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Ambiguous 1. (of language) Open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning. 2. Unclear, uncertain, doubtful from Latin "to wander"= ambi-

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1 Ambiguous 1. (of language) Open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning. 2. Unclear, uncertain, doubtful from Latin "to wander"= ambi-

2 ambiguous?

3 Sentences using Ambiguous The Mayor of CasterbridgeThe Mayor of Casterbridge - By Thomas Hardy...Henchard looked round upon the idlers with that ambiguous gaze of his, which at one moment seemed to mean satisfaction, and at another fiery disdain... This poem is so ambiguous,I can't possibly understand it. My teacher gave me a bad grade on my essay. She said my paper was filled with ambiguous sentences. Here is one she pointed out: The man looked at the person on the hill with his stolen binoculars.

4 Abate to make or become less in amount, intensity, degree, etc. [from Old French abatre to beat down, fell]

5 Sentences using Abate Her migraine abated after she took the pills. After hours of wind and rain, the storm finally abated. The threat of terrorism in the United States has not abated since The goal of the auto industry is to further abate emissions in new cars.

6 Auspicious Fortunate, lucky, favorable circumstances, promising.

7 Sentences using Auspicious Its getting tougher for her to find an auspicious date for her wedding within the next two months I hope David has an auspicious beginning to his football career. Her voice, strong and fearless, promises much ; It is truly an auspicious first recording for Lady Ga Ga.

8 Askew The Leaning Tower of Piza is obviously askew! 1.Not in a straight or level position: 2.Wrong; awry

9 Sentences using Askew The door was hanging askew on one twisted hinge. Her nose was slightly askew. The plan went sadly askew. After the earthquake, the pictures on the wall were all askew.

10 Abominable detestable, hated, She was so mean-spirited that her nickname was Abominable Abbie. The Abominable Snowman and Bigfoot are legends that are hard to believe since there is no proof.

11 Anecdote a short story, tale, narrative, or joke Grandpa tells anecdotes about "the good ole days" at all our family reunions. The preacher told an anecdote about a donkey falling in a pit to illustrate his message.

12 Antithesis contrast, opposition Batman's antithesis is the Jocker The antithesis of good is evil. Dickens' "It was the best of times.... it was the worst of times..." is an antithetical sentence that begins his great novel A Tale of Two Cities.

13 Apprehend to seize, arrest to grasp, see, understand perceive The police have apprehended more violent criminals this year than last. She apprehends the fact that she will not be able to graduate due to her poor attendance. My mother apprehends that I am growing up and will soon be gone.

14 Arbitration intervention, mediation, settlement of a dispute After long hours of arbitration the two-sides came to an agreement. Abitration usually goes on in divorce cases when there is a dispute over property.

15 Autonomy self-government; independence Once you have a job, receive a salary, and pay your own bills, you have autonomy. From a legal standpoint, minors do not have autonomy. Many coutries once under the rule of England fought for autonomy. America is one example.


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