Wordly Wise Book 4 Word List 4

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Chapter Two

abscess |ˈabˌses|

a swollen area within body tissue, containing an accumulation of pus.

ashen 1 |ˈa sh ən|

adj 1 of the pale gray color of ash
2 (of a person's face) very pale with shock, fear, or illness. 3 of or resembling ashes : the volcano's ashen breath.
adj (archaic or poetic/literary)
made of timber from the ash tree.

boisterous |ˈboist(ə)rəs|

1 (of a person, event, or behavior) noisy, energetic, and cheerful; rowdy
2 (of wind, weather, or water) wild or stormy

dainty |ˈdāntē|

adj ( -tier , -tiest )
1 delicately small and pretty 2 (of a person) delicate and graceful in build or movement. 3 (of food) particularly good to eat
2 fastidious or difficult to please, typically concerning food
noun ( pl. -ties) (usu. dainties)
something good to eat; a delicacy.

dismal |ˈdizməl|

1 depressing; dreary : the dismal weather made the late afternoon seem like evening.
2 (of a person or a mood) gloomy : his dismal mood was not dispelled by finding the house empty.
3 informal pitifully or disgracefully bad : he shuddered as he watched his team's dismal performance.

emphatic |emˈfatik|

1 showing or giving emphasis; expressing something forcibly and clearly : the children were emphatic that they would like to repeat the experience | an emphatic movement of his hand
2 (of an action or event or its result) definite and clear : he walked stiffly, with an emphatic limp.
3 (of word or syllable) bearing the stress

enmity |ˈenmitē|

noun ( pl. -ties)
the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something : enmity between Protestants and Catholics | family feuds and enmities.

fanatic |fəˈnatik|

1 a person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, esp. for an extreme religious or political cause. 2 a person with an obsessive interest in and enthusiasm for something, esp. an activity
adj [ attrib. ]
filled with or expressing excessive zeal : his fanatic energy.

flail |flāl|

1 a threshing tool consisting of a wooden staff with a short heavy stick swinging from it.
2 a similar device or machine used as a weapon or for flogging.
1 wave or swing or cause to wave or swing wildly
2 flounder; struggle uselessly. 3 beat; flog

heirloom |ˈe(ə)rˌloōm|

a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations.

maneuver |məˈnoōvər| ( Brit. manoeuvre)

1 a movement or series of moves requiring skill and care. 2 a carefully planned scheme or action, esp. one involving deception. 3 the fact or process of taking such action. 4 ( maneuvers) a large-scale military exercise of troops, warships, and other forces.
verb ( -vered , -vering )
1 perform or cause to perform a movement or series of moves requiring skill and care. 2 carefully guide or manipulate (someone or something) in order to achieve an end.

nosegay |ˈnōzˌgā|

a small bunch of flowers, typically one that is sweet-scented.

reinforce |ˌrē-inˈfôrs|

1 strengthen or support, esp. with additional personnel or material. 2 strengthen (an existing feeling, idea, or habit)

retrieve |riˈtrēv|

1 get (something) back; regain possession of. 2 pick (something) up. 3 (of a dog) find and bring back (game or an object). 4 bring (something) back into one's mind. 5 find or extract (information stored in a computer). 6 put right or improve (an unwelcome situation).
1 an act of retrieving something, esp. game that has been shot. 2 an act of reeling or drawing in a fishing line.

topic |ˈtäpik|

a matter dealt with in a text, discourse, or conversation; a subject

tycoon |tīˈkoōn|

1 a wealthy, powerful person in business or industry. 2 a title applied by foreigners to the shogun of Japan in power between 1857 and 1868.

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