absolve

set or declare (someone) free from blame, guilt, or responsibility

accelerate

increase in amount or extent

acclaim

praise enthusiastically and publicly

accumulate

gather together or acquire an increasing number or quantity of

acrid

angry and bitter

adapt

become adjusted to new conditions

adjacent

next to or adjoining something else

affliction

something that causes pain or suffering

ajar

(of a door or other opening) slightly open

akin

of similar character

alleviate

make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe

ambiguous

(of language) open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning

ambivalent

having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone

amiss

not quite right; inappropriate or out of place

animosity

strong hostility

annihilate

destroy utterly; obliterate

anonymous

(of a person) not identified by name; of unknown name

antagonize

cause (someone) to become hostile

anthology

a published collection of poems or other pieces of writing

apprehend

arrest (someone) for a crime

arbitrate

(of an independent person or body) reach an authoritative judgment or settlement

artifact

an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest

aspire

direct one’s hopes or ambitions toward achieving something

assimilate

take in (information, ideas, or culture) and understand fully

assumption

a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof

astute

having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one’s advantage

attribute

a quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something

audacious

showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks

authority

the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience

avert

prevent or ward off (an undesirable occurrence)

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