(Ad`ro*ga"tion) n. [L. adrogatio, arrogatio, fr. adrogare. See Arrogate.] (Rom. Law) A
kind of adoption in ancient Rome. See Arrogation.
(A*droit") a. [F. adroit; à (L. ad) = droit straight, right, fr. L. directus, p. p. of dirigere. See
Direct.] Dexterous in the use of the hands or in the exercise of the mental faculties; exhibiting skill and
readiness in avoiding danger or escaping difficulty; ready in invention or execution; applied to persons
and to acts; as, an adroit mechanic, an adroit reply. "Adroit in the application of the telescope and quadrant."
Horsley. "He was adroit in intrigue." Macaulay.
Syn. Dexterous; skillful; expert; ready; clever; deft; ingenious; cunning; ready-witted.
(A*droit"ly), adv. In an adroit manner.
(A*droit"ness), n. The quality of being adroit; skill and readiness; dexterity.
Adroitness was as requisite as courage.
Syn. See Skill.
(A*dry") a. [Pref. a- (for on) + dry.] In a dry or thirsty condition. "A man that is adry." Burton.
(Ad`sci*ti"tious) a. [L. adscitus, p. p. of adsciscere, asciscere, to take knowingly; ad +
sciscere to seek to know, approve, scire to know.] Supplemental; additional; adventitious; ascititious.
"Adscititious evidence." Bowring. Ad`sci*ti"tious*ly, adv.
(Ad"script) a. [L. adscriptus, p. p. of adscribere to enroll. See Ascribe.] Held to service as
attached to the soil; said of feudal serfs.
(Ad"script) n. One held to service as attached to the glebe or estate; a feudal serf. Bancroft.
(Ad*scrip"tive) a. [L. adscriptivus. See Adscript.] Attached or annexed to the glebe or
estate and transferable with it. Brougham.
(Ad*sig`ni*fi*ca"tion) n. Additional signification. [R.] Tooke.
(Ad*sig"ni*fy) v. t. [L. adsignificare to show.] To denote additionally. [R.] Tooke.
(Ad*strict") v. t. Ad*stric"tion, n. See Astrict, and Astriction.
(Ad*stric"to*ry) a. See Astrictory.
(Ad*strin"gent) a. See Astringent.
(||Ad`u*la"ri*a) n. [From Adula, a mountain peak in Switzerland, where fine specimens are
found.] (Min.) A transparent or translucent variety of common feldspar, or orthoclase, which often shows
pearly opalescent reflections; called by lapidaries moonstone.
(Ad"u*late) v. t. [L. adulatus, p. p. of adulari.] To flatter in a servile way. Byron.
(Ad`u*la"tion) n. [F. adulation, fr. L. adulatio, fr. adulari, adulatum, to flatter.] Servile
flattery; praise in excess, or beyond what is merited.
Think'st thou the fiery fever will go out
With titles blown from adulation?
Syn. Sycophancy; cringing; fawning; obsequiousness; blandishment. Adulation, Flattery, Compliment.
Men deal in compliments from a desire to please; they use flattery either from undue admiration, or a
wish to gratify vanity; they practice adulation from sordid motives, and with a mingled spirit of falsehood