151. AMPUTATE

amputate

  • Meaning to cut off somebody’s arm, leg or finger in a medical operation.
  • Synonyms – cut away, cut off, dismember, separate, sever, truncate.
  • Antonyms – join, add, put-in, fix.
  • Usage – They are going to have to amputate his left leg.

152. AMPLIFY

amplify

  • Meaning – increase in size or effect.
  • Synonyms – augment, beef up, boost , strengthen, magnify, increase.
  • Antonyms – compress, condense, curtail, lessen, reduce.
  • Usage – Let me amplify so that you will understand the overall problem.

153. AMULET

amulet

  • Meaning – An object worn, especially around the neck, as a charm against evil or injury.
  • Synonyms – charm, talisman, lucky piece, fetish,juju,periapt,phylactery, ornament.
  • Antonyms – // comment if you know.
  • Usage – Oscar wore an amulet to ward off evil spirits.

154. ANACHRONISM

anachronism

  • Meaning – The error of placing a person, object, custom, or event in the wrong historical                             period.
  • Synonyms – chronological error, metachronism, misdate, misplacement, postdate,                                           prolepsis, solecism, out-of-date, mistime.
  • Antonyms – // comment if you know.
  • Usage – The writer knew it would be an anachronism if Romeo used an elevator to reach                        Juliet’s balcony.

155. ANALGESIC

analgesic

  • Meaning – a substance that reduces pain.
  • Synonyms – anesthetic, anodyne, painkiller, soother, sedative
  • Antonyms – antidepressant, analeptic, stimulant
  • Usage – Aspirin is a mild analgesic.

156. ANALOGOUS / ANALOGY

analogous

  • Meaning – similar in some way to another thing or situation and therefore able to be                                     compared with it.
  • Synonyms – akin, alike, comparable, equivalent, resembling.
  • Antonyms – dissimilar, unlike, different, disconnected, alien, unrelated.
  • Usage – The paddle of a whale and the fin of a fish are analogous.

157. ANARCHY

anarchy

  • Meaning – Absence of any form of political authority.
  • Synonyms – disorder, lawlessness, misrule.
  • Antonyms – lawfulness, order, rule.
  • Usage – The worst thing in the world next to anarchy is government.

158. ANATHEMA

anathema

  • Meaning – A ban, curse, or vigorous denunciation.
  • Synonyms – curse, damnation, execration,imprecation, malediction.

  • Antonyms – love, blissing, delight, liking , praise.
  • Usage – A lot of people will find this anathema.

159. ANCILLARY

ancillary

  • Meaning – Something, that is subordinate to something else.
  • Synonyms – accessory, assistant, auxiliary, collateral, contributory,subsidiary, supportive.
  • Antonyms – necessary, needed, chief,  main,  prime,  primary,  principal,  cardinal.

  • Usage – The hospital offered limited ancillary services.

160. ANECDOTE

anecdote

  • Meaning – A short account of an interesting or humorous incident.
  • Synonyms – fable, story, tale.
  • Antonyms – concealment, suppression, non-fiction, truth.

  • Usage – Stacy always had an anecdote to share with her friends.
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