(adj.) skillful, clever
Everyone knew that he was adroit with figures, but he lacked the facility for public speaking.
syn: dexterous; apt
ant: clumsy, awkward
(ǝ dŭl tǝ rāt)
(verb) to make impure, to contaminate
The fumes from the automobiles adulterate the air.
The police were concerned about all the adulterated drugs on the street.
ant: refine, refined
(ădʹ vĕn tĭshʹ ǝs)
(adj.) accidental; nonessential
The scientists announced the breakthrough at a press conference and admitted that it had been an adventitious outcome.
(noun) a shield; protection; sponsorship
The candidate felt he had a chance in the election because of the aegis of a former officeholder.
(ĕs thĕtʹ ĭk)
(adj.) pertaining to beauty
The house was a bargain financially, but it lacked any aesthetic quality.
(ăf ĕk tāʹ shǝn)
(noun) a phony attitude; pose
John felt that the outspoken Ruth was the only girl there who did not have any affectations.
syn: insincerity; sham
ant: sincerity, genuineness
(ǝ fĭnʹ ĭ tē)
(noun) an attraction to
The young man had an affinity for fast cars and easy money.
syn: partiality, fondness
(ăf lōōʹ ǝns)
(noun) wealth; richness
Although Paul's family had much affluence, he was content to make do without their help.
ant: impoverished, destitute
(adj.) open-mouthed; surprised; agog
Even the judge was agape when the witness told the ridiculous story in court.
(ǝ grănʹ dīz)
(verb) to enlarge; to expand
Much of what they did was not to aid their country but to aggrandize their own positions.
syn: increase, augment, enrich
ant: decrease, diminish
(ălʹ trōō ĭz ǝm)
(noun) a concern for others; generosity
Ben's altruism was apparent as he stopped at the scene of the accident to offer his assistance.
syn: unselfishness, magnanimity
ant: selfishness, egoism
(ăm bĭgʹ yōō ǝs)
(adj.) open to more than one interpretation
The candidate's ambiguous comments tended to confuse the issue even more.
syn: unclear, uncertain, vague
ant: explicit, definite
(ā môrʹ ǝl)
(adj.) lacking a sense of right and wrong
Although a greedy man, he was not amoral; there were some things he would not do for money.
(ǝ môrʹ fǝs)
(adj.) shapeless, formless, vague
Although the essay was due in two days, John couldn't get a handle on the topic, which remained amorphous in his mind.
(ăn ǝ mŏsʹ ĭ tē)
There was a general feeling of animosity toward the judge for giving the boys such a harsh sentence.
syn: ill-will, hostility
ant: friendliness, congeniality