprə'beɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. approval expression of warm approval; praise She looked for some sign of approbation from her parents, hoping her good grades would please them.
aptitude: /'æptɪtju:d/;/'æptɪtud/ n. Syn. intelligence; talent inherent ability; quickness in learning and understanding The counselor gave him an aptitude test before advising him about the career he should follow.
archetype: /'ɑrkɪtaɪp/ n. Syn. prototype prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned The Brooklyn Bridge was the archetype of the many spans that now connect Manhattan with Long Island and New Jersey.
aristocracy: /ærɪs'tɒkrəsɪ/ n. hereditary nobility; privileged class Americans have mixed feelings about hereditary aristocracy.
ascetic: /ə'sɛtɪk/ a. Syn. austere; severe leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere The wealthy, self-indulgent young man felt oddly drawn to the strict, ascetic life led by members of some monastic orders.
asylum: /ə'saɪləm/ n. Syn. protection place of refuge or shelter; protection The refugees sought asylum from religious persecution in a new land.
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[Esc] /ə'kɔ:d/ n. Syn. agreement; treaty settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states Although the [___] is a small step forward, politicians around the world have their work cut out for them.
[Esc] /əd'mɒnɪʃ/ v. Syn. warn; reprove warn; counsel someone against something to be avoided I would again [___] the reader carefully to consider the nature of our doctrine.
[Esc] /'ædvəsərɪ/ n. Syn. opponent; contestant opponent in contest; someone who offers opposition The young wrestler struggled to defeat his [___].
[Esc] /'æfəb(ə)l/ a. easily approachable; warmly friendly Accustomed to cold, aloof supervisors, Nicholas was amazed at how [___] his new employer was.
[Esc] /ə'leɪ/ v. Syn. calm; pacify; relieve calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve The crew tried to [___] the fears of the passengers by announcing that the fire had been controlled.
[Esc] /æm'bɪgjʊəs/ a. unclear or doubtful in meaning His [___] instructions misled us; we did not know which road to take.
[Esc] /æn'θɒlədʒɪ/ n. Syn. collection book of literary selections by various authors This [___] of science fiction was compiled by the late Isaac Asimov.
[Esc] /æn'tɪθəsɪs/ n. Syn. contrast contrast; direct contrast; opposition This tyranny was the [___] of all that he had hoped for, and he fought it with all his strength.
[Esc] /'ærɪd/ a. Syn. dry; barren dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants The cactus has adapted to survive in an [___] environment.
[Esc] /ɜr'θɛntɪk/ a. Syn. genuine; real; valid; trustworthy not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy It is [___], genuine, and a true and correct copy of the original.