n. flattery; admiration that is more than is necessary or deserved
The rock star thrived on the adulation of his groupies and yes-men
v. to make impure or of poorer quality by adding inferior or tainted(contaminated) substances
It is a crime to adulterate foods without informing they buyer; when consumers learned that Beechnut had adulterated its apple juice by mixing the juice with water, they protested vigorously.
Most Americans were unaware of the advent of the Nuclear age until the news of Hiroshima reached them.
adj. accidental; casual; happening by chance
n. opponent; enemy
adj. going against; opposing; unfavorable; hostile
n. great hardship or affliction; misfortune; calamitous event
n. support; active pleading on behalf of someone or something
v. speak in favor of; support (an idea or plan); urge; plead for
n. shield; protection; defense
n. nest of a large bird of prey
adj. artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful (of a person or building); CF. aesthete; CF. aesthetics
adj. easily approachable; easy to talk to; warmly friendly
adj. artificial; pretended
n. written statement made under oath (for use as proof in a court of law)
n. joining; associating with
n. feeling of kinship; similarity; Ex. strong affinity for her; Ex. many affinities between two languages
n. positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath; V. affirm; ADJ. affirmative; CF. affirmative action: positive discrimination
n. state of distress; trial; cause of distress or suffering; V. afflict: inflict grievous suffering on
n. abundance; wealth
n. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect; V: insult or hurt the feelings of intentionally
n. items of business at a meeting
n. collection; heap; V. agglomerate: gather into a rounded mass; N. aggolmeate: jumbled mass; heap
v. make greater; increase in power, wealth, rank, or honor; N. aggrandizement
v. gather, accumulate
adj. filled with great surprise or fear; horrified
n. nimbleness; ability to move quickly
v. stir up; disturb
n. one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god or any ultimate reality
adj. highly excited; intensely curious
We were all agog at the news that the celebrated movie star was giving up his career in order to enter a monastery.
adj. pertaining to land or its cultivation; Ex. agrarian reform
n. cheerful promptness without reluctance
n. medieval chemistry
n. nook; recess
n. an assumed name esp. by a criminal (usually to mislead people); ADV. alias
v. make unfriendly or hostile; estrange; separate; change the ownership of
adj. supplying nourishment
n. payments made regularly to an ex-spouse after divorce
v. calm; pacify
v. state without proof
n. story, play, or picture in which characters are used as symbols; fable
v. relieve (pain)
n. repetition of beginning sound in poetry
v. assign; set apart for a particular purpose
n. mixture as of metals.
v. refer indirectly
v. entice; attract; tempt
adj. pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
adj. apart; not open in one's relationship with other people; reserved; ADV.
adv. upward; high up in the air
n. noisy quarrel
adj. unselfishly generous; concerned for others.
v. combine; unite in one body.
v. collect (gradually, in a very large amount)
n. female warrior
adj. capable of using either hand with equal ease
n. environment; atmosphere; Ex. restraurant with a pleasant ambience; ADJ. ambient: completely surrounding; Ex. ambient temperature
adj. unclear or doubtful in meaning; having more than one possible interpretation
n. the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes or opinions
n. walking at an easy unhurried pace; V: walk slowly and aimlessly
n. food of the gods
adj. able to walk
adj. obedient; compliant; readily managed; responsive; willing to be led; answerable or accountable legally
v. correct; change ; generally for the better
v. attatch or add on; fasten.
First the registrar had to affix his signature to the license; then he had to affix his official seal.
Before you punish both boys for fighting, see wheter you can determine which one was the aggressor.
v. mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate.
Our delight at the Met's victory was alloyed by our concern for Al Leiter, who injured his pitching arm in the game.
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.