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Eager willingness to do something
The first three weeks at his new job, Mark worked with such ALACRITY that upper management knew they would be giving him a promotion
Dull and lacking imagination; can be used to describe plans, life, language, or just about anything in-animate that has become dull (it is NOT used to describe people)
Mnemonic: prose is the opposite of poetry. And where poetry, ideally, bursts force with imagination, prose (think text-book writing), lacks imagination. Hence, prose-aic.
Unlike the talented artists in his workshop, Paul had no such bent for the visual medium, so when it was time for him to make a stained glass painting, he ended up with a PROSAIC mosaic.
truthful (Note: Veracious, the adj form of veracity, sounds a lot like voracious. So be careful)
After years of political scandals, the congressman was hardly known for his VERACITY; yet despite this distrust, he was voted into yet another term.
Lack of something
There is a PAUCITY of jobs hiring today that require menial skills, since most jobs have either been automated or outsourced
A scientist can MAINTAIN that a recent finding supports her theory.
Remorseful (Note: not to be associated with trite: Lacking power to evoke interest through overuse or repetition; hackneyed)
Though he stole his little sister's licorice stick with malevolent glee, Chuck soon became CONTRITE when his sister wouldn't stop crying.
A person who agressively argues about everything; verbally combative
The comedian told one flat joke after another, and when the audience started booking, he PUGNACIOUSLY spat back at them, "Hey, you think this is easy--why don't you buffoons give it a shot?"
fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
With the advent of machines capable of looking inside the brain, fields as DISPARATE as religion and biology have been brought together, as scientists try to understand what happens in the brain when people have a religious experience.
conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
The dictator's abuse of human rights was so EGREGIOUS that many world leaders asked that he be tried in an international court for genocide
unlikely to harm or disturb anyone
Everyone found Nancy's banter INNOCUOUS--except for Mike, who felt like she was intentionally picking on him.
openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
Even with a perfect stranger, Charles was always CANDID and would rarely hold anything back.
liable to sudden unpredictable change, having no fixed course
It came as no surprise to pundits that the President's attempt at re-election floundered; even during his term, support for his policies was ERRATIC, with an approval rating jumping anywhere from 30 to 60 percent.
offering little or no hope
Unremitting overcast skies tend to lead people to create BLEAK literature and lugubrious music--compare England's band Radiohead to any band from SoCal.
still in existence
Despite many bookstores closing, experts predict that some form of book dealing will still be EXTANT generations from now.
having or showing a ready disposition to fight
Since old grandpa Harry became very CONTENTIOUS during the summer when only reruns were on TV, the grandkids learned to hide from him at every opportunity.
weaken mentally or morally, lack of vitality, sap the energy from
John preferred to avoid equatorial countries; the intense sun would always leave him ENERVATED after he'd spent the day sightseeing.
Hold back or limit the flow or growth of something ex stem bleeding
To STEM the tide of applications, the prestigious Ivy requires that each applicant score at least 330 the Revised GRE.
Subjective and limited, as in viewpoint or perception (True etymology of the word comes from the blinkers that are put on racing horses to prevent them from becoming distracted).
In gambling, the addict is easily BLINKERED by past successes and/or past failures, forgetting that the outcome of any game is independent of the games that preceded it.
Stop its growth (similar to stem but with more of a focus on growth than flow)
Deserted for six months, the property began to look more like a jungle and less like a residence-- weeds grew unCHECKed in the front yard
Marked by disreputable happenings
One by one, the presidential candidates dropped out of the race, their respective CHECKERED pasts--from embezzlement to infidelity--sabotaging their campaigns.
a large number or amount
Despite a RAFT of city ordinances passed by an overzealous council, noise pollution continued unabated in the megalopolis
Complicated, difficult to comprehend
The physics lecture became so INVOLVED that the undergraduate's eyes glazed over.
shy, and to be inclined to retract from company
Nelson was always the first to leave soirees--rather than mill about with "fashionable" folk, he was RETIRING, and preferred the solitude of his garret.
(Lesser known defn): Communicative, and prone to to talking in a sociable manner
After a few sips of cognac, the octogenarian shed his irascible demeanor and became EXPANSIVE, speaking fondly of the "good old days."
having important effects or influence (think MOMENTous)
Despite the initial hullabaloo, the play was of no great MOMENT in Hampton's writing career, and, within a few years, the public forgot his foray into theater arts.
of low birth or station ('base' is archaic in this sense) without any moral principles
She was not so BASE as to begrudge the beggar the unwanted crumbs from her dinner plate.
Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise
The humor of Oscar Wilde remains a classic example of LACONIC wit; his terse remarks and deadpan delivery belied an acerbic sarcasm and brilliant insight into the world around him.
burning hot (not to be confused with muggy: refers to humidity, not heat)
Meteorologists predict TORRID temperatures for this summer and caution against overexposure to the heat without adequate protection and hydration.
profoundly honored; magnificent
The Book of Kells is one of the most magnificent and famous extant illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages; combining masterful artwork and superb calligraphy, it is truly an AUGUST artifact of the past.
peculiar, unique to the individual
The difficulty one has describing its unique flavor, as well as its slogan, makes Marmite a perfect example of IDIOSYNCRATIC taste.
Excessively sparing or frugal; an unwillingness to share or contribute; stingy; penurious
Given his long history of penny-pinching behavior, we could not help but feel tat his refusal to donate to the charity only reinforced his PARSIMONIOUS image.
cause to accept or become hardened to; v. To habituate to something undesirable, especially by prolonged subjection; accustom
Though the food became no more palatable, he soon became sufficiently inured to it.
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