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Flashcards in Set 3 Deck (12):
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Alloy

To commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior

Alloying the punch with prune juice turned out to not to be such a good idea after all

Unalloyed (ant)

The reviewer described the movie as an unalloyed pleasure, saying it was the first film in years in which every single minute was worth watching

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Amalgamate

To combine several elements into a whole

It makes sense that the metal used in fillings is called an amalgam since it is a combination of mercury and silver

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Ambiguity

Uncertainty in meaning

The ambiguity of the poem's title allows scholars to interpret it in many different ways

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Ambivalence

The quality of having opposing ideas or feelings

Nikki's ambivalence about the job offer was apparent; on one hand, the money and benefits would be better than at her current job, but on the other, she didn't want to risk losing the wonderful work environment she already had

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Ameliorate

To make better or more tolerable

All attempts to ameliorate the relationship between the longstanding adversaries seemed futile; they were as hostile toward one another as ever

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Amenable

Agreeable; responsive to suggestion

If you're amenable, let's go for a walk before lunch

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Anachronism

Something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context

Mr. Jones' students felt his insistence on strict classroom discipline was an anachronism and that he should "get with the times."

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Anathema

A solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing

He was an anathema to his entire town once it was revealed that he had been a secret police informant

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Anodyne (adj or noun)

Soothing

Don't you agree that nothing is quite so anodyne as a long soak in a bubble bath?

Something that comforts

After such a hectic week, Casey very much looked forward to the anodyne of a relaxing weekend of camping at the lake

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Anomaly

Deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality

The anomalous results the scientist received the third time she ran the experiment made her question her initial hypothesis, since she couldn't find any other reason for the deviation from her prior results

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Antagonize

To irritate or cause hostility

Alonzo constantly antagonized his younger sister by stealing her lunch money and refusing to give it back

*The hero's primary rival or adversary in a play is called the antagonist

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Antipathy

Aversion, dislike

Sam very clearly expresses his antipathy toward certain breakfast foods in the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham