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adroit

droitʹ)

(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

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adulterate

dŭl tǝ rāt)

(verb)  to make impure, to contaminate

(adj.)  impure

The fumes from the automobiles adulterate the air.

The police were concerned about all the adulterated drugs on the street.

ant:  refine, refined

3

adventitious

(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.

syn:  incidental

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aegis

(ēʹ jĭs)

(noun)  a shield; protection; sponsorship

The candidate felt he had a chance in the election because of the aegis of a former officeholder.

syn:  backing

5

aesthetic

(ĕs thĕtʹ ĭk)

(adj.)  pertaining to beauty

The house was a bargain financially, but it lacked any aesthetic quality.

syn:  artistic

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affectation

(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

7

affinity

fĭnʹ ĭ tē)

(noun)  an attraction to

The young man had an affinity for fast cars and easy money.

syn:  partiality, fondness

ant:  aversion

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affluence

(ăf lōōʹ ǝns)

(noun)  wealth; richness

Although Paul's family had much affluence, he was content to make do without their help.

syn:  abundance

ant:  impoverished, destitute

9

agape

gāpʹ)

(adj.)  open-mouthed; surprised; agog

Even the judge was agape when the witness told the ridiculous story in court.

syn:  awe-stricken

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aggrandize

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

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altruism

(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

12

ambiguous

(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

13

amoral

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.

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amorphous

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.

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animosity

(ăn ǝ mŏsʹ ĭ tē)

(noun)  hatred

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