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A Vocabulary Words Quiz

Guess these vocabulary words that start with the letter A.
Last updated: March 29, 2017
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Definition
Word
Diamond-shaped sock pattern
Argyle
To wither from disuse
Atrophy
Able to be heard
Audible
Greed
Avarice
Dry
Arid
Person of noble rank
Aristocrat
Leader of a monastery
Abbot
In music, a quick, lively tempo
Allegro
Fear of open spaces or crowds
Agoraphobia
First letter in Hebrew alphabet
Aleph
Graduates of a university
Alumni
Definition
Word
Slaughterhouse
Abattoir
The absence of government or laws
Anarchy
Bottomless pit
Abyss
Apogee, zenith, acme, summit
Apex
Sun-dried brick, as a building material
Adobe
Transformation of base metals into gold
Alchemy
Ye olde pharmacy
Apothecary
Wormwood liquor
Absinthe
Before the Civil War
Antebellum
Indifference; lack of enthusiasm
Apathy
Book of maps
Atlas
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level 22
Jul 17, 2012
Birlliant - very varied & good clues. Thank you!!
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level 50
Feb 12, 2013
Can't believe I got aleph and missed abyss. Could absynthe count or is that just plain wrong?
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level 17
Apr 5, 2013
Alumnea should of worked or any variation of alumnus.
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level ∞
Oct 22, 2014
Do you mean alumnae? That will work now.
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level 43
Jan 1, 2015
I guess no one else is bothered by the description for "alchemy." Transmutation of metals, as far as I know, was just one of the varied pursuits of alchemists. But I guess I just didn't see the forest while searching for a tree.
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level 57
Jan 1, 2018
Yes, but it is definitely the most famous of the alchemists' pursuits. When people use "alchemy" in modern times, they are usually use it metaphorically to suggest someone is on a hopeless quest to convert something useless into something useful.
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level 57
Jan 1, 2015
Antebellum is before any war, not just a civil war.
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level 59
Jan 1, 2015
No, in historical studies "The Antebellum Era" refers specifically to the period in American history leading to the American Civil War, just as "Interwar period" means 1919-1939, because nobody is really confused as which wars are being referred to.
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level 43
Feb 5, 2015
But the classical meaning of the phrase "Antebellum" in general is a period before a war, like "Postbellum" is the period following the war. Every country will have numerous periods before wars, so I agree that civil should be removed from the clue
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level 70
Mar 28, 2017
Agree with both dragvold and Yesitall.
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level 57
Jan 1, 2018
Yes, "Antebellum" with a capital A means "before the Civil War" in U.S. studies, but the word "antebellum" itself just means "before the war." I agree that "civil" should be removed from the clue.
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level 65
Jan 3, 2018
I agree that the current definition needs to be changed. Antebellum is the situation before any war. And if you want to needlessly restrict it to a single country, at least specify which one.
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level 73
Jan 4, 2018
speaking of (groaning).... see all comments that preceded this one
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level 66
Jan 8, 2015
For some reason I thought absinthe was spelled with a y ("absynthe). Now that I look at them both, neither looks right. :P Must not be a good morning for my brain. :(
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level 69
Jan 1, 2018
Absinthe makes the heart grow warmer.
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level 71
Mar 28, 2017
Aha, "accomplice." Kept trying varieties of "abettor" and "accessory."
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level 76
Mar 29, 2017
Tried accessory first, should be accepted.
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level 75
Mar 29, 2017
Yes, abettor would be a good addition.
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level ∞
Mar 29, 2017
That's the difficulty in making quizzes like this. In any case, I removed that word and replaced it with abattoir.
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level 80
Mar 28, 2017
Accessory and abettor definitely should be allowed. Auditory in some usages can be argued as well.
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level 79
Mar 29, 2017
Need to learn to spell athropy. Obviously not spelled like that. I can never figure out where to put the H! - Hate it when something that is EASY to spell has a zillion varieties and when I can't spell it then that's never allowed..
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level 80
Mar 30, 2017
Auditory and audibly are two more forms that in practice, like audible, pertain to able to be heard.
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level 46
Jan 15, 2018
Auditory just means related to hearing, not something that can be heard. And audibly is the adverb form of audible.
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level 7
Nov 23, 2017
You'd think I could remember that andante is pretty much the opposite of allegro.
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level 63
Dec 20, 2017
I'm British, and 'antebellum' always means 'pre-American Civil War' to me.
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level 73
Jan 4, 2018
probably because you know something about history
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level 58
Jan 1, 2018
I was stuck on aural and could not come up with audible... erg!!
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level 67
Jan 2, 2018
ennui for apathy?
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level 55
Jan 14, 2018
starts with ''a'', not ''e''!
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level 65
May 22, 2018
I couldnt be bothered to answer that one
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level 71
Jan 2, 2018
Apotheosis for apex?
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level 73
Jan 4, 2018
The Aristrocrats!!

darn it. only one I missed.
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level 65
Jan 4, 2018
Another appropriate response for "dry" is anhydrous, especially in chemistry. That might be worth adding.
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level 46
Jan 15, 2018
Dang it, I only missed argyle because I thought it was spelled "argyll."
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level 65
Mar 26, 2018
That is now the correct spelling for the Scottish county for which the pattern is named. The old spelling is normally used for the pattern, though I think it would be reasonable to allow Argyll.
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level 77
Mar 5, 2018
Indifference; lack of enthusiasm = ambivalence?