Difficult Words :
Adverse, Aesthetic, Affable, Affectation, Affinity and Affluent
This is a list of Difficult Words: Adverse, Aesthetic, Affable, Affectation, Affinity and Affluent
Aesthetic (es THET ik) adj: having to do with artistic beauty, artistic
• Our Art Professor had a highly developed aesthetic sense. He found things to admire in paintings that, to us, looked like garbage.
(ad VURS) adj: unfavorable, antagonistic
• Airplanes often don't fly in adverse weather.
• We had to play our soccer match under adverse conditions. It was snowing and only three members of our team had bothered to show up.
• An airplane that took off in bad weather and reached its destination safely would be said to have overcome adversity.
• Adversity means misfortune or unfavorable circumstances. To do something in the face of adversity
is to undertake a task despite obstacles. Some people are at their best in adversity, because they rise to the occasion.
• A word often confused with adverse is averse. The two are related but they don't mean quite the same thing. A person who is averse to doing something is a person who doesn't want to do it. To be averse to something is to be opposed to doing it, to have an aversion to doing it.
(AF uh bul) adj: easy to talk to, friendly
• Susan was an affable girl; she could strike up a pleasant conversation with almost anyone.
• The Jefferson’s dog was big but affable. It liked to lick little children on the nose.
• The noun is affability. Affectation
(AF ek TAY shun) n: unnatural or artificial behavior, usually intended to impress
• Becky’s English accent is an affectation. He spent only a week in England and that was several years ago.
• Elizabeth had somehow acquired the absurd affectation of pretending that she didn't know how to turn on a television set.
• A person with an affectation is said to be affected.
• To affect a characteristic or habit is to adopt it consciously, usually in the hope of impressing other people.
• Edward affected to be more of an artist than he really was. Everyone hated him for it.
(uh FIN i tee) n: sympathy, attraction, kinship, similarity
• Ducks have an affinity for water. That is, they like to be in it.
• Children have an affinity for trouble. That is, they offer to find themselves in it.
• Magnets and iron have an affinity for each other, that is, each is attracted to the other.
• Affinity also means similarity or resemblance. There is an affinity between snow and sleet.
(AF loo unt) adj: rich, prosperous
• A person can be affluent; all it takes is money. A country can be affluent, too, if it's full of affluent people.
• Affluence means the same thing as wealth or prosperity.
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