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abase
cause to feel shame

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abash
cause to be embarrassed

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abate
become less in amount or intensity

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abbreviate
shorten

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abdicate
give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors

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aberrant
markedly different from an accepted norm

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aberration
a state or condition markedly different from the norm

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abet
assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing

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abeyance
temporary cessation or suspension

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abhor
find repugnant

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abject
of the most contemptible kind

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abjure
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

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ablution
the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels

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abnegation
the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief

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abolish
do away with

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abominable
unequivocally detestable

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abominate
find repugnant

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aboriginal
having existed from the beginning

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abortive
failing to accomplish an intended result

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abrasive
causing irritation or erosion by friction

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abridge
lessen, diminish, or curtail

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abrogate
revoke formally

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abscission
the act of cutting something off

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abscond
run away, often taking something or somebody along

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absolute
perfect or complete or pure

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absolve
grant remission of a sin to

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abstain
choose not to consume

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abstemious
marked by temperance in indulgence

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abstinence
the trait of refraining from something, especially alcohol

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abstract
existing only in the mind

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abstruse
difficult to penetrate

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abusive
characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment

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abut
lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

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abysmal
resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be immeasurable

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abyss
a bottomless gulf or pit

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academic
associated with an educational institution

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accede
yield to another's wish or opinion

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accelerate
move faster

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accessible
capable of being reached

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accessory
a supplementary component that improves capability

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acclaim
enthusiastic approval

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acclimate
get used to a certain environment

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acclivity
an upward slope or grade, as in a road

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accolade
a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

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accommodate
have room for; hold without crowding

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accomplice
a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan

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accord
concurrence of opinion

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accost
speak to someone

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accoutre
provide with military equipment

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accretion
an increase by natural growth or addition

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accrue
grow by addition

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acerbic
sour or bitter in taste

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acerbity
a sharp bitterness

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acetic
relating to a clear organic acid with a pungent odor

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acidulous
being sour to the taste

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acknowledge
declare to be true or admit the existence or reality of

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acme
the highest point of something

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acoustics
the study of the physical properties of sound

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acquiesce
to agree or express agreement

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acquittal
a judgment of not guilty

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acrid
strong and sharp, as a taste

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acrimonious
marked by strong resentment or cynicism

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acrophobia
a morbid fear of great heights

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actuarial
relating to statistics to calculate insurance premiums

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actuate
put in motion

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acuity
sharpness of vision

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acumen
shrewdness shown by keen insight

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acute
ending in a sharp point

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adage
a condensed but memorable saying embodying an important fact

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adamant
very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem

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adapt
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose

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addendum
textual matter that is added onto a publication

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addiction
being dependent on something habit-forming

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addle
mix up or confuse

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address
the place where a person or organization can be found

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adept
having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

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adhere
stick to firmly

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adherent
someone who believes and helps to spread a doctrine

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adjacent
having a common boundary or edge

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adjunct
something added to another thing but not essential to it

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adjuration
a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something

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adjutant
an officer who acts as an assistant to a more senior officer

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admonish
scold or reprimand; take to task

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adorn
make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color

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adroit
quick or skillful or adept in action or thought

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adulation
servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise

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adulterate
make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance

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advent
arrival that has been awaited

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adventitious
associated by chance and not an integral part

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adversary
someone who offers opposition

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adverse
in an opposing direction

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adversity
a state of misfortune or affliction

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advert
a public promotion of some product or service

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advocacy
active support of an idea or cause

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advocate
a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea

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aegis
armor plate that protects the chest

aerie

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the lofty nest of a bird of prey, such as a hawk or eagle

aesthetic

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characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste

affable

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diffusing warmth and friendliness

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affected

influenced

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affidavit

written declaration made under oath

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affiliation

the act of becoming formally connected or joined

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affinity

a natural attraction or feeling of kinship

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affirmation

the act of asserting or stating something

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affix

attach to

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affliction

a cause of great suffering and distress

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affluence

abundant wealth

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affront

a deliberately offensive act

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agape

with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe

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agenda

a list of matters to be taken up, as at a meeting

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agglomeration

the act of collecting in a mass

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aggrandize

add details to

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aggregate

a sum total of many heterogeneous things taken together

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aggressor

someone who attacks

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aghast

struck with fear, dread, or consternation

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agility

the gracefulness of a quick and nimble person or animal

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agitate

move or cause to move back and forth

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agnostic

a person who claims the existence of God is unknowable

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agog

highly excited

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agrarian

relating to rural matters

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alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

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alchemy

a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times

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alcove

a small recess opening off a larger room

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alias

a name that has been assumed temporarily

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alienate

arouse hostility or indifference in

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alimentary

of or providing nourishment

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alimony

support paid by one spouse to another after separation

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allay

lessen the intensity of or calm

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allege

report or maintain

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allegiance

the act of binding yourself to a course of action

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allegory

a short moral story

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alleviate

provide physical relief, as from pain

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alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word

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allocate

distribute according to a plan or set apart for a purpose

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alloy

a mixture containing two or more metallic elements

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allude

make an indirect reference to

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allure

the power to entice or attract through personal charm

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allusion

passing reference or indirect mention

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alluvial

relating to deposits carried by rushing streams

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aloof

remote in manner

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aloft

at or on or to the masthead or upper rigging of a ship

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altercation

noisy quarrel

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altruistic

showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others

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amalgamate

to bring or combine together or with something else

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amass

collect or gather

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amazon

a large, strong, and aggressive woman

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ambidextrous

equally skillful with each hand

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ambience

the atmosphere of an environment

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ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning

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ambivalence

mixed feelings or emotions

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amble

walk leisurely

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ambrosia

the food and drink of the gods

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ambulatory

able to walk about

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ameliorate

to make better

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amenable

disposed or willing to comply

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amend

make revisions to

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amenities

things that make you comfortable and at ease

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amiable

diffusing warmth and friendliness

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amicable

characterized by friendship and good will

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amiss

in an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner

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amity

a state of friendship and cordiality

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amnesia

partial or total loss of memory

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amnesty

a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense

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amorally

without regard for the distinction between right and wrong

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amorous

inclined toward or displaying love

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amorphous

having no definite form or distinct shape

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amphibian

cold-blooded vertebrate living on land but breeding in water

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amphitheater

an oval large stadium with tiers of seats

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ample

more than enough in size or scope or capacity

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amplify

increase the volume of

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amputate

remove surgically

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amok

wildly; without self-control

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amulet

a trinket thought to be a magical protection against evil

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anachronism

something located at a time when it could not have existed

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analgesic

capable of relieving pain

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analogous

similar or equivalent in some respects

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analogy

drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity

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anarchist

an advocate of the abolition of governments

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anarchy

a state of lawlessness and disorder

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anathema

a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication

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ancestry

the descendants of one individual

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anchor

a mechanical device that prevents a vessel from moving

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ancillary

furnishing added support

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anecdote

short account of an incident

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anemia

a deficiency of re

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