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animosity
n. hatred or hostility that is shown openly
(Jack's animosity toward foreigners made his girlfriend uncomfortable.)
syn: ill will
ant: amiability
anonymity
n. the condition of being anonymous; unknown
(The problem with being a celebrity is that you relinquish your anonymity.)
bibliophile
n. one who loves books
(Because he was a bibliophile, you could always find him in the library.)
ant: bibliophobe
ebb
v. to flow or fall back, as the tide does
(As the day progressed, the tide ebbed.)
syn: recede
ant: increase, swell
effervescent
adj. high-spirited; lively
(Meeting her again left Max in an effervescent mood.)
syn: vivacious
ant: saddened, sober
elusive
adj. tending to avoid; hard to capture
(The elusive criminal was finally apprehended after the largest manhunt in the state's history.)
nemesis
n. anyone or anything which seems to be the cause of someone's downfall or defeat.
(Fred dreaded that evening's match because he was wrestling a nemises who had beaten him in every one of their last five matches.)
syn: rival
nepotism
n. favoritism shown by people in high places to relatives or close friends
(Matt had to be careful about hiring his nephew because he knew that the charge of nepotism would be made.)
nonchalant
adj. carefree and casually unconcerned or seeming so
(In an effort to appear nonchalant, he faked a yawn.)
syn: blase'
ant: concerned, excitable
solicitude
n. the state of showing care or concern
(If you had shown as much solicitude when your mother was sick, she might still be alive.)
ant: unconcerned, indifference