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The third planet from the sun. (Can also mean the soil we plant ours seeds in )
A way of doing something, specially a systematic way.
Having or showing keen interest or intense desire.( when you really really want something )
Very good; of the highest quality. ( you did an excellent job on your paper )
Inspire with confidence ( you can do it ! I encourage you to keep trying ! )
An instance of traveling by air
Feeling or showing worry or solicitude( I am concerned about you. You haven't been to school lately. Have you been ill ? )
Disposed or placed in a particular kind of order ( organized )
Discuss the terms of an arrangement ( we negotiated with the car salesman to get a lower price )
The totality of surrounding conditions
A discrimination between things as different ( different from the rest )
The state of having little or no money and possessions ( anti-poverty: against poverty. A person or decisions that try to prove that poverty )
A professional person authorized to practice law ( a lawyer )
Belonging to the present time. - can also mean 2 or more things belonging to the same time, present or future. - temp: a root that has to do with time. - con: together- we were together in school. We are contemporaries.
Capable of being borne or endured ( the dentist hurt only a little. The pain was tolerable )
Decrease in size, extent, or range ( you can also diminish a person (reputation) by telling bad things about them )
Angered at something unjust or wrong
Something a little different from others of the same type ( her recipe for chicken soup is just another variation of the basic recipe )
Come up with after a mental effort ( figure out a plan. Devise a plan. It fixes something )
A branch of mathematics concerned with quantities data ( statistics interprets data you collect so you can make an intelligent conclusion ) -uses mean, median, mode and range.
The length of a straight line through the center of a circle
The union of diverse things into one body or form or group ( let's form a coalition of students and teachers to protest the residency rule for fakeing the GED )
Detain in conversation for political or economic favors ( -when one person tries to convince another to do what they want. - kids can lobby their parents to be allowed to stay up later at night. Sometimes they win and sometimes they lose )
Capable of arousing and holding the attention ( I am fascinating by stories about aliens. They really interest me! )
The magnitude of something in a particular direction ( how big something is. Measurement. Length, width, height etc. )
Making or becoming. Suitable; adjusting to circumstances ( can be the price where you sleep. - can also be an arrangement you make for someone so they will be comfortable )
Express or state clearly ( speak clearly. Speak using understandable language. Speak using consider language )
Of or relation to a geographical area ( territory: an wares of land. Dogs tends to protect their yards from strangers; they are territorial )
Attach to ( we annex the 2 buildings to make a large one )
Drawing a conclusion on the basic of circumstantial evidence ( what does the paragraph infer you ? What do you think it all means ? )
Existing as an essential constituent or characteristic ( an inherent characteristic: just part of the nature of the person. Barking is an inherent characteristic of dogs )
Cause to be prejudiced
The act of freeing someone or something ( liberationist: is in favor of freeing someone or something )
Weighing heavily on the senses or spirit ( a dictator can oppress his people. Oppress, oppressing, oppressed, oppressively, oppression )
Moving quickly and lightly ( ballet dancing requires a dancer to be very agile )
A feeling of excessive concern ( very very concerned. Too much worrying )
A word that expresses the same or similar meaning ( happy and joyful are similar in meaning )
In fear or dread of possible evil or harm ( I am apprehensive about taking that math test )
Without respect; in a disdainful manner ( the rich women treated the homeless man with scorn )
A policy of extending your rule over foreign countries ( when one country wants to take over another country. An imperialist is in favor of taking over )
Fool or hoax ( I really got duped by that scam and lost a lot of money )
In a sufficient manner ( also means: enough to get by. He studied adequately to pass the test, but not to get 100% )
Move or swing back and forth ( he brandish his sword and frightened off the would- be robbers )
Marked by devotion to popular welfare ( those people who really care about helping other people )
Marked by refinement in taste and manners ( polite manners, well dressed, speaks well. Probably has money. The upper crust of society )
Of outstanding significance ( a monument is a statue that reminds you of something/someone very important )
Clouded as with sediment ( the water was so murky that I couldn't see the bottom )
Small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body ( can also mean to try to get out of doing something. Maybe I can weasel out of going to that meeting! )
Marked by no noteworthy or significant events ( it was an uneventful day; nothing special happened. Prefix: un- means not. Suffix: ful- means having )
Unpleasantly loud and harsh ( the strident tones of the music made me cover my ears to block out the sound )
Capable of arousing and holding the attention ( I was so engrossed by the book that I just couldn't stop reading !)
Coagulated blood from a wound ( bloods and guts. I can't stand to watch a gory movie. Too much blood! )
A deep fissure ( the earthquake caused a giant split, a crevasse, to open down the middle of the road )
A thick and heavy shoe ( also the accent heard in people from Ireland. He has an Irish brogue )
The quality of being alike ( sameness doesn't exist: we are all unique. Suffix: ness- haven't the quality of being )
The quality of lacking compassion or consideration for others ( cruelty. Not caring about others. Ours world suffers from man's inhumanity to man )
Without prejudice ( suffix: un- means not. Biased means you have some prejudice )
Relating to the motion of material bodies and their forces ( she has so much kinetic energy ! She never sits down )
A car on a freight train for use of the train crew
A large subtropical swamp in southern Florida that is noted for its wildlife ( the Everglades are full of alligators )
A word that expresses an opposite meaning ( summer - winter. Hot - cold )
A small stiff cushion into which pins are stuck ready for use ( put those pints into the pincushion so that they don't fall on the floor )
Habitual failure to be present from work
A group problem-solving technique in which members spontaneously share ideas and solutions ( we all had ideas on how to solve the problems, so we brainstormed for the best )
Marked by temperance in indulgence - reserve abstemious for someone who exercises restraint, especially with regard to alcohol. A rock musician may sing about enjoying wine and women, but in the private life he may be abstemious.
Diffusing warmth and friendliness - affable means friendly, pleasant, and easy to talk to. An affable. Host offers you something to drink and makes you feel at home.
Something located at a time when it could not have existed -an anachronism is something that doesn't fit it's time period, like if you say you'll "dial" your smartphone.
Of or relating to the period before the biblical flood - antediluvian means " before the flood" - that is, the biblical flood with Noah's ark. Generally, though, the word is used often humorously- to describe something really, really old.
Model of excellence or perfection of a kind - if your teacher says the term paper. You handed in last week is a work of genius that sets a new gold standard for the school, he's telling you your work is the apotheosis of term papers. The epitome perfection.
Provide physical relief, as from pain - if you assuage an unpleasant feeling, you make it go away. Assuaging your hunger by eating a bag of marshmallows may cause you other unpleasant feelings.
Tending to draw together or construct soft organic tissue - you know that vinegar- like liquid teens put on their faces in order to tighten their pores and dry up their pimples ? That's astringent. An astringent personality, on the other hand, is perceived as bitter and perhaps even a bit toxic.
Attract; cause to be enamored - to beguile is to trick someone, either with deception or with irresistible charm and beauty. You could be beguiled by a super model or by a super con artist.
Being of the property- owning class- the adjective bourgeois means relating to or typical of the middle class. If someone say "oh, how bourgeois!" It's probably an insult, meaning you're preoccupied with middle-class small-mindedness.
Devoted to raising sheep or cattle - as an adjective, bucolic refers to an ideal country life that many yearn for . If your parents wanted to raise you in a biopic environment, you may find yourself living 45 minutes away from the nearest movie theater or person your age . Not ideal.
polish and make shiny- that seductive gleam on that Porsche behind the dealer's window? It's called a burnish, a glow only achieved by loads of polishing. Likewise, you can burnish a resume by polishing it until it's perfect.
Pitching dangerously to one side-whether it's an unsteady ship, a speeding bus, or a person who is woozy, use the verb careen to describe something that's teetering from side to side.
Surround so as to force to give up-to circumvent is to avoids. Someone who trains elephants but somehow gets out of picking up after them has found a way to circumvent the cleaning of the circus tent.
Make or work out a plan for;devise-when you contrive, you make a plan or a plot. It may take you longer to contrive your way out of doing your homework than would to actually do it.
A cynical feeling of distrust-cynicism is the feeling of distrust or that something isn't going to work out well. Some people feel cynicism when politicians make big promises.
Marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners-a neatly and stylishly dressed man can be described as dapper. If you like to wear a well-made fedora, you appreciate clothes. Place a brightly colored feather in the brim and you're dapper.
The dispersion of something that was originally localized-a diaspora is a large group of people with a similar heritage or homeland who have since moved out to places all over the world.
Anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day-something that is fleeting or short-lived is ephemeral, like a fly that lives for one day or text messages flitting from cellphone to cellphone.
Not lasting-impermanent describes something that's temporary, like a bad poison ivy rash, a one-day sale at your favorite written in the sky by an airplane.
A force that makes something happen-an impetus is the force behind something, whether its a boulder rolling down a hill or a pain along a decision.
The act of gratifying a desire-an indulgence is doing something that you enjoy even if it has negative consequences. Buying yourself something that you don't need, be it a cookie, video game, or diamond necklace, is an indulgence.
Not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty-when a person is inexorable, they're stubborn. When a thing r process is inexorable, it can;t be stopped.
The act of appealing for help-an invocation is an appeal to a higher power for help, such as.a prayer for serenity or a plea to the rain gods during a drought.
A journey taken for pleasure-running out to get pizza to bring back before the big game? This short, quick, pleasurable trip could be called a jaunt (unless of course, you get your pizza from Italy, that's called "time to get a closer pizza place").
Unrestrained by convention or morality =-if you drink a lot, eat a lot, and live a wild and unrestrained life, you might be called a libertine.
A soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot-a mire is mushy ground like quicksand, so if you feel yourself trapped in a sticky situation, consider yourself mired. One gets mired in something--like in a dispute or in a love triangle.
Suggesting the horror of death and decay-if the first section of the newspaper you read is the obituaries, you could be considered morbid. Morbid is a word used to describe anyone who spends too much time thinking about death or disease.
A standard or typical example- paradigm is a standard, perspective, or set of ideas. A paradigm is a way of looking at something.
The profession of a teacher-pedagogy is another word for education, the profession and science of teaching.
Putting an end to all debate or action-peremptory comments are like orders. If you say something in a peremptory amber, you want people to stop what they're doing and do what you say. Peremptory comments put end to a discussion, and that's final!
Of or associated with the great masses of people-in Roman times, the lower class people was the plebeian class. Today, if something i plebeian, it is of the common people.
Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings-something that is poignant youtube video about baby penguins chasing their mothers, for example, might give you a lump in your throat.
Extremely steep-a sharp, steep drop--whether it's in a stock price, a roller coaster, or a star's popularity--could be described as a precipitous one. Put simple, precipitous means perilously steep.
A natural inclination-a proclivity is a natural tendency to like something, such as your sister's proclivity for restaurants that serve hot, spicy food.
A natural inclination-a propensity is a natural tendency to behave in a certain way. We all have propensities--things we tend to do. Dogs have a propensity to bark, and many people have a propensity for getting annoyed by it.
Firm in purpose or belief-use the adjective resolute to describe a purposeful and determined person, someone who wants to do something very much, and won't let anything get in the way.
An overwhelming defeat-when you think about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, associate a rout with the shining defeat. A rout is the kind of humiliating loss that makes you wish you would have been injured in the first quarter so you could have avoid the outcome.
Confidently optimistic and cheerful-if you're sanguine about a situation, that means you're optimistic that everything's going to work out fine.
Characterized by extreme care and great effort-scrupulous means very careful to do things properly and correctly, such as paying friends back money borrowed right away, or not returning a pair of shoes after they've been worn outdoors.
Having rugged physical strength-to be stalwart is to be loyal, no matter what , like your friend who remains a devoted fan of an actor she's admired since childhood, even if that was the last time the guy made a decent movie.
Humbly entreating-suppliant means someone who is asking humbly. You enter church as a suppliant, asking God to spare you from illness. You as in a suppliant (humble) manner, because you know God is stern and demands total faith.
Not extreme-temperate means mild, moderate. If you're a temperate person, you are calm, reasonable. If you live in a temperate climate, it's warm and sunny, but not too hot.
Very thin in gauge or diameter-if something is tenuous it's thin, either literally or metaphorically. If you ty to learn a complicated mathematical concept by cramming for 45 unites, you will have a tenuous grasp of that concept, at best.
The everyday speech of the people-vernacular describes everyday language, including slang, that's used by the people, the vernacular is different from literary or official language: it's the way people really talk with each other, like how families talk at home.
Make imperfect-as some sneaky five-year-olds know, crossing one's fingers while making a promise is an effective way to vitiate, or destroy the validity of, an agreement.
Disturb especially by minor irritations-if something vexes you, it brings you trouble or difficulty. In other words, it annoys, worries, distresses, irritates, bothers. Or puzzles you.
Filled to satisfaction with food or drink-replete means full, often in a satisfying way. "The library was replete with bound first editions, and Lucy, a bookworm, was happier there than any place else."
Compliant and obedient to authority-subservient means "compliant," "obedient," "submissive" or having the qualities of a servant. Something that's subservient has been made useful, or put into the service of, something else.
Highly complex or intricate-if something is convoluted, it's intricate and hard to understand. You'll need to read over your brother's convoluted investment scheme a few times before deciding whether or not to go in on it.
Become less in amount or intensity-something that abates becomes fewer or less intense. Your enthusiasm for skiing might abate after falling off a ski lift and a mouthful of snow.
Give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors-sometimes someone in power might decide to give up that power and step down from his or her position. When they do that, they abdicate their authority, giving up all duties and perks of the job.
A state or condition markedly different from the norm-an aberration is something strange that rarely cuts. An example of an aberration is when the temperature hits 90 degrees in January--i's nice and warm, but it's really strange.
Choose no to consume-if you abstain from something, you restrain yourself from consuming it. People usually bargain from things that are considered vices--like drinking alcohol or eating chocolate.
A state of misfortune or affliction-when circumstances or situations work against you, you face adversity. Refugees from war-torn countries encounter terrible adversity.
Characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste-the adjective aesthetic comes in handy when the subject at hand is beauty or the arts. A velvet painting of dogs playing poker might have minimal aesthetic appeal.
Characterized by friendship and good will-the adjective amicable means "friendly"--but in particular, use it when describing relations one might otherwise expect to be unfriendly. The end of a romantic relationship that's less than amicable might involve broken dishes or broken bones.
Chronologically misplaced-something that's old-fashioned and maybe a little out of place is anachronistic like a clunky back rotary-dial telephone sitting on a desk beside a sleek new smart-phone (or whatever the new technology when you read this).
Lacking sufficient water or rainfall-arid is so dry that nothing will grow. Death valley in California features and arid climate, which is why it's called death valley and not life valley.
A shelter from danger or hardship-when someone needs a refuge from a difficult r dangerous situation, they need asylum. If a government offers to protect people who have fled war or hardship in their own county, it gives them asylum.
Showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding-choose he adjective benevolent for someone who does good deeds or shows goodwill. If your teacher collects homework with a benevolent smile, she's hoping that you've done a good job.
A partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue-use the noun bias to mean a preference for one thing over another, especially an unfair one.
Full of rough and exuberant animal spirits-boisterous is a word used to describe someone spirited, loud, and slightly out of control---like someone with a spring in their step and a song in their heart singing to strangers on the street.
Unrestrained by convention or propriety-with brazen disregard for the sign that said "no cellphone please" the woman took a long call in the doctor's five waiting room. Brazen refers to something shocking, done shamelessly.
Mark by rude or peremptory shortness-if you ask a salesperson for help finding something and all you get in response is a brusque "everything's ut on the shelves" you'll probably take your business elsewhere. A brusque manner of speaking is unfriendly, rude, and very brief.
The quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability-camaraderie is a spirit of good friendship and loyalty among members of a group. You might nt like your job, but still enjoy the camaraderie of the people you work with.
Showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others-if you're a canny investor, you know how to spend money to make money--that is, you're prudent, farsighted, and capable of protecting your own interests, particularly in matters of finance or business.
Large in the amount that can be contained-when something is really big and holds a lot it is capacious, like a woman's capacious purse that is so big, people mistake it fr a piece of luggage.
Surrender under agreed conditions-capitulate means to give in to something. "The teachers didn't want to have class outside, but the students begged so hard, she capitulated."
Someone who can perceive things not present to the senses-if you can predict the future, you may want to keep your clairvoyant powers to yourself. Otherwise everyone will be knocking down your door asking for the next winning to numbers.
Work together on a common enterprise or project-when you work together n shared goal, you collaborate. If you don't just split a project up evenly but work together on creating solutions, you collaborate.
A deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering-if someone shows kindness, caring, and a willingness to help others, they're showing compassion.
An accommodation in which both sides make concessions-a compromise is a way of setting differences by everybody making concessions. If you want to stay out until 10 and your friend wants to tay out until midnight, 11 is a good compromise.
Characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance-fi you are being condescending, you are looking down on someone. A 10-year-old who says to his sibling, "what do you know? You're a 6-year-old!" Is being condescending.
Someone who follows established standards of conduct-a conformist is a person who follow traditional standards of product. If you're a conformist, it's unlikely you'll join a revolution to overthrow your government; instead you'll argue that it's best to keep things the way they are.
The act of coming closer-convergence is when two or more things come together to form a new whole, like the convergence of plum and apricot genes in the plucot.
Harmful to living things-if something is deleterious, it does harm or makes things worse. Smoking has obvious deleterious effects on your health, not to mention your social life.
A leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions-a demagogue is someone who becomes a leader largely because of skills as a speaker or who appeals to emotions and prejudices.
A message that departs from the main subject-when your essay abut french cooking starts describing a childhood trip to Disneyland, it's taken a digression--it's strayed from the main topic.
Quietly and steadily persevering in detail or exactness-someone who is diligent works hard and carefully. If you want to write the epic history of your family, you'll have the be very diligent in tracking down and interviewing all of your relatives.
The state of being held in low esteem-discredit means to cause mistrust or cast the accuracy of something into doubt. If you say that schooling is important to you, but you never study, your actions discredit you and your words.
Lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike-if you feel that something is't worthy of your consideration, you may sustain it (or treat it with disdain).
Tending to move apart in different directions-something divergent is moving away from what is expected. Two divergent paths are moving in opposite directions--away from each other.
Understanding and entering into another's feeling-use empathy if you're poking for a noun meaning "the ability to identify with another's feelings."
Strive to equal or match, especially by imitating-when you emulate someone, you imitate them, especially with the idea of matching their success.
Weaken mentally or morally-to enervate is to weaken, wear down, or even bum out. A three-hut lecture on the history of socks might thrill someone, it would enervate most people. So would a too-long soak in a hot tub. With your parents.
Tending to vanish like vapor-
Worthy of imitation-
Partially excusing or justifying-
Elaborately or excessively ornamented-
A delay in enforcing rights r claims or privileges-
Strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity-
Occurring by happy chance-
Filled with or attended with-
Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse-
Having or showing arrogant superiority to-
Someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures-
A tentative insight that is not yet verified or tested-
Characterized by undue haste and lack of thought-
Attribute or credit to-
Lacking worth or importance-
Incapable of being avoided or prevented-
Invulnerable to fear or intimidation-
Spontaneously derived from or prompted by a natural tendency-
A feelings or extreme joy-
Someone who is employed to persuade how legislators vote-
The property of being long-lived-
Found in the ordinary course of events-
Marked by blithe unconcern-
Rich and superior in quality-
A person who delivers a speech-
Intended to attract notice and impress others-
Dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight-
Tending to betray-
Concerned with practical matters-
Characterized by exceptionally early development-
Creating an appearance of importance or distinction-
Postpone doing what one should be doing-
Lacking with or imagination-
The condition of having good fortune-
Serving or tending to excite or stimulate-
Marked by sound judgment-
Withdrawn from society; seeking solitude-
The reestablishing of cordial relations-
A feeling of profound respect for someone or something-
The ability to understand and discriminate between relations-
Examine carefully for accuracy-
Said or done without having been planned in advance-
Plausible but false-
Inclined or willing to give in to orders or wishes of others-
Establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts-
Difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze-
Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface-
More than is needed, desired, or required-
Marked by quiet and caution and secrecy-
Having a sense of what is considerate in dealing with others-
Lasting a very short time-
Show to be right by providing justification or proof-
Marked by keen caution and watchful prudence-
The quality that renders something desirable-
A suggestion offered for acceptance or rejection-
A property that defines the individual nature of something-
The complex of attributes that characterize an individual-
Something that aids or promotes well-being-
A strong feeling or emotion-
What something is used for-
A complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings-
The way a person acts toward other people-
Consistent with or based on or using reason-
Of or pertaining to feelings-
A reference point to shoot at-
One of several parts that fit with others to make a whole-
A harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts-
An outline of something, especially a face from the side-
The process of becoming aware through the senses-
The state of being actual-
Characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth-
A statement that is added to a proposal or document-
A legal right to vote-
Deprive of voting rights-
The act of keeping apart-
Moving from one place in order to style in another-
The process of absorbing one cultural group into another-
The act of setting aside for some future occasion-
The development of commercial enterprise-
A business firm recognized by laws as a single body-
Any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted-
A word formed from the initial letters of several words-
A short moral story-
Passing reference or indirect mention-
Use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word-
The atmosphere of an environment-
Unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning-
Drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity-
Short account of an incident-
Something that serves as a model-
The manner in which things come together and are connected-
A man-made object-
The repetition of similar vowels in successive words-
A narrative poem of popular origin-
Deleting parts of publications or theatrical performances-
The act of describing essential features-
An indirect way of expressing something-
Related by blood-
The state of sticking together-
The state of sticking together-
Done by or characteristic of individuals acting together-
A content word referring to a person, place, or action -
An abstract or general idea inferred from specific instances-
The property of sounding harmonious-
The set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation-
A stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse-
The quality of being believable or trustworthy-
A discussion with reasons for and against some proposal-
Voluntary transfer of something from one party to anther-
An authoritative direction or instruction to do something-
The manner in which something is expressed in words-
Intensity or forcefulness of expression-
A long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds-
Motivation based on ideas or right and wrong-
A passage selected from a larger work-
A prominent attitude or aspect of something-
One of a class of artifacts-
Expression whose meaning Connor be inferred from its words-
The quality of disagreeing-
The patterns of stress and intonation in a language-
Inside and toward a center-
A drastic speech by a single actor-
Incongruity between what might be expected and hat occurs-
The action of putting something into operation-
Relating to or characteristic of creative writing-
A serious examination and judgment of something-
Based on known statements or events or conditions-
A misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning-
Of or relating to poetry that expresses emotion-
The surrounding environment-
A written proposal or reminder-
The techniques followed in a particular discipline-
The body of stories associated with a culture or institution-
Someone who's tells a story-
Discuss the terms of an arrangement-
A standard or model or pattern regarded as typical-
An expression consisting of one or more words-
A subtle difference meaning or opinion or attitude-
A lyric poem with complex stanza forms-
Using words that imitate the sound they denote-
A short moral story-
A composition that imitates or misrepresents a style-
Devoted to raising sheep or cattle-
A personal facade that one presents to the world-
Information that is spread t promote some cause-
A form with a set of queries to gain statistical information-
A function word that is used in pace of a noun-
Take up or begin a new-
Relating using language effectively-
An instrumentality invented for a particular purpose-a device is really anything that has a specific use. It might be a tool or object, or a plant that is devised to accomplish something. If it has a purpose, it is a device.
Witty language used to convey insults or scorn-irony employed in the service of mocking r attacking someone is sarcasm. Saying "oh, you're sooooo clever!" With sarcasm means the target is really just a dunderhead.
Witty language used to convey insults or scorn-satire is a way of making fun of people by using silly or exaggerated language, politicians are easy targets for satire, especially when they're acting self righteous or hypocritical.
A drama set t music-an opera is a theatrical piece that tells a story totally through the music, it consists of recitatives which provide the narrative plot line and elaborate chorus singing, along with duets and arias, which are the parts we most remember.
Speech you make to yourself-ever see someone talking to himself while on a stage? That's what you call a soliloquy- a character's speech voicing his or her own thoughts as if to himself, Shakespeare's plays are full of soliloquies.
A natural body of water flowing on or under the earth-that little rolling brook in your back yard is a stream. If it starts rising and threatens to flood, your father might let out a stream of expletives. A stream is a steady flow of something.
An alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself-when you are awake and aware of your surroundings, that's consciousness. There are different types of consciousness, including social consciousness, being aware of injustices in society.
An unproved statement advanced as a premise in an argument-a thesis is the most important or foundational idea of an argument. If you write a paper with the central thesis that girls are yucky, you'll need to back that up with cooties-based research.
The quality of being clear-the condition of being clear or transparent is transparency, the transparency of your car's windshield might be effected by how badly your car needs to be washed.
Something said in a restrained way for ironic contrast- you make an understatement when you say a lot less than you could. If you say 'we didn't do our best' when your team loses 56 to 0, that's quite an understatement.
Written assurance that a product or service will be provided-most cars and toys come with a warranty, a written guarantee that the product will not fail within a certain amount of time, if it does, the manufacturer will repair or replace it for free.
A particular course of action intended to achieve a result- a process is a procedure, something you do in order to achieve a certain result. Some people try to carefully follow all the steps in a process. Other people just wing it.
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