- attraction to a person or liking for a thing; relation; connection. Harvey’s affinity for math led him to
- excel in our computer course
- active dislike; ill will. Although the immigrants were met with animosity
- when they moved into the neighborhood, they soon were accepted and befriended
- by most of the residents.
- drug or food which stimulates sexual desire or pleasure. Although he was told by his Asian physician
- that a beverage of ground rhinoceros horn was an aphrodisiac, the
- Emperor did not experience any increased sexual pleasure
- emotional purification of relief. In
- Greek tragedy, the downfall of the hero on stage brought about a catharsis
- among the spectators
- to treat with disrespect; to profane. The young troublemakers were caught as they desecrated
- the cemetery by overturning headstones.
- asleep or lying as if asleep; latent but capable of
- being activated. The coverage of the
- Persian Gulf War aroused in many citizens dormant feelings of patriotism
- which had been quiescent since World War II.
- intermittent; irregular. After a fitful
- night’s sleep, Monte’s eyes were red-rimmed and he could hardly stay awake
- during class
- uniform in nature. Nathan’s Army Reserve
- unit was a homogeneous one since they all came from the same Ohio suburb
- neurotic conviction that one is ill or about to become ill when illness is
- neither actually present nor likely.
- Cassie’s hypochondria was evidenced by the large number of
- absences from school occasioned by her imagined illnesses
- having an illustrious name or reputation.
- The prestigious Ivy League colleges and universities naturally
- have higher admission standards
- refuse in a sharp or rude way; to snub; to drive or beat back. It was sheet luck that the outnumbered Marine
- patrol was able to rebuff the enemy attack
- not having or showing a sense of the right thing to do
- or say without causing anger or hurt feelings; without skill in dealing with
- people. Bringing up the matter of
- Grace’s losing her job was just about the most tactless way to start a
- unharmed. Neither Judge Thomas nor
- Professor Hill left the Senate hearings with their reputations unscathed.
- not knowing; unaware; unintentional. By unknowingly delivering the package
- containing plastique, Manny became an
- unwitting accomplice in the terrorist plot to blow up the office.
- appearing to be true or real; likelihood. Using antique paper and vegetable dyes, the
- artist achieved a high degree of verisimilitude for his forgeries of