N. flattery; admiration. The rock star thrived on the adulation of his groupies and yes men. adulate,V.
V. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances. It is a crime to adulterate foods without informing the buyer; when consumers learned that Beech-Nut had adulterated their apple juice by mixing it with water, they protested vigorously.
N. arrival. Most Americans were unaware of the advent of the Nuclear Age until the news of Hiroshima reached them.
ADJ. accidental; casual. He found this adventitious meeting with his friend extremely fortunate.
N. opponent. The young wrestler struggled to defeat his adversary.
ADJ. unfavorable; hostile. The recession had a highly adverse effect on Father's investment portfolio: he lost so much money that he could no longer afford the butler and the upstairs maid. adversity, N.
N. poverty; misfortune. We must learn to meet adversity gracefully.
N. support; active pleading on something's behalf. No threats could dissuade Bishop Desmond Tutu from his advocacy of the human rights of black South Africans.
V. urge; plead for. The abolitionists advocated freedom for the slaves. also N.
N. nest of a large bird of prey (eagle, hawk). The mother eagle swooped down on the unwitting rabbit and bore it off to her aerie high in the Rocky Mountains.
ADJ. artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciation of the beautiful. The beauty of Tiffany's stained glass appealed to Esther's aesthetic sense. aesthete, N.
ADJ. easily approachable; warmly friendly. Accustomed to cold, aloof supervisors, Nicholas was amazed at how affable his new employer was.
ADJ. artificial; pretended; assumed in order to impress. His affected mannerisms-his "Harvard" accent, his air of boredom, his use of obscure foreign wordsbugged us: he acted as if he thought he was too good for his old high school friends. affectation, N.
N. written statement made under oath. The court refused to accept his statement unless he presented it in the form of an affidavit.
N. joining; associating with. His affiliation with the political party was of short duration for he soon disagreed with his colleagues.
N. kinship. She felt an affinity with all who suffered; their pains were her pains.
N. positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath. Despite Tom's affirmations of innocence, Aunt Polly still suspected he had eaten the pie.
V. fasten; attach; add on. First the registrar had to affix her signature to the license; then she had to affix her official seal.
N. state of distress; cause of suffering. Even in the midst of her affliction, Elizabeth tried to keep up the spirits of those around her.
N. abundance; wealth. Foreigners are amazed by the affluence and luxury of the American way of life.
N. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect. When Mrs. Proudie was not seated beside the Archdeacon at the head table, she took it as a personal affront and refused to speak to her hosts for a week. alsoV.
N. consequences; outcome; upshot. People around the world wondered what the aftermath of China's violent suppression of the student protests would be.
N. items of business at a meeting. We had so much difficulty agreeing upon an agenda that there was very little time for the meeting.
N. means or instrument; personal representative; person acting in an official capacity. °I will be the agent of America's destruction," proclaimed the beady-eyed villain, whose agent had gotten him the role. With his face, he could never have played the part of the hero, a heroic F.B.I. agent.
N. collection; heap. It took weeks to assort the agglomeration of miscellaneous items she had collected on her trip.
V. increase or intensify. The history of the past quarter century illustrates how a President may aggrandize his power to act aggressively in international affairs without considering the wishes of Congress.
V. gather; accumulate. Before the Wall Street scandals, dealers in so-called junk bonds managed to aggregate great wealth in short periods of time. aggregation, N.
N. attacker. Before you punish both boys for fighting, see whether you can determine which one was the aggressor.
ADJ. horrified. He was aghast at the nerve of the speaker who had insulted his host.
N. nimbleness. The agility of the acrobat amazed and thrilled the audience.