ACUMEN: Keenness of mind or insight - showing exceptional businessacumen. Synonyms: perspicacity, discernment, perception. Antonym:obtuseness.ADMONISH (noun: ADMONITION): To warn or find fault gently -admonishing the unruly child. Synonyms: chide, caution, reprimand,reprehend, reproach.ADVERSARY: (adj.: ADVERSE): An opponent - his adversary in a bitterdebate. Synonym: antagonist. Antonyms: cohort, confederate, ally,accomplice.ADVERSITY: Misfortune - calm in the face of adversity. Synonyms:affliction, mischance, reverses.AESTHETIC: Pertaining to the beautiful - interested in aesthetic valuesrather than in purely practical affairs.AFFABLE: Sociable, courteous, and agreeable in manner a muchadmired, affable gentleman. Synonyms: civil, complaisant, benign,gracious, genial, urbane, cordial. Antonyms: curt, brusque, rude,boorish, surly.AFFLUENT: Prosperous, flourishing; copious - a large bequest from anaffluent grandfather. Synonyms: opulent, profuse. Antonyms: destitute,impecunious.AGGRESSIVE (noun: AGGRESSION. an unprovoked attack): self-assertive; attacking, offensive - annoyed people by his aggressiveattitude. Synonyms: bumptious, officious, obtrusive. Antonyms: meek,humble, retiring, diffident.ALACRITY: Eagerness; cheerful promptness - responded to the flatteringoffer with alacrity. Synonyms: celerity, briskness, energy, animation.Antonyms: apathy, nonchalance, sluggishness, lethargy, phlegmatism.ALIENATE: To estrange - alterated by his gruff manner.ALLAY: To calm; to lessen in severity - at ease now that his fears havebeen allayed. Synonyms: appease, alleviate, pacify, assuage, abate,mitigate, propitiate, mollify, placate. Antonyms: intensify, aggravate.ALLUDE (noun: ALLUSION): To refer to indirectly - alluded quite subtlyto his friend's misfortune. Synonyms: insinuate, intimate, imply.