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Alacrity

liveliness and eagerness; I was filled with ... when I arrived at GVSU for my first class.

Prosaic

(adj.) dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; Something prose-like, lacking the creativity of poetry.

Veracity

Truthful- note the use of the root.

Paucity

A lack of something. Paula has a ... of good looks...her name is paula.nuff said.

Maintain

To assert; Mitt Romney.... that his comments are not arrogant examples of atrocious mispeak, but rather present the true basis of his beliefs. Seriously.

Contrite

To feel remorse. The athlete, filled with ...., wished she only would have tried a little harder to manage her time instead of quitting the team.

Laconic

Of few words. Batman was ..... And he had a lisp. And a very goofy voice that was supposed to somehow sound intimidating.

Pugnacious

Verbally aggressive. Berkley has a ....attitude and he is not afraid to let everyone know it.

Disparate

Fundamentally different. Two ..... images are linked in a modern piece of poetry to create a desired effect.

Egregious

Standing out in a bad way. Remember greg is flock, but out of the flock in a bad way. Like Claude Lemiuex committed an ..... error when he chose to break Kris Draper's jaw with a blind hit from behind. He paid.Nuff said.

Innocuous

Harmless. My airhead comment to Que, so clearly .... in context and connotation, was not received in the same manner by Que...or her mom. Whoops.

Candid

Open, up front, and honest. A more .....approach may have been better, where I simply explain to Que that she needs to stop questioning everything I say. all the time.

Erratic

Wildly unpredictable. Sometimes teenagers can exhibit ..... behavior based on the hormones charging through their bodies.

Bleak

Depressing view. Orwell may have had a ..... outlook on humanity, but I can't help but agree with him.

Profuse

Over abundance of. Luckily Dan has a ..... amount of chest hair to showcase, which is a feature much admired by his fiancee.

Extant

In existence. Book dealing better be ..... generations from now because I can never replace the satisfaction I get from reading a physical book.

Contentious

Disagreeable. Some of my athletes tend to be highly ....., and no matter what I do, I can never make them happy.

Auspicious

Favorable. An ..... start to our season will not be overshadowed by recent tensions and concerns.

Enervate

Sap energy from. Rather than leaving invigorated by our workout sessions, my athletes are often left ...... after practice. This could be due to lack of proper nutrition, ie eating only a bean burrito prior to practice. mmmm,, healthy.

Equivocate

State vaguely with the intent to deceive. Mitt Romney uses ..... language to avoid ever actually revealing anything about his budget plans....in fear that we might realize they aren't actually feasible. Prevaricate is a great synonym for this one.

Ambivalent

To have mixed emotions. This is not the same as apathetic; because you actually have feelings on both sides as opposed to no feelings at all. I am feeling ...... towards the length of dress for my bridesmaids.

Sedulous

Diligent w/careful attention. I try to coach in a ..... fashion, taking everything into account in a pre-planned manner, as much as I can.

Stem

To flow the tide of. She .... the round of gossip spreading through the team by having them take a simple vote as to practice time.

Blinkered

Limited outlook or understanding. Her ..... reasoning of formation placement made it impossible for her to understand why she was placed in the back row.

Check

Stop its growth. You have to .... that gossip right when it starts....nip it in the bud.

Checkered

Disreputable. Though Kristen may boast a .... past, she is now a well intentioned stay at home momma.

Raft

Large quantity of. A .... of rats would make me vomit. Literally. That's gross.

Involved

Complicated. Some of my student blog questions were too .... for my high school students to accurately answer.

Retiring

To be shy. His .... demeanor made it a challenge to get to know him at first.

Expansive

Communicative and sociable. Though I would never refer to myself as ...., alcohol has truly helped me to learn how to be interesting and open.

Base

Contemptible and ignoble. The 47% of the population that mooches off of the government is a .... ..... to be sure.

Imbibe

Drink in copiously- liquid or wisdom. The teacher .... her wisdom upon the pupil....who wasn't even listening. Oh well.

Inundate

Become overwhelmed by too many things. I often feel ..... by the minutia of my daily schedule. Then I sing a little song and I'm ok.

Scintillating

Brilliant and lively. Me.

Qualify

To limit; usually in the context of an opinion. I love coaching cheerleading, but I sure could do without all of the drama.

Miserly

Cheap and pinching every penny. Negative connotation.

Frugal

Careful about money, positive connotation. No one would ever call me ....., as I spend money frivolously on a routine basis.

Histrionic

Overly theatrical. Some of my athletes behave ...... when it really isn't necessary.

Demur

Object-show reluctance. When the team voted on practice time, she ..... when the group tried to change plans.

Demure

Modest and shy. The debutante played the role of a perfectly .... young lady.

Beatific

Radiates bliss; holy.

Perfunctory

Careless and routine. When your job boils down to a ..... attitude, you should know that it's time to move on.

Peremptory

Bossy and Domineering. Sometimes I give direction in a ..... way because asking nicely is getting us nowhere.

Indigent

Very poor. The ..... in America make up the 47% Mitt Romney is so repulsed by. A Very nice thing to publicly state.

Indignant

Feel anger over a perceived injustice. Que felt ..... towards the remark I made, as innocuous as it was. This injustice was perceived only within her mind.

Arrant

Complete and utter. Mitt Romney is an ..... fool and I would cringe wholeheartedly should he ever be elected as my president.

Errant

Wandering path. With such ..... behavior and hapless commentary, how could he ever make a good president?

Artful

Cunning and wily; the opposite of innocent refers to artless. Neither refer to art itself. A very ..... way to define a term.

Expurgate

Censor- remove objectionable material. The racy scenes in the movie were quickly ...... to allow its showing on the big screen. Meanwhile, they remained intact for the DVD version.

Expunge

Remove completely from the record. I wish someone would ...... the silly act from his record so he could move on with his life. Or we could just leave him in a quandary forever. That's cool too.

Censure

To express strong disapproval of. Many republicans came out to publicly ...... the comments made by Romney as they would do nothing to bolster votes or the party image.

Ponderous

Move slow in a labored fashion. When Dutchess was near her end, the intensity of her pain was evident in the ...... way she limped around the room. My poor baby.

Imponderable

Impossible to fathom. How long would it take you to drive around the world? Right. That's .......

Eponym

A word derived from a person's name.

Hector

A word derived from a person's name. From the Odyssey, means to bully.

Chauvinist

A word derived from a person's name. Means to tout one's group as better than another.

Quixotic

A word derived from a person's name. Wildly idealistic.

Maudlin

A word derived from a person's name. Cries in public for no good reason.

Panglossian

A word derived from a person's name. Blind optimism. Negative connotation.

Malapropism

A word derived from a person's name. Misuse of a word (ie flamingo for flamenco).

Quisling

A word derived from a person's name. A Traitor.

Byzantine

A word derived from a person's name. Intricate and complicated.

Galvanize

A word derived from a person's name. To shock into action.

Protean

Very versatile. You may regard Heath Ledger as a protean actor as he was able to adapt from silly chick flicks, to serious cowboy love, to dangerous evil joker.

Supercilious

Haughty and disdainful. You raise your eyebrows (cilia) to look down at someone in a disdainful way. Oh yes, you are so much better than them.

Sartorial

Having to do with clothing. There was a muscle tailors would cross when they worked on clothes and so the word comes from this...

Saturnine

Gloomy and morose. Early astrologists believed this planet to be dark and gloomy.

Mercurial

Ephemeral or fleeting. Someone who changes their opinion or mood quickly.

Jejune

Dull, insipid, and lacking flavor. Bright Eyes has a song about jejune stars.

bilious

Constantly irritable and ready to bite off someone's head.

sanguine

Cheerful and optimistic. Blood is rushing to your face as you are filled with positive energy!

Martinet

Strict disciplinarian- the one holding all of the strings. This is an example of an eponym.

Misanthrope

Hater of mankind- ten times worse than a sour curmudgeon.

Reprobate

Express disapproval of, though with a mild degree of fondness.

Virago

Ill-tempered and violent woman. You do not want one to go off on you!

Syncretic

An amalgamate of different schools of thought. A religion that combines bits and pieces of other religions into a new one.

Parochial

Narrow minded- limited view set. Such as from the parish.

Catholic

Universal.

Anathema

Someone or something that is the source of one's hatred. Petty issues and lack of dedication are anathema to my very core.

Desecrate

Violate or destroy a sacred place. You cannot however desecrate a person...

Apostasy

Renunciation of one's faith. I wonder if this works too if you renounce your country and its values...

Sanctimonious

Holier than thou attitude. My favorite kind of people.

Iconoclast

One who destroys holy images.

Malfeasance

Wrong doing by a politician or public official.

Lascivious

Perversion related to the field of politics. Similar to lecherous.

Embroiled

Caught up in a scandal.

Fell

Terribly evil; remember this was used in Midsummer Night's Dream.

Arch

Deliberately teasing.

Tender

To offer something up. Legal tender.

Intimate

To suggest something subtly. She tried to intimate to him what she really wanted to eat, but he didn't care.

Fleece

To fleece is to deceive.

Wax

Wax is to increase, while wane is to decrease, as in my love for chocolate is waning with time.

Venality

Corrupt. Not as severe a lecherous, but evil still the same.

Turpitude

The most severe form of evil-- downright wicked and evil.

Parsimonious

Extremely stingy and miserly. Negative connotation.

Impecunious

In poverty- not having any money

Penurious

Synonym for impecunious; not having any money

Insolvent

Unable to pay off your debts

Profligate

Spend recklessly almost to the point of immorality. Governments can often be accused of profligating the nation's funds.

Prodigal

To squander or waste one's wealth. IE the story of the son from the Bible.

Cupidity

Greed for money.

Acme

Similar to zenith, pinnacle, apex, and summit. Top of the mountain.

Nadir

The lowest point of something-- at the nadir of one's career.

Untoward

Similar to inauspicious. Inconvenient or unfavorable conditions.

Overweening

Presumptuously arrogant; I'll stop before my humor becomes overweening.

Truculent

Fierce, savage nature. Imagine the truculent trucker giving you the finger.

Chagrin

shock or dismay

Platitudes

Canned phrases; popular in social discourse.

Halcyon

Calm and pleasant; might fondly remember such days.

Vitriol

Harsh and bitter criticism

Sclerotic

Becoming rigid and unresponsive.

lionized

Give public praise and attention to; treat like a celebrity

Bucolic

Relating to the countryside

assiduously

diligently and with perserverence

jingoism

excessive patriotism

implacable

not easily swayed- relentless

inexorable

not backing down; incapable of being swayed

magnanimous

very generous

Benighted

Unenlightened. In the dark literally, hahaha!

Ineluctable

Unavoidable, as in a conclusion.

Solipsism

Philosophical idea that exists within one's own mind.

Inert

In a fixed state

scabrous

risky or caustic

Nonplussed

Confused or bewildered

Predilection

bias in favor of something; preference or liking for something

largesse

Money or gifts given generously

impregnable

fortified or invulnerable

mawkish

distastefully sentimental

bravado

pretense of toughness and bravery

Mollified

Soothed

Cavil

To find fault with, usually on trivial matters

Clemency

Mercy and forgiveness

Thoroughgoing

An absolute quantity of

Legion

Large numbered

Philistine

Treats art derisively

Secularist

Focuses on matters not related to the spiritual world

emetic

To induce vomiting

talismanic

Magical powers or properties

improvident

unwise. It is ..... to ignore how climate might affect your body and mood.

torpor

State of suspended physical activity

tenebrous

dark and dim

plangent

resounding mournfully

acerbic

sharp and forthright; sour and bitter

fulsome

generous or abundant; ..... in their praise of...

mellifluous

Sounds as sweet as honey. The voice of Ella Fitzgerald rings..... to the ears of multitudes.

palimpset

Can refer broadly to something that has been used many times

inveigle

to coax

invective

something written about with great hostility

inveigh

to write about with great hostility

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