ab ovo from the beginning
abattoir a slaughterhouse
abecedarian a beginner; pertaining to the alphabet; rudimentary
aberrant abnormal
abjure to renounce, reject, or shun
ablution the washing of the body or some part of it
abominate to detest intensely
abrogate friendly warning; to do away with
abstemious abstinent; refraining from indulgence; temperate
abstruse difficult to comprehend
abulia loss or impairment of the ability to act or to make decisions
acquiesce to accept or consent passively or without objection
acrimony bitter, harsh, or biting sharpness
acuity acuteness of perception or vision
adage an old saying
admonition friendly warning; gentle or friendly reproof
adumbrate to outline; to shade; to suggest
aerie a nest or dwelling built in a lofty place
aesthete one who cultivates great sensitivity to beauty
aestival of or belonging to the summer
afflatus a divine inspiration
affray a brawl; a tumultuous assault or quarrel
aficionado a fan; an enthusiastic admirer
agglomeration a cluster or mass
agitprop propaganda