amazed at how affable his new employer was.
affected ADJ. /假的，做作的/artificial; pretended; assumed in order to impress. His affected mannerisms-his "Harvard"
accent, his air of boredom, his use of obscure foreign wordsbugged us: he acted as if he thought he was too good for his old high school friends. affectation, N.
affidavit N. /宣誓书/written statement made under oath. The court refused to accept his statement unless he
presented it in the form of an affidavit.
affiliation N. /联合，加入/joining; associating with. His affiliation with the political party was of short duration for he soon
disagreed with his colleagues.
affinity N. /亲缘关系/kinship. She felt an affinity with all who suffered; their pains were her pains.
affirmation N. /正面肯定，确认/positive assertion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath.
Despite Tom's affirmations of innocence, Aunt Polly still suspected he had eaten the pie.
affix V. /增加，附于/fasten; attach; add on. First the registrar had to affix her signature to the license; then she had to
affix her official seal.
affliction N. /痛苦/state of distress; cause of suffering. Even in the midst of her affliction, Elizabeth tried to keep up the
spirits of those around her.
affluence N. /富足，财富/abundance; wealth. Foreigners are amazed by the affluence and luxury of the American way
affront N. /侮辱，冒犯;蓄意蔑视/insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect. When Mrs. Proudie was not seated beside
the Archdeacon at the head table, she took it as a personal affront and refused to speak to her hosts for a week. alsoV.
aftermath N. /后果，结果/consequences; outcome; upshot. People around the world wondered what the aftermath of
China's violent suppression of the student protests would be.
agenda N. /议程/items of business at a meeting. We had so much difficulty agreeing upon an agenda that there was
very little time for the meeting.
agent N. /方法，工具;代表/means or instrument; personal representative; person acting in an official capacity. "I will be
the agent of America's destruction," proclaimed the beady-eyed villain, whose agent had gotten him the role. With his face, he could never have played the part of the hero, a heroic F.B.I. agent.
agglomeration N. /聚集，累积/collection; heap. It took weeks to assort the agglomeration of miscellaneous items she
had collected on her trip.
aggrandize V. /增加，加强/increase or intensify. The history of the past quarter century illustrates how a President may
aggrandize his power to act aggressively in international affairs without considering the wishes of Congress.
aggregate V. /收集，聚集/gather; accumulate. Before the Wall Street scandals, dealers in so-called junk bonds
managed to aggregate great wealth in short periods of time. aggregation, N.
aggressor N. /攻击者/attacker. Before you punish both boys for fighting, see whether you can determine which one
was the aggressor.
aghast ADJ. /吓坏了的/horrified. He was aghast at the nerve of the speaker who had insulted his host.
agility N. /敏捷/nimbleness. The agility of the acrobat amazed and thrilled the audience.
agitate V. /激怒，打扰/stir up; disturb. Her fiery remarks agitated the already angry mob.
agnostic N. /无神论者/one who is skeptical of the existence or knowability of a god or any ultimate reality. Agnostics
say we can neither prove nor disprove the existence of god; we simply just can't know. also ADJ.
agrarian ADJ. /耕地的，耕种的/pertaining to land or its cultivation. The country is gradually losing its agrarian occupation
and turning more and more to an industrial point of view.
alacrity N. /欢快的情绪/cheerful promptness. Phil and Dave were raring to get off to the mountains; they packed up
their ski gear and climbed into the van with alacrity.
alchemy N. /炼金术士/medieval chemistry. The changing of baser metals into gold was the goal of the students of alchemy. alchemist, N.