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  1. vacillate
  2. progenitor
  3. clandestine
  4. buoy
  5. vibrant
  1. a adj. full of energy and enthusiasm; (of color) bright and striking.
    The painting's vibrant colors brought life and cheerfulness to the otherwise dull room.
  2. b v. to alternate or waver between different opinions or actions; to be indecisive; to fluctuate; to waffle.
    Swing voters aren't people who vote in playgrounds; they're people who vacillate between supporting Democrats and supporting Republicans.
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    vacillation (n.)
  3. c adj. kept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit; covert; furtive; surreptitious.
    We acted in clandestine fashion because our actions could lead to legal trouble if we were caught.
  4. d (1) n. an ancestor or forebear

    (2) n. a person who originates an artistic, political, or intellectual movement.
    Jimi Hendrix was a major progenitor of the modern style of electric guitar playing.
  5. e (1) v. to keep (someone or something) afloat

    (2) v. to cause (someone) to become cheerful or confident; to encourage.
    He was buoyed by news that his lost dog might have been found.
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    buoyancy
    (1) n. the ability to float

    (2) n. an optimistic and cheerful nature

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. adj. well meaning and kindly; compassionate; altruistic; magnanimous.
    My benevolent boss always gives his workers a generous bonus around the holidays.
  2. adj. only barely touching or related to (something); peripheral.
    I had a hard time understanding how Penelope's tangential response related to the conversation we were having.
  3. n. exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally; overstatement.
    It's hard to believe the hyperbole of the advertisement; there is simply no way an energy drink can give you wings.
  4. v. to begin or continue a course of action; to move forward
  5. (1) v. to cause to be or become; to make.
    The rains rendered his escape impossible.

    (2) v. to represent or depict artistically.
    The building has not been constructed yet, so this picture is just an artist's rendering of what it will look like.

5 True/False questions

  1. checkadj. having or showing no skill; clumsy; incompetent.
    My cousin Brad is an inept athlete who can barely dribble a basketball.
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    ineptitude (n.)

          

  2. dauntingn. the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect; contempt; scorn; derision.
    People who pride themselves on reading only the finest literature view comic books with disdain.
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    disdainful (adj.)

          

  3. fanciful(1) v. to be of the same opinion; to agree.
    The judge concurred with the plaintiff and awarded her a $2 million settlement.

    (2) v. to happen or occur at the same time; to coincide

          

  4. trivialadj. of little value or importance.
    Tim went on and on about the right shade of blue for the new uniforms, but the rest of us thought it was a pretty trivial issue.
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    trivialize
    v. to make (something) seem less important, significant, or complex than it really is; to minimize; to belittle

          

  5. concur(1) v. to cause to be or become; to make.
    The rains rendered his escape impossible.

    (2) v. to represent or depict artistically.
    The building has not been constructed yet, so this picture is just an artist's rendering of what it will look like.