accord: /ə'kɔ:d/ n. Syn. agreement; treaty settlement or compromise of conflicting opinions; written agreement between two states Although the accord is a small step forward, politicians around the world have their work cut out for them.
acumen: /'ækjʊmɛn, ə'kju:mɛn/ n. Syn. acuteness; insight mental keenness; quickness of perception However, her team's political acumen is clearly beyond mine, an Ivy League Medical Science Professor and NOT a Political "Science" Professor.
admonition: /ædmɒ'nɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. warning gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning The article concludes with an admonition from a psychologist
adverse: /'ædvɜrs/ a. Syn. unfavorable; hostile in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose The recession had a highly adverse effect on father's investment portfolio: he lost so much money that he could no longer afford the house.
aesthetic: /i:s'θɛtɪk/ a. Syn. artistic; elegant elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste Kenneth Cole, the American designer known for his modern, urban aesthetic, is hawking $35 T-shirts.
affluent: /'æflʊənt/ a. having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value They want the same opportunity to pursue their dreams as everyone else who lives in affluent school districts.
alacrity: /ə'lækrɪtɪ/ n. cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness Phil and Dave were raring to get off to the mountains; they packed up their ski gear and climbed into the van with alacrity.
allay: /ə'leɪ/ v. Syn. calm; pacify; relieve calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve The crew tried to allay the fears of the passengers by announcing that the fire had been controlled.
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[Esc] /ækə'dɛmɪk/ a. Syn. scholarly; collegiate; theoretical related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to scholarly organization; based on formal education The dean's talk about reforming the college admissions system was only an [___] discussion.
[Esc] /ə'leɪ/ v. Syn. calm; pacify; relieve calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve The crew tried to [___] the fears of the passengers by announcing that the fire had been controlled.
[Esc] /'eɪmɪəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. agreeable; lovable good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly In Little Women, Beth is the [___] daughter whose loving disposition endears her to all who know her.
[Esc] /æpt/ a. Syn. appropriate; suitable likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand The defeated England coach, Bobby Robson, described it as a miracle, which following 'the Hand-of-God' goal seems supremely [___].
[Esc] /ə'sɪdjʊəs/;/ə'sɪdʒʊəs/ a. Syn. diligent; persistent constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent He was [___], working at this task for weeks before he felt satisfied with his results.
[Esc] /ə'trɪbju:t/ n. Syn. trait essential quality; reputation; honor His outstanding [___] was his kindness.
[Esc] /ɔtə'krætɪk/ a. Syn. dictatorial having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial Someone accustomed to exercising authority may become [___] if his or her power is unchecked.
[Esc] /'ævərɪs/ n. greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain King Midas is a perfect example of [___], for he was so greedy that he wished everything he touched would turn to gold.
[Esc] /beɪn/ n. Syn. curse something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin Lucy's little brother was the [___] of her existence: his attempts to make her life miserable worked so well that she could have poisoned him.
[Esc] /bɪ'nɛvələnt/ a. Syn. generous; charitable generous in providing aid to others; charitable Mr. Fezziwig was a [___] employer, who wished to make Christmas merrier for young Scrooge and his other employees.