The newcomer picked the most amiable person to sit next to during the
(adj.; adv.) wrong; awry; wrongly; in a defective manner
Seeing that his anorak was gone, he knew something was amiss .
Its new muffler aside, the car was behaving amiss.
(n.) friendly relations
The amity between the two bordering nations put the populations at ease.
(adj.) with no shape; unorganized; having no determinate form
The amorphous gel seeped through the cracks.
The amorphous group quickly got lost.
The scientist could not determine the sex of the amorphous organism.
(v.) to put money into a fund at fixed intervals
The couple was able to amortize their mortgage sooner than they
(n.) something out of place in time (e.g., an airplane in 1492)
The editor recognized an anachronism in the manuscript where the
character from the 1500s boarded an airplane.
He realized that the film about cavemen contained an anachronism when
he saw a jet cut across the horizon during a hunting scene.
(n.) similarity; correlation; parallelism
The teacher used an analogy to describe the similarities between the two
Comparing the newly discovered virus with one found long ago, the
scientist made an analogy between the two organisms.
(n.) an allergic reaction
The boy's severe anaphylaxis to a series of medications made writing
prescriptions a tricky proposition.
(n.) one who believes that a formal government is unnecessary
The yell from the crowd came from the anarchist protesting the
The anarchist attempted to overthrow the established democratic
government of the new nation and reinstate chaos and disarray.
(n.) something that can be relied on
Knowing the neighbors were right next door was an anchorage for the
(n.) a short account of happenings
The speaker told an anecdote about how he lost his shoes when he was
(n.) a feeling of hatred or ill will
Animosity grew between the two feuding families.
(v.) to crown; ordain;
A member of the monarchy was anointed by the king.
(n.) an oddity, inconsistency; a deviation from the norm
An anomaly existed when the report listed one statistic, and the
spokeswoman reported another.
In a parking lot full of Buicks, Chevys, and Plymouths, the Jaguar was an
(adj.) nameless; unidentified
Not wishing to be identified by the police, he remained anonymous by
returning the money he had stolen by sending it through the mail.
(n.) hostility; opposition
The antagonism was created by a misunderstanding.
The rebellious clan captured a hostage to display antagonism to the new
(n.) a strong dislike or repugnance
Her antipathy for large crowds convinced her to decline the invitation to
The vegetarian had an antipathy toward meat.
(n.) lack of emotion or interest
He showed apathy when his relative was injured.
The disheartened peasants expressed apathy toward the new law which
promised new hope and prosperity for all.
(adj.) pertaining to a discovery or new revelation
Science-fiction movies seem to relish apocalyptic visions.
(adj.) counterfeit; of doubtful authorship or authenticity
The man who said he was a doctor was truly apocryphal.
(v.) to satisfy; to calm
A milk bottle usually appeases a crying baby.
(adj.) suitable; apt; relevant
Discussion of poverty was apposite to the curriculum, so the professor
Without reenacting the entire scenario, the situation can be understood if
apposite information is given.
(adj.) fearful; aware; conscious
The nervous child was apprehensive about beginning a new school year.
(adj.) approving or sanctioning
The judge showed his acceptance in his approbatory remark.
(adj.) suitable (as land) for plowing
When the land was deemed arable the farmer decided to plow.
(n.) one who is authorized to judge or decide
The decision of who would represent the people was made by the
(adj.) based on one's preference or judgment
Rick admitted his decision had been arbitrary, as he claimed no expertise
on the matter.
(adj.) obscure; secret; mysterious
With an arcane expression, the young boy left the family wondering what
sort of mischief he had committed.
The wizard's description of his magic was purposefully arcane so that
others would be unable to copy it.
(n.) original pattern or model; prototype
This man was the archetype for scores of fictional characters.
The scientist was careful with the archetype of her invention so that
once manufacturing began, it would be easy to reproduce it.
(adj.) with passionate or intense feelings
The fans' ardent love of the game kept them returning to watch the
(adj.) laborious, difficult; strenuous
Completing the plans for the new building proved to be an arduous affair.
Building a house is arduous work, but the result is well worth the labor.
(adj.) extremely dry, parched; barren, unimaginative
The terrain was so arid that not one species of plant could survive.
Their thirst became worse due to the arid condition of the desert.
(adj.) having a smell which is sweet or spicy
The aromatic smell coming from the oven made the man's mouth water.
(adj.) acting superior to others; conceited
After purchasing his new, expensive sports car, the arrogant doctor
refused to allow anyone to ride with him to the country club.
(v.) to claim or demand unduly
The teenager arrogated that he should be able to use his parent's car
whenever he desired.
(v.; adj.) to utter clearly and distinctly; clear, distinct; expressed with
clarity; skillful with words
It's even more important to articulate your words when you're on the
You didn't have to vote for him to agree that Adlai Stevenson was
A salesperson must be articulate when speaking to a customer.
(n.) skill in a craft
The artifice of glass-making takes many years of practice.