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Ms Kline, San Domenico, 5th Grade -- Level 2 Spelling Words
Marin County Spelling Bee words Level 2
to give up formally (a high office, authority, throne, etc.)
"The king plans to abdicate his throne."
lower part of the trunk of the human body; in, on or for the abdomen
"The abdominal bandage seemed too tight."
abnormal or deviant
"Her rude, aberrant behavior was quite a shock."
to cancel or repeal by authority
"Congress must abrogate the new tax law."
a colorless, poisonous, highly flammable gaseous hydrocarbon
"This most brilliant of the illuminating gases is acetylene."
"Those acrimonious remarks will make you unpopular."
discharge of duty; being set free by the court
"From lack of evidence submitted, the judge decreed an acquittal."
the time of life between puberty and maturity; youth
"During adolescence, one is often uncertain."
sensitive to art and beauty
"In order to help develop their children's aesthetic tastes, many family trips to art galleries were planned."
"Fish have an affinity with water."
a jumbled heap, mass, etc.
"The agglomeration of articles for the rummage sale was staggering."
feeling great horror or dismay
"Upon seeing the tornado's destruction, he was aghast."
most abundant metal element in the Earth's crust
"Don't put aluminum foil in the microwave."
"The treaty is very ambiguous."
anything that is or seems to be out of its proper time in history
"A black and white television is an anachronism today."
a thing or person greatly detested
"Censorship is anathema to Americans."
no name known or acknowledged; name withheld
"The poem read was written by an anonymous poet."
no longer used or useful; obsolete
"The old cabin contained some antiquated relics of the olden days."
the direct opposite
"Love is the antithesis of hate."
"The apocryphal memories of the countess cannot be admitted as evidence."
the first advocate of a view point or reform
"The student body president was an apostle for year-round school."
a strange figure appearing suddenly and thought to be a ghost
"After hearing the spooky story, the children thought they saw an apparition."
to take for one's own, often without right
"I wish my roommate would not appropriate my clothes."
large pipe made for bringing water from a distant source
"The aqueduct provided the farmers with the much needed water for crops."
the perfect example of a type or group
"Mickey Mouse is the archetype for cartoon characters."
the act of ascending
"We watched the balloon's ascension into the clouds."
religious doctrine where self-denial is practiced to reach a higher spiritual state
"Trappist monks practice asceticism."
"Saying 'I'm sorry' is a way to assuage your guilt ."
a wasting away of body tissue, organ, or the failure of an organ or part to grow or develop, as because of insufficient nutrition
"Without proper nutrition, the muscles will atrophy."
not graceful, clumsy
"My walk was very awkward right after my cast was removed."
an address or sermon delivered to a graduating class at commencement
"The graduating seniors and their families will attend the baccalaureate."
one's particular area of authority, activity, interest
"The coach's bailiwick is tennis."
"The balustrade around the porch was made of cedar."
a heavy, prolonged attack of words, blows
"Suddenly the speaker was under a barrage of questions."
a large group of soldiers arrayed for battle; any large group joined in some activity
"He had command of a battalion during World War II."
happening every two years
"The reunion is held on a biennial basis."
of or in two languages; capable of using two languages with equal skill
"He was offered the position because he was bilingual in English and Spanish."
marked by extreme contrasts and incongruities of color, design, or style
"Her purple and orange hair was bizarre."
"The security officer had to quiet the boisterous group."
a broad often landscaped thoroughfare
"Sometimes using the boulevard is faster than taking the freeway."
green vegetable high in vitamins
"The consumption of broccoli has increased in recent years."
the tendency of a body to float in a fluid
"Filling the raft with more air will increase its buoyancy."
beautiful handwriting; penmanship
"Calligraphy is an art - a talent to be thankful for."
loyalty and warm, friendly feeling among comrades
"Within the Girl Scout troop, there was great camaraderie."
disguise or concealment of this kind
"The tanks' camouflage prevented enemy planes from seeing them."
statement of the main parts of a subject; conditional surrender
"Their leader decided that capitulation was best."
"Scientists seem to discover a new carcinogen every day."
a device in which air is mixed with gasoline spray to make an explosive mixture in an internal combustion engine
"The carburetor in the truck had to be replaced."
"The lion is a carnivorous animal."
any great upheaval that causes sudden and violent changes
"The weakened government could not withstand another cataclysm."
"The Northridge Earthquake was a catastrophe."
radiating or departing from the center
"The road was banked to counteract the centrifugal force."
a soft leather made from the hide of a chamois, deer or sheep
"The gloves were made of chamois leather."
lighting fixture hanging from a ceiling, with branches for candles or bulbs
"The chandelier swayed, and we hurried out from under it."
completely confused or disordered condition
"The era of the Hundred Years' War was very chaotic."
"The phony scientist was a charlatan."
"Her fears are as chimerical as the hallucinations of insanity."
the noble qualities a medieval knight was supposed to have; courage, honor and readiness to help the weak, and to protect women
"We loved his chivalry, seemingly borrowed from the knights of old."
one of the DNA containing bodies in a cell nucleus
"This particular gene is found at the end of chromosome 23."
a motion-picture cameraman
"Cecil B. DeMille was a great cinematographer."
a line that goes around or encloses a circle
"When drawing a snowman, the head usually has a smaller circumference than the body."
keen perception or insight
"His clairvoyance with a crystal ball was amazing."
a small, exclusive group of people
"She refused to join the clique of students."
of coercion or tending to coerce
"During the American Revolution, the colonists fought against the coercive government of Great Britain."
associate in office
"His colleague is going to attend the same workshop."
"The politician's colloquial language endeared him to small town voters."
to mingle together; intermix, blend
"The separate tribes began to commingle through marriage."
feeling or showing compassion
"The compassionate nurse listened to the patient's tale."
expression of sympathy with another in grief
"A note of condolence is appropriate at time of death."
an inference, theory, or prediction based on guesswork; guess
"After hearing the facts, she knew that her conjecture was wrong."
a person who has expert knowledge and keen discrimination in some field, especially in the fine arts or in matters of taste
"His discerning taste buds made him a connoisseur of good wine."
an opinion held by all or most
"The consensus of party professionals was sought."
full of contempt; scornful; disdainful
"The speaker was very contemptuous of the hecklers."
extremely involved; intricate
"The convoluted plot was difficult to understand."
a communication by exchange of letters
"Please file this correspondence alphabetically."
to imitate or copy, especially with intent to deceive
"There is a way to check if a bill is counterfeit."
the act or art of criticizing; criticism
"The director did not like the critique of his movie."
a crescent roll
"A hot, buttery croissant was enjoyed by each one attending the festive brunch."
a crucifying or being crucified
"The punishment of crucifixion was practiced in ancient times."
an overwhelming defeat or rout
"His resignation from power caused the greatest debacle in the history of his country."
to reduce speed; slow down
"The driver began to decelerate as he rounded the bend."
shedding leaves annually
"The fall colors on the deciduous trees are beautiful."
a shop where sandwich items meats and cheeses are sold
"Let's stop at the delicatessen to pick up things for our picnic."
lowering the rate of muscular or nervous activity; to sadden or lower
"The medicine was given as a depressant."
large apparatus for lifting and moving heavy objects; tall tapering framework over an oil well
"The workmen used a derrick to take the piano up to the 7th floor."
to point or mark out; specify; appoint
"I will designate one of my friends to chair this committee."
skill in using one's mind; cleverness
"Her mental dexterity was amazing."
the separation of crystalloids from colloids as the elimination of impurities from the blood during kidney failure
"One of our child movie stars has to be hospitalized for dialysis."
division into two (contrasting) halves, pairs of sets
"Reconciling the dichotomy between public and private interests is a difficult job."
"The shopper tried to differentiate between the two sweaters."
broken down; shabby and neglected
"We bought a dilapidated house and tried to repair it."
predicament; a situation in which one must choose between alternatives
"His dilemma was in having to decide on which color paint to use."
to change the manner or appearance of in order to prevent recognition
"I will need a mask to disguise myself for the Halloween Party."
not in proportion
"The harsh punishment was disproportionate to the infraction."
to scatter seed; to sow widely; spread abroad
"When the dandelion becomes that feathery little puffball, the breezes cause it to disseminate."
a formal and lengthy discourse or treatise on some subject
"The student completed her dissertation for the degree of doctor."
a successful guess; clever conjecture
"Her divination of the winner was accurate."
overflowing with enthusiasm, high spirits
"After winning the game, the fans were ebullient."
of the church
"His writings were based on ecclesiastical discipline."
any of the levels of responsibility or importance in an organization
"She worked in the echelon where major decisions were made."
an inflammatory, itching disease of the skin
"A victim of eczema, she could not wear makeup on her face."
to bring about; cause to happen; effect
"The team members are trying to effectuate change in spring training rules."
advocating, or characterized by the belief that all men should have equal political, social and economic rights
"The country's government was egalitarian."
the omission of a word or words necessary for complete grammatical construction but understood in the context
"Add ellipsis where I have indicated on the rough draft of the legal pleading."
to cause to feel self-conscious, ill at ease
"He did not want to embarrass himself in front of his friends."
to try to equal or surpass; to rival successfully
"The baby birds strutted back and forth trying to emulate the actions of their parents."
to put in concise form; condense
"We tried to encapsulate the week's news in five minutes."
the study of insects
"My career in entomology began with a fascination about butterflies."
lasting a very short time
"The sunset was ephemeral in its beauty."
a short statement of the main points of a book, report, incident; abstract; summary; representative or typical of a class
"He was the epitome of jockeys everywhere - slim, wiry and brisk."
two or more meanings; purposely vague; misleading; ambiguous
"Her answer was equivocal, but we couldn't get a definite opinion."
beyond the understanding or knowledge or most people
"Few people attended the esoteric lecture on holography."
The origin and development of a word, affix, phrase, etc.
"The origin and development of words is a branch of linguistics called etymology."
speech or writing in praise of a person, event or thing; commendation
"We listened with full hearts to the eulogy on President Kennedy."
a feeling of vigor, well-being, or high spirits
"The team had the euphoria that comes from winning."
to exasperate; annoy; irritate; embitter
"He intended to exacerbate the already tense situation by making an exorbitant demand."
to relieve of a burden; unload; free from guilt; absolve
"This alibi would prove his innocence and exonerate him of the crime."
useful for effecting a desired result
"It was expedient for him to alter the facts."
the skill, knowledge, judgment of an expert
"She was known for her expertise in music."
an oath or exclamation
"She shouted an expletive when the car would not start."
to deprive of ownership; dispossess
"The state will expropriate acreage for the new airport."
joking, or trying to be jocular, esp. at an inappropriate time
"His mother could not tolerate his facetious remarks."
a temperature scale
"Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit."
not easy to please; very critical or discriminating
"With fastidious attention to detail, the musician practiced the piece again."
capable of being done or carried out; possible; practicable
"Chartering a bus seems the most feasible method of transportation."
well-chosen; appropriate; apt; yielding great pleasure
"He was a felicitous choice for the new position."
fierce; savage; violently cruel
"The lion has a ferocious growl."
imaginary happening; not real; false; pretended; assumed for disguise
"Some novelists use a fictitious name under which they write."
to obstruct the passage of a bill by making long speeches, introducing irrelevant issues, etc.
"The senator carried out his filibuster, ignoring remarks from the floor."
to cheat; to get something by trickery
"Students find many ways to finagle their way out of homework."
the sky, viewed poetically as a solid arch or vault
"The sun and the moon are both seen in the firmament at that time."
long, narrow, deep cleft or crack; dividing or breaking into parts
"The ice, breaking up, opened a wide fissure between the floes."
to make speechless with amazement; astonish
"Seeing a dog climb a tree may flabbergast you."
grow vigorously; thrive; prosper
"These plants will flourish if you give them proper water and fertilizer."
to move back and forth, up and down; to be continually changing
"Bank interest rates fluctuate from time to time."
to lose, give up, or be deprived of
"You forfeit privileges by not registering."
deceitful; based on trickery; intentional deception
"The investigation proved the papers to be fraudulent."
a dish of meat cut into pieces and stewed in a gravy
"Chicken fricassee tastes good on a cold evening."
large Spanish ship of the 15th/16th century
"The galleon had four decks at the stern."
to jump and skip about in play; frolic
"To gambol about the dance floor is to have a good time."
lacking social grace; tactless
"My companion's gauche remarks to the staff were very embarrassing."
a geographical dictionary
"The gazetteer portion of this dictionary contains more than seven thousand place names."
branch of medicine dealing with the elderly
"As the population ages, geriatrics will become more lucrative."
a connoisseur of fine food and drink
"A good gourmet restaurant covets a recommendation from a food critic."
circumstance thought to be unjust; resentment or complaint
"Many thought she had reason for her grievance."
candid, frank; open
"His guileless smile made instant friendships."
to deliver a long, scolding speech
"I hope the coach doesn't harangue us for the lousy game we played."
worrying or annoying with repeated attacks
"Sexual harassment in the workplace will not be tolerated."
friendly, sincere, cordial way; with zest, enthusiasm
"He laughed heartily, thoroughly enjoying the play."
leadership or dominance, especially that of one state or nation over others
"The Chinese say the Soviets are establishing military hegemony over the free world."
"Jim had a bad hemorrhage in his arm after the auto accident."
an inflammation of the liver
"Exposure to the hepatitis virus prevents a person from donating blood."
feeding on plants
"Deer and sheep are herbivorous animals."
friendly, kind and solicitous toward guests; favoring comfort of new arrivals; receptive or open to new ideas
"Southern people are said to be most hospitable even to strangers."
human; human characteristics or nature; mankind; people
"Humanity everywhere does not always have the same kindness or sympathy."
anything of mixed origin, unlike parts
"Rock and roll is a hybrid of blues and jazz."
science of health and its maintenance; sanitary practices; cleanness
"We are taught hygiene for the preservation of health and prevention of disease."
obvious and intentional exaggeration
"A clown uses hyperbole to make the stunts funnier."
a person who has hypochondria
"The hypochondriac made his tenth visit to the hospital in ten days."
a pretending to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel
"The senator showed his hypocrisy by saying he was for the bill and then voting against it."
the doctrines, opinions, or way of thinking of an individual class, etc.
"Democracy is the American ideology."
personal peculiarity or mannerism
"It was her idiosyncrasy to wear earmuffs in warm weather."
shame and dishonor
"What he did brought ignominy to his friends and family."
resistance to disease; projection against disease
"Having a childhood disease does not always develop an immunity to it."
"Russia and the United States reached an impasse in their negotiations."
having no money
"I am sorry to announce that the school board is in an impecunious situation as a result of Proposition 13."
not showing proper respect or manners
"The impertinent child must be taught some manners."
that cannot be disconcerted, disturbed, or excited; impassive
"The imperturbable cat sat in the midst of the moving."
any article or device used or needed for a given activity; fulfill
"The hammer and the saw are needed by the carpenter to implement his job."
to introduce into office with ceremonies
"Every four years we inaugurate a President."
lacking harmony or agreement
"Hiking boots were incongruous to the wet suit outfit."
that cannot be corrected, improved, or reformed
"They held out little hope for the prisoner because he was incorrigible."
showing doubt or disbelief
"Their eyes were large with incredulous joy."
lacking prudence; unwise; careless
"She was indiscreet in going shopping during school hours."
not easily discouraged
"Even after three unsuccessful attempts, the new skier was indomitable."
motive; incentive; persuasion
"As an inducement for entering into the contract, she would receive a percentage of sales."
a tendency to remain in a fixed condition without change
"The nation was declining due to inertia."
lacking sound judgment; foolish
"He was infatuated by the John Wayne movie and decided to become a cowboy."
feebleness; weakness; frailty or ailment; defect We realized his infirmity kept him a captive of a wheelchair."
"The inimical participants at the rally prevented the audience from having fun."
lacking restraint or moderation
"The press and public took an inordinate interest in everything he did."
constantly wanting more; that cannot be satisfied or appeased
"After two banana splits, we knew he had an insatiable appetite."
that cannot be easily understood
"Charley Chan was often inscrutable."
sly hint or suggestion
"Your insinuation of unfairness on my part is unjust."
stopping and starting again at intervals; periodic
"Heavy traffic forced us into intermittent driving."
in, or directly into, a vein or veins
"The doctor prescribed intravenous feeding for the patient."
to lead on with deception
"The salesman intended to inveigle me into buying the car."
easily angered; quick-tempered
"The irascible old man is constantly picking fights."
not reparable; that cannot be repaired, mended, remedied
"If the condors disappear, that will be an irreparable loss."
a neck; a narrow passage; narrow strip of land, having water at each side and connecting two larger bodies of land
"The Isthmus of Panama connects Central America and South America."
a large festive gathering
"They scheduled a jamboree in the town park for this weekend."
a slender metal-tipped shaft thrown for distance
"The next javelin thrower holds the Olympic record for this event."
having, applying, or showing sound judgment; wise and careful
"The judicious driver stopped at the crosswalk."
an Eskimo canoe, or one similar
"The ocean was too rough to go out in the kayak."
a light yellowish brown color
"The soldiers wore their khaki uniforms."
understanding or skill gained by experience or learning
"Two weeks of tennis lessons increased my knowledge of the game."
"Tom was lackadaisical in the hot, humid weather."
"She was a languid person, lacking force and quickness."
inflammation of the voice box
"I always get laryngitis at the end of a cold."
worthy of honor; distinguished; pre-eminent, especially among poets
"Rudyard Kipling was a poet laureate of England."
without haste; deliberate; slow; unhurried
"He strolled leisurely along the boardwalk."
"The judge was known for his leniency with first time offenders."
a cancerous disease of the tissues and often the blood
"The leukemia patient needed a bone marrow transplant."
an officer empowered to act for a higher official
"The lieutenant brought the message to the meeting."
giving off light; shining; bright
"The moon was luminous in the night."
a strong violent whirlpool; a great turmoil
"Their dog's illness caused the family a maelstrom of emotions."
wrongful conduct, especially by a public official
"The mayor's malfeasance resulted in a recall election."
capable of being changed, molded, trained, etc.
"Tin is a very malleable metal."
any movement or procedure intended as a skillful or shrewd step toward some objective
"The large ship's maneuver brought it closer to port."
a party at which people wear masks and costumes
"What are you wearing to the masquerade ball?"
"Because the service was only mediocre, we left a small tip."
change of form, shape, structure, or substance
"The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is one of nature's miracles."
the action, art or instance of imitating
"With your gift of mimicry, you should be in show business."
something much smaller than the usual size
"That is an impressive collection of miniature cars."
consisting of many things of different sorts
"Most people have a drawer for all their miscellaneous things."
conduct that is often playful but causes harm or annoyance
"My mischievous puppy chewed the corner off my favorite book."
an East Indian soup of meat, etc., flavored with curry
"Mother had a very special recipe for mulligatawny."
very generous in giving; lavish
"The president thanked the donor for her munificence."
a set of beliefs and attitudes developing around an object
"The true mystique of jogging cannot be appreciated by non-runners."
affected with or tending to cause stomach distress
"I felt nauseous after eating too much ice cream."
of the sea or navigation
"This fish restaurant has a nautical decor."
short fictional story
"The novelette was made into a movie script."
of or relating to marriage or a wedding
"The nuptial ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m."
going out of use; becoming outmoded
"Phonograph records are becoming obsolescent."
fact or event making something possible; happening; occurrence
"A chance meeting was the occasion of the renewal of their friendship."
happening; event; something that takes place
"The second occurrence of the conference will not be until next year."
a form of government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons
"Political office was restricted to those who knew a member of the oligarchy."
having infinite knowledge
"Goethe was omniscient in his era."
formation of a word by imitating the natural sound associated with the object or action involved
"He used onomatopoeia to create sounds in his poetry."
not letting light pass through; not transparent or translucent
"The window shade was opaque, emitting no light at all."
a physician specializing in diseases of the eye
"The ophthalmologist had to dilate the patient's eyes."
traditional; conservative in belief
"He was very orthodox in his beliefs and practices."
any of various thick-skinned, hoofed mammals
"The pachyderm house at the zoo is home for the elephants."
personal belongings; articles used in a particular activity
"Bring along your fishing paraphernalia when we go camping next week."
"Scrooge was a parsimonious man."
partial sterilization of a fluid by exposure to heat
"The dairy will pasteurize the milk before bottling."
the father and ruler of a family
"The family patriarch always sits at the head of the table."
capable of being noticed
"The difference between the two brands of hot dogs is hardly perceptible."
lasting or active throughout the whole year
"To cut down on yardwork I planted mostly perennial plants."
"The common cold is usually not a pernicious disease."
the state or quality of being perpetual
"Perpetuity is implied in the fundamental law of all national governments."
a medicinal material or product
"The pharmaceutical company introduced its newest drug."
"Abraham Lincoln had a phenomenal memory."
thick, stringy mucus discharged from the throat, as during a cold
"The mixture of honey and lemon helped to rid his throat of phlegm."
a rapid whirling or turning on the toe or ball of the foot
"The ballerina performed the pirouette perfectly."
to take (ideas, writings, etc.) from (another) and pass them off as one's own
"The teacher told the class not to plagiarize any work."
seemingly true; seemingly honest, trustworthy, etc.
"The story he gave us sounded plausible."
vulgar, coarse, or common
"She has such a plebeian taste in home decorating."
for attendance by all members
"The plenary session of the association was called to order by the president."
a disease of the lungs characterized by inflammation and congestion
"Seniors, particularly, are advised to have flu shots to guard against pneumonia developing as a secondary infection."
Mexican and Central American plant with yellow flowers surrounded by tapering red leaves resembling petals
"The name of the poinsettia plant is often mispronounced."
happening after ones death
"The athlete's posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame was very emotional."
to cause to happen before expected
"The jolt may precipitate an explosion."
a person or thing that goes before
"Elvis was the precursor of rock and roll."
to exhibit (a play, movie, etc.) for the first time
"The audience was filled with anticipation while waiting for the premiere performance to commence."
an exclusive right or privilege exercised by virtue of rank, office, etc.
"It is the prerogative of the senior class to sit in this section."
foresight or foreknowledge
"Facing the downpour, she was thankful for her prevision to bring an umbrella."
a person, thing or act so extraordinary as to inspire wonder
"Mozart was a child prodigy."
extremely wasteful; recklessly extravagant
"The profligate spender was soon penniless."
children, descendants, or offspring collectively
"The old man's progeny gathered at his home to celebrate."
to multiply rapidly
"As nuclear weapons proliferate, we are all concerned."
conformity with what is proper or fitting
"An etiquette book gives rules of propriety."
an extinct flying reptile
"The rendition of the pterodactyl was my favorite part of the dinosaur exhibit."
"The damsel's pulchritude was apparent to everyone."
an algebraic term involving the square and no higher power of an unknown quantity
"Solve this quadratic equation for the value of x."
"Use the query command when you want to search a database for information."
extravagantly chivalrous or romantically idealistic
"Patrolling the streets with knights in white armor is the quixotic method of solving crime."
light, good-natured ridicule or satire
"Sir Winston Churchill's raillery often provoked laughter."
relationship, esp. a close one; agreement; harmony
"She and her sister enjoyed a friendly rapport."
a rascal; rogue
"The rapscallion ran off with the money."
written acknowledgement; to mark paid
"The receipt showed the invoice had been paid in full."
done or felt equally by both sides
"They had a reciprocal feeling of admiration for each other."
the act of restoring friendly relations
"The treaty provided for a reconciliation between the two countries."
an exploratory survey or examination
"The corporal led a special squad on a reconnaissance mission."
the quality or state of being redolent, fragrant, aromatic
"I liked the redolence of the pine boughs."
to make seem fresh or new again
"A long vacation will rejuvenate him."
to think, talk or write about remembered events or experiences
"We sat at the table to reminisce about our childhood experiences."
a planned meeting; a place for a planned meeting
"We will rendezvous at the Park and Ride, then go on together to the party."
to send back or return to the country of birth, citizenship, or allegiance
"We hope they will repatriate our prisoners of war."
the stock of special skills, devices, techniques of a particular person or particular field of endeavor
"The ball player's repertoire was amazing."
a box, chest, closet, or room in which things may be placed for safe keeping
"The jewels were missing from the repository."
a place where water is stored in quantity
"During the drought the reservoir was dangerously low."
recovering strength, spirits, good humor, etc., quickly; buoyant
"The American people are very resilient; they bounce back no matter what happens."
to revive from apparent death or from unconsciousness.
"The paramedic's attempts to resuscitate the crash victim were unsuccessful."
to return like for like
"The government plans to retaliate for the terrorism."
having application to or effect on things prior to its enactment
"The retroactive pay increase was appreciated by all of the workers."
a dreamy, fanciful, or visionary notion or daydream
"Her reverie was broken by his loud arrival."
the art of speaking correctly
"I have to prepare a ten minute speech for my rhetoric class tomorrow."
a glancing rebound
"If you hit the ball here, it will ricochet off the table and land in the pocket."
a foolishly involved, fussy, or time-wasting procedure
"Registration for school is full of rigmarole."
ornament made of ribbons gathered in the shape of a rose
"He wore a rosette in the buttonhole of his lapel."
very sacred, holy, or inviolable
"The congregation felt the church was sacrosanct."
"Some corsairs were very sanguinary."
A small flat-bottomed bag, sometimes with a shoulder strap
"Before backpacks became popular, schoolchildren usually carried their books in a satchel."
variety of onion; long stem and almost bulbless root
"We prefer the scallion rather than the large white or yellow onion."
a systemic or organized design
"That's a very nice color scheme you have picked out."
a split or division in an organized group or society
"The selection of a new minister caused a schism in the church."
in football, the play that follows the snap of the ball
"The tailback carried the ball twenty yards from the line of scrimmage."
very pleasing, attractive esp. to the taste; delicious
"Not a crumb of the scrumptious cake was left."
to withdraw from an organization
"South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union."
to make a smooth transition, as from one topic to another
"The speaker was noted for an ability to segue between opening jokes and the serious topic at hand."
a scientist who studies earthquakes
"The seismologist confirmed that the earthquake was centered twenty miles offshore."
the palace of a Turkish sultan
"The crown jewels were located in the seraglio."
not disturbed or troubled
"The serene lake did not have a ripple on the surface."
a table napkin
"A serviette depicting Christmas scenes was at everyone's place."
a continued attempt to gain possession of something
"During the Civil War, the siege of Vicksburg lasted 186 days."
an outline of a figure, garment, etc.
"Jean's face was a silhouette against the screen."
detective, or to act like a detective
"It took a real sleuth to determine the origin of that word."
done or made seriously and thoughtfully
"The veterans hold a solemn ceremony on Memorial Day."
showing care, attention, or concern
"The parents were solicitous about the child's health."
either of two points on the sun's ecliptic at which it is farthest north or south of the equator
"In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice comes just before Christmas."
"The somnolent truck driver stopped for coffee."
of, like, or characteristic of a sophomore or sophomores, often regarded as self-assured, opinionated, though immature
"The sophomoric antics of our government were exposed."
having an involuntary contraction, temporarily or intermittently
"She had a spasmodic tic in her right eyelid."
the use of the spectroscope to study optics
"The study of optics is aided by spectroscopy."
an upright bar, post or support
"Be sure you tie the sail securely to the stanchion."
sculpture, a collection of statues
"The statuary lining the rose garden beckoned the visitors."
an expedient used to evade, escape or conceal
"The students pretended to be sick as a subterfuge to taking the test."
clearly and briefly stated
"The commander's orders to his men were succinct."
give away to; yield or submit
"We expected him to succumb to persuasion."
not needed, unnecessary, irrelevant
"I have cut down every superfluous expense."
acting in a secret, stealthy way
"The conspirators held a surreptitious meeting."
supervision or inspection
"The police kept the prisoners under constant surveillance."
"You look very svelte in that new outfit."
to share or understand another's feelings; express pity
"They could sympathize with their neighbors who had been robbed."
the putting together of parts or elements so as to form a whole
"A good composition is the synthesis of many skills."
a device for indicating speed of rotation
"Some sports cars have a tachometer located next to the speedometer."
habitually unwilling to talk; reserved in speech
"The taciturn farmer watched as we fixed our car."
serving to cure or heal; curative
"The therapeutic treatment hastened his recovery."
a dictionary of synonyms
"This word processing program features an excellent thesaurus, making it easy for the user to find appropriate synonyms."
a land turtle
"In one of Aesop's fables the tortoise wins a race against the hare."
providing insecure footing or support
"It was a very treacherous climb along the rock cliffs."
"I take umbrage at that outrageous remark."
not being in accordance with what is right or just
"Such unconscionable behavior will result in expulsion from school."
not hurt, uninjured, unharmed
"She was unscathed by their criticism."
of or having to do with utility; usefulness
"A garbage can is a very utilitarian gift."
having patches, stripes or marks of different colors
"This variegated ivy would look nice on the trellis."
light theater featuring variety acts
"Bob Hope started his career as a vaudeville actor."
a subjective sensation of dizziness in which an individual feels that he, or his surrounding, is whirling about sickeningly
"With too much stress, she suffered from vertigo."
someone whose voice can seemingly be made to come from another source
"The conversation between the ventriloquist and the wooden dummy delighted the audience."
a short, delicate literary sketch
"The vignette was a great work by the promising author."
fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything foreign or strange
"Xenophobia limits people from learning about others."
a musical percussion instrument
"The xylophone is an instrument in the percussion family."
very eager; very enthusiastic
"The politician's zealous supporters campaigned vigorously."