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agonistic Tweet Definition of agonistic Like Definition of agonistic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Trying to win an argument.
  2. Struggling to attain effect in an argument.
  3. Of or relating to contests that were originally participated in by the Ancient Greeks.
alarm Tweet Definition of alarm Like Definition of alarm on Facebook
noun
  1. A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.
Arming to answer in a night alarm. --Shak.
  1. Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger.
Sound an alarm in my holy mountain. --Joel ii. 1.
Thy palace fill with insults and alarms. --Pope.
  1. Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise.
Alarm and resentment spread throughout the camp. --Macaulay.
  1. A mechanical contrivance for awaking persons from sleep, or rousing their attention; an alarum.
verb
  1. To call to arms for defense; to give notice to (any one) of approaching danger; to rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert.
  2. To keep in excitement; to disturb.
  3. To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.
alpha Tweet Definition of alpha Like Definition of alpha on Facebook
noun
  1. The name of the first letter of the Greek alphabet (Α,  ~+mn~), followed by beta. In the Latin alphabet it is the predecessor to A.
  2. (context, science) The name of the symbol, symbols Α and ~+mn~ used in science and mathematics, often interchangeable with the symbols when used as a prefix.
: alpha particle ("~+mn~-particle")
  1. The highest scientific caste of people in the novel w:Brave New World, Brave New World by w:Aldous Huxley, Aldous Huxley.
  2. In finance, the amount by which a given asset or portfolio's return exceeds a "riskless" rate of return.
adjective
  1. Designates the first in an order of precedence.
alpha male, male
  1. (star) Designates the brightest star in a constellation.
Alpha Centauri, Alpha Centauri
altruism Tweet Definition of altruism Like Definition of altruism on Facebook
noun
  1. Regard for others, both natural and moral; devotion to the interests of others; brotherly kindness; -- opposed to egoism or selfishness.
altruistic Tweet Definition of altruistic Like Definition of altruistic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Regardful of others; beneficent; unselfish
His helping the old lady with her shopping was deemed highly by everyone, especially since her home was a mile away.

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