Barron 2.2

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Barron 2.2
2012-12-13 08:21:29

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  1. affront
    N. insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect. When Mrs. Proudie was not seated beside the Archdeacon at the head table, she took it as a personal affront and refused to speak to her hosts for a week. alsoV.
  2. aftermath
    N. consequences; outcome; upshot. People around the world wondered what the aftermath of China's violent suppression of the student protests would be.
  3. agenda
    N. items of business at a meeting. We had so much difficulty agreeing upon an agenda that there was very little time for the meeting.
  4. agent
    N. means or instrument; personal representative; person acting in an official capacity. °I will be the agent of America's destruction," proclaimed the beady-eyed villain, whose agent had gotten him the role. With his face, he could never have played the part of the hero, a heroic F.B.I. agent.
  5. agglomeration
    N. collection; heap. It took weeks to assort the agglomeration of miscellaneous items she had collected on her trip.
  6. aggrandize
    V. increase or intensify. The history of the past quarter century illustrates how a President may aggrandize his power to act aggressively in international affairs without considering the wishes of Congress.
  7. aggregate
    V. gather; accumulate. Before the Wall Street scandals, dealers in so-called junk bonds managed to aggregate great wealth in short periods of time. aggregation, N.
  8. aggressor
    N. attacker. Before you punish both boys for fighting, see whether you can determine which one was the aggressor.
  9. aghast
    ADJ. horrified. He was aghast at the nerve of the speaker who had insulted his host.
  10. agility
    N. nimbleness. The agility of the acrobat amazed and thrilled the audience.
  11. agitate
    V. stir up; disturb. Her fiery remarks agitated the already angry mob.
  12. agnostic
    N. one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god or any ultimate reality. Agnostics say we can neither prove nor disprove the existence of god; we simply just can't know. alsoADJ.
  13. agrarian
    ADJ. pertaining to land or its cultivation. The country is gradually losing its agrarian occupation and turning more and more to an industrial point of view.
  14. alacrity
    N. cheerful promptness. Phil and Dave were raring to get off to the mountains; they packed up their ski gear and climbed into the van with alacrity.
  15. alchemy
    N. medieval chemistry. The changing of baser metals into gold was the goal of the students of alchemy. alchemist, N.
  16. alcove
    N. nook; small, recessed section of a room. Though their apartment lacked a full-scale dining room, an alcove adjacent to the living room made an adequate breakfast nook for the young couple.
  17. alias
    N. an assumed name. John Smith's alias was Bob Jones. also ADV.
  18. alienate
    V. make hostile; separate. Her attempts to alienate the two friends failed because they had complete faith in each other.
  19. alimentary
    ADJ. supplying nourishment. The alimentary canal in our bodies is so named because digestion of foods occurs there. When asked for the name of the digestive tract, Sherlock Holmes replied, "Alimentary, my dear Watson."
  20. alimony
    N. payment by a husband to his divorced wife (or vice versa). Mrs. Jones was awarded $200 monthly alimony by the court when she was divorced from her husband.