A Vocabulary Words Quiz #1

Can you guess these vocabulary words that start with the letter A?
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Last updated: February 6, 2022
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 59
Jul 14, 2019
absynthe is a very strong alcoholic beverage
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Level 45
Dec 27, 2020
Can't believe I missed arid
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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 37
Aug 12, 2019
imagine pointing out the proper Latin pluralisations while also writing 'should of'...
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Level 76
Feb 4, 2020
Ha!
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Level 47
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 67
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 55
Jan 1, 2015
Antebellum is before any war, not just a civil war.
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Level 56
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 41
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 75
Mar 28, 2017
Agree with both dragvold and Yesitall.
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Level 67
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 76
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 83
Jan 4, 2018
speaking of (groaning).... see all comments that preceded this one
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Level 78
Mar 28, 2017
Aha, "accomplice." Kept trying varieties of "abettor" and "accessory."
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Level 87
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 81
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 57
Mar 19, 2022
Maybe try saying it aloud? Atrophy. The only place a H could make sense would be in the /f/ sound, as [ph].
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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 52
Jan 14, 2018
starts with ''a'', not ''e''!
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Level 75
May 22, 2018
I couldnt be bothered to answer that one
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Level 76
Feb 4, 2020
You're joking, right?
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Level 63
Aug 1, 2021
Do you not realize what quiz you are taking? "A Vocabulary Words Quiz #1"
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Level 71
Aug 2, 2021
Maybe they thought it was a vocabulary words quiz, not "A" vocabulary words quiz...
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Level 78
Jan 2, 2018
Apotheosis for apex?
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Level 83
Oct 13, 2021
I agree, apotheosis is a perfectly acceptable synonym for apex.
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Level ∞
Feb 6, 2022
That will work now
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Level 83
Jan 4, 2018
The Aristrocrats!!

darn it. only one I missed.

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Level 78
Jan 4, 2018
Another appropriate response for "dry" is anhydrous, especially in chemistry. That might be worth adding.
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Level 67
Nov 3, 2021
I tried "anhydrous" first as well.
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Level 55
Jan 15, 2018
Dang it, I only missed argyle because I thought it was spelled "argyll."
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Level 77
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 87
Mar 5, 2018
Indifference; lack of enthusiasm = ambivalence?
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Level 74
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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Level 70
Jun 20, 2021
Sure they're different, but they both fit the clue (which doesn't ask for a lack of feelings). Indifference can also refer to a lack of preference.
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Level 65
Feb 16, 2020
Anarchy's definition is not quite right here. Anarchy is an absence of rulers, not rules.
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Level ∞
Feb 6, 2022
Could be either.
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Level 53
Dec 9, 2020
How did i forget apothecary. The only reason i would have known that is hunger games, and i have read the books 4 times in one year and i don't know how i didn't get it
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Level 74
May 16, 2021
There was more than one civil war.
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Level 76
Sep 3, 2022
Welcome to America, where everyone else should just assume that everything is American unless otherwise stated.
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Level 60
Nov 15, 2021
An aristocrat is not necessarily someone of noble rank, you have merchant aristocrats. It is just someone that holds power in a certain status quo. Correct me if I am wrong though. Other than that, great quiz!
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Level 55
Feb 10, 2022
Consider accepting "apathetic" for apathy?
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Level 69
Mar 19, 2022
If they wanted apathetic, the clue would read "Indifferent; experiencing a lack of enthusiasm"
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Level 68
Mar 19, 2022
"Transformation of base metals into gold." Don't you mean the attempt to do that?
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Level 76
Mar 20, 2022
ambivalence for apathy?
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Level 78
Mar 21, 2022
I think exact spellings should be required -- feels like a bit of a hollow victory knowing I got credit for a couple of misspelled words. There's plenty of time for multiple spelling attempts if you've identified the words correctly.
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Level 33
Jun 22, 2022
Too bad it didn't accept Absynthe
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Level 82
Sep 11, 2022
Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.