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agitate

V. stir up; disturb. Her fiery remarks agitated the already angry mob.

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agnostic

N. one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god or any ultimate reality. Agnostics say we can neither prove nor disprove the existence of god; we simply just can't know. alsoADJ.

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agrarian

ADJ. pertaining to land or its cultivation. The country is gradually losing its agrarian occupation and turning more and more to an industrial point of view.

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alacrity

N. cheerful promptness. Phil and Dave were raring to get off to the mountains; they packed up their ski gear and climbed into the van with alacrity.

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alchemy

N. medieval chemistry. The changing of baser metals into gold was the goal of the students of alchemy. alchemist, N.

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alcove

N. nook; small, recessed section of a room. Though their apartment lacked a full-scale dining room, an alcove adjacent to the living room made an adequate breakfast nook for the young couple.

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alias

N. an assumed name. John Smith's alias was Bob Jones. also ADV.

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alienate

V. make hostile; separate. Her attempts to alienate the two friends failed because they had complete faith in each other.

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alimentary

ADJ. supplying nourishment. The alimentary canal in our bodies is so named because digestion of foods occurs there. When asked for the name of the digestive tract, Sherlock Holmes replied, "Alimentary, my dear Watson."

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alimony

N. payment by a husband to his divorced wife (or vice versa). Mrs. Jones was awarded $200 monthly alimony by the court when she was divorced from her husband.

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allay

V. calm; pacify. The crew tried to allay the fears of the passengers by announcing that the fire had been controlled.

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allege

V. state without proof. Although it is alleged that she has worked for the enemy, she denies the allegation and, legally, we can take no action against her without proof. allegation, N.

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allegiance

N. loyalty. Not even a term in prison could shake Lech Walesa's allegiance to Solidarity, the Polish trade union he had helped to found.

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allegory

N. story in which characters are used as symbols; fable. Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory of the temptations and victories of man's soul. allegorical,ADJ.

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alleviate

V. relieve. This should alleviate the pain; if it does not, we shall have to use stronger drugs.

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alliteration

N. repetition of beginning sound in poetry. "The furrow followed free" is an example of alliteration.

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allocate

V. assign. Even though the Red Cross had allocated a large sum for the relief of the sufferers of the disaster, many people perished.

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alloy

N. a mixture as of metals. Alloys of gold are used more frequently than the pure metal.

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alloy

V. mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate. Our delight at the Yankees' victory was alloyed by our concern for Dwight Gooden, who injured his pitching arm in the game.

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allude

V. refer indirectly. Try not to mention divorce in Jack's presence because he will think you are alluding to his marital problems with Jill.

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allure

V. entice; attract. Allured by the song of the sirens, the helmsman steered the ship toward the reef. also N.

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allusion

N. indirect reference. When Amanda said to the ticket scalper, "One hundred bucks? What do you want, a pound of flesh?," she was making an allusion to Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.

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aloft

ADV. upward. The sailor climbed aloft into the rigging. To get into a loft bed, you have to climb aloft.

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aloof

ADJ. apart; reserved. Shy by nature, she remained aloof while all the rest conversed.

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altercation

N. noisy quarrel; heated dispute. In that hottempered household, no meal ever came to a peaceful conclusion; the inevitable altercation might even end in blows.

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altruistic

ADJ. unselfishly generous; concerned for others. In providing tutorial assistance and college scholarships for hundreds of economically disadvantaged youths, Eugene Lang performed a truly altruistic deed. altruism, N.

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amalgamate

V. combine; unite in one body. The unions will attempt to amalgamate their groups into one national body.

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amass

V. collect. The miser's aim is to amass and hoard as much gold as possible.

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ambidextrous

ADJ. capable of using either hand with equal ease. A switch-hitter in baseball should be naturally ambidextrous.

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ambience

N. environment; atmosphere. She went to the restaurant not for the food but for the ambience.