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n. Selflessness; generosity; devotion to the interests of others.
The company depended on the altruism of the rich man, who gave them money.
n. atmosphere; mood; feeling
By decorating their house with fun things, they created a playful ambience that delighted young children.
adj. undecided; having opposed feelings simultaneously.
Susan felt ambivalent about George as a boyfriend. Her frequent desire to break up with him reflected this ambivalence.
v. to make better or more tolerable
The mood of the prisoners ameliorated when the warden gave them games.
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adj. obedient; willing to give in to the wishes of another; agreeable
- I suggested that Bert pay for my lunch, and to my surprise, he was amenable.
- The plumber was amenable to my paying the bill with jelly beans.
n. pleasantness; attractive or comfortable feature
The amenities at the local club include a pool, and a shelter. (toilets, soap) anything which increases your comfort.
adj. friendly; agreeable
adj. lacking a sense of right and wrong; neither good nor mad, neither moral nor immoral; without moral feelings.
A moral person does good; an immoral person does wrong; an amoral person simply does.
adj. shapeless; without a regular or stable shape; bloblike
His report was amorphous; it was as shapeless and disorganised as a cloud.