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30 terms

Vocabulary 1 & 2

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adroit
skillful, clever
adulterate
to make impure; impure
adventitious
accidental; nonessential
aegis
a shield; protection; sponsorship
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty
affectation
a phony attitude; pose
affinity
an attraction to
affluence
wealth, richness
agape
open-mouthed; surprised; agog
aggrandize
to enlarge; to expand
altruism
a concern for others; generosity
ambiguous
open to more than one interpretation
amoral
lacking sense of right and wrong
amorphous
shapeless, formless, vague
animosity
hatred
antipathy
an intense dislike
antithesis
an exact opposite; an opposite extreme
badinage
playful, teasing talk; to banter; to tease with playful talk
banal
common, ordinary
baroque
overly decorated
bauble
a showy but useless thing
bedlam
a noisy uproar; a scene of wild confusion
beguile
to deceive; to charm; to enchant
besiege
to overwhelm; to surround and attack
besmirch
to make dirty; to stain
bestial
savage, brutal
bilious
bad tempered; cross
blanch
to whiten, to make pale
bland
mild, tasteless, dull
blandishment
flattery