Week 9 12.07.09

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auspicious

adj. marked by lucky signs or good omens, and therefore by the promise of success or happiness

breadth

n. the extent of something, especially when it is impressively great

contingent

adj. dependent on or resulting from a future and as yet unknown event or circumstance

crass

adj. so thoughtless, vulgar, and insensitive as to lack all refinement or delicacy

diatribe

n. a bitter verbal or written attack on somebody or something

divergence

n. a difference between two or more things such as opinions or attitudes

eschew

v. to avoid doing or using something on principle or as a matter of course

imposing

adj. large and stately, thus creating an impression of grandeur

modicum

n. a small amount, especially of something abstract such as a quality

moratorium

n. a formally agreed period during which an activity is halted or a planned activity is postponed

portent

n. an indication that something, often something unpleasant, is going to happen

sardonic

adj. disdainfully or cynically mocking

specious

adj. appearing to be true but really false

stymie

v. to prevent somebody or something from making further progress

supine

adj. lying on the back and with the face upward

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