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lacking in cunning, guile, or worldliness (antonym: disingenuous)
Janine was so ingenuous that it was too easy for her friends to dupe her.
a deceptive stratagem or device
The submarine pilots were trained in the art of subterfuge; they were excellent at faking out their enemies.
Afraid of failing the test, Sara took a surreptitious glance at her neighbor's test booklet and hoped the teacher didn't see her
scarce supply; lack
There was a dearth of money in my piggybank; it collected dust, not bills
a small, moderate, or token amount
A modicum of effort may result in a small score improvement; in order to improve significantly, however, you must study as often as possible.
smallness in number; scarcity
the struggling city had a paucity of resources and therefore a high level of poverty
to spend wastefully
Kerri squandered her savings on shoes and wasn't able to buy her apartment
moderate; restrained (antonym: intemperate)
Temperate climates rarely experience extremes in temperature.
having little substance or strength; shaky
Her grasp on reality is tenuous at best; she's not even sure what year it is.
marked by painstaking effort; hard-working
With diligent effort, they were able to finish the model airplane in record time.
one who is independent and resists adherence to a group
In the movie Top Gun, Tom Cruise played a maverick who often broke rules and did things his own way.
motivated solely by a desire for money or material gain
During the war, Mercer was a mercenary; he'd fight for whichever side paid him the most for his services.
stubbornly attached to an opinion or a course of action
Despite Jeremy's broken leg, his parents were obstinate; they steadfastly refused to buy him an Xbox
to grow or increase rapidly
Because fax machines, pagers, and cell phones have proliferated in recent years, many new area codes have been created to handle to demand for phone numbers.
With his overwhelming tenacity, Clark was finally able to interview Brad Pitt for the school newspaper.
on the alert; watchful
the participants of the candlelight vigilant, as they had heard that the fraternity across the street was planning to egg them.
The book, though interesting, had so much extraneous information that it was hard to keep track of the important points
to place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast
Separately the pictures look identical, but if you juxtapose them, you can see the differences
If there is sugar in your tea, honey would be superfluous.
combined action or operation
The synergy of hydrogen and oxygen creates water
merely touching or slightly connected; only superficially relevant
though Abby's paper was well written, its thesis was so tangential to its proof that her teacher couldn't give her a good grade
having to do with the appreciation of beauty
Aesthetic considerations determined the arrangement of paintings at the museum; as long as art looked good together, it didn't matter who had painted it.
of or related to the ear or the sense of hearing
it should come as no surprise that musicians prefer aural to visual learning
discordant, unpleasant noise
Brian had to shield his ears from the awful cacophony produced by the punk bank onstage
a funeral hymn or lament
The dirge was so beautiful that everyone cried, even those who hadn't known the deceased.
make up of a variety of sources or styles
Lou's taste in music is quite eclectic; he listens to everything from rap to polka.
lacking in harmony; incompatible
My chicken and jello soup experiment failed; the tastes were just too incongruous
producing a deep or full sound
My father's sonorous snoring keeps me up all night unless I close my door and wear earplugs
loud, harsh, grating, or shrill
The strident shouting kept the neighbors awake all night
disastrous or ludicrous defeat or failure; fiasco
Jim's interview was a complete debacle; he accidentally locked himself in the bathroom, sneezed on the interviewer multiple times, and knocked over the president of the company.
impair the strength of; weaken
Deb ran the New York City marathon without proper training; the experience left her debilitated for weeks
noisy and disorderly
The tumultuous applause was so deafening that the pianist couldn't hear the singer.
the representation of something as existing or happening in the wrong time period
I noticed an anachronism in the museum's ancient Rome display: a digital clock ticking behind a statue of Venus
characteristic of an earlier time; antiquated; old
"How dost thou?" is an archaic way of saying "How are you?"
Always waiting until the last moment to leave home in the morning, Dylan was a dilatory student.
lasting for only a brief time
The importance of SAT scores is truly ephemeral; when you are applying, they are crucial, but once you get into college, no one cares how well you did.
fragrant; aromatic; suggestive
The aroma of apply pie wafted into my room, redolent of weekends spent baking with my grandmother.
of, relating to, or limited by time
One's enjoyment of a mocha latte is bound by temporal limitations; all too soon, the latte is gone
troublesome or oppressive; burdensome
The onerous task was so difficult that Ona thought she'd never get through it.
indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; omen
A red morning sky is a terrible portent for all sailors - it means that stormy seas are ahead
knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foreknowledge; foresight
Preetha's prescience was such that people wondered if she was psychic; how else could she know so much about the future.
without decoration; strict
The gray walls and bare floors of his monastery cell provided an even more austere setting than Brother Austen had hoped for.
drearily commonplace; predictable; trite
The poet's imagery is so banal that I think she cribbed her work from Poetry for Dummies
worn out through overuse; trite
All Hal could offer in the way of advice were hackneyed old phrases that I'd heard a hundred times before.
uninteresting; unchallenging; lacking taste or savor
That insipid movie was so predictable that I walked out.
unimaginative; dull (antonym: poetic)
Rebecca made a prosaic mosaic consisting of identical, undecorated tiles
inducing or tending to induce sleep
The congressman's speech was so soporific that even his cat was yawning.
lacking liveliness, animation, or interest; dull
Valerie's date was so vapid that she thought he was sleeping with his eyes open.