Smart Words

  1. Ambivalent
    • 1 : simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action
    • 2a : continual fluctuation (as between one thing and its opposite)
    • b : uncertainty as to which approach to follow
  2. Adherent
    • one that adheres: as
    • a : a follower of a leader, party, or profession
    • b : a believer in or advocate especially of a particular idea or church

    • Examples:
    • an adherent of free trade
    • <the Flat Earth Society surely doesn't have many adherents>
  3. Aberration
    Something not typical; deviation from standard

    • Examples:
    • 1) Tom's bad behavior was an aberration. So was Harry's good behavior. That is, Tom was usually good and Harry was usually bad.
    • 2) The chef at this restaurant is dreadful; the good meal we just had was an aberration.
    • 3) A snowstorm in June is an aberration; snow doesn't normally fall in June.
  4. Ancillary
    • 1 : subordinate, subsidiary <the main factory and its ancillary plants>
    • 2 : auxiliary, supplementary <the need for ancillary evidence> — ancillary noun

    • Examples:
    • The company hopes to boost its sales by releasing ancillary products.
  5. Antipodal
    • 1 : of or relating to the antipodes; specifically : situated at the opposite side of the earth or moon <an antipodal meridian> <an antipodal continent>
    • 2 : diametrically opposite <an antipodal point on a sphere>
    • 3 : entirely opposed <a system antipodal to democracy>

    • Examples:
    • <love is antipodal to hate>
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Smart student vocabulary from Adam Robinson book "What Smart Students Know"