1. ascetic
    practicing self-denial; avoiding physical pleasures and comforts; austere; Ex. ascetic life of Buddhist monks; N. asceticism
  2. ascribe
    refer; attribute; assign
  3. aseptic
    preventing infection; having a cleansing effect
  4. ashen
    ash-colored; deadly pale
  5. asinine
    stupid; Ex. asinine remarks
  6. askance
    with a sideways or indirect look (with disapproval or distruct); Ex. look askance at
  7. askew
    crookedly; slanted; at an angle
  8. asperity
    sharpness; roughness; severity (of temper or weather); Ex. asperities of a Russian winter
  9. aspersion
    slanderous remark; Ex. cast aspersions on
  10. aspirant
    seeker after position or status
  11. aspire
    seek to attain (position or status); long for; Ex. aspire to become president; Ex. aspire to/after the leadership
  12. assail
  13. assay
    analyze (to discover what materials are present); evaluate (soil or ore)
  14. assent
    agree; accept; N. assessment
  15. assert
    state strongly or positively; demand recognition of (rights, claims, etc.); make a claim to (by forceful action); Ex. assert one's independence
  16. assiduous
  17. assimilate
    absorb; take (food) into the body and digest it; understand (knowledge) completely and be able to use properly; cause to become homogeneous (the people of a country or race in the wasy of behaving or thinking)
  18. assuage
    mak less severe; ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)
  19. assumption
    something taken for granted; the taking over or taking possession of; Ex. her assumption of power; V. assume
  20. regent
    a person who governs in place of a ruler who is ill, absent, or still a child; ADJ. Ex. the Prince regent
  21. assurance
    firm statement that something is certainly true; promise or pledge; certainty; confidence in one's own ability; self-confidence; Ex. In spite of all his assurances, he did not come back; Ex. assurance of his loyalty; Ex. The teacher lacked assurance in fron of his class; V. assure; tell firmly with confidence; ensure; make (something) certain to heappen; make (someone) feel sure; give confidence to; ADJ. assured: self-assured; confident in one's own ability; showing certainty
  22. asteroid
    small planet
  23. astigmatism
    eye defect which prevents proper focus; OP. stigmatism
  24. astral
    relating to the stars
  25. astringent
    binding; causing contraction (stopping bleeding); harsh or severe; stringent; Ex. astringent criticism
  26. astronomical
    enormously large or extensive
  27. astute
    wise; shrewd; keen; seeing quickly something that is to one's advantage
  28. asunder
    into parts; apart; V. sunder
  29. asylum
    place of refuge or shelter; protection (religious or political)
  30. asymmetric
    not identical on both sides of a dividing central line
  31. atavism
    resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback; ADJ. atavistic
  32. atheistic
    denying the existence of God; N. atheism
  33. atone
    make amends for; pay for; Ex. atone for
  34. atrocity
    brutal deed; ADJ. atrocious
  35. atrophy
    wasting away; V: weaken and lose flesh and muscle (through lack of blood or lack of use)
  36. attentive
    alert and watchful; listening carefully; paying attention; considerate; thoughtful; politely helpful; Ex. attentive audience; Ex. He was attentive to the old lady; N. attentions: act of courtesy and consideration
  37. attenuate
    make thin; weaken
  38. attest
    testify; bear witness
  39. attribute
    essential quality; V: ascribe; explain
  40. 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; Ex. a war of attrition
  41. atypical
    not normal; not typical
  42. audacious
    daring; bold; N. audacity
  43. audit
    examination of accounts of a business; official examination; V.
  44. augment
    increase; add to
  45. augury
    omen; prophecy; sign of coming events; V. augur: predict; foretell; be a sign of (something in future)
  46. august
    impressive; majestic
  47. aureole
    sun's corona; halo; bright circle of light
  48. auroral
    pertaining to the aurora borealis; CF. aurora australis
  49. auspicious
    favoring success; giving signs of future success; Cf. auspices
  50. austere
    forbiddingly stern; ascetic; without comfort or enjoyment; severely simple and unornamented; Ex. a monk's austere life; Ex. austere grandeur of the cathedral; N. austerity
  51. authenticate
    prove genuine
  52. authoritarian
    subordinating the individual to the state; completely dominating another's will; Ex. authoritarian regime/father
  53. authoritative
    having the weight of authority; regarded as providing knowledge that can be trusted; reliable; peremptory and dictatorial; Ex. authoritative dictionary/manner; CF. definitive
  54. autocratic
    having absolute unchecked power; dictatorial; N. autocrat, autocracy
  55. automaton
    mechanism that imitates actions of humans; machine that works by itself
  56. autonomous
    self-governing; N. autonomy
  57. autopsy
    examination of a dead body; postmortem; V.
  58. auxiliary
    offering or providing help; additional or subsidiary; N: helper; assistant
  59. avalanche
    great mass of falling snow and ice
  60. avarice
    greediness for wealth
  61. avenge
    take vengence for something or on behalf of someone; Ex. They avenged his death by burning the village; Ex. He swore to avenge his brother; Ex. They avenged themselves on their enemy.
  62. aver
    state confidently; declare as true
  63. averse
    reluctant; disinclined; not liking or opposed; Ex. averse to cats/doing the house work
  64. aversion
    firm dislike
  65. avert
    prevent; avoid; turn away (eyes or thought); Ex. An accident was averted by his quick thinking; Ex. She averted her eyes from the terrible sight.
  66. aviary
    enclosure for birds; large cage
  67. avid
    greedy; extremely eager for; Ex. avid learner; N. avidity
  68. avocation
    secondary or minor occupation
  69. avow
    declare openly; N. avowal
  70. avuncular
    of or like an uncle
  71. awe
    solemn wonder; feeling of respect mixed with wonder and fear; V: fill with awe; ADJ. awesome
  72. awful
    terrible; very bad
  73. awl
    pointed tool used for piercing
  74. awry
    distorted; crooked; bent; Ex. Our plans have gone awry.
  75. axiom
    self-evident truth requiring no proof
  76. azure
    sky blue
  77. babble
    chatter idly or foolishly; make continuous sounds like water running gently over rounded stone; N.
  78. bacchanalian
  79. bacchanal
    noisy party with a lot of drinking
  80. Bacchanalia
    the ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus
  81. badger
    pester; annoy continually with demands; persuade by asking again and again; Ex. The children badgered me into taking them into the cinema; N: a kind of mountain animal
  82. badinage
    teasing conversation; banter; joking talk
  83. baffle
    frustrate; perplex
  84. bait
    harass; tease; torment; Ex. badger baiting; N: food or other lure used to catch fish or trap animals
  85. baleful
    evil; malignant in intent or effect; deadly; having a malign influence; portending evil; ominous; threatening; Ex. baleful look
  86. balk
    stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil; stop or get in the way of; frustrate
  87. ballast
    heavy substance used to add stability or weight; V. supply with ballast
  88. balm
    something that relieves pain; oily liquid with a pleasant smell from trees
  89. pang
    sudden sharp feeling of pain
  90. balmy
    soft and mild (of air); fragrant
  91. banal
    hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality; clich\'ed
  92. bandy
    discuss lightly or glibly; discuss in a frivolous manner; exchange (words) heatedly; quarrel; Ex. bandy words with
  93. bane
    posion; cause of ruin; ADJ. baneful: harmful; poisonous
  94. bantering
    joking talk; good-naturedly ridiculing; N.V. banter
  95. barb
    sharp projection from fishhook, arrow, or other object; openly cutting remark
  96. bard
  97. barefaced
    shameless and noticeable; blatant; bold; unconcealed; having no covering on the face; Ex. barefaced lie
  98. unregenerate
    making no attempt to change one's bad practices
  99. baroque
    highly ornate
  100. barrage
    barrier laid down by artillery fire; overwhelming profusion; large number of questions or statements; Ex. a barrage of criticism
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