1. amalgamate
    to combine several elements into a whole (noun form: amalgamation)
  2. amass
    to accumulate
  3. ambiguous
    unclear in meaning; confusing; capable of being interpreted in at least two similarly plausible ways
  4. ambivalent
    undecided; blowing hot and cold
  5. ambulatory
    able to walk; walking
  6. ameliorate
    to make better or more tolerable
  7. amenable
    agreeable; responsive to suggestion
  8. amiable
  9. amity
  10. anachronism
    something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
  11. anarchy
    absence of government or control; lawlessness; disorder
  12. anathema
    a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing.
  13. anecdote
    a brief entertaining story
  14. animated
    alive; moving
  15. animosity
    resentment; hostility; ill will
  16. anodyne
    soothing; something that assuages or allays pain or comforts
  17. anomaly
    an aberration; an irregularity; deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality (adj. form: anomalous)
  18. antipathy
    firm dislike; dislike; hatred
  19. antiseptic
    free from germs; exceptionally clean
  20. apathy
    lack of emotion or interest
  21. apocryphal
    of doubtful origin; false
  22. apogee
    farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith
  23. apostate
    one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
  24. apotheosis
    deification; glorification to godliness; an exalted example; a model of excellence or perfection
  25. appease
    to soothe; to pacify by giving in to
  26. apprehensive
    worried; anxious
  27. approbation
    an expression of approval or praise
  28. arbiter
    one who decides; a judge
  29. archaic
    outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
  30. arduous
    strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
  31. arid
    extremely dry; unimaginative; dull
  32. arrogant
    feeling superior to others; snooty
  33. articulate
    speaking clearly and well
  34. ascetic
    hermitlike; one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
  35. asperity
    severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability
  36. asseverate
    to aver, allege, or assert
  37. assiduous
    hardworking; busy; diligent
  38. assuage
    to soothe; to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
  39. astringent
    having a tightening effect of living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue
  40. astute
    perceptive; intelligent
  41. atrophy
    to waste away from lack of use
  42. audacious
    daring and fearless; recklessly bold (noun form: audacity)
  43. augment
    to add to; to increase; to make bigger
  44. augury
    omen, portent
  45. auspicious
    favorable; promising; pointing to a good result
  46. austere
    without adornment; bare; severely simple; wihtout much money; ascetic (noun form: austerity)
  47. authentic
  48. authoritarian
    like a dictator
  49. avarice
    greed, esp. for wealth (adj. form: avaricious)
  50. aver
    to state as a fact; to declare or assert
  51. axiom
    a universally recognized principle; a self-evident rule or truth; a widely accepted saying (adj. form: axiomatic)
  52. axiomatic
    taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth (noun form: axiom)
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