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2012 NOVEMBER Word of the Day

2012 NOVEMBER Word of the Day

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NOVEMBER 2012 - WORD OF THE DAY11-1
ambiable
(AY mee uh bul) adj. friendly; agreeablePeople without
 amiable
personalities may have trouble keeping a good job.11-2
nonchalant
(nawn shuh LAHNT) adj. not showing excitement or anxiety; unworriedThe well-prepared trainer appeared
 nonchalant
when she stepped into the cage with the tiger.11-4
swagger
(SWAG ur) v. to strut; saunter; stride insolentlyThe man
 swaggered 
down the hall until he hit the trash can causing him to lose his swagger.11-5
monarchy
(MON ark ee) n. supreme power or sovereignty held by a single personKings, queens, and
monarchies
are disappearing from around the world.11-7
synchronize
(SING kra nyz) v. to cause to occur at the same time; to make simultaneousThe JROTC members practiced
 synchronizing
their steps and moves until they were perfect.11-8
draconian
(dray KOH nee un) adj. hard, severe, cruelThe word
‘draconian’ 
is derived from an ancient Greek official named Dracula who createdharsh code of laws.11-9
relentless
(re LENT lis) adj. unyielding, severe, strict, harsh, uncompromisingThe army was
relentless
in its attempt to take the territory from the enemy.11-13
bravado
(bruh VAH doh) n. a false, exaggerated, or boastful display of courageHis
 bravado
was short lived since
he has a fear of heights and couldn’t save the cat in the tree.
 11-14
discern
(dis cern) v. to see things clearly; to understand thing clearlyThe ability to
 discern
between truth and fiction is essential to being an informed person.11-15
inscrutable
(in SKROO tuh bul) adj. impossible to comprehend or interpret; mysteriousHis expression was
inscrutable
as he reported the details of the accident.11-16
competent
(KAHM puh tunt) adj. having skills or knowledge to do something well; qualifiedEven though Mike was just an average student, he is quite
competent
as a store manager.11-19
spontaneous
(spahn TAY nee us) adj. without apparent cause; impromptu; voluntary
When Paul’s car caught on fire, it appeared to be
spontaneous
; no cause was found for the blaze.11-20
creditor
(KRED uh tor) n. a person to whom money is owed
If you don’t pay your bills on time, the
creditors
may come knocking on your door for their money.11-21
sinsister
(SIN uh ster) adj. evil; threatening; malignGreat action arose when the
 sinister
 
villain abducted the town’s turkey right before Thanksgiving!
 11-26
precipitate
(pri SIP uh tayt) v. hasten, expedite, accelerateThe underground explosion
 precipitated 
an avalanche of snow which trapped the hunters.11-27
mortify
(MOR tih fye) v. to embarrass, humiliate, or shameJeff was
 mortified 
when the principal called him to the office after the prank he played in class.11-28
apparel
(uh PAIR ul) n. clothing, personal attire, something worn
The poster stated, “Students’
 apparel 
 
must meet all school standards!”
 11-29
relish
(REL ish) v. to take pleasure in; pleasurable appreciationOur family
 relished 
the time we spent together during Thanksgiving break.11-30
duplicity
(doo PLIS uh tee) n. the act of being two faced; the act of deceptionAnyone who tells a lie is engaging in an act of 
 duplicity.
 

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