Monday, 30 May 2011


Abattoir:  slaughterhouse
Absinthe:  wormwood liquor of a bright-green color
Acciaccatura:  grace note, an embellishing note usually written in smaller size
Acedia:  ennui, state of torpor of listlessness, spiritual apathy
Acervuline:  aggregated, heaped up, bundled, collected or localized
Acidulous:  somewhat acidic or sour in taste or manner, somewhat sarcastic
Acolyte:  ranked clergy member, assistant in liturgical rites
Acoustic:  of or relating to sound, the sense of hearing, or the science of sound
Acquiesce:  to passively accept, to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively
Adroit:  quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
Adumbrate:  to explain faintly or opaquely outline, describe
Aeipathy:  continued passion, unyielding disease
Aeneous:  brassy, golden-green
Aeolian:  pertaining to, of, related to, caused by or like the wind or Aeolus
Aeonian:  continuing forever, eternal
Aerial:  of, in, or caused by the air, existing or living in the air
Aesthete:  person who appreciates art or beauty
Aestival:  pertaining to, relating, designating, or of Summer
Aeviternal:  eternal, endless, never-ending
Afflatus:  strong creative impulse, especially as a result of divine inspiration, inspiration
Aileron:  small moveable platforms on the back of plane wings that alter air movements
Ailurophile:  cat-lover, one who loves or appreciates cats
Alabaster:  dense translucent, white or tinted fine-grained gypsum
Alienate:  to estrange, to cause to become unfriendly or hostile
Aliment:  something that nourishes, food, to supply with sustenance or food
Allegretto:  music term, moderately fast tempo
Alleviate:  to allay, to lessen in pain or negative occurrence or consequence
Alloquy:  speaking to another, an address
Allure:  attraction, temptation, to attract with something desirable
Alluvium:  unconsolidated sediments carried by water
Amaranth:  deep-hued purple, flower, metaphor for immortality
Amber:  light brown, light yellow
Ambience:  atmosphere, a particular environment or surrounding influence, aura
Ambivalence:  simultaneous, conflicted feelings towards a thing, person, etc
Ambrosia:  food of the gods, something overpoweringly delicious or fragrant
Ameliorate:  to make better, improve, enhance
Amelus:  individual exhibiting Amelia (the congenital absence of one or more limbs)
Amethyst:  deep purple, deep purple gemstone
Amnesia:  partial or total loss of memory
Amphisbaena:  Greek mythological being, two-headed snake, a head on each end
Amphora:  ceramic, two-handled vase with a narrow neck, usually contains alcohol
Amulet:  a charm against evil or impurity, often a piece of jewelry
Analemma:  sundial, figure-8 indicating sun’s declination
Ancestry:  the inception or origin of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style, lineage
Andante:  music, moderately slow
Anemone:  flowery marine creature
Antebellum:  before or existing before a war, especially the American civil war
Anxiolytic:  preventing or reducing anxiety, antianxiety medication, tranquilizer
Aperitif:  alcoholic drink taken as an appetizer before a meal
Aphelion:  when the orbit of earth is furthest from the sun
Aphesis:  omission of sound or verbiage at the beginning of a word or phrase
Aphotic:  devoid of light, especially of areas where no light naturally occurs
Apocope:  omission of sound or verbiage at the end of a word or phrase
Apophenia:  the perception of or belief in connectedness among unrelated phenomena
Apoplexy:  stroke, impairment or neuralgia from cerebral hemorrhage
Aposiopesis:  abrupt stop of a thought in a sentence, as if the speaker could not continue
Apostasy:  abandonment of one's religious faith, political party, one's principles, or a cause
Apostolicity:  being of or contemporary with the Apostles in character
Apotheosis:  deification, quintessence, exaltation to divine rank or stature
Apropos:  appropriate of, appropriate
Aquarelle:  painting done in transparent watercolors, watercolor, watercolor painting
Aqueous:  of, relating to, or resembling water, made from, with, or by water
Aquiline:  resembling an eagle’s beak, hooked like a beak
Arabesque:  ballet twirl, type of artistry involving a continuous, rotating design
Aria:  air or song, a melody, solo in an opera accompanied by instrumentation
Artemisia:  type of plant, genus of aromatic shrubs or herbs
Ascertain:  to understand specific facts, to ferret out information
Ashlar:  a squared block of building stone and dressed for outward placement
Asphodel:  flower of the underworld
Astral:  of or pertaining to the aster, stellar, star-shaped, pertaining to the stars
Asylum:  refuge, a place to restore sanity or facilitate recovery
Atelier:  artist’s studio
Athanasy:  quality of being deathless, immortality
Athenaeum:  institution for the promotion of literary or scientific learning, phrontistery
Aubade:  poem or song about or evocative dawn or morning, opposite of nocturne
Auburn:  moderate reddish-brown
Aura:  distinctive and pervasive quality or character, air, atmosphere, emanation
Austere:  severe or stern in disposition, discipline, or appearance, somber and grave
Autumnal:  pertaining to, like, relating, or evocative of Autumn
Auxiliary:  additional, supplementary, reserve, acting as a subsidiary
Avarice:  extreme greed for wealth or material gain
Avenue:  wide street or thoroughfare, roadway lined with tress
Azalea:  type of plant, a common garden plant
Azoth:  mythologized universal solvent, panacea
Azuline:  light blue, similar to a light blue
Azure:  sky-blue or a light blue

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