(adj) very skilled, able, or proficient
He was very adept at knife juggling.
(n) one who acts in support or defense of a person or cause
She was a passionate advocate of human rights.
(adj) pertaining to what is considered beautiful or tasteful
Plastic surgery is usually performed for aesthetic reasons.
(n) some one or thing out of its correct chronological or historical order
Anachronisms usually pop up accidentally in period pieces.
(n) a short account of an interesting or humorous, often biographical incident
The teacher spent class time entertaining the students with amusing anecdotes.
(adj) uneasy, anxious, or fearful about the future; quick to understand or learn
He entered his first day of school feeling quite apprehensive.
(n) an offensive display of self-importantce or superiority; overbearing pride; haughtiness
His arrogance cost him the election.
(adj) resembling or characteristic of a boor, crude, coarse, and clumsy in behavior, churlish, oafish, insensitive
The boorish flight attendants disgruntled the passengers.
(n) the quality of being brief in time or duration; concise expression
The brevity of his speech made an impact on the audience.
(adj) delivering catharsis; emotionally purging
The Greek play was very cathartic.
(v) to express disapproval in a strong or vehement fashion; to criticize, blame, or reprimand
The parents censured their child's choices.
(v) to quote as an authority or example; to mention in support or confirmation
Please cite your examples.
(adj) worthy of great praise or approval
He performed commendable acts during the disaster.
(adj) attempting to regain goodwill through pleasantness; overcoming hostility; willing to make concessions; accommodating, appeasing
The king showed his conciliatory values when he forgave his son.
(n) majority of opinion among a group, general agreement or accord
They reached a consensus.
(adj) complete or perfect in every respect; supremely skilled
She gave a consummate performance at the play.
(adj) performed hastily and without attention to detail; superficial
The cursory inspection missed key evidence.
(adj) boldly resisting authority or an opposing force; challenging
His defiant attitude got him suspended.
(v) to represent or characterize in words, pictures, or sculpture
The artist depicted his interpretation of the author's message.
(vb) to laugh at in scorn or treat with contempt; to ridicule
The master derided his few slaves.
(v) to speak of with disrespect; to belittle or depreciate
His remarks disparaged her.
(n) lack of equality or similarity; difference
The disparity among the twins was apparent.
(adj) selecting, employing, or comprising individual elements from a wide variety of sources.
Jamba Juice exhibited an eclectic menu.
(adj) planned or executed with great care and attention; painstaking
The elaborate plan fell apart with one simple mistake.
(adj) characterized by clear, powluerful, and persuasive speech
Her eloquent speech touched many.
(v) to make lucid or clear; to explain
The professor finally elucidated the solution.
(v) to represent in bodily, material, or tangible form
His soul was embodied in the turtle.
(adj) characterized by fairness and impartiality; just or reasonable
A mediator attempts to find the most equitable solution.
(adj) having no fixed or regular course; wandering; lacking consistency, or regularity; eccentric
The erratic man followed no routine.
(adj) being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice; adhering to moral principles
An ethical society doesn't cause trouble.
(adj) worthy of imitation; estimable; praiseworthy
The exemplary student won national attention.
(adj) well-suited for the occasion, appropriate; marked by good fortune
There's always one felicitous person in every crowd.
(adj) reddish or rosy; excessively ornate or flowery
Victorian style is very florid.
(v) to promote the growth or development of; cultivate; nurture
Her neighborhood fostered friendliness.
(adj) emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of parts, as opposed to separation into parts
His holistic approach was different from those who looked at the events separately.
(n) a habit mannerism, or characteristic that is peculiar to an individual
Every person has his or her own idiosyncrasy.
(adj) defying expression or description; inexpressible
The series of events was ineffable.
(adj) given to or characterized by excessive indulgence; not moderate or restrained
(adj) showing lack of due respect; impertinent; satirical
The young man's irreverent attitude made the old man sad.
(v) to feel or express grief or regret; to mourn for
He was expected to comfort her when she would lament over her father's death.
(adj) containing or expressing praise
The teacher gave her a laudatory remark.
(adj) clear; rational; sane; easily understood
His lecture was surprisingly lucid.
(adj) generous in forgiving; unselfish; free of resentment or vindictiveness
The man's magnanimous attitude persuaded everyone to be a little more caring.
(v) to ridicule; to imitate or mimic; to defy
The big boys mocked the little boy.
(adj) common or ordinary; pertaining to the world, secular
Mundane events transpire everyday.
(adj) unaffected, unsophisticated; inexperienced; having an unaffected style
Young people can be really naive.
(adj) wicked; infamous; villainous
The nefarious villain was never caught despite the huge cash reward.
(n) a longing for a former place or time; something that displays nostalgia
Nostalgia hit him when he saw the old cabin.
(adj) new; different
Novel ideas can be innovative inventions.
(adj) stubborn; inflexible; not easily overcome
He remained obstinate, refusing to budge.
(adj) devoted to or biased in support of a party, group or cause
Partisans made up the majority of the party.
(adj) gloomy; having a negative outlook; expecting the worst
His pessimistic outlook always depressed people around him.
(adj) practical; dealing with actual facts or occurrences
The investigation was aided by an anonymous pragmatic account.
(adj) commonplace; dull; lacking in imagination
Prosaic ideas are passed by.
(v) to suppress; to put an end to; to pacify
The governor had to quickly quell the rebellion.
(v) to prove to be false; to prove a person to be in error; to deny
The newest results refute the scientists' previous theory.
(adj) used for style or effect only; having to do with rhetoric; bombastic
Rhetorical hand motions summarized the mime's performance.
(adj) optimistic, hopeful or confident; reddish; bloody
His sanguine personality was pleasant.
(adj) anxious or concerned; careful; eager
A person trying out something for the first time is usually solicitous.
(adj) dark; dimly lit; gloomy or depressing
The painting emanated a somber mood.
(v) to think or reflect; to conjecture; to engage in a risky business practice in the expectation of a quick or large profit
(adj) more than sufficient, extra; unnecessary or needless
Superfluous supplies were sent back.
(adj) persistent or stubborn; holding fast; holding together; sticky or adhesive
Her tenacious attitude really made it difficult for people to persuade her.
(v) to regard or treat with reverence
The people venerate their gods.
(v) to clear of accusation or suspicion; to defend, maintain or avenge
Her mother vindicated her daughter in the case.
(adj) filled with or motivated by zeal; enthusiastic
Zealous people can be overly energetic.