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A, the first letter of the English and most other alphabets, is frequently used as an abbreviation, (q.v.) and also in the marks of schedules or papers, as schedule A, B, C, &c. Among the Romans this letter was used in criminal trials. The judges were furnished with small tables covered with wax, and each one inscribed on it the initial letter of his vote; A, when he voted to absolve the party on trial; C, when he was for condemnation; and N L, (non liquet) when the matter did not appear clearly, and be desired a new argument.

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"It's all proteids and body-buildings, and people come up to you and beg your pardon, but you have such a beautiful aura."
Luckily it was Helen's aura, not mine, and she had to chaperone it and do the politenesses.
When I talked about scrubbing my aura, I was only trying to be funny.
Auras apartments are paneled with ceiling-to-floor windows that bask each and every residential unit in the warm hues of Dubai, offering breathtaking views and refined spaces.
ISLAMABAD -- People who suffer migraine headaches with auras are at roughly double the risk of suffering the most common type of stroke.
SEATTLE -- Auras don't keep epilepsy patients safe while driving, according to a Yale University review of 215 medically refractory epilepsy patients who had seizures behind the wheel.
Epileptic seizures are often preceded by auras, which patients experience in many ways: visual disturbances, butterflies in the stomach, or even deja vu.
She sees auras and reads people by them, the good and the bad.
Krymchantowski called for more research into visual alterations related to migraines and suggested that visual auras may be too narrowly defined in current headache guidelines.
Shumsky's Exploring Auras: Cleansing And Strengthening Your Energy Field (1564-148025, $14.99) goes beyond most New Age discussions of auras and their identification to address how to improve one's aura and energy.
I now think this may have something to do with auras. Is it possible to develop this, to see my own as well as other peoples?
Auras, sanctuaries, sublimity--these are words to reckon with particularly when applied to the supposedly austere works of Minimal art.