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Ruffian (n)

a brutal person; bully - - I safety-pinned my underwear to my pants so that the ___couldn't give me any more wedgies

Eschew (v)

deliberately avoid using; abstain from - - The pregnant woman is ___ing alcohol and coffee

Aperture (n)

An opening, as a hole, split, crack, gap - - When I was buried alive in the coffin, there luckily was a small ___that let in a stream of light

Colloquial (adj)/colloquialism (n)

Having to do w/ or like conversation; conversational / a saying that 1 would say in conversation; speaking in vernacular - - Our teachers cannot understand our ___ dialect when we say things such as OMG or WTF

Histrionics (n)

Theatrics; affected mannerisms (inappropriately theatrical) - - When reading a poem be careful to avoid artificial flourishes and vocal ___

Grandiose (adj)

pretentious, pompous & imposing - - The politician was not reelected because of his ___ & turgid personality

Galvanize (v)

To apply an electric current to; to stimulate as if by electric shock; rouse; stir - - the general ___d the troops before battle by giving an encouraging speech

Parry (v)

to ward off (a thrust, stroke, weapon, etc.) as in fencing; avert & to turn aside; evade or dodge - - My teacher wanted to ask about my failing grades & I made every attempt to ___ her questions

Tenet (n)

A principle, belief, or doctrine generally held to be true (especially 1 held in common by members of an organization, movement, or profession

Incongruous (adj)

Not in harmony or keeping w/ the surrounding or other aspects of something - - My T-Pain CD is ___ with the rest of my music collection which consist of Elton John

Hoary (adj)

Gray or white with or as with age; extremely old - - Father time is portrayed as a ___, elderly man with a white beard

Obdurate (adj)

Unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding - - the ___ teacher refused to give an extension on the exam despite the 4 crying students in her office

Eclectic (adj)

Composed of elements drawn from various sources - - I made my boyfriend an ___ play-list that had musicians ranging from T-Pain to Celine Dion

Compunction (n)

A sharp feeling of uneasiness brought on by a sense of guilt; remorse - - When the students showed up without their homework, the teacher was angry because they didn't show the slightest bit of ___

Parlous (adj)

Full of danger or risk; hazardous - - Be careful to stay clear of the ___ construction zone because it is dangerous

Trite (adj)

Hackneyed or boring from much use; not fresh or original - - Try to avoid ___ sentences on your college essays such as, "I love learning."

Equivocal (adj)

Subject to 2 or more interpretations & usually used to mislead or confuse - - The school's policy is un___ about tardiness - if you're late, you get detention

Zaftig (adj)

Having a full rounded figure; pleasingly plump - - After giving birth, her ___ figure was more attractive than her gaunt one

Aphorism (n)

A short, concise statement of a principle - - The early bird gets the worm is a famous ___

Trepidation (n)

tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation - - She had great ___ leading up to her college interview

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