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Chapter 24. First Group: 1. Abject--10. ... > Chapter 24. First Group: 1. Abject--... - Pg. 57

First Group: 1. Abject--10. Benign Florence alleged that she had seen extraterrestrial beings while hiking near Sedona. 57 Note: The use of the word allege often implies that some doubt exists about the truth of a statement, as in the second example above. At other times, the word alleged is used as an adjective and implies that a person wishes to disclaim responsibility for the truth of whatever follows--"the alleged expert" or "an al- leged miracle drug." Synonyms: claim, declare, assert, affirm, avow 5. allude (uh LOOD) verb [Latin alludere, to refer to playfully; from ad, to + ludere, to play] Definition To refer to indirectly or casually. During the interview, Shanna alluded to her experiences as a member of a self-managing team. Note: Be careful not to confuse the following words: 1. 2. 3. allude (to refer to indirectly) and elude (evade, escape, or avoid) allusive (suggestive) and elusive (hard to grasp or difficult to find) allusion (an indirect reference) and illusion (a false belief or perception) Synonyms: hint, refer, suggest, intimate, insinuate 6. askew (uh SKYOO) adjective and adverb [Derivation uncertain but probably Middle English askue, ascue ] Definition a. (adjective and adverb) To one side; crooked; awry; out of line. Every piece of furniture in the office was knocked askew by the earthquake. b. (adverb) Disapprovingly; scornfully. Thelma glanced askew at Raoul's awful table manners. Note: There is a subtle difference between the words askew and awry. Askew usually refers to concrete objects like street signs and hats. Awry, on the other hand, is generally used for more abstract things like activities, plans and procedures. Synonyms (adjectives): lopsided, cock-eyed, uneven; (adverbs): disdainfully, derisively, askance Antonyms (adjectives): straight, symmetrical; (adverbs): benignly, approvingly