arrogant(adj.) acting superior to others; conceitedAfter purchasing his new, expensive sports car, the arrogant doctor refused toallow anyone to ride with him to the country club.arrogate(v.) to claim or demand undulyThe teenager arrogated that he should be able to use his parent’s car wheneverhe desired. articulate (v.; adj.) to utter clearly and distinctly; clear, distinct;expressed with clarity; skillful with words It’s even more important to articulate yourwords when you’re on the phone.You didn’t have to vote for him to agree that Adlai Stevenson was articulate.A salesperson must be articulate when speaking to a customer.artifice(n.) skill in a craftThe artifice of glass-making takes many years of practice. ascetic (n.; adj.) onewho leads a simple life of self-denial; rigorously abstinent The monastery is filledwith ascetics who have devoted their lives to religion.The nuns lead an ascetic life devoted to the Lord.aseptic(adj.) germ freeIt is necessary for an operating room to be aseptic.askance(adv.) a sideways glance of disapprovalThe look askance proved the guard suspected some wrongdoing.asperity(n.) harshnessThe man used asperity to frighten the girl out of going. The asperity of the winterhad most everybody yearning for spring. aspersion (n.) slanderous statement; adamaging or derogatory criticism The aspersion damaged the credibility of theorganization. He blamed the loss of his job on an aspersion stated by his co-worker to his superior.aspirant
(n.) a person who goes after high goalsThe aspirant would not settle for assistant director—only the top job was goodenough. assay (n.) to determine the quality of a substance. Have the soilassayed.assess(v.) to estimate the value ofShe assessed the possible rewards to see if the project was worth her time andeffort.assiduous(adj.) carefully attentive; industriousIt is necessary to be assiduous if a person wishes to make the most of his time atwork.He enjoys having assiduous employees because he can explain a procedure onceand have it performed correctly every time.assuage(v.) to relieve; ease; make less severeMedication should assuage the pain.The medication helped assuage the pain of the wound. astringent (n.; adj.) asubstance that contracts bodily tissues; causing contraction; tightening; stern,austere After the operation an astringent was used on his skin so that thestretched area would return to normal.The downturn in sales caused the CEO to impose astringent measures.Her astringent remarks at the podium would not soon be forgotten.astute(adj.) cunning; sly; craftyThe astute lawyer’s questioning convinced the jury of the defendant’s guilt. atrophy (v.; n.) to waste away, as from lack of use; to wither; failure to grow A fewmonths after he lost his ability to walk, his legs began to atrophy. The atrophy ofthe muscles was due to the injury.