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This drug will ALLEVIATE the symptoms of the terrible disease, but only for a while
to relieve, make more bearable
The coach ADUMBRATED a game plan, but none of the players knew precisely what to do
to sketch out in a vague way
The missing person's shouts were unfortunately not AUDIBLE
able to be heard
The young poet ASPIRES to publish a book of verse someday
to long for, aim toward
Uninterested in politics, Bruno was APATHETIC about whether he lived under a capitalist or communist regime
lacking concern, emotion
Put this ANALGESIC on the wound so that the poor man at least feels a little better
something that reduces pain
The construction workers erected the skyscraper during two years of ASSIDUOUS labor
hard-working, diligent
The scientists spent all day searching the cave for ARTIFACTS from the ancient Mayan civilization
a remaining piece from an extinct culture or place
The new ANTHOLOGY of Bob Dylan songs contains all his greatest hits and a few songs that you might never have heard before
a selected collection of writings, songs, etc
He received an ACCOLADE for his work on peace
something given as a special honor or in recognition of merit
A realtor will come over tonight to APPRAISE our house
to assess the worth or value of
Stalactites are formed by the ACCRETION of minerals from the roofs of caves
slow growth in size or amount
He snuck past the guards by using an ALIAS and fake ID
a false name or identity
After they ran out of food, the men, attempting to jump rope around the world, had to ABORT and go home
to give up on a half-finished project or effort
That rip in the space- time continuum is certainly a spatial ANOMALY," said Spock to Captain Kirk
something that does not fit into the normal order
The Mayor ALLOCATED 30 percent of the funds for improving the town's schools
to distribute, set aside
The professor is an expert in ARCANE Lithuanian literature
obscure, secret, known only by a few
The crowd welcomed the heroes with APPROBATION
The soldiers conveyed their ARDOR with impassioned battle cries
extreme vigor, energy, enthusiasm
The rival politicians repeatedly cast ASPERSIONS on each others' integrity
a curse, expression of ill-will
The mother held the baby to ASSUAGE its fears
to ease, pacify
Because I am standing before you, it seems obvious that the stories circulating about my demise were APOCRYPHAL
fictitious, false, wrong
When the child cries, the mother gives him candy to APPEASE him
to calm, satisfy
President Mubarak was ADAMANT about leaving his job as president of Egypt
impervious, immovable, unyielding
The farmer purchased a plot of ARABLE land on which he will grow corn and sprouts
suitable for growing crops
After losing all her money, falling into a puddle, and breaking her ankle, Eloise was ABJECT
wretched, pitiful
The Einstein theory is ABTRUSE
hard to comprehend
The dogs were too slow to catch the AGILE rabbit
quick, nimble
An ALTERCATION followed after Kobe Bryant said bad words to Kevin Garnett
a dispute, fight
He felt AMOROUS when he saw her in a bathing suit
showing love, particularly sexual
The birds sang in ACCORD
an agreement
The judge found the murderer's crimes and lack of remorse APPALLING
inspiring shock, horror, disgust
An ANARCHIST, Carmine wanted to dissolve every government everywhere.
one who wants to eliminate all government
Because of ADVERSE conditions, the hikers decided to give up trying to climb the mountain
antagonistic, unfavorable, dangerous
Superman and Bizarro Superman shared a mutual ANTAGONISM, and often fought
The publisher ABRIDGED the book
to cut down, shorten
The ANTEDILUVIAN man still believed that Eisenhower was president of the United States and that hot dogs cost a nickel
The tense situation was AMELIORATED when Sam proposed a solution everyone could agree upon
to improve
The security guard was shocked by the fan's AUDACIOUS attempt to offer him a bribe
excessively bold
The victims will take justice into their own hands and strive to AVENGE themselves against the men who robbed them
to seek revenge
Once all the facts were known, the jury gave Angela ABSOLUTION by giving a verdict of not guilty
freedom from blame, guilt, sin (the condition of being formally forgiven by a priest in the sacrament of penance)
Once we got inside the stadium we walked down the AISLE to our seats
a passageway between rows of seats
The chairman of the Federal Reserve gave a speech to try to ALLAY investors' fears about an economic downturn
to soothe, ease
An AMIABLE fellow, Harry got along with just about everyone
We ADORNED the Christmas tree with presents
to decorate
Joseph always dropped the names of the famous people his father knew as a way to AGGRANDIZE his personal stature
to increase or make greater
When he heard about the car crash, he felt ANXIETY because he knew that his girlfriend had been driving on the road where the accident occurred
intense uneasiness
Some believe George Washington, with his flowing white hair and commanding stature, was the ARCHETYPAL politician
the most representative or typical example of something
The ADROIT thief could pick someone's pocket without attracting notice
skillful, dexterous
Though they are unrelated genetically, the bone structure of whales and fish is quite ANALOGOUS
similar to, so that an analogy can be drawn
After seeing its unforeseen and catastrophic effects, Congress sought to ANNUL the law
to make void or invalid
That ANTIQUATED car has none of the features, like power windows and steering, that make modern cars so great
old, out of date
Bill and Trevor could not keep ACRIMONY from overwhelming their friendship
bitterness, discord
When he realized that the revolutionaries would surely win, the king ABDICATED his throne
to give up a position, usually one of leadership
Because of his mathematical ACUMEN, Larry was able to figure out in minutes problems that took other students hours
keen insight
The ARTISAN uses wood to make walking sticks
a craftsman
I never want to see that murderer. He is an ANATHEMA to me.
a cursed, detested person
Students usually ACQUIESCE to teacher demands
to agree without protesting
The Bill of Rights assures that the government cannot ABROGATE our right to a free press
to abolish, usually by authority
The holy man slept on the floor, took only cold showers, and generally followed other practices of ABNEGATION
denial (1.the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief; 2. renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others)
With a bit of research, the student ASCERTAINED that some plants can live for weeks without water
to perceive, learn
The policemen ALLEGED that Marshall committed the crime, but after the investigation turned up no evidence, Marshall was set free
to assert, usually without proof
If muscles do not receive enough blood, they will soon ATROPHY and die
to wither away, decay
It was a huge step in the progress of civilization when tribes left hunting and gathering and began to develop more sustainable methods of obtaining food, such as AGRICULTURE
When he begins to talk about drama, which is his true passion, he becomes very ANIMATED
Some ASCRIBE the invention of fireworks and dynamite to the Chinese
to assign, credit, attribute to
Our father was AMENABLE when we asked him to drive us to the farm so we could go apple picking
willing, compliant
The evildoers ABDUCTED the fairy princess from her happy home
to kidnap, take by force
Hotels are very ACCOMMODATING
helpful, obliging, polite
People like to be around George because he is so AFFABLE and good-natured
friendly, amiable
The spy succeeded only because he had a friend on the inside to ABET him
to aid, help, encourage
My goal is to AMALGAMATE all the Republicans and Democrats
to bring together, unite
The tennis player considered the sunny forecast an AUSPICIOUS sign that she would win her match
favorable, indicative of good things
He ABSTAINED from drugs
to freely choose not to commit an action
Joey's parents are very religious, but he is AGNOSTIC
believing that the existence of God cannot be proven or disproven
That was an AMBIGUOUS argument
uncertain, variably interpretable
After dinner, Marlon told an ANECDOTE about the time he got his nose stuck in a toaster
a short, humorous account
I know you love me, but because you are a liar and a thief, I feel nothing but ANTIPATHY for you
a strong dislike, repugnance
Kobe Bryant ACCOSTED Ron Artest when he said he sucked
to approach, confront verbally
Jill became ACERBIC when she started to make fun of everyone
1. sharp and forthright, 2. bitter in tone or taste
Chuck decided to ABIDE by it
to stay or put up with
The hotel has many AMENITIES
an item that increases comfort
The book shelf ladder makes finding books more ACCESSIBLE
obtainable, reachable
The eager student seeks to AUGMENT his knowledge of French vocabulary by reading French literature
to add to, expand
The employee sought official ARBITRATION when he could not resolve a disagreement with his supervisor
the process or act of resolving a dispute
Because he always wound up kicking himself in the head when he tried to play soccer, Oswald began to ABHOR the sport
to hate, detest
Angelos suffered terrible ANGUISH when he learned that Buffy had died while combating a strange mystical force of evil
extreme sadness, torment
He was so AFFLUENT that he had over 10,000 iPhones
rich, wealthy
The man ATONED for forgetting his wife's birthday by buying her five dozen roses
to repent, make amends
The marine biologist studies starfish and other AQUATIC creatures
relating to water
After being overthrown and ABASED, the deposed leader offered to bow down to his conqueror
to humiliate, degrade
The athletes strived to ATTAIN their best times in competition
to achieve, arrive at
I ADHERED to BPA standards
to stick to something
When the nerves in his spine were damaged, Mr. Hollins suffered ANESTHESIA in his legs
loss of sensation
The great tradition of Western culture had its ANTECEDENT in the culture of Ancient Greece
something that came before
Jerry didn't know why, but he felt an incredible AFFINITY for Kramer the first time they met
a spontaneous feeling of closeness
We watched as the fighter planes conducted AERIAL maneuvers
somehow related to the air
Leaves, roots, and bark are a few ARBOREAL traits
of or relating to trees
Obama is an ADVOCATE for iPhones for everyone
1.to argue in favor of something 2.a person who argues in favor of something
without definite shape or type
The scientist could sometimes seem ALOOF, as if he didn't care about his friends or family, but really he was just thinking about quantum mechanics
reserved, distant
The three branches of the U.S. government form an AGGREGATE much more powerful than its individual parts
1.a hole or total 2.to gather into a mass
In this book you're writing, you say that the Pyramids were built after the Titanic sank, which is ANACHRONISTIC
being out of correct chronological order
Your values, which hold war and violence in the highest esteem, are the ANTITHESIS of my pacifist beliefs
the absolute opposite
Psychologists agree that those people who are happiest ACCENTUATE the positive in life
to stress, highlight
The government APPROPRIATED the farmer's land without justification
to take, make use of
Much of Roger's success in politics results from his ability to provide astute answers to reporters' questions
very clever, crafty
Charles always set the table with ALACRITY
eagerness, speed
We hired Susan as our interior decorator because she has such a fine AESTHETIC sense
artistic, related to the appreciation of beauty
He is a ACCLAIMED writer
high praise
Because he's from Hawaii, Ben has an AVERSION to autumn, winter, and cold climates in general
a particular dislike for something
The ANTISEPTIC hospital was very bare, but its cleanliness helped to keep patients healthy
clean, sterile
To prove his honesty, the President ABJURED the evil policies of his wicked predecessor
to reject, renounce (under oath)
He ACCEDED to their request
to agree
Mary received a love poem from an ANONYMOUS admirer
being unknown, unrecognized
The AUSTERE furniture inside the abandoned house made the place feel haunted
very bare, bleak
At dawn, the war planes ASSAILED the boats in the harbor
to attack
"1. After defeating them in battle, the Russians ANNEXED Poland
2. He likes to do his studying in a little ANNEX attached to the main reading room in the library"
1.to incorporate territory or space 2.a room attached to a larger room or space
The priest lives an ASCETIC life devoid of television, savory foods, and other pleasures
practicing restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually religious
Kobe Bryant is ADEPT at basketball
extremely skilled
1.For Thoreau, the forest served as an ASYLUM from the pressures of urban life"
2. Once diagnosed by a certified psychiatrist, the man was put in an ASYLUM
1.a place of refuge, protection, a sanctuary 2. (n.) an institution in which the insane are kept
The foreman mercilessly overworked his AGGRIEVED employees
distressed, wronged, injured
In the confusion, the super-spy ABSCONDED into the night with the secret plans
to sneak away and hide
Because she was so ACUTE, Libby instantly figured out how the magician pulled off his magic
1. sharp, severe 2. having keen insight
The king ARROGATED the right to order executions to himself exclusively
to take without justification
He ADMONISHED him not to ruin his appetite by eating cookies before dinner
to caution, criticize, reprove
The boy's decision to choose one college over another seems ARBITRARY
based on factors that appear random
Screaming and crying is ATYPICAL adult behavior
not typical, unusual
Though the book was pretty good, Marcy did not believe it deserved the ADULATION it received
extreme praise
The banker's AVARICE led him to amass a tremendous personal fortune
excessive greed
An AMICABLE fellow, Frank got along with just about everyone
I had AMBIVALENT feelings about Lamar Odom
having opposing feelings
The rain poured down for a while, then ABATED
to reduce, lessen
Bernardo was very touchy, and took any slight as an AFFRONT to his honor
an insult
1. He ATTRIBUTES all of his success to his mother's undying encouragement
2. Among the beetle's most peculiar ATTRIBUTES is its thorny protruding eyes"
1.to credit, assign 2.a facet or trait
In 1918 the Boston World Sox won the World Series, but the success turned out to be an ABERRATION, and the Red Sox have not won since
something that differs from the norm
In a few select regions of Western Mongolian, an ARCHAIC Chinese dialect is still spoken
of or relating to an earlier period in time, outdated
A crew arrived to ASSESS the damage after the crash
to evaluate
Little other than palm trees and cacti grow successfully in ARID environments
excessively dry
"1. The criminal was APPREHENDED at the scene
2. The student has trouble APPREHENDING concepts in math and science"
1.to seize, arrest 2.to perceive, understand, grasp
The divorce court judge will serve as the ARBITER between the estranged husband and wife
one who can resolve a dispute, make a decision
The candidate won the vote after giving several BOISTEROUS speeches on television
loud and full of energy
Advanced physics is the BANE of many students' academic lives
a burden
"1. Most cars run on a combination of power from a BATTERY and gasoline
2. Her husband was accused of assault and BATTERY after he attacked a man on the sidewalk"
1.a device that supplies power 2.assault, beating
The captain's BRUSQUE manner offended the passengers
short, abrupt, dismissive
The judge's hidden BIAS against smokers led him to make an unfair decision
a tendency, inclination, prejudice
The client rejected our proposal because they found our presentation BANAL and unimpressive
dull, commonplace
Critics condemned the novelist's BRAZEN attempt to plagiarize Hemingway's story.
excessively bold, brash
Police officers should be commended for their BENEVOLENT service to the community
marked by goodness or doing good
Edna's boss BALKED at her request for another raise
to stop, block abruptly
The new aircraft carrier is among several BEHEMOTHS that the Air Force has added to its fleet
something of tremendous power or size
We were all relieved to hear that the medical tests determined her tumor to be BENIGN
favorable, not threatening, mild
Frankie's mother told him not to be BASHFUL when he refused to attend the birthday party
shy, excessively timid
His mother asked him to BURNISH the silverware before setting the table
to polish, shine
Rachel's assistant tried to BLANDISH her into accepting the deaL
to coax by using flattery
His family was BEREFT of food and shelter following the tornado
devoid of, without
"Greta's boyfriend played her a BALLAD on the guitar during their walk through the dark woods
a love song
The lawyer discovered that this firm had BILKED several clients out of thousands of dollars
cheat, defraud
"Shakespeare is often considered the greatest BARD in the history of the English language"
a poet, often a singer as well
The thief BEGUILED his partners into surrendering all of their money to him.
to trick, deceive
Jon's father BEQUEATHED his entire estate to his mother
to pass on, give
The servant BESEECHED the king for food to feed his starving family
to beg, plead, implore
"1. The column BUTTRESSES the roof above the statue
2. The BUTTRESS supports the roof above the statues"
1. V to support, hold up 2. N. something that offers support
"1. The strong winds BUFFETED the ships, threatening to capsize them
2. Rather than sitting around a table, the guests took food from our BUFFET and ate standing up."
1.to strike with force 2.an arrangement of food set out on a table
The dealer agreed to lower the price because of the many BLEMISHES on the surface of the wooden furniture
an imperfection, flaw
"The angry boss BERATED his employees for failing to meet their deadline
to scold vehemently
Many businessmen receive criticism for their BOURGEOIS approach to life.
a middle-class person, capitalist
The good weather has been a BOON for many businesses located near the beach
a gift or blessing
"1. The potato BLIGHT destroyed the harvest and bankrupted many families
2. His bad morale is a blight upon this entire operation"
1.a plague, disease 2.something that destroys hope
The singer's BOMBASTIC performance disgusted the crowd
excessively confident, pompous
The mechanic CALIBRATED the car's transmission to make the motor run most efficiently
to set, standardize
Her CURT reply to my question made me realize that she was upset at me
abruptly and rudely short
The top layer of the pudding had COAGULATED into a thick skin
to thicken, clot
Erica and Donald CONSUMMATED their agreement in the executive boardroom
to complete a deal; to complete a marriage ceremony through sexual intercourse
Shortly after we met, she became my chief CONFIDANT
a person entrusted with secrets
Zelda's uncanny ability to detect my lies was nothing short of CLAIRVOYANT
able to perceive things that normal people cannot
"The earthquake in San Francisco was a CALAMITY worse than any other natural disaster in history"
an event with disastrous consequences
Andrew had to CONCEDE that what his mother said about Diana made sense
to accept as valid
The professor's habit of speaking in CIRCUMLOCUTIONS made it difficult to follow his lectures
indirect and wordy language
"The CRESCENDO of the brass instruments gave the piece a patriotic feel
a steady increase in intensity or volume
CONSUMPTION of intoxicating beverages is not permitted on these premises
the act of consuming
CAMARADERIE among employees usually leads to success in business
brotherhood, jovial unity
The politicians exchanged CAUSTIC insults for over an hour during the debate
bitter, biting, acidic
Gordon did not like to waste time, and his instructions to Brenda were nothing if not CONCISE
brief and direct in expression
Eliot's speech was so COMPELLING that Lenore accepted his proposal on the spot
forceful, demanding attention
Among Mrs. Fields's CRITERIA for good cookies are that they be moist and chewy
standards by which something is judged
For 56 years, the ancient city of Rhodes featured a COLOSSUS standing astride its harbor
a gigantic statue or thing
His CONGENIAL manner made him popular wherever he went
pleasantly agreeable
He felt COMPUNCTION for the shabby way he'd treated her
distress caused by feeling guilty
The children were permitted to play tag only within a carefully CIRCUMSCRIBED area of the lawn
marked off, bounded
The workers delighted in their new CAPACIOUS office space
very spacious
The CONFLAGRATION consumed the entire building
great fire
His CREDULITY made him an easy target for con men
readiness to believe
Jake avoided speaking to women in bars because he was COGNIZANT of the fact that drinking impairs his judgment
aware, mindful
1. Divorcing my wife had the COLLATERAL effect of making me poor, as she was the only one of us with a job or money
2. Jacob left his watch as COLLATERAL for the $500 loan
1.secondary 2.security for a debt
Ann's scarf COMPLEMENTS her blouse beautifully, making her seem fully dressed even though she isn't wearing a coat
to complete, make perfect
After being CHASTISED by her peers for mimicking Britney Spears, Miranda dyed her hair black and affected a Gothic style
to criticize severely
The books we read in this class are too CEREBRALâ€" they don't engage my emotions at all
related to the intellect
The young girl's CAPRICIOUS tendencies made it difficult for her to focus on achieving her goals
subject to whim, fickle
The elementary school orchestra created a CACOPHONY at the recital
tremendous noise, disharmonious sound
Renee could not figure out what Monroe had seen because he was too distraught to deliver a COHERENT statement
logically consistent, intelligible
COPIOUS amounts of Snapple were imbibed in the cafeteria
profuse, abundant
The antidote COUNTERACTED the effect of the poison.
to neutralize, make ineffective
Mr. Thornton's sudden departure for the lavatory plunged his classroom into CHAOS
absolute disorder
The sauce had CONGEALED into a thick paste
to thicken into a solid
The ironworkers held a CAUCUS to determine how much of a pay increase they would request
a meeting usually held by people working toward the same goal
The new king's CORONATION occurred the day after his father's death
the act of crowning
The fireworks CAPTIVATED the young boy, who had never seen such things before
to get the attention of, hold
Irene's arguments in favor of abstinence were so COGENT that I could not resist them
intellectually convincing
We CAROUSED all night after getting married
to party, celebrate
The water flowed through the CONDUIT into the container
a pipe or channel through which something passes
Grace's story was so CONVOLUTED that I couldn't follow it
intricate, complicated
He CONSTRUED her throwing his clothes out the window as a signal that she wanted him to leave
to interpret
Julie and Harold began the evening with a disagreement, but ended it in a state of perfect CONCORD
harmonious agreement
We went to the mall food court and purchased a delicious CONFECTION
a sweet, fancy food
Since losing his job, he had to CURTAIL his spending
to lessen, reduce
The general devised a CUNNING plan to surprise the enemy
sly, clever at being deceitful
Lloyd's education and upbringing were COSMOPOLITAN, so he felt right at home among the powerful and learned
sophisticated, worldly
The three law students worked in COLLUSION to steal the final exam
secret agreement, conspiracy
She CONNIVED to get me to give up my vacation plans
to plot, scheme
Late for the meeting, she cast a CURSORY glance at the agenda
brief to the point of being superficial
I had my neighborhood COBBLER replace my worn-out leather soles with new ones
a person who makes or repairs shoes
"The most important CONSTITUENT of her perfume is something called ambergris
an essential part
Julian was such a CONFORMIST that he had to wait and see if his friends would do something before he would commit
one who behaves the same as others
Jason CONVENED his entire extended family for a discussion
to call together
Though the villagers viewed the church rectory as quaint and charming, the CLERGY who lived there regarded it as a mildewy and dusty place that aggravated their allergies
members of Christian holy orders
Holden invited the three women to join him in the back seat of the taxicab, assuring them that the car was quite COMMODIOUS
Blake's CONTRITE behavior made it impossible to stay angry at him
penitent, eager to be forgiven
Bill and Veronica achieved a perfect CONGRUITY of opinion
the quality of being in agreement
The singers' CONSONANT voices were beautiful
in harmony
Darren found Alexandra's presence to be a CONSOLATION for his suffering
an act of comforting
"1. Each morning the birds outside my window make such a CLAMOR that they wake me up
2. Neville's fans CLAMORED for him to appear on stage, but he had passed out on the floor of his dressing room."
1.loud noise 2.to loudly insist
Nerwin waged a COVERT campaign against his enemies, while outwardly appearing to remain friendly
secretly engaged in
Lionel carefully arranged the snapshots of his former girlfriends in CHRONOLOGICAL order, and then set fire to them
arranged in order of time
1. Picasso liked to work on CANVAS rather than on bare cement
2. We CANVASSED the neighborhood looking for clues"
1.a piece of cloth on which an artist paints 2.to cover, inspect
1. Following the scandalous disgrace of their leader, the entire political party CLEAVED into warring factions
2. After resolving their marital problems, Junior and Rosa CLEAVED to one another all the more tightly"
1.to divide into parts 2.to stick together firmly
Interpreting Jane's behavior was a constant CONUNDRUM
puzzle, problem
The adults ate their dinners on the patio, while the children CAVORTED around the pool
to leap about, behave boisterously
Lucy CHIDED Russell for his vulgar habits and sloppy appearance
to voice disapproval
Luke's seemingly outrageous claim was CORROBORATED by witnesses
to support with evidence
The pianist used the foot pedal to emphasize the CADENCE of the sonata
a rhythm, progression of sound
The bus's CIRCUITOUS route took us through numerous outlying suburbs
His CUPIDITY made him enter the abandoned gold mine despite the obvious dangers
greed, strong desire
1. The judge CATALOGED the victim's injuries before calculating how much money he would award
2. We received a CATALOG from J. Crew that displayed all of their new items
1.to list, enter into a list 2.a list or collection
Ed CONTRAVENED his landlady's rule against overnight guests
to contradict, oppose, violate
The court decided that Vanilla Ice did not have to honor the contract because he had been COERCED into signing it
to make somebody do something by force or threat
Reginald bought Sharona a new dress to COMPENSATE her for the one he'd spilled his ice cream on
to make an appropriate payment for something
Jared received a COMMENDATION from Linda, his supervisor, for his stellar performance
a notice of approval or recognition
I blushed crimson when Emma gave me a COMPLIMENT on my new haircut
an expression of esteem or approval
The effect of the chemical was highly CORROSIVE
having the tendency to erode or eat away
1. The frustrated teenager could not put up with anymore of her critical mother's CENSURE
2. The principal CENSURED the head of the English Department for forcing students to learn esoteric vocabulary"
1.harsh criticism 2.to rebuke formally
His CORDIAL greeting melted my anger at once
warm, affectionate
He refused to CONDONE his brother's crime
to pardon, deliberately overlook
George's CONTENTIOUS personality made him unpopular with his classmates.
having a tendency to quarrel or dispute
The local official's CALUMNY ended up ruining his opponent's prospect of winning the election
an attempt to spoil someone else's reputation by spreading lies
Henry's CORPULENCE did not make him any less attractive to his charming, svelte wife
extreme fatness
The president's speech CATALYZED the nation and resuscitated the economy
to charge, inspire
1. Alexander pulled off an amazing COUP when he got a date with Cynthia by purposely getting hit by her car.
2. In their COUP attempt, the army officers stormed the Parliament and took all the legislators hostage"
1.a brilliant, unexpected act 2.the overthrow of a government and assumption of authority
MacGuyver CONFOUNDED the policemen pursuing him by covering his tracks
to frustrate, confuse
His dislike of hard work carried with it a CONCOMITANT lack of funds
accompanying in a subordinate fashion
The CANNY runner hung at the back of the pack through much of the race to watch the other runners, and then sprinted past them at the end
shrewd, careful
Gordon's ensemble of thrift-shop garments COALESCED into a surprisingly handsome outfit
to fuse into a whole
Ahab selected a very long roll and proceeded to prepare a tuna salad sandwich COMMENSURATE with his enormous appetite
corresponding in size or amount
Adam's essay on sexual response in primates was marked down because it contained too many COLLOQUIAL expressions
characteristic of informal conversation
The husband divorced his wife after listening to her CARPING voice for decades
to annoy, pester
She continued to CHERISH her red plaid trousers, even though they had gone out of style and no longer fit her
to feel or show affection toward something
The CULMINATION of the couple's argument was the decision to divorce
the climax toward which somehting progresses
His belief in nonviolence CONSTRAINED him from taking revenge on his attackers
to forcibly restrict
Though Ronald was physically attractive, Maud found his constant compliments and solicitous remarks CLOYING
sickeningly sweet
He was CULPABLE of the crime, and was sentenced to perform community service for 75 years
deserving blame
Fred's buddies CAJOLED him into attending the bachelor party
to urge, coax
"Arvin CONSECRATED his spare bedroom as a shrine to Christina"
to dedicate something to a holy purpose
Announcing to her boyfriend that she was going to the gym, Sophie actually went to meet Joseph for a CLANDESTINE liaison
Though her novels do not feature the themes of Romanticism, Jane Austen's work was CONTEMPORANEOUS with that of Wordsworth and Byron
existing during the same time
At the library, she CULTIVATED her interest in spy novels
to nurture, improve, refine
She sent me a COMPREHENSIVE list of the ingredients needed to cook rabbit souffle
including everything
By keeping her daughter's affair a secret, Maddie became COMPLICIT in it
being an accomplice in a wrongful act
The school's dress code forbidding navel-baring jeans was CIRCUMVENTED by the determined students, who were careful to cover up with long coats when administrators were nearby
to get around
The plot of the musical was banal, but the CHOREOGRAPHY was stunning
the arrangement of dances
"1. The hotel was full because of the cattle- ranchers' CONVENTION
2. The cattle-ranchers have a CONEVNTION that you take off your boots before entering their houses"
1.an assembly of people 2.a rule, custom
Sue had very strong opinions about what to do on a first date, and Ted was absolutely COMPLIANT
ready to adapt oneself to another's wishes
The restaurant's CONVIVIAL atmosphere put me immediately at ease.
characterized by feasting, drinking, merriment
The CONTUSIONS on his face suggested he'd been in a fight
bruise, injury
The army finally CAPITULATED after fighting a long costly battle
to surrender
I took Amanda's invitation to dinner as a very CONCILIATORY gesture
friendly, agreeable
The CUMULATIVE effect of hours spent in the sun was a deep tan
increasing, building upon itself
The unexpected COMBUSTION of the prosecution's evidence forced the judge to dismiss the case against Ramirez
the act or process of burning
The difficulty of finding a fire escape amid the smoke was COMPOUNDED with the dangers posed by the panicking crowd
1.to combine parts 2.a combination of different parts 3.a walled area containing a group of buildings
Brian lamely offered his CONDOLENCES on the loss of his sister's roommate's cat
an expression of sympathy in sorrow
The priest told the CONGREGATION that he would be retiring
a gathering of people, especially for religious services
The murderer's CALLOUS lack of remorse shocked the jury
harsh, cold, unfeeling
The jury was able to reach a CONSENSUS only after days of deliberation
an agreement of opinion
Lynn COMPRESSED her lips into a frown
to apply pressure, squeeze together
Colin tried to shock his friends out of their COMPLACENCY by painting a frightening picture of what might happen to them
self-satisfied ignorance of danger
Though I promised Rachel's father I would bring her home promptly by midnight, it would have been more CIRCUMSPECT not to have specified a time
She CONCOCTED the most ridiculous story to explain her absence
to fabricate, make up
Unwillingly, he CONSIGNED his mother to a nursing home
to give something over to another's care
I COVETED Moses's house, wife, and ca
to desire enviously
1. The library featured the newly updated CHRONICLE of World War II
2. Albert's diary CHRONICLED the day-to-day growth of his obsession with Cynthia"
1.a written history 2.to write a history
A CONFLUENCE of different factors made tonight the perfect night
a gathering together
After he forgot their anniversary, Martin could only beg Maria for CLEMENCY
We were surprised by the CANDOR of the mayor's speech because he is usually rather evasive
honesty, frankness
The hurricane destroyed many homes and left many families DESTITUTE
impoverished, utterly lacking
Though everyone else at the party was dancing and going crazy, she remained DEMURE
quiet, modest, reserved
The kind video rental clerk DECRIED the policy of charging customers late fees
to criticize openly
The DILIGENT researcher made sure to check her measurements multiple times
showing care in doing one's work
Her DIVISIVE tactics turned her two friends against each other
causing dissent, discord
Having worked in a bakery for many years, Marcus was a DEFT bread maker
skillful, capable
Having widely varying interests, the students had DISPARATE responses toward the novel
sharply differing, containing sharply contrasting elements
1. He DIFFUSED the tension in the room by making in a joke
2. In her writings, she tried unsuccessfully to make others understand her DIFFUSE thoughts"
1.to scatter, thin out, break up 2.not concentrated, scattered, disorganized
The DESPOT issued a death sentence for anyone who disobeyed his laws
one who has total power and rules brutally
She found the DESOLATE landscape quite a contrast to the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded city
deserted, dreary, lifeless
Bob's description of scary snakes couldn't DETER Marcia from traveling in the rainforests
to discourage, prevent from doing
When the rain began to pour, the crowd at the baseball game quickly DISPERSED
to scatter, cause to scatter
She refused to DEMEAN her secretary by making him order her lunch
to lower the status or stature of something
The dean DELEGATED the task of finding a new professor to a special hiring committee
to hand over responsibility for something
An eager reader, she was dismayed by the DEARTH of classic books at the library
a lack, scarcity
Not wanting to appear heartlessly greedy, she DISSEMBLED and hid her intention to sell her ailing father's stamp collection
to conceal, fake
The company decided that its advertisements would no longer DENIGRATE the company's competitors
to belittle, diminish the opinion of
The large raise that he gave himself DEBASED his motives for running the charity
to lower the quality or esteem of something
The carpenter DISPATCHED his assistant to fetch wood
to send off to accomplish a duty
The DEFAMATORY gossip spreading about the actor made the public less willing to see the actor's new movie
harmful toward another's reputation
He DEBUNKED her claim to be the world's greatest chess player by defeating her in 18 consecutive matches.
to expose the falseness of something
Terribly fond of desserts, she found the rich chocolate cake to be DIVINE
godly, exceedingly wonderful
She experienced the DELETERIOUS effects of running a marathon without stretching her muscles enough beforehand
The CEO DISCLOSED to the press that the company would have to fire several employees
to reveal, make public
The saleswoman DISPARAGED the competitor's products to persuade her customers to buy what she was selling
to criticize or speak ill of
The bullies DERIDED the foreign student's accent
to laugh at mockingly, scorn
The bullies, tall and strong, picked on the DIMINUTIVE child
small or miniature
His DUPLICITY involved convincing his employees to let him lower their salaries and increase their stock options, and then to steal the money he saved and run the company into the ground
crafty dishonesty
Having failed the first math test, the DESPONDENT child saw no use in studying for the next and failed that one too
feeling depressed, discouraged, hopeless
The children feared their DOUR neighbor because the old man would take their toys if he believed they were being too loud
stern, joyless
Though she pretended everything was fine, her anger lay DORMANT throughout the dinner party and exploded in screams of rage after everyone had left
sleeping, temporarily inactive
Though he hid his emotions, she DISCERNED from his body language that he was angry
to perceive, detect
He was troubled by the DISCREPANCY between what he remembered paying for the appliance and what his receipt showed he paid for it
difference; failure of things to correspond
The normally cheery and playful children's sudden misery DISCOMFITED the teacher
to thwart, baffle
They planned to turn the DEFUNCT schoolhouse into a community center
no longer used or existing
The skin of the DESICCATED mummy looked like old paper
dried up, dehydrated
His DEFERENTIAL attitude toward her made her more confident in her ability to run the company
showing respect for another's authority
The team was DISHEARTENED after losing in the finals of the tournament
feeling a loss of spirit or morale
She DEFILED the calm of the religious building by playing her banjo
to make unclean, impure
Not wanting to offend either friend, he DITHERED about which of the two birthday parties he should attend
to be indecisive
It was only under intense DURESS that he, who was normally against killing, fired his gun
hardship, threat
The appreciative guest displayed DECOROUS behavior toward his host
socially proper, appropriate
She successfully taught the DOCILE puppy several tricks
easily taught or trained
The general's DILATORY strategy enabled the enemy to regroup
tending to delay, causing delay
He kept delaying the DAUNTING act of asking for a promotion
intimidating, causing one to lose courage
Always over-modest, he DEPRECATED his contribution to the local charity
to belittle, depreciate
She was bored by his music because she felt that it was DERIVATIVE and that she had heard it before
taken directly from a source, unoriginal
The elaborately designed fireworks show turned into a DEBACLE when the fireworks started firing in random directions
a disastrous failure, disruption
In the country's remote, mountainous regions, the inhabitants spoke a DIALECT that the country's other inhabitants had difficulty understanding
a variation of a language
Even though it was dangerous, the children enjoyed going to the deserted lot and playing in the DERELICT house
abandoned, run-down
The brothers used eggs and shaving cream to DEFACE their neighbor's mailbox
to ruin or injure something's appearance
Different cultures have different DEMARCATIONS of good and evil
the marking of boundaries or categories
Not wanting others to criticize her, she DISAVOWED any involvement in the company's hiring scandal
to deny knowledge of or responsibility for
The bagpipers played a DIRGE as the casket was carried to the cemetery
a mournful song, especially for a funeral
Rumors of the ogre's DEPRAVITY made the children afraid to enter the forest
The principal argued that the child should repeat the fourth grade, but the unhappy parents DISSENTED
1.to disagree 2.the act of disagreeing
They feared that the construction of a golf course would DESECRATE the preserved wilderness
to violate the sacredness of a thing or place
1. She wrote up a DIDACTIC document showing new employees how to handle the company's customers
2. His DIDACTIC style of teaching made it seem like he wanted to persuade his students not to understand history fully, but to understand it from only one point of view
1.intended to instruct 2.overly moralistic
The professor's DISCURSIVE lectures seemed to be about every subject except the one initially described
rambling, lacking order
Not wanting her patient to get overly anxious, the doctor used DISCRETION in deciding how much to tell the patient about his condition
the quality of being reserved in speech or action; good judgment
1. The sun finally came out and DISSIPATED the haze
2. She DISSIPATED her fortune on a series of bad investments
1.to disappear, cause to disappear
She neatly DELINEATED her reasons for canceling the project's funding
to describe, outline, shed light on
While eating dinner with the adults, the DIFFIDENT youth did not speak for fear of seeming presumptuous
shy, quiet, modest
1. Insecure about their jobs, the older employees DISDAINED the recently hired ones, who were young and capable
2. After learning of his immoral actions, Justine held Lawrence in DISDAIN
1.to scorn, hold in low esteem 2.scorn, low esteem
We all DEPLORED the miserable working conditions in the factory
to feel or express sorrow, disapproval
Though Mary was quite upset, her actions to resolve the dispute were DELIBERATE
intentional, reflecting careful consideration
The child believed that his parents had unjustly grounded him, and remained DISGRUNTLED for a week
upset, not content
His DOGMATIC claim that men were better than women at fixing appliances angered everyone
aggressively and arrogantly certain about unproved principles
Worried that he would catch a cold, she tried to DISSUADE him from going out on winter nights
to persuade someone not to do something
The senator DENOUNCED her opponent as a greedy politician
to criticize publicly
Pressured by the press, the government finally DIVULGED the previously unknown information
to reveal something secret
Sunlight poured in through the DIAPHANOUS curtains, brightening the room
light, airy, transparent
Though the president of the company often spoke of the company as reliant solely upon its workers, her decision to increase her own salary rather than reward her employees revealed a striking DISSONANCE between her alleged beliefs and her actions
lack of harmony or consistency
Ron DEFERRED to Diane, the expert on musical instruments, when he was asked about buying a piano
to postpone something; to yield to another's authority
She entered the office as usual on Monday, DISPELLING the rumor that she had been fired
to drive away, scatter
The officer fell into DISREPUTE after it was learned that he had disobeyed the orders he had given to his own soldiers
a state of being held in low regard
The politician DISSEMINATED his ideas across the town before the election
to spread widely
The girls' sobs were a DISCORDANT sound amid the general laughter that filled the restaurant
not agreeing, not in harmony with
The parents found it hard to keep up with the DYNAMIC music scene with which their children had become very familiar
actively changing
Years of drinking beer caused his stomach to DISTEND
to swell out
Dismayed by Bobby's poor behavior, the parents sent their DISAFFECTED son to a military academy to be disciplined
rebellious, resentful of authority
Not wanting to be punished, the DEVIOUS girl blamed the broken vase on the cat
not straightforward, deceitful
Suspicious that he was only trying to get a raise, she found his praise DUBIOUS
doubtful, of uncertain quality
The DEMAGOGUE strengthened his hold over his people by blaming immigrants for the lack of jobs
a leader who appeals to a people's prejudices
An endless amount of good wine and cheese DEBAUCHED the traveler
to corrupt by means of sensual pleasures
From the study of ETYMOLOGY, I know that the word "quixotic" derives from Don Quixote and the word "gaudy" refers to the Spanish architect Gaudi
the history of words, their origin and development
"The director told the actor he had to EMOTE, or else the audience would have no idea what his character was going through"
to express emotion
In his bid for reelection, the governor made an EXPEDIENT move by tabling all controversial legislation
advisable, advantageous, serving one's self-interest
My mother, the EPITOME of good taste, always dresses more elegantly than I do
a perfect example, embodiment
Henry EXHORTED his colleagues to join him in protesting against the university's hiring policies
to urge, prod, spur
Her EXORBITANT praise made me blush and squirm in my seat
My discovery of the ring behind the dresser EXCULPATED me from the charge of having stolen it
to free from guilt or blame, exonerate
His intentions were so EQUIVOCAL that I didn't know whether he was being chivalrous or sleazy
ambiguous, uncertain, undecided
Building a new fence ENTAILS tearing down the old one
to include as a necessary step
If my sentence is incorrect, the editor will EMEND what I have written
to correct or revise a written text
I love animals so much that I ESPOUSE animal rights
to take up as a cause, support
During the Olympics, the victories of U.S. athletes ENGENDER a patriotic spirit among Americans
to bring about, create, generate
George's endless complaints EXASPERATED his roomate
to irritate, irk
I was EUPHORIC when I found out that my sister had given birth to twins
elated, uplifted
The gruesome and scary movie I saw last night EXACERBATED my fears of the dark
to make more violent, intense
Instead of trying to mediate between my brother and sister, I EXTRICATED myself from the family tension entirely and left the house for the day
to disentangle
Even the most advanced students cannot understand the physicist's ESOTERIC theories
understood by only a select few
When she found out she won the literature prize, Mary EXULTED by dancing and singing through the school's halls
to rejoice
At the airport, my friend was ENCUMBERED by her luggage, so I offered to carry two of her
to weigh down, burden
My sister eats a lot of pastries and chocolate but still looks EMACIATED
very thin, enfeebled looking
I didn't understand why my friend was so angry with me, so I asked Janine to ELUCIDATE her feelings
to clarify, explain
The couple was ECSTATIC when they learned that they had won the lottery
intensely and overpoweringly happy
George hates the color green so much that he ESCHEWS all green food
to shun, avoid
The true thief's confession EXONERATED the man who had been held in custody for the crime
to free from guilt or blame, exculpate
I idolize Britney Spears so much that I EMULATE everything she does: I wear her outfits, sing along to her songs, and date a boy named Justin
to imitate
I feel such EMPATHY for my sister when she's in pain that I cry too
sensitivity to another's feelings as if they were one's own
That man wearing the dark suit and dark glasses is so ENIGMATIC that no one even knows his name
mystifying, cryptic
My Latin teacher is such an ERUDITE scholar that he has translated some of the most difficult and abstruse ancient poetry
Even though he had just been fired, Mr. Simms showed great EQUANIMITY by neatly packing up his desk and wishing everyone in the office well.
Her pudding is so EXECRABLE that it makes me sick
loathsome, detestable
My mother's EXTANT love letters to my father are in the attic trunk.
existing, not destroyed or lost
Fearful of an IRS investigation, Paul tried to EXPUNGE all incriminating evidence from his tax files.
to obliterate, eradicate
At the funeral, the widow gave a moving ELEGY describing her love for her husband
a speech given in honor of a dead person
The patient has an EXIGENT need for medication, or else he will lose his sight
urgent, critical
The ruler issued an EDICT requiring all of his subjects to bow down before him
an order, decree
The accountant was fired for EMBEZZLING $10,000 of the company's fundszzle
to steal money by falsifying records
The sailor's stories of fighting off sharks and finding ancient treasures ENTHRALLED his young son
to charm, hold spellbound
She promised she'd love me forever, but her "forever" was only EPHEMERAL: she left me after one week
short-lived, fleeting
After taking an EXCURSION to the Bronx Zoo, I dreamed about pandas and monkeys
a trip or outing
Despite an intense search, the robber continues to ELUDE the police
to evade, escape
Michael Jordan is the figure in basketball we EXALT the most
to glorify, praise
Personal political ambitions should always remain EXTRANEOUS to legislative policy, but, unfortunately, they rarely are
irrelevant, extra, not necessary
My joy at getting promoted was EVANESCENT because I discovered that I would have to work much longer hours in a less friendly office
fleeting, momentary
In her flowing silk gown and lace veil, the bride looked ETHEREAL
heavenly, exceptionally delicate or refined
The Nineteenth Amendment ENFRANCHISED women
to grant the vote to
Violet EXTOLLED the virtues of a vegetarian diet to her meat- loving brother
to praise, revere
The husband was so angry at his wife for leaving him that he EFFACED all evidence of her presence; he threw out pictures of her and gave away all her belongings
to wipe out, obliterate, rub away
Dan always beats me at chess because he develops such an ELABORATE game plan that I can never predict his next move
complex, detailed, intricate
At the end of the concert, all the fans yelled, "ENCORE! ENCORE!" but the band did not come out to play again
the audience's demand for a repeat performance; also the artist's performance in response to that demand
When she found out she had won the lottery, the writer was ELATED
overjoyed, thrilled
"The student who threw sloppy joes across the cafeteria was punished for his EGREGIOUS behavior"
extremely bad
1. Mr. Phillips is such an EMINENT scholar that every professor on campus has come to hear him
2. There is an EMINENT stain on that shirt"
1.distinguished, prominent, famous 2.conspicuous
Some people call me "Auntie's boy," because my aunt and I have such a close EPISTOLARY relationship that we write each other every day
relating to or contained in letters
My doctor promised me that the cold medicine was EFFICACIOUS, but I'm still sniffling
The golden palace was EFFULGENT
radiant, splendorous
Christopher's hand-wringing and nail-biting EVNICE how nervous he is about the upcoming English testevince
to show, reveal
Although I asked several times where the exit was, I ELICITED no response from the stone-faced policeman
to bring forth, draw out, evoke
She became EBULLIENT upon receiving an acceptance letter from her first-choice college
extremely lively, enthusiastic
When I told my aunt that she was boring, my mother scolded me for my EFFRONTERY
impudence, nerve, insolence
Writing these sentences ENERVATES me so much that I will have to take a nap after I finish
to weaken, exhaust
I grew ENAMORED of that boy when he quoted my favorite love poem
to fill with love, fascinate, usually used in passive form followed by "of" or "with"
The priest gave such an ELOQUENT sermon that most churchgoers were crying
expressive, articulate in speech
The pharaoh's treasures were EXCAVATED by archeologists in Egypt
to dig out of the ground and remove
Mark and Andy have clearly not forgiven each other, because the ENMITY between them is obvious to anyone in their presence
ill will, hatred, hostility
This EMOLLIENT cream makes my skin very smooth
1. My mom EMBELLISHED the living room by adding lace curtains
2. When Harry told me that he had ""done stuff"" on his vacation, I asked him to embellish upon his account"
1.to decorate, adorn 2.to add detail to, enhance
To EXPIATE my selfishness, I gave all my profits to charity
to make amends for, atone
My friend is so EFFERVESCENT that she makes everyone smile
bubbly, lively
"1. The scientist gathered EMPIRICAL data on the growth rate of dandelions by studying the dandelions behind his house
2. That all cats hate getting wet is an EMPIRICAL statement: I can test it by bathing my cat, Trinket"
1.based on observation or experience 2.capable of being proved or disproved by experiment
That bar attracts an ECLECTIC crowd: lawyers, artists, circus clowns, and investment bankers
consisting of a diverse variety of elements
I feel such ENNUI that I don't look forward to anything, not even my birthday party
boredom, weariness
The history editors EXPURGATED from the text all disparaging and inflammatory comments about the Republican Party
to remove offensive or incorrect parts, usually of a book
Even though I had the flu, my family decided to go skiing for the weekend and leave me home alone, feeling feverish and FORLORN
lonely, abandoned, hopeless
Inspector Wilkens FOILED the thieves by locking them in the bank along with their stolen money
to thwart, frustrate, defeat
Achilles' FORTITUDE in battle is legendary
strength, guts
Richard is so FRUGAL that his diet consists almost exclusively of catfish and chicken liverâ€"the two most inexpensive foods in the store
thrifty, economical
Although the child insisted he wasn't tired, his FRACTIOUS behaviorâ€"especially his decision to crush his cheese and crackers all over the floorâ€"convinced everyone present that it was time to put him to bed
troublesome or irritable
Some radio talk-shows provide a good FORUM for political debate
a medium for lecture or discussion
Guard dogs are known for the great FIDELITY they show toward their masters
loyalty, devotion
To FOSTER good health in the city, the mayor started a "Get out and exercise!" campaign
to stimulate, promote, encourage
Mark is so FASTIDIOUS that he is never able to finish a project because it always seems imperfect to him
meticulous, demanding, having high and often unattainable standards
I cannot FATHOM why you like that crabby and mean-spirited neighbor of ours
to understand, comprehend
Someday, all that anxiety about whether your zit will disappear before the prom will seem totally FRIVOLOUS
of little importance, trifling
If a plant is not watered enough, its leaves become droopy and FLACCID
limp, not firm or strong
Using FIGURATIVE language, Jane likened the storm to an angry bul
Her glances in his direction were FRAUGHT with meaning, though precisely what meaning remained unclear
(usually used with "with")filled or accompanied with
The writer's FLORID prose belongs on a sentimental Hallmark card
flowery, ornate
In the hours between night and morning, the FRENETIC pace of city life slows to a lull
frenzied, hectic, frantic
My New Year's resolution is to FORSAKE smoking and drinking
to give up, renounce
"1. This game is so FACILE that even a four-year- old can master it
2. The business was in such shambles that any solution seemed FACILE at best; nothing could really help it in the long-run"
1.easy, requiring little effort 2.superficial, achieved with minimal thought or care, insincere
The doctor showed great FORBEARANCE in calming down the angry patient who shouted insults at him
patience, restraint, toleration
In Greek dramas, the FICKLE gods help Achilles one day, and then harm him the next.
shifting in character, inconstant
The FERVENT protestors chained themselves to the building and shouted all night long
ardent, passionate
The dog was FETTERED to the parking meter
to chain, restrain
I FORESTALLED the cold I was getting by taking plenty of vitamin C pills and wearing a scarf
to prevent, thwart, delay
Jane's placement of her drugs in her sock drawer was not as FURTIVE as she thought, as the sock drawer is the first place most parents look
secretive, sly
"1. While his comments were idiotic and rambling, mine were FELICITOUS and helpful
2. I spent a FELICITOUS afternoon visiting old friends"
1.well suited, apt 2.delightful, pleasing
The judge's decision to set the man free simply because that man was his brother was a FLAGRANT abuse of power
offensive, egregious
When we got lost on our hiking trip, we FORAGED for berries and nuts in order to survive
to graze, rummage for food
I can tell from the FETID smell in your refrigerator that your milk has spoiled
having a foul odor
The FECUND tree bore enough apples to last us through the entire season
fruitful, fertile
He considers himself a serious poet, but in truth, he only writes FATUOUS limericks
silly, foolish
Whenever I read an Agatha Christie mystery novel, I am always FLABBERGASTED when I learn the identity of the murderer
Emily offered me cigarettes on the FALLACIOUS assumption that I smoked
incorrect, misleading
"1. Meet me in front of the museum's main FAçADE
2. 2. Despite my smiling FAçADE, I am feeling melancholy"
1.the wall of a building 2.a deceptive appearance or attitude
That beast looks so FERAL that I would fear being alone with it
wild, savage
I FLOUTED the school's dress code by wearing a tie-dyed tank top and a pair of cut-off jeans
to disregard or disobey openly
When I arrived an hour late to class, I FABRICATED some excuse about my car breaking down on the way to school
to make up, invent
After looking for Manuel and not finding him at home, Harriet had a FORTUITOUS encounter with him at the post office
happening by chance, often lucky or fortunate
Mrs. Watson has poor taste and covers every object in her house with a GARISH gold lame
gaudy, in bad taste
Some talk show hosts are so GARRULOUS that their guests can't get a word in edgewise.
talkative wordy
Although he's been known to behave like a real jerk, I would say that my brother is an overall GENIAL guy
friendly, affable
Ada's fried chicken tastes so divine, I don't know how anyone can call GLUTTONY a sin
overindulgence in food or drink
Jim may think he's not going to fight Billy, but Billy will GOAD Jim on with insults until he throws a punch
to urge, spur, incite to action
My parents, who used to eat little more than crackers and salad, have become real GOURMANDS in their old age
someone fond of eating and drinking
The student thought her GRANDILOQUENCE would make her sound smart, but neither the class nor the teacher bought it
lofty, pompous language
Margaret planned a GRANDIOSE party, replete with elephants, trapeze artists, and clowns
on a magnificent or exaggerated scale
Every morning the guy at the donut shop gives me a GRATUITOUS helping of ketchup packets
uncalled for, unwarranted
Well, if you're not GREGARIOUS I don't know why you would want to go to a singles party!
drawn to the company of others, sociable
Electrocuting the inmate without being sure of his guilt would be a truly GRIEVOUS mistake
injurious, hurtful; serious or grave in nature
Because of his great GUILE, the politician was able to survive scandal after scandal
deceitful, cunning, sly behavior
I hate having only one flavor so I always buy the swirled, or should I say HETEROGENEOUS, type of ice cream
varied, diverse in character
A girl can only hear "I love you" so many times before it begins to sound HACKNEYED and meaningless.
unoriginal, trite
In the HALLOWED corridors of the cathedral, the disturbed professor felt himself to be at peace
revered, consecrated
The superstar's HAUGHTY dismissal of her costars will backfire on her someday
disdainfully proud
Even though it has been celebrated by seven major newspapers, that the drug will be a success when tested in humans is still HYPOTHETICAL
supposed or assumed true, but unproven
Once the politician began passing legislation that contradicted his campaign promises, his HYPOCRISY became apparent
pretending to believe what one does not
Britain's HEGEMONY over its colonies was threatened once nationalist sentiment began to spread around the world
domination over others
I too would have expected the plants to be dead by mid-November, but apparently they're very HARDY
robust, capable of surviving through adverse conditions
The car crash was a HARROWING experience, but I have a feeling that the increase in my insurance premiums will be even more upsetting
greatly distressing, vexing
The HIATUS in service should last two or three monthsâ€"until the cable lines are repaired
a break or gap in duration or continuity
Women found it very difficult to break into the upper ranks of the department's HIERARCHY
a system with ranked groups, usually according to social, economic, or professional class
Because he's such a HEDONIST, I knew Murray would appreciate the 11 cases of wine I bought him for his birthday
one who believes pleasure should be the primary pusuit of humans
The killings were made all the more HEINOUS by the fact that the murderer first tortured his victims for three days.
shockingly wicked, repugnant
My poor, HAPLESS family never seems to pick a sunny week to go on vacation
Everyone had heard the teacher's HARANGUE about gum chewing in class before
1.a ranting speech 2.to give such a speech
Only stubborn Tina would attempt to disprove the INCONTROVERTIBLE laws of physics
I don't see how I could ever work for a company that was so cold and INIMICAL to me during my interviews
hostile, enemy like
The Bill of Rights is an IRREVOCABLE part of American law
incapable of being taken back
I would rather donate money to help the INDIGENT population than to the park sculpture fund
very poor, impoverished
I know Professor Smith didn't actually say not to write from personal experience, but I think such a message was IMPLICIT in her instruction to use scholarly sources.
understood but not outwardly obvious, implied
Because of the sensitive nature of their jobs, those who work for the CIA must remain INSULAR and generally only spend time with each other
separated and narrow-minded; tight-knit, closed off
The country's government is still INCHOATE and, because it has no great tradition, quite unstable
unformed or formless, in a beginning stage
It was really IGNOMINIOUS to be kicked out of the dorm for having an illegal gas stove in my room
humiliating, disgracing
Because of their thick layer of fur, many seals are almost IMPERVIOUS to the cold
impenetrable, incapable of being affected
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Nancy decided to IMMERSE herself in her work in order to avoid crying
to absorb, deeply involve, engross
Lisa's INSIDIOUS chocolate cake tastes so good but makes you feel so sick later on!
appealing but imperceptibly, harmful seductive
Jane goes to one protest after another, but she seems to be an ICONOCLAST rather than an activist with a progressive agenda
one who attacks common beliefs or institutions
Her INGENIOUS use of walnuts instead of the peanuts called for by the recipe was lauded by the other garden club members who found her cake delicious
clever, resourceful
I'm the first to admit that I'm an INVETERATE coffee drinkerâ€"I drink four cups a day
stubbornly established by habit
The fact that biology lectures came just before lunch made them seem INTERMINABLE
without possibility of end
"I fear he's too IMPECUNIOUS to take me out tonight," the bratty girl whined
My mother's irrational INVECTIVE against the way I dress only made me decide to dye my hair green
an angry verbal attack
After his house was toilet-papered for the fifth time, the mayor issued an INJUNCTION against anyone younger than 21 buying toilet paper
an order of official warning
During our conversation, the cab driver occasionally INTERJECTED his opinion
to insert between other things
The IMPUDENT young man looked the princess up and down and told her she was hot even though she hadn't asked him
casually rude, insolent, impertinent
"Stop being so IMPASSIVE; it's healthy to cry every now and then"
not feeling or showing emotion
The INQUISITOR was instructed to knock on every door in town in order to find the fugitive
one who inquires, especially in a hostile manner
There was no end in sight to the INTRACTABLE conflict between the warring countries
difficult to manipulate, unmanageable
When I told you I needed the car last night, I certainly never meant to INHIBIT you from going out
to prevent, restrain, stop
Most of your comments are so IMPERTINENT that I don't wish to dignify them with an answer
rude, insolent
The INSURGENT snuck into and defaced a different classroom each night until the administration agreed to meet his demands
one who rebels
Without the INTEGRAL ingredient of flour, you wouldn't be able to make bread
necessary for completeness
The laws of physics are IMMUTABLE and constant
not changeable
During the debate, the politician made several INNUENDOS about the sexual activities of his opponent
an insinuation
1. The hail IMPINGED the roof, leaving large dents
2. I apologize for IMPINGING upon you like this, but I really need to use your bathroom. Now.
1. to impact, affect, make an impression
2. to encroach, infringe
To be honest, Jim, my INDOMITABLE nature means I could never take orders from anyone, and especially not from a jerk like you
not capable of being conquered
1. If we catch the INCENDIARY who screamed ""bomb"" in the middle of the soccer match, we're going to put him in jail
2. Gas and lighter fluid are INCENDIARY materials that should be kept out of hot storage areas"
1.a person who agitates 2.inflammatory, causing combustion
Twenty years in the salt mines INURED the man to the discomforts of dirt and grime
to cause someone or something to become accustomed to a situation
In spite of their INNOCUOUS appearance, these mushrooms are actually quite poisonous
harmless, inoffensive
Even though Tom wasn't present at the time of the shooting, he was IMPLICATED by the evidence suggesting that he had supplied the shooters with guns
to involve in an incriminating way, incriminate
The bride's large diamond ring was IRIDESCENT in the afternoon sun
showing rainbow colors
I know you had trouble with the last test, but because your mistakes were highly IDIOSYNCRATIC, I'm going to deny your request that the class be given a new test
peculiar to one person; highly individualized
At the smallest provocation, my IRASCIBLE cat will begin scratching and clawing
easily angered
1. The INCUMBENT senator is already serving his fifth term
2. It is INCUMBENT upon this organization to offer aid to all who seek it"
1.one who holds an office 2.obligatory
It is said that the experience of playing with a dolphin is INEFFABLE and can only be understood through direct encounter
unspeakable, incapable of being expressed through words
Xena's IDOLATROUS fawning over the bandâ€"following them on tour, starting their fan club, filming their documentaryâ€"is really beginning to get on my nerves
excessively worshiping one object or person
1. Do you have a knife or some other sort of IMPLEMENT that I could use to pry the lid off of this jar
2. After the first town curfew failed to stop the graffiti problem, the mayor IMPLEMENTED a new policy to use security cameras to catch perpetrators in the act"
1.an instrument, utensil, tool 2.to put into effect, to institute
Why should my INDOLENT children, who can't even pick themselves up off the couch to pour their own juice, be rewarded with a trip to the mall
1. It is IMPERATIVE that you have these folders organized by midday
2. Her IMPERATIVE to have the folders organized by midday was perceived as ridiculous by the others."
1.necessary, pressing 2.a rule, command, or order
Hilda's hasty slaying of the king was an IMPETUOUS, thoughtless action
rash; hastily done
She proved how INEPT she was when she forgot three orders and spilled a beer in a customer's lap
not suitable or capable, unqualified
The IRREVERENCE displayed by the band that marched through the chapel disturbed many churchgoer
The demagogue INSTIGATED the crowd into a fury by telling them that they had been cheated by the federal government
to urge, goad
Though the invaders used battering rams, catapults, and rain dances, the fortress proved IMPREGNABLE and resisted all attacks
resistant to capture or penetration
That celebrity is so INSOLENT, making fun of his fans right to their faces
rude, arrogant, overbearing
Some fear that these plants, which are not INDIGENOUS to the region, may choke out the vegetation that is native to the area
originating in a region
"1. In the church pageant, I play the role of greed INCARNATE
2. The alien evaded detection by INCARNATING himself in human form
1.existing in the flesh, embodied 2.to give human form to
Sarah has an INCLINATION to see every foreign film she hears about, even when she's sure that she won't like it
tendency, propensity
Who knew that our decision to boycott school lunch would INDUCE a huge riot
to bring about, stimulate
Mr. Brinford's INTIMIDATION that he would soon pass away occurred when he began to discuss how to distribute his belongings among his children
an indirect suggestion
The workmen made the wall longer, increment by INCREMENT
an enlargement; the process of increasing
The CEO IMPUTED the many typos in the letter to his lazy secretary
to ascribe, blame
Although I begged for hours, Mom was INEXORABLE and refused to let me stay out all night after the prom
incapable of being persuaded or placated
He must have writers, but his speeches seem so INGENUOUS it's hard to believe he's not speaking from his own heart
not devious; innocent and candid
The INFUSION of Eastern religion into Western philosophy created interesting new schools of thought
an injection of one substance into another; the permeation of one
Because of the stiff competition, the company knew it needed to pour a lot of energy into INNOVATING new and better products
to do something in an unprecedented way
If your grades were as IMPECCABLE as your sister's, then you too would receive a car for a graduation present
exemplary, flawless
"Your INIQUITY," said the priest to the practical jokester, "will be forgiven."
wickedness or sin
The fourth-grader learned many ILLICIT words from a pamphlet that was being passed around school
forbidden, not permitted
Though he spoke for over an hour, the lecturer was completely INARTICULATE and the students had no idea what he was talking about
incapable of expressing oneself clearly through speech
Even after traveling 62 miles, the INDEFATIGABLE runner kept on moving
incapable of defeat, failure, decay
Some films are so INANE that the psychology of the characters makes absolutely no sense
silly and meaningless
The INFAMY of his crime will not lessen as the decades pass
notoriety, extreme ill repute
The play was so INSIPID, I fell asleep halfway through
dull, boring
The discussion wasn't going anywhere until her INCISIVE comment allowed everyone to see what the true issues were
clear, sharp, direct
The IMPERIOUS nature of your manner led me to dislike you at once
commanding, domineering
Unless I look at the solution manual, I have no way of solving this INEXTRICABLE problem
hopelessly tangled or entangled
His incredible athletic talent is INNATE, he never trains, lifts weights, or practices
inborn, native, inherent
We wanted to go outside and play, but the INCESSANT rain kept us indoors for two days
My INSATIABLE appetite for melons can be a real problem in the winter
incapable of being satisfied
Nobody was ever able to break into Batman's INVIOLABLE Batcave
secure from assault
I resigned from the sorority because of my INDIGNATION at its hazing of new members
anger sparked by something unjust or unfair
When the officials could not come to an agreement over the correct cover of the flags, the prime minister acted as an INTERLOCUTOR
someone who participates in a dialogue or conversation
I've feared needles ever since I was INOCULATED against 37 diseases at age one; but I have also never been sick
to introduce a microorganism, serum, or vaccine into an organism in order to increase immunity to illness; to vaccinate
You can buy Grandma nicotine gum all you want, but I think that after sixty-five years of smoking she's INCORRIGIBLE
incapable of correction, delinquent
After scaling a live volcano prior to its eruption, the explorer was praised for his INTREPID attitude
brave in the face of danger
Watch out: once you shun Grandma's cooking, she is totally IMPLACABLE
incapable of being appeased or mitigated
The INTRANSIGENT child said he would have 12 scoops of ice cream, or he would bang his head against the wall until his mother fainted from fear
refusing to compromise, often on an extreme opinion
Because I am the star of a new sitcom, my fans are sure to INUNDATE me with fan mail and praise
to flood with abundance
I wish Luke and Spencer would stop INSINUATING that my perfect report card is the result of anything other than my superior intelligence and good work habits
to suggest indirectly or subtly
The crowd was JUBILANT when the firefighter carried the woman from the flaming building
extremely joyful, happy
When the JUDICIOUS king decided to compromise rather than send his army to its certain death, he was applauded
having or exercising sound judgment
The interior designer admired my JUXTAPOSITION of the yellow couch and green table
the act of placing two things next to each other for implicit comparison
Echoing throughout our village, the funeral KNELL made the stormy day even more grim
the solemn sound of a bell, often indicating a death
After the performance, the reviewers gave the opera singer KUDOS for a job well done
praise for an achievement
Smuggling the French plants through customs by claiming that they were fake was a remarkable bit of LEGERDEMAIN
deception, slight-of-hand
The LINCHPIN in the prosecution's case was the hair from the defendant's head, which was found at the scene of the crime
something that holds separate parts together
My boss demonstrated great LARGESS by giving me a new car
the generous giving of lavish gifts
Because he fell off his bike into a rosebush, the paperboy's skin was covered with LACERATIONS
a cut, tear
In the summer months, the great heat makes people LANGUID and lazy
sluggish from fatigue or weakness
Marilee has always been fascinated by the LICENTIOUS private lives of politicians
displaying a lack of moral or legal restraints
When my car was not where I had left it, I realized that I was a victim of LARCENY
obtaining another's property by theft or trickery
Mr. Johnson's LIMPID writing style greatly pleased readers who disliked complicated novels
clear, transparent
"1. Because they had worked very hard, the performers appreciated the critic's LAVISH praise
2. Because the performers had worked hard, they deserved the praise that the critic LAVISHED on them"
1.given without limits 2.to give without limits
When Jean Claude explained to his boss that he was LETHARGIC and didn't feel like working that day, the boss fired him
in a state of sluggishness or apathy
The author's LACONIC style has won him many followers who dislike wordiness
terse in speech or writing
Sigmund's dream represented his LATENT paranoid obsession with other people's shoes
hidden, but capable of being exposed
The light of the LUMINOUS moon graced the shoulders of the beautiful maiden
brightly shining
"1. The bungee-jumping tower was a great LIABILITY for the owners of the carnival
2. Because she often lost her concentration and didn't play defense, Marcy was a LIABILITY to the team"
1.something for which one is legally responsible, usually involving a disadvantsge or risk 2.a handicap, burden
Because Guenevere's essay was so LUCID, I only had to read it once to understand her reasoning
clear, easily understandable
When the LITIGANTS began screaming at each other, Judge Koch ordered them to be silent
someone engaged in a lawsuit
The dissatisfied subjects overthrew the monarch and replaced him with a LIBERTARIAN ruler who respected their democratic principles
advocating principles of liberty and free will
Because Professor Oglethorpe allowed his students to choose their final grades, the other teachers believed that he was excessively LENIENT
demonstrating tolerance or gentleness
Although the dancers were all outstanding, Jae Sun's control of her LITHE body was particularly impressive
graceful, flexible, supple
Such LAUDATORY comments are unusual from someone who is usually so reserved in his opinions
expressing admiration or praise
Gideon's story, in which he described a character torturing his sister's dolls, was judged too LURID to be printed in the school's literary magazine
ghastly, sensational
The ornate needlework in the bride's gown was a product of METICULOUS handiwork
extremely careful with details
This Swiss Army knife has MULTIFARIOUS functions and capabilities. Among other things, it can act as a knife, a saw, a toothpick, and a slingshot
having great diversity or variety
Although I had already broken most of her dishes, Jacqueline was MAGNANIMOUS enough to continue letting me use them
noble, generous
"1. When I wrote the wrong sum on the chalkboard, my mistake was so MANIFEST that the entire class burst into laughter
2. His illness first MANIFESTED itself with particularly violent hiccups"
1.easily understandable, obvious 2.to show plainly
The composer wrote a piece that MODULATED between minor and major keys
to pass from one state to another, especially in music
Andreas is a real MAVERICK and always does things his own way
an independent, nonconformist person
Although many people enjoy romantic comedies, I usually find them MAUDLIN and shallow
weakly sentimental
Maximillian's political opinions were so MALLEABLE that anyone he talked to was able to change his mind instantly
capable of being shaped or transformed
The royal family's MUNIFICENCE made everyone else in their country rich
generosity in giving
"1. Luckily, the restaurant we chose had MODERATE prices; none of us have any money
2. Because he found both the liberal and conservative proposals too excessive, Mr. Park sided with the MODERATES"
1.not extreme 2.one who expresses moderate opinions
Susannah's wardrobe contained an astonishing MEDLEY of colors, from olive green to fluorescent pink
a mixture of differing things
The MENDACIOUS content of the tabloid magazines is at least entertaining
having a lying, false character
Refusing to display even a MODICUM of sensitivity, Henrietta announced her boss's affair in front of the entire office
a small amount of something
Because fashion is so MUTABLE, what is trendy today will look outdated in five years
able to change
Winnifred went to the gym every day for a year and underwent a METAMORPHOSIS from a waiflike girl to an athletic woman
the change of form, shape, substance
Miss Manners's etiquette MAXIMS are both entertaining and instructionaL
a common saying expressing a principle of conduct
Though he was widely respected for his mathematical proofs, the MERCURIAL genius was impossible to live with
characterized by rapid change or temperamentality, erratic
Manfred was given the congressional medal of honor for his MERITORIOUS actions
worthy of esteem or reward
When Theresa lost her job, she could not get out of her financial MORASS
a wet swampy bog; figuratively, something that traps and confuses
It was difficult to decide what to do Friday night because the city presented us with MYRIAD possibilities for fun
consisting of a very great number
He is more concerned with the MUNDANE issues of day-to-day life than with spiritual topics
concerned with the world rather than with heaven, commonplace
In the Old Testament, God MANDATES that no one should steaL
an authoritative command
MORES change over time; many things that were tolerated in 1975 are no longer seen as being socially acceptable
the moral attitudes and fixed customs of a group of people
When I had an awful sore throat, only warm tea would MITIGATE the pain
to make less violent, alleviate
Jason's MOROSE nature made him very unpleasant to talk to
gloom or sullen
The police officer MOLLIFIED the angry woman by giving her a warning instead of a ticket
to soften in temper
My MEAGER portion of food did nothing to satisfy my appetite
deficient in size or quality
The MALEVOLENT old man sat in the park all day, tripping unsuspecting passersby with his cane
wanting harm to befall others
Although some nineteenth- century critics viewed Dickens's writing as MAWKISH, contemporary readers have found great emotional depth in his works
characterized by sick sentimentality
The popularity of Dante's Inferno is partly due to the fact that the work allows for MANIFOLD interpretations
diverse, varied
Little did the explorers know that as they turned the next bend of the calm river a vicious MAELSTROM would catch their boat
a destructive whirlpool which rapidly sucks in objects
When I was arrested for speeding, I screamed MALEDICTIONS against the policeman and the entire police department
a curse
In the first six months after college, Jose led a NOMADIC life, living in New York, California, and Idaho
wandering from place to place
The transition between governments meant that who was actually in charge was a NEBULOUS matter
vaguely defined, cloudy
The NUANCES of the poem were not obvious to the casual reader, but the professor was able to point them out
a slight variation in meaning, tone, expression
Unfortunately, my brilliant paper was only in its NASCENT form on the morning that it was due
in the process of being born or coming into existence
Because he was moving the following week and needed to get rid of his furniture more than he needed money, Jordan sold everything for a NOMINAL fee
trifling, insignificant
Although Dr. Meanman's NEFARIOUS plot to melt the polar icecaps was terrifying, it was so impractical that nobody really worried about it
heinously villainous
Because we were all NOVICES at yoga, our instructor decided to begin with the basics
a beginner, someone without training or experience
Although Serena had never watered the plant, which was about to die, Javier was able to NURTURE it back to life
to assist the development of
My day was boring, but the NADIR came when I accidentally spilled a bowl of spaghetti on my head
the lowest point of something
Jacob was NOTORIOUS for always arriving late at parties
widely and unfavorably known
I was surprised when I saw the movie star in person because she looked NONDESCRIPT
lacking a distinctive character
Although deep down she was very angry, Marsha acted in a NONCHALANT manner when she found out that her best friend had used her clothing without asking
having a lack of concern, indifference
Jessie's grandfather called me a NEGLIGENT fool after I left the door to his apartment unlocked even though there had been a recent string of robberies
habitually careless, neglectful
Environmentalists showed that the NOXIOUS weeds were destroying the insects' natural habitats
harmful, unwholesome
Nobody would enter the stalls until the horse's NOISOME leavings were taken away
unpleasant, offensive, especially to the sense of smell
As a NEOPHYTE in the literary world, Malik had trouble finding a publisher for his first novel
someone who is young or inexperienced
Jackie was a NOCTURNAL person; she would study until dawn and sleep until the evening
relating to or occurring during the night
Political opponents warned that the prime minister's OBTUSE approach to foreign policy would embroil the nation in mindless war
lacking quickness or sensibility or intellect
On the palace tour, the guide focused on the OSTENTATIOUS decorations and spoke little of the royal family's history
excessively showy, glitzy
The OBSTINATE child refused to leave the store until his mother bought him a candy bar
not yielding easily, stubborn
OBLIVIOUS to the burning smell emanating from the kitchen, my father did not notice that the rolls in the oven were burned until much too late
lacking consciousness or awareness of something
With the inventions of tape decks and CDs, which both have better sound and are easier to use, eight-track players are now entirely OBSOLETE
no longer used, out of date
Brenda resented Allan's OFFICIOUS behavior when he selected colors that might best improve her artwork
offering one's services when they are neither wanted nor needed
Mark acted like Janet's servant, obeying her every request in an OBSEQUIOUS manner
excessively compliant or submissive
Billy's OBSTREPEROUS behavior prompted the librarian to ask him to leave the reading room
noisy, unruly
Martin's OBLIQUE language confused those who listened to him
diverging from a straight line or course, not straightforward
The prime minister was visibly shaken when the unruly parliament interrupted his ORATION about failed domestic policies
a speech delivered in a formal or ceremonious manner
Beth risked OSTRACISM if her roommates discovered her flatulence
exclusion from a group
Because he was standing in the shadows, his features were OBSCURE
unclear, partially hidden
The OBDURATE old man refused to take pity on the kittens
unyielding to persuasion or moral influences
My parents lamented that the pleasures of living in a beautiful country estate no longer outweighed the ONEROUS mortgage payment
The fortuneteller's OMINOUS words flashed through my mind as the hooded figure approached me in the alley
foreboding or foreshadowing evil
The OPULENT furnishings of the dictator's private compound contrasted harshly with the meager accommodations of her subjects
characterized by rich abundance verging on ostentation
The detective did want to answer the newspaperman's questions, so he OBFUSCATED the truth
to render incomprehensible
My uncle OSCILLATED between buying a station wagon to transport his family and buying a sports car to satisfy his boyhood fantasies
to sway from one side to the other
The ORNATE styling of the new model of luxury car could not compensate for the poor quality of its motor
highly elaborate, excessively decorated
Jack's OSTENSIBLE reason for driving was that airfare was too expensive, but in reality, he was afraid of flying
appearing as such, seemingly
Mark was assigned the ODIOUS task of cleaning the cat's litter box
instilling hatred or intense displeasure
The company's profits dwindled because the management pursued ORTHODOX business policies that were incompatible with new industrial trends
conventional, conforming to established protocol
The man purchased a lollipop to PLACATE his irritable son
to ease the anger or, soothe
Despite the unpleasant smell, the exotic cheese was quite PALATABLE
agreeable to the taste or sensibilities
The duke PRESCRIBED that from this point further all of the peasants living on his lands would have to pay higher taxes
to lay down a rule
Mrs. Huxtable was annoyed that the wet dog's odor had PERMEATED the furniture's upholstery
to spread throughout, saturate
He studied all the data and then came up with a PLAUSIBLE theory that took all factors into account
believable, reasonable
The dark storm clouds visible on the horizon suggested that the weather would not be PROPITIOUS for sailing
The actor agreed to accept the role after a two-month PERUSAL of the movie script
a careful examination, review
Josh complained that he was paid a PITTANCE for the great amount of work he did at the firm
a very small amount, especially relating to money
My father's long-winded explanation was a stark contrast to his usually PITHY statements
concisely meaningful
Rumors of Paul McCartney's demise PROPAGATED like wildfire throughout the world
to multiply, spread out
My parents forgave Sandra's PERT humor at the dinner table because it had been so long since they had last seen her
flippant, bold
After reading over her paper, Helene concluded that what she thought were profound insights were actually just PLATITUDES
an uninspired remark, cliche
After decades of rule by an oppressive government that saw nothing wrong with stealing from its citizens, the recent drought only increased the people's PRIVATION
lacking basic necessities
Those rotten eggs smell PUTRID
rotten, foul
Book reviewers declared that the author's new novel was extraordinary and probably the PINNACLE of Western literature
the highest point
His PREPOSSESSING appearance made it impossible for me to think of anything else
occupying the mind to the exclusion of other thoughts or feelings
My teacher actually cried after reading to us the POIGNANT final chapter of the novel
deeply affecting, moving
Brad was PERPLEXED by his girlfriend's suddenly distant manner
to confuse
The PROFLIGATE gambler loved to drink, spend money, steal, cheat, and hang out with prostitutes
dissolute, extravagant
Aaron's PUGNACIOUS nature led him to start several barroom brawls each month
quarrelsome, combative
Aircraft wings are designed to be somewhat PLIABLE so they do not break in heavy turbulence
If caught smoking in the boys' room, the PUNITIVE result is immediate expulsion from school
involving punishment
The radio broadcaster announced the news of the massacre in a surprisingly PERFUNCTORY manner
showing little interest or enthusiasm
Among Nigel's PROTEAN talents was his ability to touch the tip of his nose with his tongue
able to change shape; displaying great variety
Invading enemy soldiers PILLAGED the homes scattered along the country's border
to seize or plunder, especially in war
Though he actually wanted to use his parents' car to go on a date, Nick borrowed his parents' car under the PRETENSE of attending a group study session
an appearance or action intended to deceive
All the villagers stood along the town's main road to observe as the POTENTATE'S procession headed towards the capital
one who has great power, a ruler
Having smoked the PENULTIMATE cigarette remaining in the pack, Cybil discarded the last cigarette and resolved to quit smoking
next to last
After losing a fortune in a stock market crash, my father vowed to practice greater PRUDENCE in future investments
cautious, circumspect
The fans were PROFUSE in their cheers for the star basketball player
plentiful, abundant
The judge demanded order after the lawyer's PUERILE attempt to object by stomping his feet on the courtroom floor
juvenile, immature
The princess grew angry after the PRESUMPTUOUS noble tried to kiss her, even though he was far below her in social status
disrespectfully bold
Harry's parents were frustrated with his PERTINACIOUS insistence that a monster lived in his closet. Then they opened the closet door and were eaten
stubbornly persistent
"Because the new SUV was so popular, it became the PARADIGM upon which all others were modeled"
an example that is a perfect pattern or model
Francois has a PREDILECTION for eating scrambled eggs with ketchup, though I prefer to eat eggs without any condiments
a preference or inclination for something
Following the discovery of his plagiarism, Professor Hurley was made a PARIAH in all academic circles
an outcast
The FBI was unable to PROCURE sufficient evidence to charge the gangster with racketeering
to obtain, acquire
The mountain climber hung from a PRECIPICE before finding a handhold and pulling himself up
the face of a cliff, a steep or overhanging place
My grandmother was overwhelmed by the PLENITUDE of tomatoes her garden yielded this season
an abundance
"The diplomat refused to acknowledge the PARADOX that negotiating a peace treaty would demand more resources than waging war"
an apparently contradictory statement that is perhaps true
The king did not believe that his rival could round up enough PARTISANS to overthrow the monarchy
a follower, adherent
The controversial new film received PLAUDITS from even the harshest critics
enthusiastic approval, applause
The new government feared that the Communist sympathizers would have a PERNICIOUS influence on the nation's stability
extremely destructive or harmful
Doctors wish there was a single PANACEA for every disease, but sadly there is not
a remedy for all ills or difficulties
The chemistry professor's PACIFIC demeanor helped the class remain calm after the experiment exploded
The reason for Jim's abdominal pain was made PATENT after the doctor performed a sonogram
readily seen or understood, clear
When my uncle's old war injury ached, he interpreted it as a PRESAGE of bad weather approaching
an omen
The PALETTE of colors utilized in the painting was equaled only by the range of intense emotions the piece evoked
a range of colors or qualities
Dr. Van Helsing feared that Lucy's PALLID complexion was due to an unexplained loss of blood
lacking color
Wishing his book to be PELLUCID to the common man, Albert Camus avoided using complicated grammar when composing The Stranger
easily intelligible, clear
Erma's old-fashioned parents believed that her mini-skirt lacked the PROPRIETY expected of a "nice" girl
the quality or state of being proper, decent
The mythical Helen of Troy was considered a PARAGON of female beauty
a model of excellence or perfection
Several of Shakespeare's sonnets explore the PULCHRITUDE of a lovely young man
physical beauty
David's mother was shocked by the discovery of PRUIENT reading material hidden beneath her son's mattress
eliciting or possessing an extraordinary interest in sex
Jill's dinner parties quickly became monotonous on account of her PENCHANT for Mexican dishes
a tendency, partiality, preference
The musician had never taken a guitar lesson in his life, making his PROWESS with the instrument even more incredible
extraordinary ability
The town council voted to PROSCRIBE the sale of alcohol on weekends
to condemn, outlaw
My brother launched into a POLEMIC against my arguments that capitalism was an unjust economic system
an aggressive argument against a specific opinion
The jury's verdict may have been more lenient if the criminal had appeared PENITENT for his gruesome crimes
remorseful, regretful
Many relatives believed that my aunt's wealth resulted from her PARSIMONY
frugality, stinginess
Britain's PREPONDERANCE of naval might secured the nation's role as a military power
superiority in importance or quantity
The Nanny resigned after she could no longer tolerate the child's PETULANCE
rudeness, irritability
A hush fell over the classroom when the teacher returned to find Deborah acting out a PARODY of his teaching style
a satirical imitation
Jacob's PROFANE act of dumping frogs in the holy water in the chapel at his boarding school resulted in his dismissal
lewd, indecent
The film professor PROMULGATED that both in terms of sex appeal and political intrigue, Sean Connery's James Bond was superior to Roger Moore's
to proclaim, make known
Heather's PROSAIC recital of the poem bored the audience
plain, lacking liveliness
Stepping off the plane in Havana, I recognized the PERVASIVE odor of sugar cane fields on fire
having the tendency to spread throughout
Questioning the fortune cookie's prediction, Ray went in search of the old hermit who was rumored to be PRESCIENT
to have foreknowledge of events
Derek was so academically PRECOCIOUS that by the time he was 10 years old, he was already in the ninth grade
advanced, developing ahead of time
Because he was never viewed as a man of great PROBITY, no one was surprised by Mr. Samson's immoral behavior
virtue, integrity
The wedding banquet included a PLETHORA of oysters piled almost three feet high
an abundance, excess
Dr. Hastings had difficulty identifying the precise nature of Brian's PATHOLOGY
a deviation from the normal
The evening's headline news covered an international scandal caused by a PEJORATIVE statement the famous senator had made in reference to a foreign leader
derogatory, uncomplimentary
Stella complained that her husband's PENURIOUS ways made it impossible to live the lifestyle she felt she deserved
miserly, stingy
The doctor trusted that the new medication would PALLIATE her patient's discomfort
to reduce the severity of
PUNCTILIOUS Bobby, hall monitor extraordinaire, insisted that his peers follow the rules
eager to follow rules or conventions
The PUNGENT odor in the classroom made Joseph lose his concentration during the test
having a pointed, sharp quality- often used to describe smells
Martha filled with PATHOS upon discovering the scrawny, shivering kitten at her door
an emotion of sympathy
Many people felt that the billionaire's decision to donate her fortune to house the homeless was the ultimate PHILANTHROPIC act
charitable, giving
When a black cat crossed my sister's path while she was walking to school, she took it as a PORTENT that she would do badly on her spelling test
an omen
After the official was caught selling government secrets to enemy agents, he was executed for his PERFIDIOUS ways
disloyal, unfaithful
The first primates to walk on two legs, called Australopithecus, were the PRIMEVAL descendants of modern man
original, ancient
The PLACID lake surface was as smooth as glass
calm, peaceful
Dermit has a PROPENSITY for dangerous activities such as bungee jumping
an inclination, preference
The detective was too humble to acknowledge that his PERSPICACITY was the reason for his professional success
shrewdness, perceptiveness
In a sick twist of fate, Harold's childhood PROCLIVITY for torturing small animals grew into a desire to become a surgeon
a strong inclination toward something
My grandfather's large and vicious guard dog PRECLUDED anyone from entering the yard
to prevent
During sea voyages it is essential that ships carry a supply of POTABLE water because salty ocean water makes anyone who drinks it sick
suitable for drinking
Gilbert lamented the PAUCITY of twentieth century literature courses available at the college
small in quantity
The politician argued that while increased security measures might not fit with the lofty ideals of the nation, they were a PRAGMATIC necessity to ensure everyone's safety
It was PARAMOUNT that the bomb squad disconnect the blue wire before removing the fuse
greatest in importance, rank, character
Monique feared her dog was ill after the animal's PHLEGMATIC response to his favorite chew toy
uninterested, unresponsive
We'd all like to avoid the kind of military QUAGMIRE characterized by the Vietnam War
a difficult situation
Hilda was delighted by the QUAINT bonnets she saw in Amish country
charmingly old-fashioned
Carlos found himself in a QUANDARY: should he choose mint chocolate chip or cookie dough
a perplexed, unresolvable state
The skilled leader deftly QUELLED the rebellion
to control or diffuse a potentially explosive situation
If deprived of his pacifier, young Brendan becomes QUERULOUS
whiny, complaining
Edward entertained a QUIXOTIC desire to fall in love at first sight in a laundromat
idealistic, impractical
Ambika's QUOTIDIAN routines include drinking two cups of coffee in the morning
"The dingy old chair, after being REFURBISHED, commanded the handsome price of $200"
to restore, clean up
Because the governor woke up in a particularly good mood, he granted hundreds of REPRIEVES to prisoners
a temporary delay or punishment
Rob was double-dog-dared to eat the RANCID egg salad sandwich
having a terrible taste or smell
Maria REFUTED the president's argument as she yelled and gesticulated at the TV
to prove wrong
Jean's cruel and REPREHENSIBLE attempt to dump her boyfriend on his birthday led to tears and recriminations
deserving rebuke
RECLUSIVE authors such as J.D. Salinger do not relish media attention and sometimes even enjoy holing up in remote cabins in the woods
solitary, shunning society
Surprisingly, the famous novelist's writing was RIFE with spelling errors
"After his teacher discovered he couldn't read, Alex was forced to enroll in REMEDIAL English"
intended to repair gaps in students' basic knowledge
"1. Igor the Indomitable had quite a RESERVOIR of strength and could lift ten tons, even after running 700 miles, jumping over three mountains, and swimming across an ocean
2. After graduation, the more rebellious members of the senior class jumped into the town RESERVOIR used for drinking water"
1.reserves, large supply 2.a body of water used for storing water
Justin left the pub to gain a brief RESPITE from the smoke and noise
a break, rest
The old tenement house was RAZED to make room for the large chain store
to demolish, level
The priest's RECTITUDE gave him the moral authority to counsel his parishioners
uprightness, extreme morality
Fiona's RENUNCIATION of red meat resulted in weight loss, but confused those people who thought she'd been a vegetarian for years
to reject
After the most REPUTABLE critic in the industry gave the novel a glowing review, sales took off
of good reputation
1. Sarah and Emma RESOLVED their differences and shook hands
2. Lady Macbeth RESOLVED to whip her husband into shape"
1.to find a solution 2.to firmly decide
The company RESCINDED its offer of employment after discovering that Jane's resume was full of lies
to take back, repeal
The cat, after eating an entire can of tuna fish, REPOSED in the sun and took a long nap"
to rest, lie down
During the war, the government made a REQUISITION of supplies
a demand for goods, usually made by an authority
It's best to think things over calmly and thoroughly, rather than make RASH decisions
hasty, incautious
The professor RAILED against the injustice of the college's tenure policy
to scold, protest
1. The feuding neighbors finally RECONCILED when one brought the other a delicious tuna noodle casserole
2. Alou had to RECONCILE his skepticism about the existence of aliens with the fact that he was looking at a flying saucer"
1.to return to harmony 2.to make consistent with existing ideas
The young writer earned international RENOWN by winning the Pulitzer Prize
honor, acclaim
The RESILIENT ballplayer quickly recovered from his wrist injury
able to recover from misfortune; able to withstand adversity
Theodore REVELED in his new status as Big Man on Campus
to enjoy intensely
Kwame made a strong case for an extension of his curfew, but his mother REPUDIATED it with a few biting words
to reject, refuse to accept
As the media worked itself into a frenzy, the publicist hurriedly RETRACTED his client's sexist statement
When Eileen challenged me to a fight, I could see the RANCOR in her eyes
deep, bitter resentment
The RESTIVE audience pelted the band with mud and yelled nasty comments
resistant, stubborn, impatient
1. The RENOVATED antique candelabra looked as good as new
2. After getting RENOVATED, the house was twice as big and much more attractive"
1.restore, return to original state
2. to enlarge and make prettier, especially a house
The unedited version was REPLETE with naughty words
full, abundant
1. Feeling sick, Chuck REGURGITATED his dinner
2. Margaret rushed through the test, REGURGITATING all of the facts she'd memorized an hour earlier"
1.to vomit 2. to throw back exactly
Terry liked to RUMINATE while sitting on the banks of the river, staring pensively into the water
to contemplate, reflect
With a RESOLUTE glint in her eye, Catherine announced that she was set on going to college in New York City even though she was a little frightened of tall buildings
firm, determined
The REPROBATE criminal sat sneering in the cell
evil, unprincipled
The partygoers were RESPLENDENT in diamonds and fancy dress
shiny, glowing
Lara REPROVED her son for sticking each and every one of his fingers into the strawberry pie
to scold, rebuke
The fortress looked REDOUBTABLE set against a stormy sky
1.formidable 2.commanding respect
Brian REPROACHED the customer for failing to rewind the video he had rented
to scold, disapprove
The doctor saved countless lives with his combination of expertise and kindness and became universally REVERED
to esteem ,show deference, venerate
Before the final exam, the teacher RECAPITULATED the semester's material
to sum up, repeat
The light was REFRACTED as it passed through the prism
to distort, change
When Steve gave Samantha a sweater for Christmas, she RECIPROCATED by giving him a kiss
to given in return
Many people feel that descendants of slaves should receive RESTITUTION for the sufferings of their ancestors
restoration to the rightful owner
Sarah's neighbors called the cops when her house party got too RACOUS
loud, boisterous
The REPENTANT Dennis apologized profusely for breaking his mother's vase
penitent, sorry
The critic RHAPSODIZED about the movie, calling it an instant classic
to engage in excessive enthusiasm
"1. At the astrology conference, Simon was RELEGATED to the Scorpio room
2. After spilling a drink on a customer's shirt, the waiter found himself RELEGATED to the least lucrative shift"
1.to assign to the proper place 2.to assign to an inferior place
1. Antisocial Annie tried to REPULSE people by neglecting to brush her teeth
2. With a deft movement of her wrist and a punch to the stomach, Lacy REPULSED Jack's attempt to kiss her"
1.to disgust 2.to push back
While some giggled at the RIBALD joke involving a parson's daughter, most sighed and rolled their eyes
coarsely, crudely humorous
The burglar gained entrance because the security guard, REMISS in his duties, forgot to lock the door
negligent, failing to take care
Even when scolded, the RECALCITRANT young girl simply stomped her foot and refused to finish her lima beans
defiant, unapologetic
Oliver concocted an elaborate RUSE for sneaking out of the house to meet his girlfriend while simultaneously giving his mother the impression that he was asleep in bed
a trick
When Margaret met her paramour, they felt an instant RAPPORT
mutual understanding and harmony
After missing the curfew set by the court for eight nights in a row, Marcel's freedom of movement was REVOKED
to take back
When the cops showed up at Sarah's party, they REBUKED her for disturbing the peace.
to scold, criticize
Pete always RELISHED his bedtime snack
to enjoy
Charles's STOLID reaction to his wife's funeral differed from the passion he showed at the time of her death
expressing little sensibility, unemotional
The SOMNOLENT student kept falling asleep and waking up with a jerk
sleepy, drowsy
Veronica's audacity and ungratefulness STUPEFIED her best friend, Heather
to astonish, make insensible
Using a SPURIOUS argument, John convinced the others that he had won the board game on a technicality
false but designed to seem plausible
In an amazing bit of SERENDIPITY, penniless Paula found a $20 bill in the subway station
luck, finding good things without looking for them
"1. Water is sometimes called the universal SOLVENT because almost all other substances can dissolve into it
2. Upon receiving an unexpected check from her aunt, Annabelle found herself suddenly SOLVENT
1.a substance that can dissolve other substances 2.able to pay debts
Andrew regularly began letters with the bizarre SALUTATION "Ahoy ahoy."
a greeting
In some cultures, wives are supposed to be SUBMISSIVE and support their husbands in all matters
easily yielding to authority
The SERVILE porter crept around the hotel lobby, bowing and quaking before the guests
Scrooge's STINGY habits did not fit with the generous, giving spirit of Christmas
not generous, not inclined to spend or give
With no room for advancement, the waiter's career STAGNATED
to become or remain inactive, not develop, not flow
In the United States, the Constitution is often thought of as a SACROSANCT document
holy, something that should not be criticized
Paul found drinking Coke, with all the little bubbles bursting on his tongue, a very SENSUOUS experience
involving sensory gratification
With remarkable SAGACITY, the wise old man predicted and thwarted his children's plan to ship him off to a nursing home
shrewdness, soundness of perspective
When Bruno heard the SCURRILOUS accusation being made about him, he could not believe it because he always tried to be nice to everyone
vulgar, coarse
The invading force captured and SUBJUGATED the natives of that place
to bring under control, subdue
The SOVEREIGN queen, with steely resolve, ordered that the traitorous nobleman be killed
having absolute authority in a certain realm
Polly reacted to any bad news with a SANGUINE smile and the chirpy cry, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!"
optimistic, cheery
Louise stood in front of the Mona Lisa, puzzling over the famous woman's SERENE smile
calm, untroubled
The governor's SUCCINT speech energized the crowd while the mayor's rambled on and on
marked by compact precision
Tom's SACCHARINE manner, although intended to make him popular, actually repelled his classmates
sickeningly sweet
Anne and Diana communicated with a SEMAPHORE involving candles and window shades"
a visual signal
With a coy smile, the guest on the blind-date show announced that he considered himself a very SENSUAL person
involving sensory gratification, usually related to sex
With SCRUPULOUS care, Sam cut a snowflake out of white paper
painstaking, careful
Penelope's faithfulness to Odysseus required that she be STOIC and put off her many suitors
unaffected by passion or feeling
The mature senior rolled her eyes at the SOPHOMORIC gross-out humor of the underclassman
immature, uninformed
When he got drunk, Robinson's white skin became rather SWARTHY
of dark color or complexion
After Tony applied a SALVE to his brilliant red sunburn, he soon felt a little better
a soothing balm
A STRIDENT man, Captain Von Trapp yelled at his daughter and made her cry
harsh, loud
The STAID butler never changed his expression no matter what happened
sedate, serious self-restrained
After partaking of the SURFEIT of tacos and tamales at the All-You-Can-Eat Taco Tamale Lunch Special, Beth felt rather sick
an overabundant supply or indulgence
With the SINUOUS movements of her arms, the dancer mimicked the motion of a snake
lithe, serpentine
Colette's SOLIPISTIC attitude completely ignored the plight of the homeless people on the street
believing that oneself is all that exists
Stephen Greenblatt's essays on Shakespeare proved to be SEMINAL, because they initiated the critical school of New Historicism
original, important, creating a field
The SEDENTARY cat did little but loll in the sun
sitting, settled
Two hours after breaking up with Russell, Suzanne thought of the perfect SCATHING retort to his accusations
sharp, critical, hurtful
SATIATED after eating far too much turkey and stuffing, Liza lay on the couch watching football and suffering from stomach pains
to satisfy excessively
Tracy had already won the campaign so her constant flattery of others was SUPERFLUOUS
exceeding what is necessary
Some see the people in the cabinet as the president's closest advisors, but others see them as SYCOPHANTS
one who flatters for self-gain
After speaking to only one of the students, the teacher was able to SURMISE what had caused the fight
to infer with little evidence
One of the SALIENT differences between Alison and Nancy is that Alison is a foot taller
significant, conspicuous
Sadly, Tessa was convicted on merely SPECULATIVE evidence
not based in fact
Jim, laid up in bed with a nasty virus, enjoyed the SOLICITOUS attentions of his mother, who brought him soup and extra blankets
concerned, attentive
The SANCTIMONIOUS Bertrand delivered stern lectures on the Ten Commandments to anyone who would listen, but thought nothing of stealing cars to make some cash on the side
giving a hypocritical appearance of piety
The homeless man sadly pondered his former wealth and once SUBLIME existence
lofty, grand, exalted
The SURROGATE carried the child to term for its biological parents
one acting in place of another
The plot of the spy film revolved around an untraceable and water-SOLUBLE poison
able to dissolve
The SURREPTITIOUS CIA agents were able to get in and out of the house without anyone noticing
Jason believed that maintaining his SOBRIETY in times of crisis was the key to success in life
sedate, calm
Running a marathon is quite a STRENUOUS task. So is watching an entire Star Trek marathon
requiring tremendous energy or stamina
The ice skater's SCINTILLATING rhinestone costume nearly blinded the judges
I tried to discuss my salary, but the boss kept veering off into TANGENTIAL topics
incidental, peripheral, divergent
After winning the derby, the jockey TRUNCATED the long speech he had planned and thanked only his mom and his horse
to shorten by cutting off
Feeling great TREPIDATION, Anya refused to jump into the pool because she thought she saw a shark in it
fear, apprehension
This club doesn't really attract the dangerous types, so why was that bouncer being so TRUCULENT
ready to fight, cruel
The department heads tore down the arguments in other people's theses, but Johari's work proved to be quite TENABLE
able to be defended or maintained
Elephants are TERRESTRIAL animals
relating to the land
I didn't want to witness the neighbor's TORRID affair through the window
giving off intense heat, passionate
The criminal's actions TRANSGRESSED morality and human decency
to violate, go over a limit
When it comes to sports, fearing your opponent is TANTAMOUNT to losing
equivalent in value or significance
The haughty writer did not realize how we all really felt about his TURGID prose
swollen, excessively embellished in style or language
Keith thought of himself as being very learned, but everyone else thought he was TRITE because his observations about the world were always the same as David Letterman's
not original, overused
According to the school newspaper's merciless theater critic, Pacific Coast High's rendition of the musical Oklahoma was a TRAVESTY of the original
a grossly inferior imitation
Every time Jessica was late, her boyfriend went into a long TIRADE about punctuality
a long speech marked by harsh or biting language
Sir Marcus's chivalry often contrasted with the TURPITUDE he exhibited with the ladies at the tavern
depravity, moral corruption
I interpreted my parents' refusal to talk as a TACIT acceptance of my request
expressed without words
I always feel a trifle TREMULOUS when walking through a graveyard
Maintaining TEMPERANCE will ensure that you are able to think rationally and objectively
moderation in action or thought
As time passed and the history professor continued to drone on and on, the lecture became increasingly TEDIOUS
dull, boring
Because virtually everyone in Palm Beach is a tourist, the population of the town is quite TRANSIENT
passing through briefly; passing into and out of existence
The directions that accompanied my new cell phone were TRENCHANT and easy to follow
effective, articulate, clear-cut
There is a time of night when nothing moves and everything is TRANQUIL
When dealing with the unknown, TIMOROUS Tallulah almost always broke into tears
timid, fearful
The other kids referred to the teacher's pet as the Tenth Grade TOADY
one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors
The TORPID whale floated, wallowing in the water for hours
lethargic, dormant, lacking motion
The scary thing about driving in mountains are the narrow, TORTUOUS roads
Though Jane never seems to stop talking, her brother is quite TACITURN
not inclined to talk
Tom and Huck entered the scary cave armed with nothing but their own TEMERITY
audacity, recklessness
In college, I used to carry around an anatomy book that was the heaviest TOME in my bag
a large book
The horse was so TRACTABLE, Myra didn't even need a bridle
easily controlled
Your argument is very TENUOUS, since it relies so much on speculation and hearsay
having little substance or strength
Ancient alchemists believed that it was possible to TRANSMUTE lead into gold
to change or alter in form
Luka had an UNCANNY ability to know exactly what other people were thinking. She also had an UNCANNY ability to shoot fireballs from her hands
of supernatural character or origin
Everyone in the world wants to live in a UTOPIA, but no one can agree how to go about building one
an imaginary and remote place of perfection
The UNCTUOUS receptionist seemed untrustworthy, as if she was only being helpful because she thought we might give her a big tip
smooth or greasy in texture, appearance, manner false earnest too
The beautiful, fragile vase couldn't hold flowers or serve any other ULITARIAN purpose
relating to or aiming at usefulness
The rogue army general tried to USURP control of the government, but he failed because most of the army backed the legally elected president
to seize by force, take possession of without right
As the storm began to brew, the placid ocean began to UNDULATE to an increasing degree
to move in waves
The last thing Lindsay wanted was for Lisa to UPBRAID her again about missing the rent payment
to criticize or scold severely
It seems that everyone in the United States has a television. The technology is UBIQUITOUS here
existing everywhere, widespread
He called me a lily-livered coward, and I took UMBRAGE at the insult
resentment, offense
Yoko's chemistry lab partner was asleep during the experiment and could not VALIDATE the accuracy of her methods
to confirm, support, corroborate
The tribute to John Lennon sought to VENERATE his music, his words, and his legend
to regard with respect or to honor
The VENERABLE Supreme Court justice had made several key rulings in landmark cases throughout the years
deserving of respect because of age or achievement
Beyonce realized that the lyrics she had just penned were completely VACUOUS and tried to add more substance
lack of content or ideas, stupid
With several agencies regulating the reports, it was difficult for Latifah to argue against its VERACITY
truthfulness, accuracy
Thanks to her Chanel makeup, Shannen was able to maintain a VENEER of perfection that hid the flaws underneath
a superficial or deceptively attractive appearance, facade
The VINDICTIVE madman seeks to exact vengeance for any insult that he perceives is directed at him, no matter how small
The VERDANT leaves on the trees made the world look emerald
green in tint or color
I prefer a definite answer, but my boss kept VACILLATING between the distinct options available to us
to fluctuate, hesitate
The professor's comments about the poem were surprisingly VAPID and dull
lacking liveliness, dull
It took the VERBOSE teacher two hours to explain the topic, while it should have taken only fifteen minutes
wordy, impaired by wordiness
When angry, the woman would spew VITRIOLIC insults
having a caustic quality
After the Watergate scandal, almost any story written about President Nixon sought to VILIFY him and criticize his behavior
to lower in importance, defame
I'm tired of his VOCIFEROUS whining so I'm breaking up with him
loud, boisterous
Even though Lydia has studied piano for many years, she's only average at it. She's no VIRTUOSO, that's for sure
one who excels in an art; a highly skilled musical performer
The VIVACIOUS clown makes all of the children laugh and giggle with his friendly antics
lively, sprightly
The VICISSITUDES of daily life prevent me from predicting what might happen from one day to the next
event that occurs by chance
Jack ran away as soon as his father found out, knowing he would be VITUPERATED for his unseemly behavior
to berate
Each wire in the engineering exam was VARIEGATED by color so that the students could figure out which one was which
diversified, distinctly marked
Do you know if the Mexican tortilla is a VESTIGE of some form of Aztec corn-based flat bread?
a mark or trace of something lost or vanished
After growing tired of the superficial world of high-fashion, Edwina decided to devote herself to a new VOCATION: social work
the work in which someone is employed, profession
All of my lame friends learned to be social through VICARIOUS involvement in my amazing experiences
experiencing through another
The guards remained VIGILANT throughout the night, but the enemy never launched the expected attack
watchful, alert
The VISCOUS syrup took three minutes to pour out of the bottle
not free flowing, syrupy
My little brother VEXES me by poking me in the ribs for hours on end
to confuse or annoy
The attorney had no chance of VINDICATING the defendant with all of the strong evidence presented by the state
to avenge; to free from allegation; to set free
The candidate VEHEMENTLY opposed cutting back on Social Security funding
marked by intense force or emotion
Did you really want to incur her WRATH when she is known for inflicting the worst punishments legally possible?
vengeful anger, punishment
My roommate can't get over her breakup with her boyfriend and now just WALLOWS in self-pity
to roll oneself indolently; to become or remain helpless
Though they were not the strongest of the Thundercats, WILY Kit and Kat were definitely the most clever and full of tricks
crafty, sly
Since her pet rabbit died, Edda missed it terribly and sat around WISTFUL all day long
full of yearning; musingly sad
After such a long, frustrating day, I was grateful for Chris's WINSOME attitude and childish naivete
charming, pleasing
The WHIMSICAL little girl liked to pretend that she was an elvin princess
fanciful, full of whims
Don't be so afraid of his wrath because his influence with the president is already beginning to WANE
to decrease in size, dwindle
Vicky's WANTON demeanor often made the frat guys next door very excited
undisciplined, lewd, lustful
Agatha's grandmother, Stephanie, had the most WIZENED countenance, full of leathery wrinkles
dry, shrunken, wrinkled
We YOKED together the logs by tying a string around them
to join, link
If he were any more ZEALOUS about getting his promotion, he'd practically live at the office
fervent, filled with eagerness in pursuit of something
I was too nice to tell Nelly that she had reached the absolute ZENITH of her career with that one hit of hers
the highest point, culminating point
If not for the ZEPHYRS that were blowing and cooling us, our room would've been unbearably hot
a gentle breeze