Wordly Wise Lessons 1-4

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abhor

to shrink from in disgust; to detest

affable

pleasant; approachable; gracious

amiss

1. in a wrong or imperfect way 2. out of order; wrong

despondent

depressed from loss of hope or confidence; utterly discouraged

entreat

to ask earnestly; to beg

haunt

1. to stay in one's mind continually 2. to visit frequently 3. to appear in the form of a ghost

impel

1. to drive or to propel 2. to urge or drive by force or moral pressure

interminable

endless; seeming to be without end

irascible

quick-tempered; irritable

profound

1. intense; deeply felt 2. having understanding or knowledge that goes beneath the surface, beyond the obvious

recluse

a person who lives apart from society and often alone

reverberate

to be repeated as in a series of echoes or vibrations

sage

1. having wisdom and good judgement 2. a person known for wisdom and good judgement 3. an aromatic grayish-green plant used in cooking

tirade

a long, angry speech

tremulous

1. marked by trembling or shaking 2. timid or fearful

anonymous

of an unknown source or unrevealed name

anthology

a collection of various writings, such as songs, stories, or poems

conjecture

1. a conclusion based on guesswork or insufficient evidence 2. to form an opinion while lacking sufficient evidence

disposition

1. a person's usual mood; temperament 2. a regular tendency or inclination

encompass

1. to enclose or encircle 2. to include

extricate

to free from a difficult or tangled situation

generation

1. one step in the line of descent of a family 2. all the people born and living about the same time 3. the average span of time between the birth of parents and their children

guile

cunning or deceit in dealing with others; trickery

imperative

1. urgent; pressing 2. having the power or authority to command

instill or instil

to introduce gradually in order to establish securely

modify

1. to make less extreme or severe 2. to make changes in 3. in grammar, to limit or restrict in meaning

pivot

1. a small bar or rod on which something else turns 2. a person or thing on which others depend 3. to turn on or as if on a pivot

prevalent

commonly occuring; widely accepted or practiced

recur

1. to come up again or to happen again 2. to come to mind again

spontaneous

1. voluntary and unplanned 2. occuring or produced without human labor

abrasion

a wearing away or rubbing away by friction

clad

Clothed or covered

corroborate

to provide evidence to make more certain; to confirm

cursory

Done in a hurry and with little attention to detail

dehydrate

to remove water from

derive

to take or receive from a source

electrify

to wire or equip with electric power; to thrill or shock

endeavor

to attempt earnestly

gingerly

Cautious; very careful

grimace

To make a face expressing feelings of pain, disgust, or contempt

inventory

a list of possessions or goods on hand

simulate

to take on the qualities of another; to imitate

succumb

To give up or give in to; to yield

surmise

to suppose something without sufficient evidence.

gruesome

Causing shock or horror

avid

1. having a strong desire for, to the point of greed 2. eager, enthusiastic

brusque

abrupt in manner or speech; gruff

concise

short and to the point

demean

to cause a lowering of self-esteem; to lower in reputation or character

despicable

deserving contempt or scorn

emaluate

to try to equal; to imitate

evoke

1. to call forth; to produce 2. to bring to mind, often by suggestion

excruciating

very painful

inaugurate

1. to install in office with a formal ceremony 2. to begin officially or mark the opening of

pervade

to spread throughout

proprietor

an owner of a store or other business

pseudonym

a fictitious name used by an author; a pen name

rebuff

1. to reject bluntly 2. to drive back 3. a blunt rejection 4. an abrupt setback in progress

resilient

1. capable of recovering quickly from misfortune 2. returning quickly to an original shape or condition

turbulent

1. chaotic; unruly 2. stormy; tempestuous

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