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Lesson Two. English I. amalgamate. Definition. Example. (v) to combine syn : unite, blend, mix, consolidate ant: splinter, disunite. Because of his forceful personality, he was able to amalgamate the smaller tribes into a large and dangerous army. ambidextrous. D efinition. E xample.

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Lesson two

Lesson Two

English I


Amalgamate

amalgamate

Definition

Example

(v) to combine

syn: unite, blend, mix, consolidate

ant: splinter, disunite

Because of his forceful personality, he was able to amalgamate the smaller tribes into a large and dangerous army.


Ambidextrous

ambidextrous

Definition

Example

(adj) equally skillful with either hand

syn: versatile

Because he was ambidextrous, he was good at pitching horseshoes with either hand.


Anachronism

anachronism

Definition

Example

(n) something or someone out of its proper time

The setting for the play was a peasant village in the Middle Ages, but in the middle of the stage was a refrigerator. What an anachronism that was!


Animate

animate

Definition

Example

(v) to give life or motion to

syn: enliven, encourage, excite

ant: deaden

Even a trip to the ice cream parlor did little to animate the two lost children.


Anthropomorphic

anthropomorphic

Definition

Example

(adj) attributing human characteristics or qualities to objects, animals, or gods

I just hate anthropomorphic stories in which pigs and rabbits walk upright, dress in clothes, and speak to each other in human tongue.


Antiquated

antiquated

Definition

Example

(adj) no longer used or useful; very old

syn: obsolete, out-of-date

The antiquated car chugged slowly up the hill.


Aphorism

aphorism

Definition

Example

(n) a concise statement of a truth or principle

syn: proverb, adage, maxim

“Waste not, want not” is an aphorism that my father lived by.


Aplomb

aplomb

Definition

Example

(n) self-confidence

syn: poise, assurance

ant: awkwardness

The youngest dancer showed such aplomb that even the veterans of the troupe were astonished.


Bandy

bandy

Definition

Example

(v) to give and take quickly in conversation; to toss back and forth

syn: exchange (words)

“Let’s not bandy words,” the woman told her son. “Just tell me what happened.”


Lesson two

bane

Definition

Example

(n) the cause of ruin, harm or distress, death

As he passed out midterm grades, the teacher woefully told the students, “You’ll be the bane of me yet.”


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