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adulation
n. flattery; admiration
adulterate
v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
advent
n. arrival
adversary
n. opponent
adverse
adj. unfavorable; hostile
adversity
n. unfavorable fortune; hardship; a calamitous event
advocacy
n. support; active pleading on something's behalf
advocate
v. urge; plead for
aerie
n. nest of a large bird of prey (eagle, hawk)
aesthetic
adj. artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciation of the beautiful
affable
adj. easily approachable; warmly friendly
affected
adj. artificial; pretended; assumed in order to impress
affidavit
n. written statement made under oath
affinity
n. kinship
affirmation
n. positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuse to take an oath
affix
v. fasten; attach; add on
affliction
n. state of distress; cause of suffering
affluence
n. abundance; wealth
affront
n. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect
aftermath
n. consequences; outcome; upshot
agenda
n. items of business at a meeting
agent
n. means or instrument; personal representative; person acting in an offcial capacity
aggrandize
v. increase or intensify
aggregate
v. gather; accumulate
aggressor
n. attacker
aghast
adj. horrified
agility
n. nimbleness
agitate
v. stir up; disturb
agnostic
n. one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god or any ultimate reality
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness
alchemy
n. medieval chemistry
alcove
n. nook; small, recessed section of a room
alias
n. an assumed name
alienate
v. make hostile; separate
alimentary
adj. supplying nourishment
alimony
n. payments made to an ex-spouse after divorce
allay
v. calm; pacify
allege
v. state without proof
allegiance
n. loyalty
allegory
n. story in which characters are used as symbols; fable
alleviate
v. relieve
alliteration
n. repetition of beginning sound in poetry
allocate
v. assign
alloy
n. a mixture as of metals
alloy
v. mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
allude
v. refer indirectly
allure
v. entice; attract
allusion
n. indirect reference
aloft
adv. upward
aloof
adj. apart; reserved
altercation
n. noisy quarrel; heated dispute
altruistic
adj. unselfishly generous; concerned for others
amalgamate
v. combine; unite in one body
amass
v. collect
ambidextrous
adj. capable of using either hand with equal easy
ambience
n. environment; atmosphere
ambiguous
adj. unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence
n. the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
amble
n. moving at an easy pace
ambulatory
adj. able to walk; not bedridden
ameliorate
v. improve
amenable
adj. readily managed; willing to be led
amend
v. correct; change, generally for the better