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A Vocabulary Words Quiz #1

Guess these vocabulary words that start with the letter A.
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Last updated: March 29, 2017
First submittedMay 2, 2012
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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 58
Jul 14, 2019
absynthe is a very strong alcoholic beverage
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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 36
Aug 12, 2019
imagine pointing out the proper Latin pluralisations while also writing 'should of'...
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level 48
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 62
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 56
Jan 1, 2015
Antebellum is before any war, not just a civil war.
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level 58
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 72
Mar 28, 2017
Agree with both dragvold and Yesitall.
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level 62
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 69
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 77
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 71
Jan 1, 2018
Absinthe makes the heart grow warmer.
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level 49
Sep 8, 2019
Is there always an e at the end?
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level 75
Mar 28, 2017
Aha, "accomplice." Kept trying varieties of "abettor" and "accessory."
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level 79
Mar 29, 2017
Tried accessory first, should be accepted.
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level 80
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 82
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 71
Dec 20, 2017
I'm British, and 'antebellum' always means 'pre-American Civil War' to me.
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level 77
Jan 4, 2018
probably because you know something about history
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level 59
Jan 1, 2018
I was stuck on aural and could not come up with audible... erg!!
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level 69
Jan 2, 2018
ennui for apathy?
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level 54
Jan 14, 2018
starts with ''a'', not ''e''!
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level 68
May 22, 2018
I couldnt be bothered to answer that one
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level 75
Jan 2, 2018
Apotheosis for apex?
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level 77
Jan 4, 2018
The Aristrocrats!!

darn it. only one I missed.
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level 69
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 71
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 80
Mar 5, 2018
Indifference; lack of enthusiasm = ambivalence?
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level 66
Sep 27, 2019
Ambivalence is having mixed feelings about something, apathy is having no feelings about something. They are similar but definitely not the same.
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