abed in bed
abeyance suspension; temporary cessation
abnegate refuse or deny oneself; to give up (rights, claims, etc.)
aborning (while) being produced or born
abscond to depart secretly
accede to agree or assent; to become a party
acclimate to accustom or become accustomed to a new climate, environment, or situation
acerbic sharp, biting, or acid in temper, expression, or tone
acme the highest point of something
acrid bitter; sharp and harsh
acumen quickness or keenness of perception or discernment
adamant not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding
adventitious added extrinsically; not essentially inherent
aegis a shield
affable easy to speak to; gracious
aggrandize to make or make appear great or greater
aggress to make an attack
agon conflict; struggle
agrestic pertaining to fields or the country
alfresco outdoor; outdoors
algorithm a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem
alpenglow a reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains
amanuensis one employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts
ambuscade an ambush; to ambush
amity friendly relations; friendship