Barron list 2.1

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Barron list 2.1
2012-12-13 08:20:12

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  1. adulation
    N. flattery; admiration. The rock star thrived on the adulation of his groupies and yes men. adulate,V.
  2. adulterate
    V. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances. It is a crime to adulterate foods without informing the buyer; when consumers learned that Beech-Nut had adulterated their apple juice by mixing it with water, they protested vigorously.
  3. advent
    N. arrival. Most Americans were unaware of the advent of the Nuclear Age until the news of Hiroshima reached them.
  4. adventitious
    ADJ. accidental; casual. He found this adventitious meeting with his friend extremely fortunate.
  5. adversary
    N. opponent. The young wrestler struggled to defeat his adversary.
  6. adverse
    ADJ. unfavorable; hostile. The recession had a highly adverse effect on Father's investment portfolio: he lost so much money that he could no longer afford the butler and the upstairs maid. adversity, N.
  7. adversity
    N. poverty; misfortune. We must learn to meet adversity gracefully.
  8. advocacy
    N. support; active pleading on something's behalf. No threats could dissuade Bishop Desmond Tutu from his advocacy of the human rights of black South Africans.
  9. advocate
    V. urge; plead for. The abolitionists advocated freedom for the slaves. also N.
  10. aerie
    N. nest of a large bird of prey (eagle, hawk). The mother eagle swooped down on the unwitting rabbit and bore it off to her aerie high in the Rocky Mountains.
  11. aesthetic
    ADJ. artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciation of the beautiful. The beauty of Tiffany's stained glass appealed to Esther's aesthetic sense. aesthete, N.
  12. affable
    ADJ. easily approachable; warmly friendly. Accustomed to cold, aloof supervisors, Nicholas was amazed at how affable his new employer was.
  13. affected
    ADJ. artificial; pretended; assumed in order to impress. His affected mannerisms-his "Harvard" accent, his air of boredom, his use of obscure foreign wordsbugged us: he acted as if he thought he was too good for his old high school friends. affectation, N.
  14. affidavit
    N. written statement made under oath. The court refused to accept his statement unless he presented it in the form of an affidavit.
  15. affiliation
    N. joining; associating with. His affiliation with the political party was of short duration for he soon disagreed with his colleagues.
  16. affinity
    N. kinship. She felt an affinity with all who suffered; their pains were her pains.
  17. affirmation
    N. positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath. Despite Tom's affirmations of innocence, Aunt Polly still suspected he had eaten the pie.
  18. affix
    V. fasten; attach; add on. First the registrar had to affix her signature to the license; then she had to affix her official seal.
  19. affliction
    N. state of distress; cause of suffering. Even in the midst of her affliction, Elizabeth tried to keep up the spirits of those around her.
  20. affluence
    N. abundance; wealth. Foreigners are amazed by the affluence and luxury of the American way of life.