BITSAT: Word List: Vocabulary A

Word List: A

  • abacus: Frame with balls for calculating
  • abate: To lessen, to subside
  • abdication: Giving up control, authority
  • abdomen: Stomach and bowels
  • aberration: Straying away from what is normal
  • abeyance; suspended action
  • abhor: To hate, to detest
  • abide: Be faithful to; endure
  • abjure: Promise or swear to give up
  • abraded: Rubbed off, worn away by friction
  • abrasion: Rubbing, scraping, wearing off
  • abrogate: Repeal or annul by authority
  • abscond: To go away suddenly (to avoid arrest)
  • abstruse: Difficult to comprehend; obscure
  • abundant: Plentiful
  • abut: Border on
  • abysmal: Bottomless, extreme
  • acarpous: Effete, no longer fertile, worn out
  • accentuate: Give more force or attention to
  • acclaimed: Welcomed with shouts and approval
  • accolade: Praise, approval
  • accretion: The growing of separate things into one
  • acquiesce: In agree (without protest)
  • acquisition: Smth acquired, acquiring
  • adamant: Kind of stone; inflexible
  • adhere: Remain faithful, stick fast to
  • adhesion: Adhering, support
  • adjacent: Lying near, next
  • admonitory: Containing warning
  • adorn: Add beauty; decorate
  • adulteration: Making unpure, poorer in quality
  • affinity: Close connection, relationship
  • aggravate: Make worse; irritate
  • agile: Active, quick-moving
  • ail: Trouble; be ill
  • alacrity: Eager and cheerful readiness
  • alienate: Estrange
  • allegiance: Duty, support, loyalty
  • alleviate: Make (pain) easier to bear
  • alloy: To debase by mixing with something inferior
  • aloof: Reserved, indifferent
  • amalgamate: Mix, combine, unite societies
  • ambidextrous: Able to use the left hand or the right equally well
  • ambiguous: Doubtful, uncertain
  • ambivalent: Having both of two contrary meanings
  • ameliorate: Improve, make better
  • amendment: Improving
  • amicable: Friendly
  • amortize: End (a debt) by setting aside money
  • amplify: Make large or fuller, increase the strength
  • animosity: Strong dislike
  • annul: Put an end to
  • anticlimax: Sudden fall
  • antidote: Medicine used against a poison or a disease
  • antithetical: Direct opposing
  • apartheid: Brutal racial discrimination
  • apathetic: Indifference
  • aplomb: Self-confidence
  • apostate: One who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
  • apotheosis: Deification, glorification to godliness
  • appease: Make quiet or calm
  • apprehensive: Grasping, understanding; fear, unhappy feeling about future
  • apprise: Give notice to, inform
  • approbation: Approval
  • appropriate: Take for one's own use, acquire, set aside
  • apropos: Appropriate to the situation; apt
  • apt: Well-suited, quick-witted
  • arabesque: a complex, ornate design
  • arabesque: Whimsical
  • arbitrate: Decide by arbitration
  • arboreal: Of connected with trees
  • ardently: With full of ardor
  • ardor: Enthusiasm
  • arduous: Steep, difficult ascent; laborious
  • argot: Jargon, slang
  • arrant: In the highest degree
  • arrogance: Proud, superior manner of behaviour
  • articulate: Speak distinctly, connect by joints
  • ascend: Go or come up
  • ascent: The act of ascending
  • ascertain: Get to know
  • ascetic: Practicing self-denial, austere, stark
  • ascribe: Consider to be the origin of or belonging to
  • asperity: Roughness, harshness, ill temper, irritability
  • aspersion: Slander
  • assail: With attack violently
  • asset: Valuable quality, smth that has money value
  • assiduous: Diligent, hard-working, sedulous
  • assuage: Make smth (pain, desire) less
  • assumption: Smth supposed but not proved
  • asterisk: The mark * (e. g. Omitted letters)
  • astringent: Substance that shrinks
  • astute: Clever; quick at seeing to get an advantage
  • atonement: Repayment; death of Jesus
  • attenuate: Make thin. Weaken, enervate
  • audacious: Daring, foolishly bold, impudent
  • augury: Omen, sign
  • august: Majestic, venerable
  • auspice: Protection or support, patronage
  • auspicious: Favorable, successful, prosperous
  • austere: Severely moral and strict; simple and plain
  • auxiliary: Helping, supporting
  • aver: Affirm, assert, prove, justify
  • aversion: Strong dislike
  • avid: Eager, greedy
  • avow: Admit. Declare openly
  • acumen: Quickness of intellectual insight, or discernment; keenness of discrimination. Adage: An old saying.
  • adamant: Any substance of exceeding hardness or impenetrability. Admonition: Gentle reproof.
  • adumbrate: To represent beforehand in outline or by emblem.
  • affable: Easy to approach.
  • aggrandize: To cause to appear greatly.
  • aggravate: To make heavier, worse, or more burdensome.
  • agile: Able to move or act quickly, physically, or mentally.
  • agog: In eager desire.
  • alacrity: Cheerful willingness.
  • alcove: A covered recess connected with or at the side of a larger room. Alleviate: To make less burdensome or less hard to bear. Aloof: Not in sympathy with or desiring to associate with others. Amalgamate: To mix or blend together in a homogeneous body. Ambidextrous: Having the ability of using both hands with equal skill or ease. Ambiguous: Having a double meaning. Ameliorate: To relieve, as from pain or hardship anathema: Anything forbidden, as by social usage. Animadversion: The utterance of criticism or censure. Animosity: Hatred.
  • antediluvian: Of or pertaining to the times, things, events before the great flood in the days of Noah.
  • antidote: Anything that will counteract or remove the effects of poison, disease, or the like:
  • aplomb: Confidence; coolness.
  • apprise: To give notice to; to inform.
  • approbation: Sanction.
  • arboreal: Of or pertaining to a tree or trees.
  • ardor: Intensity of passion or affection.
  • argot: A specialized vocabulary peculiar to a particular group. Arrant: Notoriously bad.
  • ascetic: Given to severe self-denial and practicing excessive abstinence and devotion.
  • ascribe: To assign as a quality or attribute. Asperity: Harshness or roughness of temper. Assiduous: Unceasing; persistent
  • assuage: To cause to be less harsh, violent, or severe, as excitement, appetite, pain, or disease. Astringent: Harsh in disposition or character. Astute: Keen in discernment.
  • atonement: Amends, reparation, or expiation made from wrong or injury.
  • audacious: Fearless.
  • augury: Omen
  • auspicious: Favorable omen
  • austere: Severely simple; unadorned.
  • autocrat: Any one who claims or wields unrestricted or undisputed authority or influence. Auxiliary: One who or that which aids or helps, especially when regarded as subsidiary or accessory. Avarice: Passion for getting and keeping riches. Aver: To avouch, justify or prove

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