• Adroit comes from droit which is the French work for right (the opposite of left). Dexterous, which means pretty much the same thing as adroit, comes from Dexter which is the Latin word for right (the opposite of left). Right-handed people were once thought to be more dexterous and adroit than left-handed people. In fact, left-handed people were once thought to be downright evil, or sinister, which is the Latin word for left (the opposite of right). To say nowadays that right-handed people are better than left-handed people would be considered gauche, which means graceless, crude, socially awkward or clumsy. Gauche is the French word for left (the opposite of right). Synonym for gauche is maladroit.
• Got all that? Here it is again. It would be gauche to go to the ball wearing your right shoe on your left foot and your left shoe on your right foot. It would also be hard to dance adroitly with your shoes that way. If you were sufficiently dexterous, you might be able to switch and retie your shoes while you were dancing, but your dancing partner might think you were up to something sinister down there and ask you to keep both your right hand and your left hand to yourself.
Adulation (AJ uh LAY shun) n: wild or excessive admiration, flattery
• The boss thrived on the adulation of his scheming secretary.
• The rock star grew to abhor the adulation of his fans.
• There is a note of insincerity in adulation, as there is in flattery.
Adulterate (uh DUL tuh RATE) v: to contaminate, to make impure
• We discovered that our orange juice had radioactive waste in it. We discovered, in other words, that our orange juice had been adulterated.
• Vegetarians do not like their foods adulterated with animal fats.
• Unadulterated means pure. Unadulterated joy is joy untainted by sadness.
This is a list of Difficult Words: Address, Adherent, Admonish, Adroit, Adulation and Adulterate