Vocabulary Chapter 1

  1. ab·solve
    1. to free from guilt or blame or their consequences: The court absolved her of guilt in his death.

    2. to set free or release, as from some duty, obligation, or responsibility (usually fol. by from ): to be absolved from one's oath.
  2. an·tag·o·nist
    –noun 1. a person who is opposed to, struggles against, or competes with another; opponent; adversary.

    2. the adversary of the hero or protagonist of a drama or other literary work: Iago is the antagonist of Othello.
  3. ad·a·mant
    • –adjective
    • 1. utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion in spite of all appeals, urgings, etc.

    2. too hard to cut, break, or pierce.
  4. ec·cen·tric
    • –adjective
    • 1. deviating from the recognized or customary character, practice, etc.; irregular; erratic; peculiar; odd: eccentric conduct; an eccentric person.

    2. Geometry . not having the same center; not concentric: used esp. of two circles or spheres at least one of which contains the centers of both.
  5. a·mi·a·ble´╗┐
    • adjective
    • 1. having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable: an amiable disposition.

    2. friendly; sociable: an amiable greeting; an amiable gathering.

    3. agreeable; willing to accept the wishes, decisions, or suggestions of another or others.
  6. en·coun·ter
    • verb (used with object)
    • 1. to come upon or meet with, esp. unexpectedly: to encounter a new situation.

    2. to meet with or contend against (difficulties, opposition, etc.): We encounter so many problems in our work.
  7. a·mor·al
    • –adjective
    • 1. not involving questions of right or wrong; without moral quality; neither moral nor immoral.

    2. having no moral standards, restraints, or principles; unaware of or indifferent to questions of right or wrong: a completely amoral person.
  8. e·pit·o·me
    • –noun
    • 1. a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class: He is the epitome of goodness.

    2. a condensed account, esp. of a literary work; abstract.
  9. an·i·mos·i·ty
    • –noun, plural -ties.
    • a feeling of strong dislike, ill will, or enmity that tends to display itself in action: a deep-seated animosity between two sisters; animosity against one's neighbor.
  10. ma·lign
    1. to speak harmful untruths about; speak evil of; slander; defame: to malign an honorable man.
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Vocabulary Chapter 1