English III Semester 2
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giving praise or compliments
The actor's apartment was filled with laudatory reviews he had clipped from various papers over the years.
having little money, poor
Although his family was in an impecunious situation after his layoff, he managed to get holiday gifts for all his children.
covered in hair
Hirsute caterpillars didn't bother him but bare, slimy worms made him cringe.
seriousness, great importance
The drunken teen's parents called the police to reinforce the gravity of the situation.
to cut or knock down
The hurricane felled trees and ripped roofs from buildings.
the exit, the path out
During the evacuation, all the normally private roads were open for public egress.
to make wicked, to morally corrupt
She kept a close eye on her teenage son to make sure the environment of the large city didn't deprave him.
tending to nitpick or find fault
The students knew their papers had to be perfect because the professor was a captious grader.
open and direct to the point of being offensive
The teacher was shocked by the blatant cheating going on during the test.
the act of washing oneself, usually refers to a religious rite or ritual
The surgeon considered scrubbing up not only hygienic, but an act of ablution that helped her prepare mentally for her work.
being known for an undesirable reason
Monica Lewinski took advantage of her notoriety after the presidential scandal by accepting many advertising and television offers.
sentimental in a sappy, offensive way
He found it difficult to buy a Mother's Day card because most of the mawkish cards didn't fit his mother's straightforward personality.
in existence but hidden, undiscovered potential
It only took a few days of the class for her to discover a latent talent for interior design.
set and stable, not subject to change
It is an immutable fact that most teens will find a way to rebel against their parents and societal expectations.
a belief or statement that goes against mainstream religious doctrine
In ancient times, heresy was a crime punishable by torture or execution.
to please or satisfy
The teacher was always gratified when her students were accepted into college.
to make a misleading move with the intention of drawing attention away form the real action
The boxer had studied his opponent and was ready when the man tried to feint with his left while punching with his right.
bright and radiant, glowing
The effulgence of her personality lit up every room she entered.
the final part of a story or movie in which all of the loose ends are tied up and all questions answered
The denouement of most mysteries occurs when the detective reveals who the murderer is.
Although her capacious purse looked more like a suitcase, it conveniently carried everything she needed for the baby and herself.
contempt and disgust for a person
The odium felt for telemarketers makes it hard for them to perform their job.
a large and impressive collection
The opening ceremony of the Olympics creates a striking panoply of colors and sounds as the nations of the world get together to celebrate and compete.
the practice of exchanging goods and services for mutual benefit
The two countries would never go to war because of the reciprocity they shared.
to completely satisfy, fill up
The enormous library held enough books to satiate even the most voracious reader.
The oppressive heat made the lions torpid, and they sat on the ground panting, ignoring the zebra only a few yards away.
The veracious newspaper received praise on a national level for its unbiased reporting.
to agree to a demand
The police recommended the family accede to the ransom demand.
gentle flattery used to get someone to behave in a certain way
She knew better than to try blandishment on her father to get the car keys, because he would just laugh and hand her bus fare.
to surrender or give up
The babysitter found it easier to capitulate to the child's demands rather than listen to him cry.
to be strongly against, to condemn
While most people say they deplore poverty and injustice, few are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to eliminate these problems.
to show anger
He bridled at her innocent joke about his family background; fortunately, she realized her mistake and apologized.
to change with grotesque or humorous effect, to alter to the extent of being ridiculous
The version of Dracula's character in Mel Brook's film Dracula, Dead and Loving It, utterly transmogrified the infamous vampire.
to disturb a person's composure
The vampire felt utterly discomposed when her human friend asked her to go surfing in the summer sun.
enormous, extraordinarily large and amazing
His prodigious intellect earned him a Brighton Fellowship when he was only twenty years of age.
His unbridled enthusiasm for airplanes was matched only by his love of danger, making parachuting the perfect sport for him.
suitable for drinking
The sink water in the science building is not potable, so make sure to fill your thermos from the drinking faucet only.
of or like an uncle
His avuncular affection for the young con artist unfortunately made him an easy mark.
to bring together end to end
She cut the frayed ends of the electric cables and spliced the fresh ends together carefully.
to tear out, cut out, or remove, usually in a rough, hasty manner
He gouged out large chunks of the clay, ruining the sculpture his nemesis had been working on for days.
To steal, especially items that are of little value
Little did she know when she pilfered the sunglasses at the drug store that she'd been caught on tape.
His frequent, paltry complaints were routinely ignored by the CEO, who wanted to focus only on serious issues.
not able to be erased; impossible to be changed or washed away
Her clever used of indelible markers changed the bed sheet into one of the most memorable Halloween mummies we had ever seen.
sticky, gooey, viscous
There was a glutinous coating on the surface of the processed meat.
not hindered, free flowing
A born sociopath, he was unencumbered by human traits like compassion, a sense of right and wrong, or love.
explanatory in nature, serving to explain
If you prefer facts and logic to fantasy ad imagination, you may prefer expository writing to fiction.
serious; fixed; settled; permanent
She ignored James's staid affections in favor of Mark's passionate but fleeting expressions of love, and came to regret her decision for the rest of her life.
She was one of the most lettered individuals I had ever met, with advanced degrees in two branches of science and world history.
Molotov cocktails are unstable incendiary devices, and injure those who deploy them almost as frequently as they injure those whom they are deployed against.
belligerent; waging war; willing and eager to fight - Arnold's bellicose manner made him a great general in the American army, but when he turned his belligerence against the Americans, the same qualities that had made him a hero turned him into an enemy.
treacherous; having a faithless or disloyal disposition
Benedict Arnold's perfidious nature became clear when letters were discovered proving his plans to give West Point to the British.
He attempted to fit in with the elite at the university but his crass manner kept him from being readily accepted.
dark and gloomy
Ms. Kreycik's classroom decor has been accused of being stygian, but in truth, the decorations merely reflect the core literature.
Renfield was obsequious to Dracula in hopes of being granted immortality.
biased, promoting a particular point of view
The tendentious curriculum in the social studies class made the material borderline offensive to students with opposing views.
eager and excited
Lucy was secretly agog as she waited for Dracula to come to her window.
rare and unaccustomed, unusual
It was unwonted of Dracula to drink anything other than AB+.
supposed, inconclusively accepted as true
The putative reason the concert date was changed was to allow the band a short vacation; in reality, the lead drummer was in rehab.
referring to fighting with one's hands or boxing
The pugilistic pair were determined to fight until one achieved a knockout.
Her congenial manner made her a favorite in the sorority.
widely believed but untrue
The web site snopes.com provides factual information dispelling many apocryphal urban legends.
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