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  1. trivial
  2. circumspect
  3. receptive
  4. ideal
  5. hyperbole
  1. a n. exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally; overstatement.
    It's hard to believe the hyperbole of the advertisement; there is simply no way an energy drink can give you wings.
  2. b adj. wary and unwilling to take risks; cautious; guarded; vigilant.
    Not wanting to ruin the surprise party, Alex was very circumspect in answering Cheryl's questions about their plans for the weekend.
  3. c (1) adj. perfect; most suitable.
    The empty parking lot is ideal for driving practice.

    (2) n. a standard of perfection; a principle to be aimed at.
    I try to stay true to my ideal of treating everyone with kindness.
    n. the practice of pursuing ideals, especially unrealistically
    idealist (n.)
    v. to regard as perfect or better than in reality
    n. a supporter of an ideology or system of beliefs, especially someone who is uncompromising and dogmatic.
    The government can barely accomplish anything because it's full of ideologues who refuse to cooperate with each other.
  4. d adj. able or willing to receive something; willing to consider or accept new suggestions and ideas.
    The doctor was receptive to the idea of replacing his old equipment with the latest technology.
    receptivity (n.)
    n. an object or space used to contain or receive something
  5. e adj. of little value or importance.
    Tim went on and on about the right shade of blue for the new uniforms, but the rest of us thought it was a pretty trivial issue.
    v. to make (something) seem less important, significant, or complex than it really is; to minimize; to belittle

5 Multiple Choice Questions

  1. v. to alternate or waver between different opinions or actions; to be indecisive; to fluctuate; to waffle.
    Swing voters aren't people who vote in playgrounds; they're people who vacillate between supporting Democrats and supporting Republicans.
    vacillation (n.)
  2. v. to engage in plots and intrigues; to scheme.
    Hoping to devise a plan to steal identities over the web, Harry and Kim sat in the back room and machinated.
    n. a scheme
  3. adj. looking or sounding sad and dismal; mournful; gloomy; glum; melancholy.
    Eeyore is the most lugubrious cartoon character that I remember from my childhood—he's always down about something.
  4. (1) v. to keep (someone or something) afloat

    (2) v. to cause (someone) to become cheerful or confident; to encourage.
    He was buoyed by news that his lost dog might have been found.
    (1) n. the ability to float

    (2) n. an optimistic and cheerful nature
  5. v. to find a way around (an obstacle); to overcome (a problem or difficulty), typically in a clever or sneaky way; to get around; to bypass.
    The thieves circumvented the museum's alarm system by climbing in through a skylight.

5 True/False Questions

  1. discreditn. the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect; contempt; scorn; derision.
    People who pride themselves on reading only the finest literature view comic books with disdain.
    disdainful (adj.)


  2. palliate(1) v. to make (a disease or its symptoms) less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause

    (2) v. to allay or moderate (fears or suspicions); to alleviate; to relieve; to assuage.
    The mayor's reassuring speech palliated the worries of the townspeople.
    (1) adj. soothing, alleviating

    (2) n. a remedy or medicine that palliates


  3. opportuneadj. (of a time) well-chosen or particularly favorable or appropriate; auspicious; felicitous.
    Julia chose an opportune time to open her new vegetarian restaurant, just as people were becoming particularly interested in healthy eating.
    n. a person who exploits circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than being guided by consistent principles or plans
    opportunism (n.)
    opportunistic (adj.)


  4. hearsayn. an opinion contrary to orthodox religious doctrine or what is generally accepted; blasphemy.
    The fundamentalist religious leader denounced the doctrine of the atheists as heresy.


  5. anachronismn. a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned; a thing belonging to a different time period than that in which it exists.
    The steamboat ferry is an anachronism that exists today primarily as a tourist attraction.
    anachronistic (adj.)


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