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To address is to: A. Deal with B. Put clothes on C. Watch D. Attach significance to E. Delve into A) To address something is to deal with it, or to draw attention to it.
Upon being elected chairman, he immediately addressed the group‘s financial problems. To address also is to give a speech or formal talk: ―Whenever Bob has to address the whole student body, he gets very nervous,‖ the dean‘s wife confided. To address also is to direct speech toward: He addressed the king directly Abysmal (adj.) (uh-BIZ-mul)
Abysmal means: A. Beyond reach B. Abnormal C. Rural D. Infinitely deep E. Full of ups and downs D) Abysmal means infinitely or immeasurably deep, limitless.
Her abysmal sadness sapped her energy for many months.
Abysmal also means hopelessly bad, wretched. ―It‘s an abysmal day and I‘m not going to cheer up,‖ declared Aunt Ida defiantly Complement (n.) (KAHM-pluh-munt)
A complement is: A. Something that flatters B. Something that organizes C. Something that completes D. Something that doesn‘t cost anything E. Something that enfolds C) A complement is something that completes, perfects, or goes really well with something else; Garlic bread is a complement to spaghetti, popcorn is a complement to a good movie; A good book may be the perfect complement to a rainy Sunday afternoon, a DVD player complements a stereo system. ―Does red wine or white wine best complement fish?‖ asked Sheila Clique (n.) A clique is: A. A nautical design B. A distinctive pin C. An exclusive group D. A harem E. A hair style C) A clique is a tight group from which others are excluded. (kleek)
―Who wants to belong to that clique of snooty girls anyway?‖ exclaimed Naomi Ascendancy (n.) (uh-SEN-dun-see)
Ascendancy refers to: A. A period of dominance B. A great height C. A phase of popularity D. An increase E. A Hierarchy A) Ascendancy is a controlling influence, a time of dominance.
Thankfully, the fascism that had risen to ascendancy in Europe in the 1930s faded after World War II Bourgeois (adj.) (boor-ZHWAH)
Bourgeois would describe: A. Wealthy people B. Royalty C. Poor people D. The Parisian working class E. The middle class E) Bourgeois means middle class. Bourgeois is a term first used in France to describe a city dweller who was neither a farmer nor a noble. Today it is used to describe anyone with middle class values of materialism and respectability. The person who uses the term ―bourgeois‖ usually feels that he is more ―hip‖ than the person he is describing. Philip‘s brother has a cell phone and season tickets to the opera. just so bourgeois. Bourgeois is pronounced boor-ZHWAH Ambivalent (adj.) (am-BIV-uh-lunt) He is
If you are ambivalent you: A. Are hesitant B. Have mixed feelings C. Are passionately involved D. Can do things with either hand E. Are judgmental B) Ambivalent means having mixed feelings, holding attitudes that contradict one another leading to uncertainty. If you sometimes love the city where you live and sometimes hate it, you can be said to be ambivalent. If you think Jacob is extremely good looking, but also is selfish and conceited, you might be ambivalent about dating him. When he brought up going to the shore on Robin‘s birthday, I felt ambivalent, but Robin assured me we could celebrate another time Austere (adj.) (aw-STEER)
Austere means: A. Graceful B. Depressed C. Silent D. Stark E. Poverty stricken D) Austere means stark, without frills, stripped down, extremely simple
The monk‘s room was austere, without so much as a picture or a book, other
to make tolerable. Eradicate C. erratic. Wish for D. ideas or beliefs Ameliorate (v. solemn and unemotional.) (uh-MEEL-yuh-rayt) To ameliorate is to: A.than the Bible. To embrace C. Austere also has the meaning of stern. cold. As a noun. To smile B. self-denial. His austere personality made people both respect and fear him. Delicate E. The Bill of Rights is a guarantee that the government will never act capriciously against any American citizen just because of appearance. Improve B. Unpredictable E) Capricious means unpredictable. To value D. subject to whims. the Buddha experienced both opulence and austerity Capricious (adj. Burns hoped that allowing young patients to watch M-TV would ameliorate their attitudes about visiting the dentist Appreciate (v. Release from A) Ameliorate is to improve. austerity are lean times: Times of In the course of his life. impulsive. Worsen E. to make better.) (kuh-PRISH-us) Capricious means: A. Open-minded D. austerity refers to stark simplicity. Extravagant C. arbitrary. Dr. Fun-filled B. To uplift . prone to change without warning.) (uh-PREE-shee-ayt) Appreciate means: A.
Her stock portfolio has appreciated substantially over the years. ―I so much appreciate the help she gives me with algebra. To appreciate also means to increase in value. To love C) To appreciate something means to be conscious that it is valuable. Stubborn D.‖ said Emily. Difficult E.E. Strenuous B. strongly enthusiastic. Impassioned C. To the point E. Her concise explanation told us all we needed to know within ten minutes Arcane (adj. He is an ardent Grateful Dead fan and has traveled all over the country to attend their concerts Concise (adj.‖ Ardent (adj.‖ said Ian with a meaningful smile. ―but I am not willing to lie for you. To appreciate also means to have an understanding of. Messy D) Concise means to the point.) (AHR-dent) Ardent means: A. Something that is concise is both brief and precise. Ancient . fervent. Tidy C.) (ahr-KAYN) Arcane means: A. to feel gratitude for it. to not take it for granted. Narrow D. Long-winded B.) (kun-CYSE) Concise means: A. Willful B) Ardent means impassioned. or to acknowledge: ―I certainly can appreciate your dilemma.
) (KAT-uh-list) A catalyst is: A. E.) (buh-NEV-uh-lunt) Benevolent means: A. Well-behaved C. An activator E. D. To substitute for D. The secret teachings of a cult would be said to be arcane knowledge. To add to . To repair C. A symbol D) A catalyst is an activator. An incentive C. To argue against E. To debate B. C. Spooky Secret Unfashionable Mountainous C) Arcane means secret in the sense of known to or understood by only an enlightened few. prone to good deeds. Nontoxic A) Benevolent means kindly. generous. A harsh chemical B. Kindly B.B. His benevolent nature made it really hard for him to turn away anyone in need Augment (v. Nonviolent D. something that causes something else to happen. having good intentions. ―Add the right catalyst to this mixture and it will blow sky high.) (awg-MENT) To augment means: A. A cat doctor D. Violent E. The ability to create fire by rubbing sticks together could be called an arcane skill Catalyst (n.‖ said Nick as he held up the test tube Benevolent (adj.
To coax C.) (BUR-jun) To burgeon means: A.) (KAS-tuh-gayt) Castigate means: A. To put down D. To remove B. To spice up D. To wear out E. to harshly criticize for a perceived wrong. To harshly criticize C. ―There has been a burgeoning interest in physics since he came to the department. When Jake showed up fifteen minutes late and without a tie. To plant C. To enliven B. To club E. To massage B) To cajole means to coax. She really chewed him out Burgeon (v.) ( kuh-JOHL) To cajole means: A. To grow B. attempt to persuade with a persistent emotional appeal. wheedle. to flourish. To carry A) To burgeon is to grow. Marla castigated him mercilessly.‖ said Ashley. To explode D. to blossom forth. ―I didn‘t want to come. I agreed.‖ . To order around E.‖ admitted Mr. ―but Joshua cajoled me until just to shut him up. to make bigger or more intense. Manning Cajole (v. To question B) To castigate is to reprimand.E) Augment means to add to. He augmented the information he found in the encyclopedia with interviews of people who had fought in the war Castigate (v.
Dole out C) To appropriate means to confiscate. In a less formal way. profanity.) (BLAS-fuh-mee) Blasphemy means: A.‖ said Mrs. ―I‘m going to appropriate four chairs from the library.‖ smiled Brandon.) (KATH-lik) catholic (small c) means: A. ―but the workers love her.‖ said Alexis. As an adjective ―appropriate‖ is pronounced as uh-PROH-pree-it and means apt. ―To say that about Jesus is blasphemy. to claim or set aside for oneself. Sacrilege C. Explosiveness B. Confiscate D. Bluster D. suitable.Appropriate (v. Waywardness B) Blasphemy is sacrilege.‖ catholic (adj. to seize.) (uh-PROH-pree-ayt) To appropriate is to: A. To appropriate also can mean to earmark or set aside for a specific purpose: I have appropriated 10 dollars a day for spending money. or its adjective form blasphemous. Make acceptable B. more ―tongue in cheek‖ way the term blasphemy. Carmody. Extreme criticism E. the board of directors finds her quite blasphemous. Praise E. It is always appropriate to bring a small token when you are invited to someone‘s house Blasphemy (n. can be applied to anyone who defies convention: ―Oh. Religious . Applaud C. holding or stating opinions that a religion would find to be shockingly disrespectful of its beliefs. fitting.
from opera to alternative Agnostic (n.000 chastising letters from our readers Coerce (v. One who believes in God B. E. His collection includes everything Joey has very catholic tastes in music.B. doubter who neither believes or disbelieves. Punish C. One who disbelieves in God C. One who knows with certainty that God exists E. D) Inspiring Righteous Universal Narrow catholic (small c) means universal. To yell . One who doesn‘t know whether God exists D. When he referred to women as ―girls‖. An agnostic is a Since claims about God cannot be proved by science. Cleanse E. or all embracing. Mock D. Restrict B) To chastise is to punish. atheists reject them.‖ said Zach.) (koh-URS) To coerce means: A.) (ag-NAHS-tic) An agnostic is: A. broad. to severely criticize or reprimand. we got about 10. ―he must be immediately chastised. One who does not care one way or the other C) An agnostic is one who doesn‘t know if God exists. ―If he pulls the cat‘s tail again.) (chas-TYZE) To chastise is to: A. and agnostics point out that we cannot know if they are true Chastise (v. D. Strip naked B. C.‖ Sometimes chastise is used in a less formal sense to mean a chiding from someone who thinks you blew it.
To shape A) To circumscribe means to outline in the sense of to literally draw a line around.‖ ―She was You might hear it said that someone‘s testimony was coerced. C. To give attributes to E. in which case it implies they were pressured. ―Isn‘t it a bit archaic to refer to him as your beau?‖ asked Madison Circumscribe (v.) (ahr-KAY-ik) Archaic means: A. coerced. An archaic word is one that was once commonly used. To write about D. Barbaric E. D. She carefully circumscribed on the map the area we would cover the following day. but no longer is. Relating to spiders C) Archaic means ancient.‖ Professor Howard was fond of saying. and the testimony might not be true Archaic (adj.) (SUR-cum-skrybe) To circumscribe means: A. irresistible temptations. E. To circumscribe also means to define by setting boundaries: ―Liberty is circumscribed by law. Ornate B. To describe C. promises. Awkwardly large C. ―She didn‘t want to go in the first place. etc.B. Mesopotamia is an archaic culture. To circumscribe also means to restrict or limit by setting boundaries: . or intimidation. and most of the time also carries the implication of outmoded and obsolete. To outline B. Ancient D. usually through pressuring with threats. To To To To meet mend tear force E) To force.‖ said Michelle.
(The others are Pride. Lust. to soothe. The love of birds B. To relieve D. Polite D. To worsen C) Alleviate means to relieve. Anger. By the book C) Civil means polite. but with the implication of unexpectedly. observant of social standards.) ―No matter how much he gets. or because of pressure.) Civil is: A.) (uh-LEE-vee-ayt) Alleviate means: A. his avarice will keep him wanting more. Patriotic C. to make bearable. the excessive craving to accumulate more. To reap E. To cause B. Dave and Samantha were fighting. Viciousness D. You might say someone was quite civil when there was an expectation they might not be. courteous. Greed E. Watching the school bus drive away seemed to alleviate his symptoms Civil (adj. To repair C.Armed guards circumscribed the prisoner‘s movements Avarice (n. you would have to say polite. Narrow-mindedness D) Avarice means greed. Forgiveness C.‖ said Rachel Alleviate (v. Note: It‘s one of the seven deadly sins. just barely.) (AV-ur-is) Avarice refers to: A. Envy. Distant E. You might say that they were just barely civil or not civil at all. In that instance. Resistant B. Gluttony. and Sloth. evening She hardly said a civil word to him all (SIV-ul) . But you couldn‘t compliment a mother on how nice and civil her little. to improve by lessening.
‖ said Uncle Sid. Origins B. Gaping hole A) An apocalypse is a term applied to a cataclysmic disaster so huge as to threaten planetary existence. Eagerness E) Alacrity is eagerness or cheerful willingness expressed in briskness of response. Flexibility B. Healing herb E. Color B) A cadence is a rhythmic pattern. ―The Cuban Missile Crisis is as close to an apocalypse as I ever want to get. The word apocalypse also refers to specific Judeo-Christian writings regarding the ultimate battle between good and evil.) (uh-PAHK-uh-lips) Apocalypse refers to a: A. He did not fail to notice the alacrity with which Fred raised his hand when a volunteer was needed . Rhythm C. ―Your language has such a beautiful cadence‖ he whispered to Maria Apocalypse (n. Crispness E. Cataclysm B. Genius D. The last book of the Bible.) ( KAYD-uns) Cadence means: A.) (uh-LAK-ri-tee) Alacrity means: A. Punctuation mark D. Dullness C. Design D. Lapse C. the Book of Revelation. is sometimes called the Book of the Apocalypse Alacrity (n.Cadence (n. Alacrity describes responding with a sense of vigor. Organization E.
‖ One who administers a bureaucracy is a bureaucrat Bane (n. Will D) Cerebral is that which is characterized by intellect.) (byoo-RAHK-ruh-see) Bureaucracy refers to: A. He uses big words. She was the bane of the entire English Department. that which torments and causes misery and death. Emotion B. Administration of government C.) BAYN Bane refers to: A. thinks things through. . Technically. ―The bureaucracy is ridiculous. and inefficient administration of the government or other large organizations. talked to six people. ‖ I went to four rooms. and is rational. A bath tub B. A sovereign state B) Bureaucracy refers to the often complicated. A poison E. wasteful. Dresser drawers B. a bane is a scourge.‖ meaning he is a real annoyance.) suh-REE-brul We were all glad when Cerebral refers to: A. Relations with foreign powers D. but the word is often used tongue in cheek as in the phrase ―He is the bane of my existence. The need to control E. she retired Cerebral (adj. Intuition D. an affliction. and I still have to go back on Wednesday. Someone who is cerebral is all head and no heart. filled out three pieces of paper.Bureaucracy (n.‖ stormed Daniel. Creativity C. red tape. A wolf pack D) A bane is a poison — often referring to someone who poisons enjoyment. A smell D. Intellect E. A herbal remedy C.
Avow (v. but he assuaged my concerns by assuring me that there was indoor plumbing. Lasting .) (uh-SWAYJ) To assuage means to: A. Steady A) To avow is to openly and categorically declare. At first I didn‘t want to go. Increase E. Sour faced E. Declare B. Ralph avowed he was no where near the scene of the crime Absolute (adj. hot tempered. Flushed B) Choleric means quick to anger. As a noun it means someone who is quick to anger. Threaten D. Marry E. to calm. volatile. or state something forcefully and in no uncertain terms. admit. Deny B. volatile.) (KAHL-ur-ik) Choleric means: A. Stroke D. assert. hot tempered. Soothe E) To assuage is to soothe. The violent criminal was subject to choleric outbursts of temper Assuage (v. Palefaced D.‖ said Nancy after six hours of studying Choleric (adj. Renounce C. to relieve.) (uh-VOW) To avow is to: A. Berate C.―Let‘s stop being so cerebral and go rent a trashy movie.) (AB-suh-loot) Absolute means: A. Sickly B. Quick to anger C. to alleviate.
―He‘s an absolute idiot. Absorb E) Assimilate of oneself. Lap up B. entire. speculation.B.‖ Assimilate (v. When you answer a question with the word ―absolutely‖ you are saying yes in a way that is complete and unequivocal. When you take in what you read and make it part of yourself. is supposition. Long and boring C) Conjecture inference. means to absorb. Guesswork D. assumption.‖ As a verb. conjecture means to speculate. the smaller company loses its separate identity and is assimilated into the bigger one.‖ stormed Monica. make an educated guess. you are said to have assimilated the material. etc. beyond question. without exception.) (kun-JEK-chur) means: A. C.‖ said Bethany as Carlos sped past them at twice the speed limit Conjecture Conjecture (n. to take in. Shy away D. Something read E. Hearsay C. ―Don‘t you dare pass it along ―That‘s pure conjecture. guesswork. assume. complete. as if it were truth. to make part When a big company takes over a little company. Imitate E. ―He conjectured about what the defendant knew and didn‘t know. The absolute last day for registration means that it will be impossible to register after that. Overpower C. to swallow up. D. Absolute knowledge B. exact. Without exception Unqualified Made with good vodka Unequaled B) Absolute means total.) (usSIM-uh-layt) Assimilate means to: A. . E.
A pardon D. If your local library calls an amnesty it means that on that day you can return overdue books without penalty Brevity (n.―He‘s read it all.) (AM nuh-stee) Amnesty refers to: A. Briefness D. usually given to a whole group of people.) (kum-PEN-dee-um) A compendium is: A. Protection E. ―but how much of it has he really assimilated?‖ Amnesty (n. a summary. Inclination E.) (SEL-uh-buh-see) . A recommendation D. Amnesty International is a group that seeks to get pardons for political prisoners and others whose human rights are being violated with imprisonment. a summary. an anthology. Ecology B. A revision E. a digest. particularly for political offenses. Lack of memory C) Amnesty refers to a pardon. An allowance C. A collection B. We were out of there within an hour He spoke clearly and with brevity. Status C. Freedom C. A dictionary A) A compendium is a collection. Height B.‖ admitted Stanley. a compilation.) (BREV-i-tee) Brevity means: A. Luis gave her a beautifully bound compendium of Shakespeare‘s sonnets Celibacy (n. It is technically a ―forgetting‖. Compendium (n. History C) Brevity means briefness.
Revered B. also referred to as abstinence. Pushy E. Make sacred C. It is most often used figuratively to describe harsh speech rather than to describe an actual taste or smell. Dedicate D. Degree of acceptance C. to sanctify.‖ explained Sister Mary Joseph Acerbic (adj. Make clean E. to bless. State of mind D. to ordain. Ancestry D) Celibacy is the practice of refraining from sex.) (KAHN-suh-krayt) To consecrate is to: A. Slandered . harsh. Visualize intensely B) To consecrate is to make or declare sacred. His acerbic comments left her in tears Consecrate (v. but they still practice celibacy. chastity. ―Monks and nuns now often wear street clothes.) (uh-SUR-bik) Acerbic means: A.) (bi-LEE-gur) To be beleaguered means to be: A. Make earthy B. Refraining from sex E. Level of education B. Short B. Abraham Lincoln said that the brave men who died at Gettysburg consecrated the ground of that battlefield Beleaguer (v.Celibacy means: A. bitter or pungent. Bitter C. Rude D. Critical B) Acerbic means sharp and stinging.
) (uh-JEN-da) Your agenda refers to: A.C. Doubted D.) (BLAY-tunt) Blatant means: A. is a to-do list. overwhelmed. Absolutely correct B. harassed big time. a docket. The beleaguered crew was out-manned. Overwhelmed E. Regarding the present time E. happening at the same time. but they valiantly refused to surrender Agenda (n. but I can‘t tell him what time. Called together D) Beleaguered means besieged. surrounded. and outranked.) (kun-KUR-unt) Concurrent means: A. Your money C. Your education E. You will often hear the phrase ―blatant disregard‖ meaning glaring and shameless disregard. brazenly obvious. Quietly fuming D. outgunned. Simultaneous C. Just before B) Concurrent means simultaneous. Standoffish E. An agenda ―Tell Ted he is on Mr. Your family D. Over top of D. . Your time B. He acted with blatant disregard for the facts Concurrent (adj. Loudly offensive C. Stale B) Blatant means loudly offensive. Allison‘s agenda. Your youth A) Your agenda refers to your time and how you will manage it. a schedule. swamped. Intertwined B.‖ said Carol Blatant (adj.
‖ said Marianne.‖ explained Ms. they agree.‖ said Ms. To shrink B. ―I wonder why he stays married. quarrelsome. Beauty C. to diminish. Cleanliness B.) Belligerent means: A. To fold up E.) (bi-LIT-ul) To belittle means: A. (buh-LIJ-ur-unt) ―He continued to be belligerent. Hostile B. ―it should also be aesthetically pleasing Belittle (v. Intelligence D. literally to make small.‖ Concurrent also means being in accord or harmony.‖ Belligerent (adj. . Dazed A) Belligerent means hostile.―I think the two concerts are happening concurrently on separate stages. Good breeding B) Aesthetic as an adjective or adverb means related to beauty in the form of art. warlike. ―She belittles him so constantly. Morgan on the first day of cooking school. Wealth E. literature. To ignore C. Pretty D. To call by a pet name C) Belittle means to put down or find fault with. so I sent him to the office. etc. Intelligent E. dance. To put down D.‖ said Margo.) (es-THET-ik) When two people concur Aesthetic refers to: A. Green. think the same way at the same time Aesthetic (adj. ―Your food should not only taste good. Ugly C. ―so we can‘t go to both. music.
Embarrassed E. and agreeableness. It implies a desire to make up after a fight.‖ said Mr. Willing to make concessions D. The belligerents lined up on either side of the battlefield Commensurate (adj. Ludlow Conciliatory (Adj. Conciliatory can also describe an attitude that expresses flexibility. ―In six months. ―but there was nothing conciliatory about his attitude. appropriate to. ―The two girls were commensurate in their ability. ―He apologized with his words. willingness to compromise. Friendly B. Equal E) Commensurate means equal or equivalent.As a noun. so I hired both of them.‖ said Hazel. Commensurate also means fitting. Of lower rank E.) (kuh-MEN-sur-it) Commensurate means: A. Of higher rank D. ―His conciliatory words were a soothing balm after their fierce disagreement.) (kun-SIL-ee-uh-tor-ee) Conciliatory means: A. Deserved B.‖ Acrid (adj. Undeserved C. Unwilling to quit C. Roundabout C) Conciliatory describes an attitude that is apologetic and expresses willingness to make concessions or to meet another half way. I will give you a raise commensurate with your performance. belligerent refers to the parties in a war.) (AK-rid) Acrid means: .‖ said Elaine.
) (ig-ZEM-pluh-fye) To exemplify is to: A. Acrid can also be used figuratively to refer to caustic. Promote E. Admire no matter what B. Dry E. Having a burnt reddish tone D. ―but I didn‘t know how to broach the subject Tout (v.) (brohch) To broach is to: A. Look down upon D) To tout is to promote. suggest or bring up for the first time.A.) (tout) To tout is to: A. Initiate D. topics of conversation. Unforgiving B. Join up B. Somber C. Imitate aspects of . Pin down C. Subjects. The acrid smell of smoke was overwhelming. sing the praises of. Avoid C. and issues are all open to being broached.‖ said Kim. She could not get his acrid comments out of her mind Broach (v. ―Is he still touting Amway?‖ asked Rick when I told him Michael was coming to the party Exemplify (v. Carry B. Put up with D. ideas. cutting expression. ―I wanted to tell Donald about Jim. Rip C) To broach is to initiate. Distance E. Bitter E) Acrid means pungently bitter in taste or smell. to brag publicly about in an attempt to sell or influence.
competent. Crave attention C) Exemplify means to serve as a model or be a very good example of. Varied E.) (pruh-FISH-unt) Someone described as proficient would be: A.‖ Strife (n. enmity. Artistic C.‖ Proficient (adj.‖ said Mr. Foreign D) Eclectic means varied. discord. Fastidious B.‖ said Kathleen. Serve as a model of D. antagonism.‖ said Katie. . Well-read B) Proficient means skilled. ―Her brothers are still living there. McSorley. Tension E.‖ Eclectic (adj. Make easier E. Sunburn B) Strife is bitter conflict. Mute D. and to a reggae concert.C. Well-spoken D. (stryfe) My grandmother is very upset at the strife in Northern Ireland.) (i-KLEK-tik) Eclectic means: A. implying an unusual or interesting mix. Skilled C.) Strife is: A. ―Jonathan exemplifies what it means to be a pacifist. Discriminating B. ―Nathaniel has wonderfully eclectic taste in music. ―He even captures wasps and releases them outside rather than killing them. Enthusiastic E. Noise D. good at. adept. composed of elements from many different sources. to a fiddle contest. Conflict C. Rigidity B. ―In the past month we‘ve gone to the opera.
Reliable B.‖ said Marty Indigenous (adj.―She‘s taken music lessons for eight years and is still not as proficient as she wants to be. False B. Well-spoken C. Opposed to C. Loud B.) Verbose means: A. Rapid . She spent the summer exploring indigenous cultures Verbose (adj. The term indigenous person generally refers to tribal peoples. my mom put the phone down and went to the bathroom without her ever realizing it.) (SPYOOR-ee-us) (vur-BHOS) Spurious means: A.‖ laughed Connie Spurious (adj. Rural E. Something that originates in a place is indigenous to that place. Australian Aborigines. ―She is so verbose that once when she called. ―The kids make fun of his verbosity and call him a wind bag. Native to D. and African Pigmies. are examples of indigenous peoples.‖ The noun form is verbosity and means the quality of being verbose or using too many words. Native American Indians. Wordy E. Verbose means long winded and implies boring.) (in-DIJ-uh-nus) Indigenous means: A. Drive-in movies are indigenous to America. Filtered C) Indigenous means native to. Reluctant D) Someone who is verbose uses lots of words to say something that could be said in many fewer words. Knowledgeable D.
A jester E.C. eats out of garbage cans. A beggar C. A tailor D. counterfeit. Jamison thinks I was malingering. To spread rumors E. him a note and tell him I really was sick.) MEN-di-cant ―I need you to write A mendicant is: A. When his wife died. not what it is cracked up to be.‖ Adroit (adj. ―He lives in a doorway.) (uh-DROYT) Adroit means: A.‖ said Carla. A monk B) A mendicant is a beggar. and knows more about Shakespeare than anyone I‘ve ever met. and it took him years to clear his name. A minstrel B. Prickly A) Spurious means false. Spurious can also mean misbegotten.‖ said Joey. To hang on B. The nobles rebelled when the king‘s spurious offspring tried to ascend to the throne Malinger (v. Slippery B. To yearn for C) To malinger means to fake illness with the intent of avoiding work or responsibility. To fake illness D. born out of wedlock. Rejecting E. ―I spent the most incredible afternoon talking to a mendicant about literature. Left-handed . Thoughtless D. he became the victim of spurious rumors.) muh-LING-ger To malinger means: A. ―Mr.‖ Mendicant (n. Skillful C. To waste away C.
) (yoo-TOH-pee-uh) Utopia means: A. Overcome a bad reputation E. which means right (the opposite of left) and gets its meaning from the fact that the right hand is usually the more skillful hand. to publicly cast doubt on their character. It comes from the French word ―droit‖. someone who is adroit is quick. quick-witted. Ruin someone‘s reputation E) To defame means to ruin someone‘s good name. Deceitful E. Humorous B) Adroit means skillful. A perfect relationship C. Give someone else the credit D.D. am going to burn them. The politician was adroit in making his weaknesses seem like strengths Utopia (n. ethics or reputation. deft. to slander or libel. A wish come true D. Past glory E. A futuristic world A) Utopia is a perfect society. Stay in the background C. The chef adroitly fashioned the cakes into works of art. nimble. a perfect political system.‖ joked Jasmine Defame (v. An ideal society B. dexterous. You will often hear the term ―defamation of character‖ meaning an untrue attack on someone‘s morals.‖ Encroach (v. Adroit also means skillful as in clever. The word came from a work of fiction that a man named Sir Thomas Moore wrote way back in 1516. ―His idea of utopia includes no taxes and lots of Chinese food.‖ said Alyssa. ―I will not defame his memory by exposing the letters. graceful.) (di-FAYM) Defame means to: A.) (en-KROHCH) ―I . which described a perfect society on an island called Utopia. Slip into oblivion B. and well coordinated. an ideal place.
) Impotent means: A. Impotence implies an inability to affect a situation. Significant D. or ability. ―Now. To trespass B. To have sex with someone else‘s partner B. please don‘t encroach on our duty to discipline when the little fella needs it. To act like an adult C. Grandma. In some countries people have become ill from using adulterated cooking oil. Like a beggar E. an inability to make an impact. To act young D) To adulterate means to contaminate. To contaminate E.‖ Impotent (adj. to make impure. Powerless C. To claim D. To make smaller C. start charging him rent. To read pornographic material D. especially in the sense of making gradual inroads into. Sexy B.To encroach means: A.) (uh-DUHL-tuh-rayt) (IM-puh-tunt) Adulterate means: A. In a technical sense. it describes a man who cannot perform sexually.‖ ―I should Encroach also means to trespass on or interfere with the rights or domain of another. To throw up A) Encroach means to trespass. Sweet B) Impotent means powerless. but its meaning extends to cover any lack of power.‖ complained Uncle Henry. To dominate E. Carl had never felt so impotent as he did standing there watching the flames engulf his home Adulterate (v. . ―His garden is encroaching on my land. strength.
Simpson‘s acquittal Litigate (v. Pretty B. meaning pure. polite. but often applied to something that is not pure. An appalling truth D) A dearth is a scarcity. (durth) ―There is a surprising dearth of information on my chosen topic.) Decorous means: A. Hold a grudge A) To vindicate means to prove innocent.Adulterate is most often expressed in its negative form unadulterated. An abundance B.) A dearth is: A. but Harry‘s confession vindicated him Dearth (n. Take revenge upon C. Elaborate C. Proper E. ―That is unadulterated nonsense!‖ said Barbara angrily Vindicate (v. ―My report might not be long enough. A hollow place C. We thought Josh took the money.‖ Decorous (adj. (DEK-ur-us) The usually decorous group erupted in violence at the announcement of O. A secret stash D. Prove innocent B. Stand up for E.J. Swear at D. to disprove an accusation. A scarcity E. Prissy D. to clear one‘s name.‖ complained Roberta.) (VIN-di-kayt) To vindicate means to: A. a lack. in good taste. Arranged in an interesting pattern D) Decorous means proper. well-mannered.) (LIT-uh-gayt) .
the most reliable or complete. Authoritative B. The Book of Genesis relates that God made a covenant that promised the land of Palestine to the descendants of Abraham Definitive (adj. A carrying case B. a solemn promise.‖ said Virginia.) (ab-HOR) To abhor means: . A hidden harbor C) A covenant is a formal agreement.) (KUV-uh-nunt) A covenant is: A. Original C. conclusive. ―Jimmy claims to have written the definitive guide to dining out in Philadelphia.) (di-FIN-uh-tiv) To be definitive is to be: A. Highly educated E. Press charges against A) To litigate is to bring suit. Conduct a lawsuit B. A formal agreement D.To litigate is to: A. Find innocent E. ―I was so moved by Ralph‘s apology that I decided not to litigate. He gained twenty pounds while writing it Abhor (v. A small cave C. People involved in a civil court case are called litigants. Accuse C. to try a case in court. Creative A) To be definitive is to be authoritative. A feeling of envy E. The litigants finally agreed to settle the dispute out of court Covenant (n.‖ laughed Rachel. Find guilty D. Unyielding D.
To envy D) To abhor means to loathe. and who often creates feelings of guilt in others. St.) (di-SPHAN-dunt) To be despondent is to be: . ―When I told her Dylan was going into the priesthood. who is long-suffering.) (MAHR-tur) (fuh-SEE-shus) A martyr is known for: A. Stephen. To loathe E.) Facetious means: A. Giving his or her life for a belief E) A martyr is a person who sacrifices his or her life for a cause or a belief. to detest. Not trustworthy E.d. To run from B.‖ said Lauren. tongue-in-cheek. Being generous D. Being good C. Helping others E. if there‘s not enough room. Not serious C. not really meant. ―That‘s all right. you are being facetious. ―I abhor raw chicken livers. the first Christian martyr.‖ Ed got mad and told her to stop being such a martyr Despondent (adj.‖ said Brittany. Not whole B) Facetious means not serious.A. when you put someone on. To feel sad D. very much. Not well-intentioned D. To crave C.‖ Facetious (adj. When Victoria said. Not original B. to hate very. A martyr is also a person who is self-sacrificing in general. Being holy B. I was being facetious. ―You couldn‘t force me to eat them. ―but she took me seriously and told everyone. was stoned to death around 36 a.‖ Martyr (n. I‘ll stay home.
Especially beautiful E.A. offering no respite to the weary flood workers Zealous (adj. To scorn B. To humor E. especially from something difficult or uncomfortable. Opinionated C) To be zealous is to be fanatical. of relief. A harsh retort B.) A respite is: A.) (flowt) To flout means: A. To let down . gung-ho. Demanding C. A note D.) (ZEL-us) (RES-pit) To be zealous is to be: A. The rains kept coming. A bridge E. Guilty B. in a state of despair. Doubtful E. Behind on letter writing C.‖ said Kyle Flout (v. Unresponsive D. A rest E) A respite is a period of rest. feeling hopeless. To display C. Bossy B. Fanatical D. passionately involved with. ―He is so zealous about saving the whales that he cannot talk of anything else. Alexander was despondent for months after Abigail broke off their engagement Respite (n. aggressively enthusiastic. To ignore D. A second draft C. Depressed E) To be despondent is to be depressed.
to feel amorous toward someone is to be in love with them. Hopeful D) To be explicit is to be definite. Indefinite B. to be sexually or romantically attracted to them. A table of contents B) A manifesto is a statement of principles. to disregard in a way that is disrespectful. to be direct. Boredom D. A statement of principles C. a document that spells out a doctrine. Definite E. Excitement C. Love E. Scantily clad D.) (AM-ur-us) To be amorous is to feel: A. Intimidation D) The word amorous is related to the word love. Interest B. to be mocking or contemptuous of.A) To flout is to scorn. clear. The girl laughed as she flouted the school‘s new rule about not smoking on the premises Amorous (adj. My father thought that the movie was too sexually explicit for a thirteen-year old . A wish list D. We studied the Communist Manifesto in history last term Explicit (adj. and detailed.) (man-uh-FES-toh) A manifesto is: A. A log B. Changeable C. An amorous nature is one that is inclined to love.) (ik-SPLIS-it) To be explicit means to be: A. a declaration of political beliefs. His amorous feelings led him to send Janis fresh flowers every day for a week Manifesto (n. A pact with the devil E.
cunningness. A movement D. and smelling Chinese food all at the same time Vicarious (adj. insincerity. thoughts. passions.) (KAHN-floo-uns) Confluence is: A. confluence is the flowing together of schedules. Eager E. I‘d be hearing Latin music.) (vye-KAR-ee-us) Vicarious means A. An intruding idea A) Confluence is a flowing together of several rivers or streams or the point where they join. An imitating of C. Jennifer relived her youth vicariously through her teenage daughter Guile (n. Cleverness E. Someone with guile is not what they seem. eating barbecued ribs. etc. Used in a more general sense. we are said to be living vicariously. Secretiveness B. Some people. There was a confluence of cultures in my neighborhood. we live our lives through other people.) Guile means A. for example. live vicariously through the characters on their soap operas. A teacher-student relationship E. To be without guile is to be genuine. taking pride in their accomplishments. Off-handily B. being thrilled at their risks. Pertaining to flight B) Vicarious means second handily. ideas. manipulativeness. Sadness C. Boldness D. When instead of focusing on our own experience. etc. sincere. Deceitfulness E) Guile is deceitfulness. By the book D. beliefs. objectives. they are pretending to be something they are not in order to get some result. Second handily C. (gyle) .Confluence (n. A flowing together B.
Uninvolved C. There was so much pre-trial publicity. to infuse. To have a pleasant nature D. To hold out C. His affable manner drew people to him at any social event Pervade (v. to permeate. to be easy going.She was shameless in her use of guile.) (pred-uh-LEK-shun) A scent . To spread throughout E) To pervade means to spread throughout. To be financially well-off E. Unhappy D. easily pleased. Unbiased B.) (pur-VAYD) To pervade means: A. Before the marriage. Not emotional A) Impartial means unbiased. not showing favoritism. she‘d played the part of a rich girl Impartial (adj. that fills the air is said to pervade the room. To win out B. without prejudice.) (im-PAHR-shul) Impartial means: A. To dodge D.) (AF-uh-bul) To be affable means: A. amiable. Not sorry E. friendly. To enjoy life B. it was hard to find enough impartial people to make up a jury Affable (adj. To be extroverted C) To be affable means to have a pleasant nature. To be gullible C. fair. To work at E. The fear that pervaded the group made them give up their search Predilection (n.
but you could also say: He got into trouble for selling art works of dubious origin. A phobia E.A predilection is: A. An impulse D. Mean A) Histrionic means overly dramatic. doubtful. Unwelcome C) Dubious means uncertain. Lonely (SING-gyuh-lur) . we were dubious. with excessive and somewhat contrived emotion. questionable. A forecast B. Her histrionic reaction to the mere prospect of giving blood was embarrassing Dubious (adj. dubious means skeptical. His predilection for the sea drew him to a voyage around the Cape of Good Hope Histrionic (adj. In that case dubious means questionable Singular (adj. Suspicious E.) Histrionic means: A. Overly dramatic B.) Singular means: A. Overly dull D. a fondness for. Overly long C. melodramatic. Uncertain D.) (DOO-bee-us) Dubious means: A. A pre-determined outcome B) A predilection is a tendency. Factual E. skeptical. (his-tree-AHN-ik) When he predicted that we would be out of debt in six months. Incorrect B. In that sentence. Friendly C. an inclination towards. A tendency C.
Preempt may also be spelled pre-empt Frenetic (adj. Sincerely pious D. E. Ancient B) Sanctimonious means phony holy. to replace by prior arrangement. To supersede E.) (pree-EMPT) ―I‖ is the first person To preempt is: A. To deny D) To preempt is to supersede. Mystical B. The word ―preemptive‖ carries the flavor of ―preventive‖ that is not present in the word ―preempt‖. Blessed E. D. remarkable.) (fruh-NET-ik) . To look down on D.‖ His sanctimonious attitude was called into question when he was caught with someone else‘s wife. singular. ―we‖ is the first person plural Sanctimonious (adj. C. He‘d been so unwilling to forgive others for the same offense Preempt (v. E) Alienated Focused Celibate Unique Singular means unique. She had a singular beauty that had captivated him from the first moment they met. To do better than B. exceptional.) (sangk-tuh-MOH-nee-us) Sanctimonious means: A. hypocritical devotion or piousness. often ―holier than thou. Phony holy C. exaggerated religious feeling. special. Singular also means the opposite of plural.B. During the Cold War people used to talk about a ―preemptive strike‖ meaning a first strike that would supersede any attack on the part of the enemy. To struggle against C. A speech by the President always preempts normal programming.
―That Kevin will be home for dinner is an immutable law of nature. A habit A) An affinity is a natural attraction or proclivity. Frivolous D. In its most technical sense affinity means a mutual attraction. Her frenetic efforts to get Stevie out of the closet did little more than keep her busy till the fire department arrived Immutable (adj. it describes how one acts when both desperately rushed and disorganized. A traditional attitude D.) (TRAN-shunt) If something is transient it: . Frantic B. Harsh D.‖ laughed Aunt Anna. ―I think a fellow would be hard-pressed if asked to choose between his wife and his car. Fervent E. Unemotional E. An attraction B. but that usage is no longer strictly followed. ―He hasn‘t missed a meal in years. steadfast.Frenetic means: A. a strong sense of liking.‖ Affinity (n.‖ Transient (adj. Intense nervous activity is described as frenetic. An understanding E. permanent.) (i-MYOO-tuh-bul) Immutable means: A. Frustrated C. ―Men have such affinity for their vehicles. a sense of kinship with something or someone.) (uh-FIN-uh-tee) An affinity is: A. Indisputable B) Immutable means unchangeable. Unchangeable C.‖ laughed Emma. Flexible B. Loud A) Frenetic means frantic or frenzied. A weakness C.
To have all the answers D) To be vindictive means to be spiteful. she has been extremely vindictive. Is not fussy E. vengeful. To have a long memory B. just passing through. Has a broad spectrum of knowledge B) Transient means on the move. pressing. To be hungry C. As a noun.A. Ever since Thomas left Olivia.) Exigent means: A. To be spiteful E.) (FAS-il) Facile means: A. Homely E.‖ said Noah Vindictive (adj. once even letting the air out of his tires Exigent (adj. malicious. Not enough A) Exigent means urgent. (EK-si-jent) When exigent circumstances exist. ―The transient they found almost frozen to death in the subway went to school with my father. just passing through. To be accusatory D.) (vin-DIK-tiv) To be vindictive means: A. Applies across the board B. requiring immediate action. Outside of C. and not expected to stay long. Is uncertain of its origin D. Urgent B. Many of the transient workers returned to Mexico after the harvest. not staying long. a transient is a person who is on the move. police may enter your home without a warrant Facile (adj. Dying out D. wanting to take revenge. Deep . Will be moving on soon C.
Something. lacking depth. modeled. A prior case E. Extreme speed B) Concord means harmony. Consistency D. E. he or she refers to a past ruling that is similar to the one they are seeking. My older brother is a real scholar. Bitterness B. A component C. Massachusetts. A requirement B. Lazy John always preferred facile tasks Precedent (n. and central South Carolina.) (PRES-uh-dunt) A precedent is: A.‖ said the President. Visionary . California. Concord is also the name of towns in New Hampshire (the capital is concord). agreement. C. When an attorney sites a precedent.) (WIL-ful) To be willful means to be: A. D. glib. C) Imitative Easily done Quick Untruthful Facile means easily done. a peaceful similarity of attitudes. or authorized is a precedent. Harmony C. upon which later things are patterned.B.) (KAHN-kord) Concord means: A. ―We have achieved concord at last in these difficult peace negotiations. A strongly held opinion D. A piece of evidence D) A precedent is a something that comes before something else and serves as an example of or justification for it. Enjoyment E. and his high grades set a precedent for the rest of us Concord (n. Concord is also the name of an especially sweet and succulent grape Willful (adj.
To stop A) To precipitate is to bring about. Animals B. stubborn determined to have one‘s own way.) (pri-SIP-uh-tayt) To precipitate is: A.) (RIG-ur-us) . Bacteria D. Shyness E. D. To keep hush-hush E. E. Willful also means intentional or deliberate. Precipitate also means to fall to earth as rain. To bring about B. according to the Weather Channel Fauna (n.‖ said Destiny. C. to cause to happen. ―flora‖. To cry C. To increase D. or hail.‖ lamented Aunt Martha. but few fauna as we walked through the woods Rigorous (adj.‖ Precipitate (v. ―I certainly didn‘t mean to hurt her feelings. ―Nathan is quite willful and turns a deaf ear to good advice. As a noun any form of moisture that falls from the sky is called precipitation. Beauty A) Fauna refers to animals. Plants C. snow. sleet. Her accusations precipitated an investigation into the finances of all school organizations. to set off. You often hear it together with the word We saw abundant flora. which means plants.B. There is a one in four chance of precipitation. B) Headstrong Decisive Litigious Bad tempered Willful means headstrong.) (FAW-nuh) Fauna refers to: A. ―The slight was not willful.
but one word stopped Hunter in his tracks. His reproof damaged her pride Capitulate (v. Secret B. demanding of precision. Sean found the rigorous demands of law school exhilarating Illicit (adj. To praise B. Activating D. harsh. Her illicit affair with a married man went on undetected for years Reprove (v. Forbidden E. Stifling B) Rigorous means exacting. and means a mild criticism or correction.Rigorous means: A. illegal. To appreciate D) To reprove means to criticize or correct.) (ri-PROOVE) Reprove means: A.) (I-LIS-it) If something is illicit it is: A. strict. To permit D. Exciting B. To reconsider . Temporary D. The noun form of reprove is reproof. To re-evaluate C.) (kuh-PICH-uh-layt) To capitulate means: A. Stiffening E. His mother seldom needed to reprove him. improper. To criticize E. Exacting C. taboo. Exciting D) Illicit means forbidden. Passionate C.
Worldly C) Robust means strong. His separate ideas finally coalesced into a cohesive whole. hardy. Strong C. Strong D. To put in order E. to combine. that is strong and full-bodied. To redecorate B. D. E.) (ROH-bust) Robust means: A. Insecure B. vigorous. A robust cup of coffee is one Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child. to blend together. They are forming a campus-wide coalition to fight the proposed curfew Superficial (adj. Prideful B. Unendorsed D. Shallow . to fuse. To merge E) To coalesce means to merge.B. His defense capitulated when the new evidence was presented Robust (adj. To recover D. Genuine E.) (koh-uh-LES) To coalesce means: A.) (soo-pur-FISH-ul) To be superficial is to be: A. Robot-like E. C) To To To To take advantage surrender make money initiate To capitulate is to surrender. to collapse. To cooperate C. C. cave in to pressure. but grew up to be a robust adult Coalesce (v. Overweight C. When organizations coalesce for a specific purpose the new group is called a coalition.
Height B. Bring it out D. concerned with only the obvious.E) To be superficial is to be shallow. To take control C. Strong interest D. Jordana is the most superficial girl I know. A studious nature E. Natural ability C. Willingness B) An aptitude is a natural ability. Take it away . a talent. Scrutinize (v. near. To create doubts B. not deep or probing.‖ said Alexandra Aptitude (n.) (AP-tuh-tood) Aptitude means: A. make-up.) (AHB-fuh-skayt) To obfuscate something is to: A. To make appealing D) To scrutinize means to examine carefully. an inclination towards something that has not yet been mastered. Connor‘s aptitude for math landed him an after school job tutoring other kids Obfuscate (v. Blow it up B. and the latest gossip. All she can talk about is Superficial also refers to something that is literally at. movies. To find flaws D. ―I scrutinized her report and could find no misplaced commas or misused words.) It healed within days (SKROOT-uh-nyze) To scrutinize means: A. To carefully examine E. His wound was only superficial. Bend it E. to study in detail. Make it unclear C. or pertaining to the surface of something.
Heavenly B. not special. A tattletale D. guarded. Exotic E. to darken or confuse. All his talking about how good it was to be home again only served to obfuscate his real motive. A rare bird C. routine. not of heaven. which was to borrow money Mundane (adj. A trace A) A harbinger is a forerunner. Cautious E. Ordinary D.) (AP-RUH-bay-shun) . of this world.) (SUR-kum-spekt) Circumspect means: A.) Mundane means: A. Curious C. Overdone C) Mundane means ordinary. they found priceless antiques Harbinger (n. something that precedes something else and let‘s us know it is coming. His friends Ethan was quite circumspect in discussing his summer plans. In the old man‘s cabinet beside mundane teacups and flowerpots. vigilant.B) To obfuscate means to make unclear. earthly. to muddle. Exciting C. Aware D) Circumspect means cautious. Suspect D.) (HAR-bin-jur) (mun-DAYN) A harbinger is: A. commonplace. didn‘t realize he was waiting to see if he got a job in LA Approbation (n. A forerunner B. Roundabout B. A widow E. The robin is a harbinger of spring Circumspect (adj.
Praise C. Fascism D) Anarchy means lawlessness. Jagged B.‖ said Natalie.) (AN-ur-kee) Anarchy means: A. Utopia C. stationary. Communism B. Not large E. Approbation for his discoveries from the scientific community came years too late Static (adj. Flashy C.Approbation means: A. the resulting spark is called static electricity – static for short. the absence of government or authority. Criticism E. Not lazy C) Static means not moving. When you rub against a rug and then touch something else. ―There is so much static in the air today. a state of chaos. Anger D. It can be used in the formal sense: The anarchy following revolution subsided only when a new government was .) (STAT-ik) Static means: A. lacking movement or growth.‖ Anarchy (n. admiration. Fearlessness D. Not moving D. Caution B. Book sales have been fairly static for the last three months. Humor B) Approbation is praise. ―I‘ve had three little shocks in a row. Lawlessness E. approval. but perhaps they will pick up again during the Christmas season. Static is also a low-level electrical charge caused by friction.
Lonely D. unaffected by anything outside itself. It can also be used informally: When the sweet young substitute teacher replaced Ms.) (hur-MET-ik) Hermetic means: A.firmly established. Homeless B. common. the class seemed to revert to anarchy Colloquial (adj. Although his colloquial style is fun and easy to read. Outsiders laugh at our region‘s colloquialisms Hermetic (adj. Hermetic also means pertaining to the occult. Unclear E. the mythical author of an influential ancient collection of magical writings. Facilitate . The time capsule was hermetically sealed and buried in the Town Square. Henderson. Informal B. Airtight E) Hermetic means airtight or tightly sealed. Unauthorized A) Colloquial means informal.) (EK-spi-dyte) Expedite means: A. conversational. Foreign C.) (kul-OH-kwee-ul) Colloquial means: A. Ancient C. Dodge B. This meaning comes from Hermes Trismegistus. The Order of the Golden Dawn is a hermetic group that Aleister Crowley belonged to Expedite (v. his content is quite profound. Sterile E. Scholarly D. Also means local or regional dialect expression.
Open up E. Decency C. to speed the progress of. Condemnation C) Apartheid is a rigid policy of racial segregation. To prove E. To shock D. Dignified C. To harden C. Unable to be penetrated E) Impervious means unable to be penetrated.C. it will expedite matters Impervious (adj. Holier than thou E. to help along. If everyone will pitch in. and thus protected from being influenced or touched by an outside force. To winterize A) To edify means to uplift. Freedom E. Porous B. to make easier. The rickety roof was impervious to the elements after we sealed it with tar Apartheid (n. Regal D.) (uh-PAHRT-hayt) (im-PUR-vee-us) Apartheid refers to: A. to benefit or instruct. We were edified by reading George Washington‘s rules for conduct . Until recently South Africa had an official policy of apartheid Edify (v. Cynicism B. Racism D. Pay for B) Expedite means to facilitate.) Impervious means: A.) (ED-uh-fye) To edify means: A. especially morally. Punch D. To uplift B.
Feisty B. Fetter is often used to refer to something that shackles in the sense of holding one back or hampering progression. for example. Elderly D. knows and loves good art. A connoisseur is an expert in the sense of having acquired a great knowledge about.) (FET-ur) Fetter means: A. but does not necessarily know how to paint or draw Compelling (adj. To change D. A consultant B) A connoisseur is someone who has refined taste in a given area.) (kahn-uh-SUR) He missed A connoisseur is: A.) Compelling means: A. appreciation or understanding of some subject. Jared was fettered by his inability to speak Spanish fluently. No matter how he was fettered. A connoisseur of art. (kum-PEL-ing) The argument Jason put forth was so compelling that the board voted unanimously in his favor . An expert C. to shackle. To restrain E. To exclude D) To fetter literally means to restrain. Unusual D) Compelling means forceful. To upset B. having a powerful pull. A manipulator E.Fetter (v. can tell good art from not so good art. Forceful E. A French chef B. A know-it-all D. a lot of what was being discussed Connoisseur (n. To fuss over C. someone whose experience with something has made him or her expert. Unique C. Harry Houdini escaped.
intellectual. Idi Amin was a bloody despot who left Uganda in turmoil Erudite (adj.Paradox (n. A story with a twist at the end E. A tyrant C.) (DES-puht) A despot is: A. A slop bucket E.‖ is an example of a paradox Despot (n. a king or dictator with absolute power who uses it oppressively. A minority opinion C. To go to the bathroom B. Scholarly C. less speed. Snobbish E. An ancient ruin D. Excellent B) Erudite means scholarly. An example of a paradox is the statement ―I always lie.) (PAR-uh-dahks) A paradox is: A.) (DEP-ruh-kayt ) To deprecate is: A.‖ ―More haste.) Erudite means: A. Picky D. An object with five sides D. extremely learned. Impractical B. To take apart . A poet B) A despot is a tyrant. A self-contradiction B. A lover A) A paradox is a self-contradiction. A spoiled child B. (ER-yoo-dyte) I met him at a party and had no idea he was so erudite until I went to his lecture and had no idea what he was talking about Deprecate (v.
C. Family C. To writhe in pain . Promising E. Unsure B. To feel small C) To deprecate is to deplore. Peace lovers deprecate war Vocation (n. Career E) A vocation is a calling. to express strong disapproval of. That a rainbow appeared in the sky just as we broke ground for the new center was seen as an auspicious omen by everyone Languish (v. An auspicious beginning is one that promises a good outcome. An auspicious omen is one that points to a positive result.) (LANG-gwish) To languish means: A.) (aw-SPISH-us) Auspicious means: A. a profession or business that one has a strong inclination toward. Marriage B. Faithful D. Hobby E. To luxuriate B. Entertainment D. Optimum C. When someone feels pulled to go into the priesthood or to become a monk or nun. His hobby of stamp collecting became a vocation when he opened a small hobby shop Auspicious (adj. To proceed extremely cautiously C. encouraging.) (voh-KAY-shun) Vocation refers to one‘s: A. The difference between someone with a vocation and someone with merely a job is the person with the vocation loves what he or she does and can‘t imagine doing anything else. To lose value E. Deep D) Auspicious means promising. heartening. boding well. To deplore D. they are said to have a vocation.
Above average E. not offensive. He gained admission to the club with a series of very credulous lies Decorous (adj. Uncaring A) Credulous means gullible. Disbelieving E. Brave B) Decorous means proper.D. Surprised D. Credulous also means believable. in good taste. na?ve. (KREJ-uh-lus) Telemarketing depends on finding credulous people to listen to sales pitches.) (DEK-ur-us) Decorous means: A. Dramatic D. Long-winded E. To experience prolonged inactivity E) To languish means to experience prolonged inactivity in a way that weakens or depresses. Well dressed ―I‘ve never . Gullible B. Amazed C. Extremely skillful D. met such polite well-behaved kids. Clear B. well-behaved.) Credulous means: A.‖ Consummate (adj. dignified.) (kun-SUM-it) Consummate means: A. Soupy C. She languished in a dead end job for years before finding the courage to strike out on her own Credulous (adj. ―What a decorous group of teenagers.‖ remarked Aunt Sadie. Elaborate B. eager to believe. In good taste C. To give abundantly E.
Off-color D. Unease C. Conditional D. Empathy B) Malaise is a sense of lethargy and unease. absolute. A marriage is consummated with the first sexual union. perfect. complete. Off-course B.C) Consummate means extremely skillful. without exception. Isaac Stern is a consummate violinist whose mastery is recognized all over the world. Unconditional C. Humorous C. Labeled B) Categorical means unconditional. An agreement is consummated with the signing of a contract. a feeling of being depressed. We consummated the deal with a handshake Categorical (adj. Guilt B. Pity E. Foresight D. He claimed to have been out His denial of the charges was categorical.) (kat-uh-GOR-uh-kul) Categorical means: A. Malaise usually is the first warning that I‘m coming down with flu Awry (adj. Piecemeal B. Inharmonious E. As a verb ―to consummate‖ (pronounced KAHN-suh-mate) means to bring to completion.) Awry means: A. Off-beat (uh-RYE) . a feeling of being run down.) (ma-LAYZ) Malaise means: A. Specific E. of town on the evening in question Malaise (n.
During the Great Depression there were many destitute people willing to do anything for the money to buy a meal Extrovert (n. Her makeup was a mess and her hair was awry Platitude (n. A meaningless gesture D. An outgoing person E. A trite saying E) A platitude is a trite.A) Awry means off course. Morally corrupt B. A left-handed person C. A right-handed person B. An insincere compliment B. impoverished. An interesting anecdote C. A shallow person . lacking in what is required for basic sustenance. Bewildered D) Destitute means extremely poor. Awry also means skewed in the literal sense. A half-hearted effort E. not right. ―All‘s well that ends well‖ is a platitude. Hopeful C. Extremely poor E.) (PLAT-uh-tood) A platitude is: A.) (DES-tuh-toot) Destitute means: A. screwed up. ―I went to him for help and all I got were meaningless platitudes. Very messy D. they get all Things did not start to go awry until the fourth quarter when two of the best player fouled out of the game.‖ complained Brooke Destitute (adj. An athletic person D. When plans go awry. overused saying.) (EKS-truh-vurt) An extrovert is: A. a clich? usually offered as advice or wisdom.
Pale C. Small E. Easy to shape E) Malleable means easy to shape or mold. Astral B. (i-FEM-ur-al) All life is ephemeral when seen from the perspective of eternity Callow (adj.) (MAL-ee-uh-bul) (KAL-oh) Malleable means: A. Easy to describe D.) Ephemeral means: A. fleeting.‖ said Alex Malleable (adj. Yellowish D. Deceitful E. inexperienced. unsophisticated due to youthfulness. whereas I prefer a quiet evening at home. Nathaniel. Quiet A) Callow means immature. ―As a callow youth of nineteen I did not realize how wise my father was.) Callow means: A. . and he loves to party. gregarious person. Immature B. The opposite is an introvert. Easy to forget E.‖ said Gabrielle. A person whose reference point is more the outside world than his own inner world. is such an extrovert.‖ Ephemeral (adj. Flowing B) Ephemeral means short lived. Easy to put off C. ―He has many more friends than I do.D) An extrovert is an outgoing. It can be applied to a substance like clay or to more abstract things like attitudes or personalities. ―My brother. Graceful D. who is quieter and more self-contained and who takes his cues more from what is happening inside of him than from the outside world. Easy to know B. Fleeting C.
To discriminate against means to make a distinction on the basis of race. To fear C. who began it as a boy and left it to me in his will. To hate B. it means they make careful choices and select only the best. His dad and brother were both Phi Sigma Kappa (di-SKRIM-uh-nate) Discriminate (v. In this sense. To condemn E.) To discriminate means: A. or some other broad characteristic. fraternity. To make a distinction D. An inheritance E.) (LEG-uh-see) A legacy refers to: A. This stamp collection was my legacy from my great uncle. If someone has discriminating tastes. religion. or sorority that a parent or older sibling also attended or belonged to. discrimination has come to have the meaning of being prejudiced Monolithic (adj. A biographical story C. Short and squat . An article of clothing B. To pardon C) To discriminate means to make a distinction. He‘s a legacy. An fantasy D. Tall and pointed C. Large and unbroken B. Legacy is also a term used to designate an applicant to or member of a school.The old pickpocket aimed to train his young cohorts while they were malleable and followed his every instruction Legacy (n. A futuristic society D) Legacy refers to something inherited or passed down. To discriminate also means to show partiality. My uncle with Alzheimer‘s disease cannot discriminate between the present and the past.) (mah-nuh-LITH-ik) To be monolithic means to be: A.
Set back C. Opposition that was both great and single-minded could also be called monolithic.) (vi-tree-AHL-ik) If something is vitriolic it is: A. Precise A) Abject means hopeless. It stems from the word vitriol. which is another name for sulfuric acid. Argumentative E. To the point C. Total D. extremely nasty. Off course E. Blown all out of proportion A) To be monolithic means to be large and unbroken. Hopeless B. Stuck . Undermined E. wretched.D. Intense B. ―Seeing the Soviet Union as monolithic generated a lot of fear. Besieged D. His vitriolic tirade stunned his listeners.‖ said Isaiah Abject (adj. miserable. A large pillar of stone would be monolithic. They lived in abject poverty with cockroaches and rats Vitriolic (adj. Unreliable D. of hatred Beset (v. So could a huge corporation that had a singular purpose. Healthy B) Vitriolic means caustic. Established B. Caustic C. full of bitterness. Monolithic expresses both the idea of massiveness and the idea of being all of one piece. Smart and single-minded E. which is caustic and burns.) (bi-SET) No one realized he was so full Beset means: A.) (AB-jekt) Abject means: A.
) (muh-TRIK-yuh-layt) To matriculate means: A. To organize C. To analyze D. From the very beginning. Gullible D. the organizer was forced to resign in disgrace. Calculating B. surrounded on all sides. To explain E. friendly. To take after one‘s mother A) To matriculate means to enroll. To give up E) To renounce something means to give it up. Beset also means encrusted or studded with: The crown was beset with diamonds and rubies Renounce (v. To ignore E. Two-faced C. he renounces all claims to the throne Matriculate (v. To inform B. The office was broken into. to deny or forsake it.) Convivial means: A. ―Where are you matriculated?‖ asked Michelle Convivial (adj. good-natured. Festive E. (kun-VIV-ee-ul) . and the funding did not come through when expected. To say differently C. To enroll B.C) To be beset means to be besieged. jovial. the program was beset with problems. attacked by. Livid D) Convivial means festive.) (ri-NOWNCE) To renounce means: A. To redo D. When a king abdicates. especially in a college or university.
The old man was venerated by everyone in the village. The judging of figure skating often seems arbitrary. Sly C) Contiguous means adjoining. and the convivial company Venerate (v. Alaska and Hawaii are not part of the contiguous United States Arbitrary (adj. In agreement C. determined by impulse or individual will. To encourage B) To venerate means to honor. Resonant E. as though sacred.) Pristine means: (PRIS-teen) . Sticky B. Impressive B. touching. To honor C. To emulate D.) (kun-TIG-yoo-us) Contiguous means: A. Spiteful B) Arbitrary means unfair. Adjoining D. Unfair C.We wanted to stay because we enjoyed the good music. to treat with reverence. having no particular rhyme or reason. Dependent upon E.) (AHR-buh-trer-ee) Arbitrary means: A. and his opinion carried a lot of weight Contiguous (adj. the good wine. to deeply respect. To charge E. People who skate very well often get lower scores than those who do not skate as well Pristine (adj. Careful D. the good food. To shun B.) (VEN-uh-rayt) To venerate means: A.
Pure E. Ambition E.) (NEP-uh-tiz-um) Nepotism means: A. and to the point. having the characteristics of a farce. Certain D. Control . Ill-mannered C. Icy D) Pristine means pure. brief. immaculately clean.) (suk-SINGKT) Succinct means: A. Humor D. Scientific D. Distant D) Farcical means absurd. Long-suffering B. Absurd E. He gave the reporter a succinct explanation of the situation and promised to answer further questions at a press conference later in the day Farcical (adj. Snobby D. Positive B. unspoiled.A. Longevity B. ridiculous. Responsive E. trampled by neither man nor beast Succinct (adj. Favoritism C. uncorrupted. short. From the air we looked down on mountains covered with a blanket of pristine snow. Devin‘s farcical rendition of the President‘s speech had us rolling in the aisles Nepotism (n. Picky C. Clever C.) (FARS-I-kul) Farcical means: A. Concise E) Succinct means concise. Removed B.
know for a fact his dad did not help him at all. Persuasive C. ―It was not nepotism. The more doctrinaire members of the congregation were offended by the . to espouse a theory. Celibate E. lacking the comforts or the sophistication of a city. Rude A) Rustic means rural. Intelligent B. countrified.‖ said Erin Cogent (adj. or belief system whether or not it is practical. Restless D. pertinent. The rustic setting where Cheyenne spent her summers was totally different from the city where she wintered Doctrinaire (dahk-truh-NAYR) Doctrinaire means: A. Everyone‘s His cogent explanation put an end to the whole matter. Centered B) Cogent means persuasive. questions were answered Rustic (adj. Capital C. Undecided B. but his own talent that got Julian where he is. Joyful E. Medically sound D. Invasive D. to be inflexible. convincing.) (KOH-junt) I Cogent means: A. doctrine. that‘s nepotism. Dogmatic E) To be doctrinaire is to be dogmatic.B) Nepotism is the practice of showing favoritism to relatives or close friends in business or politics. Red-gold in color C. Rural B.) (RUS-tik) Rustic means: A. When someone gets a job or a promotion because a relative is an officer of the company. Ravishing E.
To pollute E. Coleman. Stuck B. By the book B. to make sense.) (VISH-ee-ayt) To vitiate means: A.‖ Uniform (adj. ―but today he was absolutely coherent. Forthright E. or pervert. Something that is coherent is logical and hangs together. Stripped down B) Uniform means consistent. To regale D. Hull.‖ said Melissa. Not telling everything you know C) To be coherent is to be understandable. it is said to be incoherent.‖ ranted Mr. Awake C.‖ Transgress (v. standard. Understandable D.) (trans-GRES) To transgress is: . ―My uncle is senile. ―They are not uniform from school to school Coherent (adj. ―They think turning the other cheek is for wimps. ―Our goal this year is to standardize the requirements.‖ said Mr. corrupt.neo-orthodox views of the new minister Vitiate (v. without variation. Consistent C. Unstylish E. To salivate B. Everything he said made perfect sense.) (YOO-nuh-form) Uniform means: A. Boring D. ―Media violence is vitiating the morals of our young people. to spoil. To pardon C. When speech is rambling and makes no sense. to impair. To certify D) To vitiate means to pollute.) (koh-HEER-unt) If you are coherent you are: A.
Transgress also is used to mean going beyond in an inappropriate manner. ―but I have to admit. To violate a law B. To move backwards D. To forgive C.) (KUV-urt) To be covert is to be: A. oppressive. ―His comedy routine transgressed the bounds of good taste. Loud A) Onerous means burdensome. Most important C. Alicia took one class every semester until she was eighty-five years old Onerous (adj. Lack of movement D. ―When you go to confession you own up to your sins and promise to transgress no more.‖ Stagnation (n. to sin. Lack of confidence E.) (AHN-ur-us) Onerous means: A. To Jeremy fell the onerous task of firing his teammates Covert (adj. To cross E. Lack of money C) Stagnation refers to lack of movement that also implies staleness. Bad tempered E. he was very funny.) (stag-NAY-shun) Stagnation refers to: A. a lack of progress or growth.‖ explained Andrea.A. Burdensome B.‖ said Aunt Penny. Quiet . Lack of harmony C. To cover A) To transgress means to violate a law. to offend. distasteful. To avoid stagnation. Lack of joy B. Prideful D.
E. Wimpy B.‖ said Vivian Genteel (adj. to differentiate from something else. to perceive. Excessive praise E) Adulation is excessive praise. adoration. Shy C. D) Smothering Agreeable Secret Unyielding Covert means secret. Song D. Sexual attraction E. To analyze C. aristocratic. disguised. D. (jen-TEEL) . To recommend D. To criticize B. cultivated.B.) (di-SURN) To discern means: A. C. hero worship.) (aj-uh-LAY-shun) Adulation refers to: A. Acceptance C. polite. Southern E. is a burden Discern (v.) Genteel means: A. well bred. To long for E. concealed. Feminine C) Genteel means refined. To distinguish E) To discern means to distinguish. Envy B. For others adulation Some rock stars live for the adulation of their fans. hidden. The CIA is known for its covert operations Adulation (n. ―I can discern very little difference between Sue Ann and Jo Ann. Refined D.
―Every day at four o‘clock she served tea and finger sandwiches. Mussolini was a demagogue who could rant on for hours and whip the crowd into a frenzy Comprehensive (adj. Welcome E.‖ Demagogue (n. Do not confuse with comprehendible. someone who uses people‘s prejudices and fears to move them to action. Different D. A promoter of evil B) A demagogue is a rabble-rouser. Essential B. which means understandable.―My aunt Catherine was a genteel old lady with a huge heart. necessary to the whole.‖ said Angel. A heretic E. to be inclusive.) (kahm-pruh-HEN-siv) When something is comprehensive it is: A. Well-mixed C. Important C. When something is integral to something else. intelligible. rather than appealing to their reason. Understandable D) To be comprehensive is to be complete. A bigot B. to leave nothing out. Closely watched A) Integral means essential.) (dem-UH-GAWG) A demagogue is: A. in the sense of being inseparable from. Difficult B. articulate Integral (adj. ―The ‗comprehensive coverage‘ in your policy insures against falling aircraft. . to cover a large scope. Unrivaled D. it is part of its nature. Complete E. A rabble-rouser C. A fanatical follower D.‖ said Jeffrey.) (IN-tuh-grul) Integral means: A. a leader who tries to stir up others by playing on their emotions.
. To learn this word. To destroy most of B. Are dense D.Steel is an integral part of a skyscraper. which means to combine. or to incorporate. Simon Lethargy (n. The finer points of his presentation were not appreciated by several obtuse board members. To punctuate D. Silence E. to annihilate.) (ahb-TOOS) If someone is obtuse they: A. Are snobbish C. Are humorous C) To be obtuse is to be dense.) (LETH-ur-jee) Lethargy means: A. unobservant.‖ explained Mr. Coughing D. To count by tens A) To decimate means to destroy most of. You can relate the word integral to the word integrate. laziness. Resentment B. Are overweight B. Are rude E. By tonight you will be amazed at how ―with it‖ you are Decimate (v. Lumpiness B) Lethargy means sluggishness. spend the day making note of all the obtuse people who cross your path. To decide against C. indifference. slow to catch on. When you integrate something. not tuned in. it becomes an integral part of who you are Obtuse (adj. Sluggishness C. drowsiness. To reduce E.) (DES-uh-mayt) To decimate is: A. ―Measles decimated the Indian population because the native people had no natural immunity to it.
sip lemonade. Poisonous C. Unsophisticated E. To release E) To relinquish is to release. to stop doing.‖ said Kylie Noxious (adj.) (ri-LING-kwish) To relinquish means: A. To cavitate D To open E. Surprising B. to let go of.―Lethargy was the overriding tone of those sultry summer days. To resent B. Smelly D. Its meaning comes from the assumption that people from the provinces – rural people – are less sophisticated than city people. Well-connected C. To weep C. and complain about the heat. Well-spoken B.‖ reminisced Grandma. the actual meaning of the word is poisonous or very harmful. Selective B) Although the word noxious is often used to describe odors and something that is noxious may make you sick to your stomach.‖ laughed Marcus Relinquish (v.) (pruh-VIN-shul) Someone who is provincial is: A.) (NAHK-shus) Noxious means: A. ―We did nothing but sit on the porch. While most really smelly things are . ―New Yorkers look on everyone who isn‘t a New Yorker as being provincial. Apolitical D) Provincial means simple and unsophisticated. ―If they find out you took steroids. Comfortable D. Stubborn E.‖ The sailors didn‘t realize their increasing lethargy was from the onset of a tropical disease Provincial (adj. they will make you relinquish your title. to surrender.
Men and their wives especially seem at odds over this question a good deal of the time Pertinent (adj. appropriate or meaningful to the subject at hand.) (DES-uh-kayt) To desiccate means: A. ―You may call this a boyhood peccadillo. Davis. the once lush land became desert Peccadillo (n. Perky B. To demolish C. . To cut apart B. ―but I call it stealing!‖ Beware. to the point. a meaningless fault. A E. Relevant E.‖ complained Miranda Desiccate (v. An B A C. to remove the moisture from. To evince E. A D. and all came home with rashes. To deny D. a petty violation.noxious. To dry out E) To desiccate means to dry out. Acceptable D. A D) Australian animal shameful secret Southern dessert minor offense subtle hint (pek-uh-DIL oh) A peccadillo is a minor offense. One man‘s peccadillo is another man‘s prison sentence.) A peccadillo is: A.) (PUR-tuh-nunt) Pertinent means: A. Desiccated by years of hot winds. ―We walked through patches of noxious little weeds. there are a lot of truly noxious things that have no odor at all.‖ screamed Mr. Nearby D) Pertinent means relevant. What does and does not qualify as a peccadillo is a matter of opinion. Prim C.
to be traditional. to try anything new. including the topic.‖ complained Sabrina.) (ANG-gwish) Anguish is: A. not your measurements! Orthodox (adj.‖ ―He is afraid Orthodox Christians and orthodox Jews adhere to early forms of their respective religions. Secondary B. either physical or emotional. Be conventional C. The ―Curative Atomic Water‖ salesman was run out of town for his unorthodox healing methods Anguish (n. a time-table. and a budget.The assignment was to write a paragraph that included all the pertinent information about our proposed projects. Extreme pain B. Strong feelings A) Anguish is extreme pain.) (OR-thuh-dahks) To be orthodox is to: A. If you are unorthodox. Defective . Self-aggrandizement D.) (suh-BOR-duh-nit) Subordinate means: A. Remember: The pertinent information about you relates to your character. Have straight teeth B. to follow established ways. as opposed to more modern expressions. ―Garret‘s methods are all so orthodox. Be forthright B) To be orthodox is to be conventional. you are unconventional. Incomplete C. Deep resentment E. Paul‘s drinking caused Rhonda deep anguish Subordinate (adj. Dramatized emotion C. Be righteous D. Be religious E.
To strongly urge D. Expansive A) Subordinate means less than. Tanner‘s boss was found to be culpable in several minor infractions and was given a formal warning by the union Nihilism (adj. to seriously warn. to seriously advise. Heaven and hell exist B. There is life after death D) Nihilism includes the belief that morality is relative and there is no such thing as right and wrong. Love conquers all D.‖ Alexandra told Art angrily Exhort (v. It is defined more by what it rejects rather than what it believes in. In what many thought was a controversial move. Guilty E) To be culpable means to be guilty. Shamefaced E. secondary to. There is no such thing as right and wrong E. Curious D.D. the health teacher exhorted her students to practice safe sex. not as important as. Sorely tempted C.) (ig-ZORT) To exhort is: A. Fate determines all C. To weakly criticize B. ―My needs are not subordinate to your needs. Untimely E. to have it be your fault. It is more common to hear people called nihilists . To harshly mock E. Easily influenced B.) (NYE-uh-liz-um) Nihilism is a belief that: A. Her persuasiveness may have saved lives Culpable (adj.) (KUL-puh-bul) Culpable means: A. Nihilism also implies rejection of established laws and values. To force to pay money C) To exhort is to strongly urge. To loudly report C. to be to blame for something.
to abstain.) (AB-stuh-nunt) To be abstinent is: A.) (SKWAHL-ur) Squalor means: A. A C. . To be awkward E. To refrain from indulging B. To be judgmental A) To be abstinent means to refrain from indulging. Confusion E. The monks took vows to be abstinent from worldly wealth and pleasures Squalor (n.) A synthesis is: A. but today the term is applied to anyone with a negative. To be stubborn C. An B.. Alcoholics are abstinent when they do not drink liquor. A imitation attraction fiction sugar-coating blending (SIN-thuh-sis) E) A synthesis is a blending. ―People on the mailing list are discussing a political system that is a synthesis of capitalism and communism. To be chronically late D. ―Mr. destructive outlook. repulsive conditions. Ignorance B. Jordan used to say that punk rock was the most nihilistic music ever performed.‖ said Laura Abstinent (adj. A E. wretchedness. Noise D. People who practice celibacy remain abstinent from sex. A D. an integration of two or more elements.by their opponents than to hear them refer to themselves that way. In mid-19th century Russia there was a group who were actually called Nihilists.‖ said Adriana Synthesis (n. Filth C. a combining of parts into a whole. Ugliness B) Squalor refers to filth.
something there is a lot of it. Someone who is deluded is laboring under a false impression. to mislead. A nonconformist B. To drive insane C) To delude means to deceive. A troublemaker C. A maverick is also an unbranded calf. Overweight C. To undress C. Organized A) Copious means plentiful. to cause to hold a false belief. This was the word‘s initial meaning. Plentiful B. An entrepreneur A) A maverick is a nonconformist. Able to cope E. He came into the company as a young maverick and within two years his ―off the wall‖ ideas were policy. a freethinker. When there are copious amounts of It took me all afternoon to copy his copious notes on the French Revolution Inept (adj.) (di-LOOD) To delude means: A.) (KOH-pee-us) Copious means: A. An optimist E. Now the word refers to anyone who is not easily branded with a traditional label Copious (adj. To hide E. Apologetic D. To detail B. The deluded cult members signed a pact to protect their leader from government infiltrators Maverick (n. A hero D. To deceive D.The refugees had to overlook the squalor of their living conditions Delude (v. abundant.) (in-EPT) . a groundbreaker.) (MAV-ur-ik) A maverick is: A. a rebel.
Those attending the meeting inferred from the senator‘s remarks that he intended to run for the presidency Ostentatious (adj. To discuss D) To infer is to deduce.) (in-FUR) To infer means: A. Stubbornness C. To cogitate B. ―Nothing assaults the senses quite the way an inept bagpipe players‘ piping can. Lazy D) To be inept is to be clumsy. A habitual way of being E. Heartbroken B. Showy . Short-sightedness E) Myopia refers to shortsightedness. To detain C. Unpopular C. to find out by reasoning.) (ahs-ten-TAY-shus) Ostentatious means: A. To deduce E. Technically. and ineffective. myopia is a medical term for near-sightedness. Unskilled E. it refers to lacking foresight.) (mye-OH-pee-uh) Myopia means: A. His myopia prevented him from seeing that his son lacked the skills to run the company Infer (v.‖ said Spencer Myopia (n. A lack of ambition B. To deceive D. to being blinded to the larger implications of something. In the broader sense. Unclear D. to seeing only what is right in front of one‘s nose. unskilled.To be inept is to be: A. An ability to see the future D.
D. and often having a satiric or paradoxical twist at the end.) Cursory means: A. Promising D. then went out to play basketball Epigram (n.B. An introduction C. Art and beauty B. glance. polished. overblown. E. A witty statement E) An epigram is a witty statement. C. He gave his notes a cursory (KUR-suh-ree) Jackson was not serious about acing the exam. pithy saying. usually in verse.‖ said Katie Ascetic (adj. brief and haphazard. short. An enigma D. to . A coded instruction E. Primitive music E. hasty. Angry B. Stingy E.‖ smiled the heiress Cursory (adj. ―One of my favorite epigrams is Oscar Wilde‘s except temptation. so we‘ve always lived quite simply. ―My mother told me it was rude to make an ostentatious show of wealth.) (uh-SET-ik) ―I can resist everything Ascetics are involved with: A. A) Presumptuous Bony Critical Stubborn Ostentatious means showy. A statement on a tomb B. Self-denial C. Sensual pleasures D.) (EP-uh-gram) An epigram is: A. Literature B) The word ascetic refers to the relinquishment of normal comforts. pretentious. Superficial C. Having a tendency to swear B) Cursory means superficial.
Offers unwanted advice D. Simple-mindedness B. rather than the potential joys in a situation. three books. a type.) (shi-KAY-nuh-ree) Chicanery means: A. Is untrustworthy E. is suspicious of appearances. ―In spite of what is said. with perhaps only a mat on the floor and definitely no TV. The monk lived an ascetic life. I cannot believe the government really cares about poor people. bluegrass. A cynic takes nothing on faith.‖ said Cassidy.‖ Genre (n. Reggae is one genre of music. Mistrusts people‘s motives C. Is grumpy B) A cynic mistrusts people‘s motives. and tends to see the potential problems. an ascetic is a person who lives a life of self-denial. Glamour C. Romantic novels are one genre of fiction. The monk in the previous statement is an ascetic Cynic (n. Rates movies and books B. Faith E.) (ZHAHN-ruh) Genre means: A. were all he owned. mysteries are another. rhythm and blues is another. Generosity . and a begging bowl As a noun.self-denial. Category B. Morality C. Bruce‘s compact disc collection included many genres of music. and classical Chicanery (n. Manners A) A genre is a category.) (SIN-ik) A cynic is someone who: A. An ascetic room would be one without frills. and renunciation of worldly pleasures. Two robes. ―I have always been a cynic. thinks everything is motivated by selfishness. Beauty D. including ragtime.
open to bribery. To scatter E) To disseminate is to scatter. A blood relative of B.‖ the lobbyist told me.) (di-SEM-uh-nayt) He‘d To disseminate means: A. agreeable. To integrate D. Wishful thinking D) Chicanery means trickery. we were all shocked. to distribute. to spread around.D. had all of his credentials faked Disseminate (v. ―Washington is full of venal politicians. Corrupt E. The organization disseminated information about AIDS to elementary school teachers across the nation Venal (adj. Snake-like B. To make disappear B. Flexible C) To be congenial is to be friendly. pleasant. ―You will not have any trouble finding someone to take your money in exchange for a vote. Pertaining to veins C.‖ Congenial (adj.) (VEEN-ul) Venal means: A. To destroy E. When the extent of his chicanery came to light.) (kun-JEEN-yul) To be congenial is to be: A. To expose C. Trickery E. Mundane D. Flattering C. In Beauty pageants ―Miss Congeniality‖ is the woman voted the most friendly. . Friendly D. deception by clever means. Egotistical D) Venal means corrupt. Long-standing E. deceitfulness. underhanded sneakiness.
lacking freshness. Jonah‘s abdomen was hard and distended. As a verb to ―I will countenance your presence so long as you keep your mouth shut.‖ declared the queen Distend (v. to expand. countenance is to condone or tolerate or approve of. Acquired qualities E. Evil C. Fantasies B) Your countenance refers to your face. As a verb.) Banal means: A. to bloat. Face C. especially as regards its expression. was a perfectly horrid evening. Forbidden D.) (di-STEND) To distend is to: A. . Before surgery for an obstruction. to extend outward. Waste E. Swell B.Her congenial nature made her the least likely person to be a murder suspect Banal (adj. Personality B. Offer A) To distend means to swell. Deep D) Banal means ordinary.‖ Countenance (n. countenance has a totally different meaning. unoriginal. Ordinary E. trite. Inherited qualities D. Chic B.‖ said Leonie.) (KOWN-tuh-nuns) Your countenance refers to your: A. ―It (buh-NAL) ―The drinks were watered and the conversation was banal. Her countenance did not support the lie that she was happy. Break C. Reach D.
Majestic C. it is called slander. To acknowledge him E.) (LYE-bul) To libel someone is: A. To imitate him B) To libel is to defame. DeMille was a film magnate. Confirmed C) Substantive means solid. Solid D. To defame him C. Provable C. When the attacks are spoken. or published attacks on someone‘s character. There is no substantive evidence to justify his arrest Libel (v. John D. To count him D. meaty. who is rich. To define him B.) (SUB-stan-tiv) If something is substantive it is: A. Slander is spoken libel and libel is written slander. William Randolph Hearst was a newspaper magnate. substantial. distended stomach!‖ Magnate (n. Fat B. Charismatic E. Trendy C) A magnate is someone who is influential. Many people were upset when Jackie Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate. Dependable B. Cecil B. Rockefeller was an oil magnate.) (MAG-nayt) You can say ―Look at Jonah‘s A magnate is a person who is: A. to write or publish things about another that are both damaging and of questionable truth. powerful and controls something. Universally true E. . having substance. real. drawn.Distended can also be used as an adjective. Aristotle Onassis Substantive (adj. The term libel is applied to written. Powerful D.
she insisted they were libeling her and sued. you are expressing disdain. Stinky E. Half-baked C) Expedient means practical or efficient.) (dis-DAYN) (BOH-vyne) Nancy is suing the paper for libel Disdain means: A. When you look down your nose at something. Lucrative B. it may be expedient for me to skip the grocery shopping .When the newspaper reported that Nancy was driving drunk. advantageous. Pig-like C. Caution E.) Bovine means: A. Fear C. Rural D. If my goal is to get home in time to watch the news. The philosophy that says the ends justify the means is a philosophy of expediency. Babe the blue ox was Paul Bunyan‘s bovine friend Disdain (n. Admiration A) Disdain is contempt or scorn. Fast C. Cow-like B. Earthy E. Something that is expedient supports one‘s goal. Bovine (adj. Harriet looked with disdain on anyone who was not a vegetarian Expedient (adj. Boredom D. Unskilled A) Bovine means ox-like or cow-like or related to cows in the same way that canine means dog-like or related to dogs and feline means cat-like or related to cats. Libel can also be a noun. Practical D.) (ik-SPEE-dee-unt) Expedient means: A. Contempt B.
Having cobblestones E. Remember: An axiom can be cute. fine points. Subtleties C. but the rhythm itself is not Pedestrian (adj. The Joy Luck Club explored the nuances of mother-daughter relationships. Not mechanized B.) puh-DES-tree-un Pedestrian means: A. Widely accepted as true E) An axiom is a statement that is widely accepted as true.) (NOO-ahns) Nuance refers to: A. Slight variations in rhythm are also nuances.‖ is an axiom. Cute B. but a statement can be cute and wise and still not be an axiom Nuance (n.) (AK-see-um) An axiom is a statement that is: A. ―What goes up must come down. ―Do you remember the axioms you learned in geometry?‖ asked Don. that is accepted without proof as a basis for proving other statements. however. a statement often one regarded as obvious. they are. Relating to horses . Arguments B) The word nuance refers to subtleties. shadings. New C. Newness E. not atmosphere. Nuances absolutely contribute to atmosphere. and it can be wise. Localized D. is called an axiom. In mathematics.Axiom (n. Rhythm D. slight shades of variation. Atmosphere B. but the subtle distinctions that go into creating atmosphere. Wonderful D. Controversial E. Unimaginative C.
To spend B. but squandered it within two years on vacations and expensive clothes Theology (n. It doesn‘t matter how much money you spend. Over-eating D) Largess is generosity or philanthropy. The study of stars C.) (thee-AHL-uh-jee) Theology is: A. Opulent B. rather than riding in a vehicle of some sort. ―Look out for those pedestrians!‖ my mother yelled. commonplace. you are not squandering it. as three older women stepped off the curb into the traffic Largess (n. As a noun. in many instances spending a lot of money WILL qualify as squandering. To gain C) To squander is to waste. The study of civilization .) (lahr-JES) Largess means: A. To gossip C. Sam and I were able to come to the family reunion. Generosity E. He paid our plane fares Squander (v.) SKWAHN-dur To squander is: A. To waste D. To believe E. Boastful C. The restaurant had a pedestrian menu and the service was slow. However. thanks to my older brother‘s largess. pedestrian has the totally different meaning of someone who is on foot. dull. Optimism D. if it is for things you truly want and need. There is that one moment in the store when we foolishly believe we actually have to have this thing. Pearl got a small inheritance from her father. The study of religion B.B) Pedestrian means unimaginative. The study of emotions D. Largess can mean the generosity of giving or the gifts themselves.
A mission statement B) A chronicle is a history. Theology is the intellectual pursuit of God. To keep a secret B. a record of events in order of time. Chronicle can also be used as a verb.) A chronicle is: A. covet can be used in the sense of simply wanting what is not easily obtainable — and it is usually used in this sense when it is an adjective. He won the coveted Heisman trophy Epitome (n. To desire E.) (KUV-it) To covet is: A. He was a theology student at a southern Bible college before he became a rock star Chronicle (n. To dislike D) To covet something is to desire it intensely. The study of language A) Theology is the study of religion.) (i-PIT-uh-mee) . (KRAHN-uh-kul) Josh wrote the class chronicle for the yearbook. the word is used when what you desire belongs to another: Often The tenth commandment has to do with not coveting what belongs to your neighbor. the study of the relationship between God and what exists as creation. A lingering illness B. A person‘s theology is his or her belief structure about such matters. A fictionalized account E. meaning to write a history: Josh chronicled the journey of our class from kindergarten through twelfth grade Covet (v. A history C. To uncover D. A fear D. However. whereas the emotional and experiential pursuit is called mysticism. to yearn for it. To mislead C.E.
He is so contentious every You can‘t discuss anything with Robbie. Committed B. An unpopular idea E. She was the epitome of grace as she spun across the floor Veracity (n. Controversial B. quarrelsome. Gluttony E. Pushy D. Over-sensitive D. Argumentative C. Be careful not to confuse veracity with voracity. An outdated idea D. Snobby B) To be contentious is to be argumentative.) Staunch means: A. Boldness B. Dazzling E. Rudeness C.) (kun-TEN-shush) Contentious means: A. which means gluttony Contentious (adj. conversation turns into an argument Staunch (adj. A rejected idea B. Politicians are not generally known for their veracity. Truthfulness D.Epitome refers to: A. Sticky C.) (vuh-RAS-uh-tee) Veracity is: A. A perfect example E) An epitome is a perfect example that embodies the very essence of something. Conservative (stawnch) . Persistence C) Veracity refers to the quality of truthfulness. A brilliant idea C.
then she stopped going to church and began meditating Admonish (v. The inventor‘s munificent widow endowed our community arts program Stoic (n. dedicated.E. The police were admonished to only use force if absolutely necessary. Beggar E. to caution. She was a staunch Catholic until she married a Buddhist.) (STOH-ic) Stoic means: A. Very mundane B. The Captain admonished several officers for an excessive use of force Munificent (adj. To polish C. and then you might admonish them when they forget to do it. steadfast. Harsh B. Judgmental B) To be stoic is to be unemotional. Unemotional C. You might admonish someone to be sure and lock the door. Stubborn A) Staunch means firmly committed. To replenish B. to maintain a ―stiff upper lip. to remind of a duty. to appear indifferent to pleasure or pain. Admonish means both to warn and to scold. Very violent D) Munificent means lavishly generous. To embarrass C) To admonish is to scold.) (ad-MON-ish) To admonish means: A. To scold D. To increase E. to warn. Very generous E. Very proud D.‖ .) (myoo-NIF-uh-sunt) Munificent means: A. Stiff D. Very stupid C.
Power B) Domestic refers to the home or household.) (SUT-ul) If something is subtle. Misunderstood E. lofty. Pace E. If you are domestic. Subdued B. A subtle difference is a slight difference that requires careful attention or special expertise to perceive.) (duh-MES-tik) Domestic refers to: A. My sister is much more domestic than I am. supreme. Unconscious E. Pastel colored D.) Sublime means: A. it is: A. Sneaky B. you have a happy home. The president had more support for his foreign policy than his domestic program Sublime (adj. Slippery C. Exalted D. In another context domestic relates to having to do with this country as opposed to a foreign country. cleaning or child care in the home of another. As a practitioner of Oriental medicine. If you are a domestic. If you have domestic tranquillity. Silent C) Sublime means exalted. (suh-BLIME) .He was stoic as the judge pronounced a life sentence Subtle (adj. Not obvious C. you are a paid to do cooking. Home C. Wobbly B) Subtle means not obvious. Work B. Dress D. Ho was able to feel subtle variations in the pulse that American doctors were not aware of Domestic (adj. you enjoy cooking and homemaking.
To lacerate D. to feel or express sorrow over. Bigger C. Current research often corroborates the effectiveness of folk remedies Lament (v. His lament echoed through the hills Tantamount (adj. More important D. Equivalent B. The wails of lamenting women haunted the battlefield. To ache D. to validate. Mountainous E. To rub C.) (luh-MENT) To lament means: A. To conspire D) To lament is to mourn. To consult C. To mourn E. to back up with evidence. to authenticate. Supreme (TAN-tuh-mownt) . To investigate E. To prove wrong A) To corroborate is to confirm. To complain B. To confirm B. As a noun.) Tantamount means: A. a lament is an expression of sorrow or grief.) (kuh-ROB-uh-rayt) To corroborate is: A. to grieve. Lament is also used in a less literal way to mean regret. The extreme heat and the fighting children made Sandra lament their decision to take a road trip.The painting of the Resurrection adorning the Vatican‘s Sistine Chapel forcefully illustrates a sublime message Corroborate (v.
To teach C. in the early stages. Emerging E) Incipient means emerging. Uninteresting E. Superficial B) Recondite means hard to understand. His offering to do the dishes was tantamount to an apology Profess (v. Hard to understand C. To declare D.) Incipient means: A. Ms. Insincere C. beginning. Stubborn as a mule B. Tyler professed her satisfaction with our work. which means bland. Old-fashioned D. (in-SIP-ee-unt) The king strengthened his palace guard and doubled his army because he feared incipient revolution. Tim professed to have a Harvard degree. Be careful to not confuse incipient with insipid. but my brother went to State College with him Recondite (adj. To advise E. over one‘s head. budding.) (pruh-FES) To profess means: A.A) Tantamount means equivalent or equal. To ad-lib B. to claim. I had to fight to stay awake through his recondite lecture Incipient (adj. esoteric. Fatiguing D.) (REK-un-dyte) Recondite means: A. When Professor Gage explained his theory that philosophy arose to replace mythology. without . Unoriginal E. To change one‘s view C) To profess is to declare. Tardy B.
Dream C.) (re-VEER) To revere is to: A.) Empirical means: A. to regard with awe. ―Jim‘s Saturday morning golf game is sacrosanct. to venerate. Sacrosanct is also used casually to mean not open to alteration. Sacred D. Intimidate D. Honor E. Mother Teresa was highly revered for her loving care of those who were poor and neglected Empirical (adj. Once the water is blessed. it becomes sacrosanct and must be treated with respect. Having broad control A) Empirical means verified by experience or observation. Scientifically valid D. Fear B. Insincere B. Elongated E. Verified by experience B.distinction Sacrosanct (adj.) (SAK-roh-sangkt) Sacrosanct means: A. Stodgy E. Expensive C) Sacrosanct means sacred. make other plans for us Revere (v. Completely theoretical C. no one has proved how or why they are effective (em-PIR-uh-kul) I can never . Many of our medical treatments are empirical. Uphold D) To revere is to honor. to highly respect. Bankrupt C. said Martha. not merely theoretical.
to say vile things about. I can‘t believe how ruthlessly Sharla vilifies anyone who does not agree with her Intrinsic (adj. To worship D. Insignificant D. Poverty stricken B. ardor.) (VIL-uh-fye) To vilify is: A. to speak badly of.Fervor (n.) (PAWL-tree) Paltry means: A. to put down. ―His contribution made mine look absolutely paltry. Bluntness C. Supportive of B. To deny B) To vilify is to slander. To decline B.) (FUR-vur) Fervor means: A. intensity of feeling. Dizziness A) Fervor refers to zeal.) (in-TRIN-sik) Intrinsic means: A. To take pride in E. Similar to . impassioned enthusiasm. Zeal B. Popularity E. Relating to chickens C) Paltry means insignificant. Emotional C. Sickness D.‖ said Edna Vilify (v. ridiculously or insultingly small. A convert often embraces his new religion with great fervor Paltry (adj. To slander C. Picky E.
Secondary to D. Sneaky B. When you ask a discreet question. spread gossip. Valuable to E.‖ said Julie Discreet (adj.‖ said Lorna. you mean they will respect confidentiality and good taste. unobtrusive. ―Marge is absolutely discreet.) Grandiose means: A. Very fine C. you are asking in a way that is not blunt and does not attract attention. Grandiose can also mean exaggerated in the sense of majestic or excessively grand: Louis XIV provided diversions for aristocrats at his grandiose palace at Versailles Foment (v. When you speak of another person as being discreet. Boring D) Discreet means reserved.C. Reserved E. ―Don‘t you think that assuming your first book will get you on Oprah is a bit grandiose?‖ asked Belle. Very bulky D. over-blown.) (di-SKREET) Discreet means: A. Well-respected E. An essential part of E) Intrinsic means an essential part of.‖ Grandiose (adj. Heat is intrinsic to fire. Exaggerated B. Diabolical A) Grandiose means absurdly exaggerated. pretentious. ―Seeing children get well is an intrinsic benefit of this job. To torment . cautious as to what is spoken or shared. Scandalous C. Bookish D. or referring to an unrealistic sense of grandeur.) (foh-MENT) (GRAN-dee-ohs) ―I have never known her to To foment is: A. not blatant.
Humorous A) Supercilious means haughty.‖ said Olga Nostalgia (n.B. C) To To To To fasten instigate bubble vilify To foment is to instigate. to forgive. she gave me a supercilious smile and told me that perhaps I needed a little more practice. Smelling the mincemeat pie. Pettiness B. To tie up loose ends D. C. D.) (soo-pur-SIL-ee-us) Supercilious means: A. Insecure C. ―When Pam won. Wanda became nostalgic. She pictured Thanksgivings of her childhood with a warm glow. a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period. Standoffishness D. Unnecessary E. E. To melt E. Insincere D. contemptuous. ―In order to be absolved of sin. you must be truly sorry and intend to sin .) (nahs-TAL-juh) Nostalgia means: A. The guerrillas are fomenting revolution all over Latin America Supercilious (adj. To settle B.) ab-ZOLVE To absolve is: A. to stir up. Haughty B. patronizing. to promote. Holding a grudge E. Longing for the past C. Absolve (v. To sop up B) To absolve is to free from blame or obligation. To free from blame C. By the book B) Nostalgia is longing for the past.
) (BAS-chun) A bastion is: A. you would use the word compose. a stronghold. Do not make the mistake of reversing this. A great lie E. To sacrifice E. Her collection is composed of over one hundred paintings. Parts compose a whole. To cave in B. it means an actual fort: Sometimes The soldiers stormed the enemy bastion and released the prisoners.) (eye-DIL-ik) Idyllic means: A. To insult D.) (kum-PRYZE) To comprise is: A. A storage place D. Also: Comprise implies totality. To state the reverse. If there are also sculptures in the collection. Her collection comprises over one hundred paintings. To applaud C. A fatherless child C. a fortified place. as in: Ralph saw his men‘s group as the last bastion of rugged individualism Idyllic (adj. Palmer explained to the Sunday School class Comprise (v. then you would say her collection includes over one hundred paintings Bastion (n. A peephole B. It is also used more loosely.‖ Mrs.no more. Charmingly simple . To be made up of E) To comprise is to be made up of or contain. A stronghold E) A bastion is a fortress. Remember: A whole comprises or contains parts.
Greene. Superior C) Parochial means narrow. naturally peaceful. In this context its definition of ―narrow‖ means ―pertaining to a parish or neighborhood‖ (instead of a wider area) Temerity (n. which means pertaining to the back.‖ ―There is not Do not confuse the word docile with the word dorsal. to be passive and compliant. Because schools run by the Roman Catholic Church are often referred to as parochial schools. provincial. Spotty B. D. E.B. ―I have never had such a docile class. (puh-ROH-kee-ul) Jason thought the people in his hometown were hopelessly parochial. as in a whale‘s dorsal fin Parochial (adj.) Parochial means: A. Fluffy B.‖ said Ms.) (tuh-MER-uh-tee) . to be malleable. Made-up Musical Related to angels Flowing A) Idyllic means charmingly simple. C. people sometimes assume that parochial means ―Catholic‖ or ―religious‖. one trouble-maker in the group. Soft and mushy D. Pleasingly plump D) To be docile is to be easily manageable. Narrow D. or having a confined point of view. having rustic charm. They spent an idyllic month in the beautiful Smoky mountains away from traffic noise.) (DAHS-ul) Docile means: A. Wise C. Emotional C. Easily manageable E. and he couldn‘t wait to start school in New York. air pollution. Ancient E. and pressure Docile (adj.
To wave one‘s arms B. Slickness B) Temerity refers to boldness. but not maturity. To offer unwanted advice . To set apart B. The jury will be sequestered in the Holiday Inn for the duration of the trial Slander (v. Temerity also means recklessness. To chew on C.) (si-KWES-tur) To sequester is: A.) (jes-TIK-yuh-layt) To gesticulate is: A. To hibernate A) To gesticulate is to wave one‘s arms or hands. To misinform C.Temerity refers to: A. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Eli gesticulating madly in an attempt to get our attention Sequester (v. To divide up E.‖ my father said sternly Gesticulate (v. To purposely confuse E. Boldness C.) (SLAN-dur) To slander is: A. Hatred E. To protect from harm D. Shyness D. Fear B. a rash disregard of danger: ―Riding without a helmet shows temerity. To sneak in A) To sequester is to set apart. to seclude or isolate. To say malicious things about someone B. to make gestures. Fay had the temerity to tell him to his face that he was not welcome. To throw up D.
C. To cause to appear foolish D. To cruelly ignore E. To speak unclearly A) To slander someone is to say malicious things about them, to defame, to spread malicious rumors about. When you slander someone in writing it is called libel. Ronnie slandered Joe by announcing to the class that Joe never brushed his teeth. Slander is also a noun with the same meaning. ―If you tell people I am a communist, I will sue you for slander,‖ said Rose Debacle (n.) A debacle is: A. A loud confusing noise B. A sudden downfall or collapse C. An excited flurry of activity D. An unexpected outcome E. A hurtful accusation B) A debacle is a sudden downfall or collapse. (di-BAHK-ul)
The party turned into a debacle when a food fight broke out. Debacle is also used to mean an overwhelming defeat. The football game against Mt. Pleasant was a debacle. twenty-eight points Sedition (n.) (si-DISH-un) Sedition means: A. Rumor B. Sickness C. Failure D. Residue E. Treason E) Sedition refers to treason or to actions or speech designed to create rebellion against a government. During the 1960′s student protesters frequently engaged in sedition Abridge (v.) (uh-BRIJ) They beat us by
To abridge is: A. To shorten B. To connect C. To merge D. To replace E. To explain A) To abridge is to shorten or condense.
Readers Digest is famous for abridging popular works of fiction. Abridge is also used in the sense of to reduce, diminish, or curtail. The First Amendment guarantees that the freedom of speech will not be abridged. Abridged can also be used as an adjective. I read an abridged version of War and Peace Requisite (adj.) (REK-wuh-zit) Requisite means: A. Optimal B. Common C. Free D. Required E. Desired D) Requisite means required or necessary, indispensable.
You must submit the requisite forms by Monday in order to be considered for the position Virtuoso (n.) (vur-choo-WOH-soh)
A virtuoso is: A. Someone with a dramatic personality B. A realist C. Someone with mastery D. A braggart E. Someone who is truthful C) A virtuoso is someone with mastery, who excels or has special knowledge of a field. Most often, but not always, you will see this word used to describe musical talent.
If you want to hear the sitar played by a virtuoso, listen to Ravi Shankar. Virtuoso can also be used as an adjective as in: His virtuoso performance made headlines in the school newspaper Injunction (n.) (in-JUNGK-shun)
An injunction is: A. A warning B. An order C. A connection D. An intersection E. An opportunity B) An injunction is an order, especially a court order to refrain from doing something. Alex sought an injunction to prevent his ex wife from moving to Canada with their children. You could also say: Ignoring her doctor‘s injunction to lose thirty pounds, Judy ate almost a whole box of cookies Wistful (adj.) (WIST-ful)
Wistful means: A. Disappointment B. Yearning C. Disinterested D. Happiness E. Restraint B) To be wistful is to be feel yearning, to express longing.
She spoke wistfully of her past as a dancer in New York Acrimonious (adj.) Acrimonious means: A. Spiteful B. Bright C. Bad tasting D. Harmonious E. Ambitious A) Acrimonious means spiteful, nasty, caustic. (ak-ruh-MOH-nee-us)
Their divorce was so acrimonious that they each spent all their savings on attorneys Surfeit (n.) (SUR-fit) A surfeit is: A. A limitation B. An addition C. An excess D. An irrelevance E. A passion C) A surfeit is an excess, an over-indulgence.
Surfeited with violent movies and mindless TV, Meg turned over a new leaf and decided to go to the library Deduce (v.) (di-DOOS) To deduce means: A. To watch B. To impress C. To conclude D. To bring E. To subtract C) Deduce means to conclude without being directly told.
From the crumbs on the floor and the dishes in the sink, I deduced the refrigerator had been raided Emulate (v.) (EM yuh-layt) To emulate is: A. To analyze carefully B. To strive to equal C. To move slowly D. To congeal E. To leave home B) To emulate is to strive to equal or surpass, usually through imitation.
Sharon spent the whole summer locked in her bedroom writing poetry in an attempt to emulate her literary heroine, Emily Dickinson. In computer jargon, to emulate is to replace or do the same thing as. A company called Connectix has released The Virtual Game Station, which emulates Sony‘s PlayStation game-console on a Macintosh personal computer
An amenity is: A. A library B. A brief encounter C. A comfortable feature D. A flower E. A marine animal C) An amenity is a feature that brings comfort or convenience. When you go to a hotel, the little chocolates they leave on your pillow and the complimentary breakfast are amenities. When you are buying a house, you might look for amenities such as a hot tub, swimming pool, or fireplace. The hotel we stayed in was very inexpensive, but had no amenities Dormant (adj.) (DOR munt)
Dormant means: A. Near death B. Musty C. Inactive D. Sleepy E. Hollowed out C) Dormant means inactive, as though asleep or actually asleep; in a state of hibernation. Because the volcano had lain dormant for two centuries, no one expected it to erupt Instigate (v.) (IN-stuh-gayt)
To instigate is: A. To incite B. To investigate C. To hint D. To continue E. To instill A) To instigate is to incite, to provoke, to stir up, to initiate, to provide the catalyst that begins something. Warren instigated the protest by publishing inflammatory remarks in the school newspaper Sycophant (n.) (SIK-uh-funt)
voracious. Snide E. Confident C.) (ruh-PAY-shus) Rapacious means: A.A sycophant is: A. One who seeks to win at any expense D) A sycophant is one who flatters and fawns. Relating to the land D.) Evanescent means: A. We watched the rapacious enemy soldiers stew our chickens over an open fire while our stomachs were aching with hunger Evanescent (adj. Relating to color C. to farming in particular. One who takes care of the details C. Victorious D. Relating to animals B. All the emperor‘s sycophants declared that his non-existent new clothes were exquisite Agrarian (adj. Plundering B. Relating to adages C) Agrarian means relating to the land. One who is overly attached to his mother D. One who flatters and fawns E. Tingling D.) (uh-GRAR-ee-un) Agrarian means: A. to agriculture. The government of Brazil announced that agrarian reform had been a success Rapacious (adj. Distorted A) Rapacious means plundering. Relating to aging E. Shining B. Erupting (ev-uh-NES-unt) . One who siphons B. having predatory hunger. Bubbling C. a ―yes man‖. Fleeting E.
Indifferent to pain B. Kevin Miller delivered the coup de grace with a grand slam home run Abstract (adj. Stricken D. happening for only the briefest period of time. Not concrete B.) A coup is: A. which means the take over of a government. Habitually silent E) Taciturn refers to being habitually silent. A sedan B. Coup is also used to mean coup d‘etat (KOO-day-TAH). Highly intellectual . known as ―Silent Cal‖ Coup (n. which means a final blow. to being uncommunicative. Not detailed C. In a burst of evanescent glory. Stubborn as a mule C. it is: A. A tease C.) Taciturn means: A. president was Calvin Coolidge. A surprise party E. (koo) (TAS-I-turn) Winning the state championship was a real coup for the small town school. the meteor flashed across the sky Taciturn (adj. You will also hear the phrase coup de grace (koo-duh-GRAHS). often unexpected victory. Matter-of-fact E.D) Evanescent means fleeting. A brilliant victory D. to having a quiet nature. The Venezuelan government denied reports of an attempted coup last April. A flu C) A coup is a brilliant.S.) (AB-strakt) If something is abstract. The most taciturn U.
D. Based on falsehood E. Missing information A) Abstract means not concrete, theoretical.
―From each according to his ability to each according to his need‖ sounds good in the abstract, but doesn‘t usually work in practice. Words like poverty, justice, and equality are abstract words, because unlike words such as table, computer, or sunset, they do not refer to concrete physical realities. In art, an abstract painting is one that focuses on color and form, in which objects are not clearly represented Machination (n.) (mak-uh-NAY-shun)
A machination is: A. A bribe B. A scheming activity C. An extreme machine D. An automatic response E. An engineering feat B) Machination refers to a scheming activity, a devious plotting, a manipulation. It is almost always used in the plural. Penny‘s machinations were aimed at getting her younger sisters to do Penny‘s share of the work Eccentric (adj.) (ek-SEN-trik) Eccentric means: A. Not acceptable B. Not conventional C. Cutting edge D. Artistic E. Misunderstood B) Eccentric means not conventional, quirky, peculiar in comparison to what is considered normal. The old man next door is quite eccentric. and claims that life is poetry. He wears long, flowing robes
In geometry, eccentric means not having the same center. An eccentric orbit is one that is not circular
Oblique (adj.) Oblique means:
A. Indirect B. Scrawny C. Truthful D. Painfully thin E. Not transparent A) Oblique means indirect or vague. It comes from geometry, where it refers to a line that is neither perpendicular nor parallel, but at an angle. When you make an oblique reference, you are coming at something ―from an angle‖ rather than head on. When Marcie was asked what she thought of Gilda‘s performance, her response, that Gilda certainly was typecast well as a villainess, was an oblique put down of Gilda‘s acting ability Pious (adj.) Pious means: A. Having a round face B. Cunning C. Weak D. Uptight E. Religious E) Pious means sincerely religious, reverent, devout. (PYE-us)
Quinton is a pious Catholic who would never dream of missing church. Pious is tricky because it is often used to mean almost the opposite – to mean phony holy and hypocritically religious. He gave pious lectures on Sunday mornings, but cruised the bars on Saturday night Accolade (n.) (AK-uh-layd)
An accolade is: A. An award B. Flattery C. A shiny surface D. A chocolate E. An altar boy A) An accolade is an award, honor, or expression of praise. generally used in the plural. It is
The accolades that Mimi received for her first book made the sacrifices she made to write it worthwhile. An accolade is also the term for the light touch to the shoulder with a sword that is used to confer knighthood. Do not get accolade confused with acolyte, which is an altar boy Precept (n.) A precept is: A. An initial stage B. A rule to live by C. An inexperienced person D. A church dignitary E. A ground-breaking idea B) A precept is a rule to live by, a principle that guides behavior, a point in one‘s moral code of conduct. ―Do unto others as you would have them do unto you‖ is a precept worth embracing Equivocal (adj.) (i-KWIV-uh-kul) To be equivocal is to be: A. Quibbling B. Intentionally unclear C. Forthright D. Comparable E. Harmonious B) Equivocal means ambiguous, intentionally confusing or unclear, capable of being interpreted in more than one way. Deanna‘s equivocal response to my invitation made me uncertain whether I should expect her or not Succumb (v.) (suh-KUM) (PREE-sept)
To succumb means: A. To melt B. To offer sustenance C. To battle D. To give in E. To contract D) Succumb means to give in to a superior force.
After receiving four phone calls, a dozen roses, and a box of fine chocolates, Gina succumbed and agreed to go out with Melvin. Succumb is often used to mean to give in to death after a struggle with disease or injury. In spite of three surgeries and a lot of chemotherapy, my neighbor finally succumbed to cancer Condone (v.) (kun-DOHN) To condone is: A. To encourage B. To judge C. To support D. To deter E. To overlook E) To condone is to overlook something that is seen as being in some way objectionable; to justify or allow, though not to whole-heartedly support; or give tacit approval to or to forgive or excuse after the fact. Allison‘s mother condoned pre-marital sex Belabor (v.) (bi-LAY-bur)
To belabor is: A. To go over repeatedly B. To work very hard at C. To make difficult D. To find painful E. To pick apart A) To belabor is to go over repeatedly, to persist beyond the point of reason. ―Will you stop belaboring the point,‖ snapped Elyse. ten minutes ago.‖ Contingent (adj.) (kun-TIN-junt) ―I agreed with you
Contingent means: A. Official B. Unofficial C. Dependent D. Independent E. Indecent C) Contingent means dependent, hinging upon:
Our leaving for the beach tonight is contingent upon Stephen‘s getting home from work early enough. Contingent also means possible, but not certain. (You will hear the term ―a contingency plan‖ meaning a plan you create if you think it‘s possible your primary plan might fall through.) Not planning for contingent expenses was her downfall Incisive (adj.) Incisive means: A. Cutting to the heart of a matter B. Exclusive C. Insensitive D. Highly intelligent E. Quick to make up one‘s mind A) Incisive means cutting to the heart of a matter; very clear and direct. (in-SYE-siv)
After hours of bickering, Donna‘s incisive remarks cut through the confusion, and people were able to agree quickly on a course of action Dilettante (n.) A dilettante is: A. A phony B. A dabbler C. A dieter D. A prot?g? E. A lover B) A dilettante is a dabbler, someone with superficial knowledge, or who embraces the trappings of a discipline more than the essence. Rene rented a garret, wore a beret, and talked a lot about art, but he was a dilettante who spent very little time actually painting Adage (n.) AD-ij) An adage is: A. A warning B. An honor C. A traditional saying D. A little known truth E. A mission statement C) An adage is a traditional saying. (DILuh-tahnt)
Lewis. Extreme lie C. is such a philistine. To make up C.) (I-NOR-muh-tee) He loves Budweiser.―A woman‘s work is never done. Extreme influence B. Extreme vision D.‖ seems to be my mother‘s favorite adage. or plan. My brother.‖ said Alvin.) (FIL-I-steen) A philistine is a person who: A. Is a heretic B. who is smugly conventional. Extreme wonder D) An enormity is extreme wickedness. To stray from the subject E) To digress is to stray from the main topic. To offer advice E. To reprimand harshly D. Is smugly ignorant E. An enormity is: A. which indicates size Prepossess (v.) (pree-puh-ZES) . intent.) (dye-GRES) To digress is: A. and pro wrestling Enormity (n. outrageousness. This is not to be confused with enormous. who has no appreciation of intellectual or artistic matters. ―so please do not digress from the printed agenda. Kenyon does not seem to comprehend the enormity of his crime. who is contentedly commonplace in his tastes and ideas. Believes in a strange god D) A philistine is a person who is smugly ignorant. ―We have very little time. To revise B. Is a lover D.‖ Digress (v. Is a martyr C. Extreme evil E. Wonder Bread.‖ Philistine (n.
to preoccupy. Undeviating D. My mother‘s reunion with her sister after twenty years of estrangement was one of the most poignant things I have ever witnessed Allege (v. bittersweet.) (i-LIS-it) . To buy used B. Deeply touching B.To prepossess means: A. Something that you allege is called an allegation. To conspire against B. To assert without proof D. so emotionally moving as to be almost painful. Michael alleged that he was no where near the scene of the crime Elicit (adj. To allege also means to state with certainty. to prejudice. To conclude without facts E. usually in a positive way. To drive crazy E. but was its mastermind. To ponder intensely C) To prepossess means to influence beforehand. It is alleged that Michael not only was present during the robbery.) (POYN-yunt) Poignant means: A. Candace was so prepossessed with the notion that she would win the lottery that she almost lost her job Poignant (adj. To own previously C. Punchy E. Essential A) Poignant means deeply touching.) (uh-LEJ) To allege is: A. To influence beforehand D. To fabricate C) To allege is to assert without proof. To prove wrong C. Grief-stricken C.
To prohibit C.) (ri-KANT) To recant is: A. To overpower C. To deny C. to outlaw. To define D.) (proh-SKRYBE) To proscribe is: A. to evoke. To plead D. The thought of getting the house packed up in three days was overwhelming to Chris. To sin B. To remind E. To intimidate E) To daunt is to intimidate. To write B. To point out D) To elicit is to draw forth.) (dawnt) To daunt is to: A. but which means not legally permitted Daunt (v. to bring out. The new dean proscribed the hazing of freshmen Recant (v. which is pronounced the same. to discourage. To draw forth E. To publicly take back B. To support B) To proscribe is to prohibit. to make fearful.To elicit is: A. To gently pour . to condemn as harmful or dangerous. Do not confuse elicit with illicit. To embrace E. but Becky was undaunted Proscribe (v. Sheila‘s limp was exaggerated to elicit sympathy from her friends. To blackmail B. to forbid. To reconsider D.
To offer evidence D. A quilt C. Myriad stars made the night sky sparkle with magic . to deny something previously affirmed. A clear choice E. To reaffirm A) To recant is to publicly take back. My mother saw my brother‘s dream of becoming a rock star as a chimera. which haunted him while awake. A sentimental notion A) A myriad is a huge number. An illusion D. A heart-felt wish C. and a snake‘s tail. often horrible. What chimera actually refers to is a mythical fire-breathing female monster with a lion‘s head. An allegation C) A chimera means an illusion. a goat‘s body. A myriad of riders on camels appeared on the horizon. but he persisted and made the dream come true. turned even his dreams into nightmares Myriad (adj. a fleeting foolish fancy. idea or image produced by the mind. Myriad is also used as an adjective. but the following day. A confusing message D. Mario admitted to masterminding the prank. A joke E. The chimera.) (MIR-ee-ud) A myriad is: A. A lie B.C. So a second definition is a fantastic.) (kye-MEER-uh) A chimera is: A. he recanted Chimera (n. To try again E. A huge number B.
Myron panicked. Sanctimonious C. abrupt Premise (n. Found in a book B.) (NAHV-ul) Novel means: A. Dangerous C. extremely frugal. but died with over a million dollars in the bank Precipitous (adj. Rocky E. Stingy E) Parsimonious means stingy. A goal E. Original C. Exciting B. Bad-tempered E. If you do not have a valid premise. A plan B. Fantastic . Precipitous is also often used to mean hasty. Steep D.) Precipitous means: A. your conclusion will be incorrect Novel (adj. an idea upon which other ideas rest. (pre-SIP-uh-tus) When the stock market took a precipitous drop.) (PREM-is) A premise is: A.) (pahr-suh-MOH-nee-us) Parsimonious means: A. An explanation C) A premise is an assumption. A conclusion C. An assumption D.Parsimonious (adj. Stuck-up D. a basis for conclusion. miserly. Religious B. The parsimonious old man refused to help his grandchild with her education. Shining C) Precipitous means steep.
Essential E. As a noun. Bad feelings E. fresh. needy.D. All Janis wanted to do was sit on the beach and read trashy novels Dissolution (n. disintegration. Dull B. Fun E. an indigent is a person who is poor. Disintegration B. and his sons disagreed. Difficult B.) (VAP-id) To be vapid means to be: A. Failure A) Dissolution means the breaking up or dissolving of something into parts. Dizzy . Hopeful B) Novel means original. Eddy was looking for a novel way to approach the assignment so his project would be different from everyone else‘s.) (dis-uh-LOO-shun) Dissolution refers to: A. Susan was fearful of the indigents who panhandled on the corner of her street Vapid (adj. novel means a work of fiction. Difficulty C. Native C. (IN-di-junt) At Christmas we collect gifts for the indigent people in our community. new. Insulting C) Indigent means poor. the company fell into dissolution Indigent (adj.) Indigent means: A. Poor D. barely scraping by. As a noun. Mixing with water D. After the founder died.
Superior D. subordinates do not feel they have to subjugate themselves to a superior‘s ego trip in order to keep their jobs. As valedictorian of her class. Cowardly C. to drift away or dissolve. To cheat B. to subdue and dominate.) (DIS-uh-payt) To dissipate means: A.) Obdurate means: A. Relieve C. unyielding. Greedy D) Obdurate means stubborn. pity. Stubborn E. to conquer. To thin out C. . Silly A) Vapid means lacking liveliness. To argue D. To distance E. Half-formed D.) (SUB-juh-gayt) (AHB-dyoo-rit) To subjugate is to: A. inflexible. explained Hazel Dissipate (v. ―In this company. insensitive. Identify D.C. insipid. Stupid B. to bring under control. Break B. Enslave E) To subjugate is to enslave. not moved by persuasion. Classify E. or tender feelings. spiritless. To defy B) To dissipate means to thin out. Her pleadings were met with obdurate silence Subjugate (v. Untrustworthy E. dull. Hillary Clinton attacked the keynote speaker at her graduation ceremony for giving a vapid keynote address Obdurate (adj.
Impromptu C. Unlucky B. Unavoidable E) Inexorable means unavoidable. The inexorable flow of time that separates us will one day bring us back together Forbear (v. Incomprehensible D.Sometimes when passion dissipates. Dreamy D. inevitable. his own brother forbore and walked silently away. To indulge E. unfortunate. unyielding. his new friends disappeared Inexorable (adj. To carry on C. Unlimited E. there is nothing left. To honor C) To forbear is to refrain from. To refrain from D. Unhappy C. . relentless. Carefree A) Hapless means unlucky. As his nurse. After Louis dissipated his windfall. to hold oneself back. Forbear also means to show patience or tolerance in spite of provocation.) (HAP-lis) To be hapless is to be: A. To pretend B. I learned to be forbearing with his crotchety temperament Hapless (adj. Whereas most of the contestants let go of hard feelings and congratulated Francis.) (for-BAYR) To forbear is: A. money. not favored by chance. Rejected E. or talent in the indulgent pursuit of pleasure. Impossible B.)(in-EK-sur-uh-bul) Inexorable means: A. Dissipate also means to waste one‘s health. to abstain.
) (ri-LENT-lis) If something is relentless it is: A. unstoppable. Laura pleaded to be allowed to go with her friends. a leaning or aptitude. even offering to do extra chores. but her father was relentless and told her not to mention it again Placate (v. To elate B. Relentless also means severe. to pacify. To chide E. Hopelessly vague D) To be relentless is to be mercilessly persistent.The hapless hoboes rode the boxcar hoping they were traveling to a better life Propensity (adj. To soothe C. Natural inclination C. Adamantly resistant C. unmerciful. Bravado E. to appease. Habit B) A propensity is a natural inclination. .) (PLAY-kayt) To placate is: A. To place D. To ignore B) To placate is to soothe. The relentless crashing of the tide against the beach eroded the area so badly the city closed it until more sand could be trucked in. Hubert‘s propensity for getting into mischief was the major factor in his not being invited to the birthday party Relentless (adj. a tendency. Mercilessly persistent E. unyielding. Endlessly long B.) (pruh-PEN-suh-tee) Propensity refers to: A. to calm down. Seriousness D. Surprisingly strong D. Excess weight B.
Wilfred‘s new home was a shrine to his narcissism. Joe accosted me in the elevator and tried to nail me down about my plans for the weekend Proximity (n. There were mirrors everywhere and he had at least one picture of himself in every room. egocentricity. to approach. Insecurity D.Patricia was so furious that all efforts to placate her just seemed to make her more angry Narcissism (n. Nearness E) Proximity refers to nearness in place. often aggressively and speak to first. Self-love B. Desirability C. time. Comprehensibility E. Attitude B. To boldly confront E. Dementia E.) (prok-SIM-uh-tee) Proximity means: A. turned into a flower Accost (v.) (uh-KAWST) To accost is: A. To run from C.) (NAHR-si-siz-um) Narcissism refers to: A. Appropriateness D. occurrence. In Greek mythology Narcissus was a boy who fell in love with his own reflection and who. after staring at it for a long time. To torment D) To accost is to boldly confront. Stubbornness C. . self-absorption. To physically attack D. To acclaim B. The defense counsel focused on the witness‘s proximity to the accident. or relation. Self-indulgence A) Narcissism refers to excessive self-love.
It was such an anomaly to find Uncle Arthur at the door grinning from ear to ear. always seemed in a bad mood Verisimilitude (n. Conscientious E. Ever since being audited ten years ago. The act of being scrupulously honest A) Verisimilitude refers to the appearance of or similarity to truth or reality.) (ver-uh-si-MIL-uh-tood) Verisimilitude refers to: A.) (uh-NAHM-uh-lee) An anomaly is: A. . A pathway B) An anomaly is an aberration. an irregularity. my father has been scrupulous in his bookkeeping. He‘d never before come to our house. Her painting bore such verisimilitude to the actual flowers that it looked like a photograph Scrupulous (adj. An irregularity C. when we visited him. a deviation. He can prove where he spent every dime. something not in accordance with how things usually are. Faithful D. The denial of truth E. An apparition D.) (SKROO-pyuh-lus) Scrupulous means: A. Pleasing D) Scrupulous means conscientious. exacting. strictly careful.stating that a bystander at that distance could not be mistaken Anomaly (n. Suspicious C. and. The yearning for truth D. The establishment of truth C. Guilt-ridden B. A mistake B. A truth E. Scrupulous also means strictly principled. The appearance to truth B.
To expose E.) (HER-uh-see) Heresy refers to: A. Unorthodoxy E. To compare side-by-side B. it becomes clear that. though the women in them look alike. When you juxtapose the two pictures.Todd has always been scrupulous in his dealings with this company.) (STRIN-junt) .) (kun-STROO) To construe means: A. To hint A) To construe is to interpret.) (JUK-stuh-pohz) To juxtapose is: A. Bewilderment D) Heresy means unorthodoxy. To put on top of C. Intellectualism B. A belief that is not in line with established dogma – especially religious dogma — is considered heresy. Psychosis C. To construct D. they are not of the same person Stringent (adj. to assign meaning. Finland‘s dominant Lutheran Church is facing what looks like an epidemic of heresy in its ranks after one of its priests denied the existence of hell and another claimed Jesus was married Juxtapose (v. To complete A) To juxtapose means to bring together for the purpose of side-by-side comparison or contrast. Disrespect D. To vanquish completely D. To implicate E. I can‘t It is not always wise to construe silence as agreement. To clean C. believe he cheated someone else Construe (v. some people just have a hard time saying no Heresy (n. To interpret B.
Mr. a consumer never knew for sure what was in a can of beans Panacea (n.) (fuh-DEL-uh-tee) Fidelity refers to: A. String-like B) Stringent means strict. Over the years.S. Believability C. demanding.) Terse means: A. the U. Abrupt E. Stinging B. Quality B. Inert substance C. something that cures anything. Stereo D.) (an-uh-SEE-uh) Panacea means: A. (turs) In a terse memo. Disrespectful C. French announced that all vacations had been canceled until further notice Fidelity (n. Cure-all D. Substitute C) A panacea is a cure-all. Thirty years ago. Old wives tale B. Poetic B. Refreshing D. New approach E.Stringent means: A. Political correctness . Competitive E. Insensitive D) To be terse is to be abrupt. Strict C. to be succinct. Long-winded D. rigorous. to use no unnecessary words. has adopted ever more stringent labeling requirements. Faithfulness E. Betsy believed positive thinking to be a panacea for the world‘s illnesses Terse (adj.
loyalty. Be scheming E. Fidelity also means faithfulness to fact or detail. Be forthcoming D.D) Fidelity means faithfulness. False affection B) Deference is the considerate honoring of or respectful submission to another‘s wishes or will. preoccupied and deeply reflective or sad. His fidelity to his wife distinguished Doug from many of the other sailors who took shore leave in Manilla.) (DEF-ur-uns) Deference refers to: A. Rosemary at times still drifted into pensive withdrawal from her friends‘ lively conversations Stratum (n.) (STRAT-um) A stratum refers to: A. A method B. Be unresponsive A) To be pensive is to be in a state of dreamy or melancholy thoughtfulness. We will all wear dresses out of deference to Grandma. that is faithful to the original Deference (n. to be reflective.) (PEN-siv) To be pensive is to: A. Mixed feelings D. A plan E. Contempt for all B. Respectful submission C. meditative. Though her engagement was broken months before. A variety High fidelity is sound . Be sick C. Be contemplative B. an attitude or motivation of consideration. A route C. who strongly believes that it is inappropriate for a woman to wear slacks in church Pensive (adj. A layer D. Intimidation E. contemplative.
) (di-STING-gwish) To distinguish is: A. To distinguish also means to set apart in an exemplary way. To beg C) To prevail is to triumph. The plural of stratum is strata Distinguish (v. To love B. To decline C. To tell apart E) To distinguish is to tell apart. To change E. Welfare was created to protect the lower stratum of society from destitution. Blameworthy .) (pri-VAYL) To prevail is: A.) (re-pri-HEN-suh-bul) Reprehensible means: A. as in: Patrick distinguished himself in battle and was awarded the Medal of Honor Prevail (v. To grow old D. To triumph D. To express vividly E. To elevate B. Joy prevailed among the settlers as their journey reached an end Reprehensible (adj. To beat C. a level. My senile uncle cannot distinguish day from night. mark off or recognize as different or separate. Prevail also means to persuade: My mother prevailed upon me to hang out the clothes.C) A stratum is a layer. To prevail also means to be widespread. Patty believes that good will always prevail over evil.
The first day of Spring D) Heyday refers to one‘s prime. One‘s formative years B. or to a golden age.) (PAYN-stay-king) Painstaking means: A. Cruel D. condemnable. Exceptionally intelligent B. Careful B. In love with D.‖ said Lillian Luminous (adj. Innocent E. Giving off light C. D. A sick day C. His painstaking effort paid off when Scientific American bought his article . A day of triumph D.) Luminous means: A. ―It is said that in his heyday. A) Suspicious Remorseful Whole Insistent Reprehensible means blameworthy. ―I think the way you walked in here like you owned the place and put everyone down was absolutely reprehensible. clear.B.) (HAY-day) Heyday refers to: A. giving off light. Startling B) Luminous means bright. her face became luminous and she looked like a girl again Heyday (n. (LOO-muh-nus) When Karin described her life with Joel. radiant. grandpa was a world class wrestler Painstaking (adj. meticulous. By the rules E. One‘s prime E. Strict A) Painstaking means extremely careful. disgraceful. Stiff C. E. C.
Demanding E. Technical D.Elliptical (adj. Confusing D. discerning. but ethereal does not mean pastel-colored. Hopeful B) Ethereal means light and airy.) (suh-GAY-shus) Sagacious means: A. Elliptical writing is often obscure. keen in judgment. Eternal B. Ellipse is the name of the punctuation mark … that is used to indicate words are missing from quoted material Ethereal (adj. Wordiness C. it also refers to an economy of words. and often implies that because of what is missing. Open to debate C) While most commonly. heavenly. As I stood at the mouth of the cave the most ethereal sounds I have ever heard seemed to be coming from deep inside. Hard to understand D. Having many layers of meaning E. Wise E) Sagacious means wise. the word elliptical means oval. but noted her writing was often elliptical and caused the reader to work at understanding her message. A pastel – colored painting can be ethereal. Quarrelsome C. .) (i-LIP-ti-kil) Elliptical refers to: A. there is ambiguity or the writing is hard to understand. It was as if angels were playing harps at the center of the Earth Sagacious (adj. extremely delicate or refined. Mysterious B. Colorful E. A motive to mislead B. Light and airy C.) (i-THIR-ee-ul) Ethereal means: A. The critic praised her beautiful use of language.
Deceptive C.) (I-FYOO-zhun) Effusion refers to: A. Joyous D) Inane means silly.) (PAY-tree-ahrk) A patriarch is: . devoid of significance. A pouring forth E) An effusion refers to a pouring forth. Extreme E.The old monk‘s intention was to write a book that provided sagacious observations about love. You would be notorious for stealing lots of money. Furious B. An eclectic mix E. Something with hidden meaning C. An afterthought B. Ignorant D. Heretical B) Notorious means to be famous for something negative.) (i-NAYN) Inane means: A. The President has been exposed as a notorious womanizer Patriarch (n.) (noh-TOR-ee-us) Notorious means: A. The effusion of birthday greetings from the people who loved her moved Evelyn to tears Inane (adj. They concocted an inane plan to save money by keeping chickens in the basement and selling the eggs Notorious (adj. Silly E. nonsensical. For that you would be famous. Negatively famous C. but not for giving away lots of money. and death Effusion (n. forgiveness. Widely imitated B. Commonly known D. An intense emotion D. an unrestrained expression.
The pathology lab is where they test tissues. continual. body fluids. Anger D. the male who is responsible for establishing a lineage. and Jacob are patriarchs of the Old Testament. Disease E) Pathology refers to disease. Irritating B. Pathology also refers in a general way to disease itself. Constant E) Incessant means constant. Isaac. and the like for disease. Insanity B. Evil C.) (puh-THAHL-uh-jee) Pathology refers to: A. A recognized patriot E. Odorous C. ceaseless. Jealousy E. to talk about Pathology (n. The male head of a family D. A church elder C) A patriarch is the male head of a tribe or family.A. Pathology is the study of disease. A patriarchal society is one where lineage is traced through the father and masculine values predominate Incessant (adj. Forceful E. a venerable elder in the community. Abraham. Demanding D. She never ran out of things Marge‘s incessant chatter drove Herman crazy. A dictator B.) Amiable means: (AY-mee-uh-bul) . A first-born son C. unending.) (in-SES-unt) Incessant means: A. They did fifteen tests and found no pathology Amiable (adj.
but he just did not fit in Collusion (n. but he became surprisingly pragmatic as soon as money came into the picture Malfeasance (n. Chad was amiable enough. Practical D. secret cooperation. Contamination A) Collusion means conspiracy. down to earth. congenial. Hopeful B) To be amiable is to be friendly. Exacting C. Emotional neglect D. Without destination B.) (kuh-LOO-zhun) Collusion refers to: A. and the birthday party was a complete surprise Pragmatic (adj. Crossed signals C.) Pragmatic means: A. The collusion between the brothers was undiscovered. Incorrect assumptions E.A. Authoritative C) Pragmatic means practical. based on experience rather than theory. An obnoxious smell (prag-MAT-ik) . Friendly C. Jose was a dreamer. agreeable. Scientific E. Commitment D. Experimental B. Easy D. Cowardice C. Conspiracy B.) (mal-FEE-zuns) Malfeasance refers to: A. Eager E. Containment E. A misdeed B.
If we are provident with our supplies.) (MAN-dayt) A mandate is: A. Despicable C. Having psychic powers C.) (PRAHV-uh-dunt) Provident refers to: A. but because of adverse weather conditions.A) Malfeasance refers to a misdeed or illegal act. Unfavorable B. The Democrats felt their overwhelming win gave them a mandate to do whatever they wanted. Backwards A) Adverse means unfavorable. We had planned a picnic. The widespread malfeasance in his administration did not become publicly known until after President Harding‘s death Provident (n. in opposition to one‘s interests or desires. Being lucky E. we went to the movies instead .) (ad-VURS) Adverse means: A. Healthy E. Unhealthy D. A blessing C) A mandate is an authorization or command. A guess E. Being well off B. especially on the part of a public official. Being decreed by fate C) Provident means looking ahead. Preparing for the future D. they should easily get us through the next two weeks Mandate (n. Something that is mandatory is commanded or required Adverse (adj. An authorization D. A critique B. An expense C. being frugal today in order to have something tomorrow. preparing for the future.
Pulpy C. Exciting E. Vibrating B. (kum-PLAY-sunt) . neglected his homework. A palpable tumor is one that can be felt with the hand. Happy D.) (dis-IN-truh-stid) To be disinterested is to be: A. Ivan grew complacent.) Complacent means: A. Disinclined B. contented to a fault. Bored B. and his grades began to slip. After having been at the head of his class for three years. Unemotional E. without a vested interest one way or the other. Unbiased E) To be disinterested is to be unbiased. capable of being touched or felt. the crowd‘s tension was palpable Disinterested (adj. used metaphorically: Palpable is also As they stood in hushed silence outside the burning church. Intellectual C. Self-satisfied C. his father was replaced as a referee by a more disinterested official Complacent (adj.Palpable (adj. Obvious D. overly pleased with oneself. objective. Competent E. When Evan made the team. evident. Lazy B) Complacent means self-satisfied. tangible. Enthusiastic D.) Palpable means: A. Needful (PAL-puh-bul) C) To be palpable is to be obvious.
hopelessly in love. Stinging D. Franklin was infatuated with his physics teacher. Creeping E. extremely evil. The classic dialectic suggests that a theses (or premise) gives rise to an antithesis (or opposite premise) that is ultimately resolved in a synthesis (or combining of the two) Pernicious (adj. Blindly emotional C. is the result of the conflict of opposites.) (dye-uh-LEK-ti-kul) Dialectical refers to: A. despite being one of the brightest students in the class Dialectical (adj. A method of reasoning C.Be careful not to confuse this with complaisant. He couldn‘t stop thinking about her and almost flunked the course. The dialectical method was proposed by a German philosopher named Hegel and involves the notion that movement. William had a particularly pernicious form of cancer and only lived two months after his diagnosis. Biased D. especially the progression of history. Lingering B. Something that doubles back on itself B) Dialectical refers to a method of reasoning. Puffery B. A complex relationship E. which means agreeable. eager to please Infatuated (adj. Jealous B) Pernicious means deadly. Disoriented E. Deadly C. A political system D. having a harmful or fatal effect. . Foolishly passionate E) To be infatuated is to be foolishly passionate. attracted to the point where one loses judgment.) (PUR-NISH-us) Pernicious means: A.) (in-FACH-oo-ay-tid) Infatuated means: A. A complicated problem B.
Vacillate can also be used to mean literally swaying back and forth. to express lewdness or lasciviousness. he had missed them both. unjustifiable.) (WAHN-tun) Wanton means: A. without provocation or reason. To push up and down E. Lost D. without regard for what is right. To tease D. Grouped together B. To tempt C. To waver B. By the time Jon had finished vacillating about which bus to take. From Mars C. Unfocused A) Wanton means reckless. To cogitate A) To vacillate is to be indecisive. Try as she might.) Martial means: A. Wanton also is used to mean a lack of sexual restraint. The PLO is known for wanton acts of terrorism.Pernicious anemia is a severe anemia in which red blood cells decrease in number and increase in size that is caused largely by a deficiency of vitamin B12 Wanton (adj. malicious.) (VAS-uh-layt) To vacillate is: A. Depressed E. to waver. gained from the riotous lifestyle she lived as a young girl Vacillate (v. Reckless B. She fell asleep to the sound of palm trees vacillating in the breeze Martial (adj. Rebecca could not live down her reputation for being a wanton woman. Warlike (MAHR-shul) . Wandering C.
but Ed thought the better analogy was between Kosova and Nazi Germany Plaintive (adj. which means the person bringing a lawsuit Nebulous (adj. relating to combat or to war. A puzzle B) An analogy is a comparison that focuses upon similarities. The plaintive melody of her lullaby brought back bittersweet memories of childhood. Adversarial C. Vague B. Related to marriage E. A directive D. Expressing sadness D. and Kung Fu Analogy (n. A poem B. Without frills B. Do not confuse plaintive with plaintiff.) (uh-NAL-uh-jee) An analogy is: A. An alloy E. Aikido.) Nebulous means: A. Authoritative C) Martial means warlike.D. Demanding C) Plaintive means expressing of sadness or sorrow. Eric had studied martial arts for years and had black belts in Karate. Pensive E. ―Falling in love is like being bitten by a poisonous snake. Sexy (NEB-yuh-lu) . Complaining E. Poetic D. Pastel C.) (PLAYN-tiv) Plaintive means: A. A comparison C. Bob made an analogy between Kosova and Vietnam.‖ is an analogy.
To designate B) To relegate is to banish or consign to an inferior condition or position. To repeal D. To banish C. Wendell rolled his eyes as Peter reiterated for the eighth time that we absolutely had to finish the project by Friday Relegate (v. often excessively and with the intention to emphasize. Verbal C.) (AF-loo-unt) Affluent means: A. To repeat E.) (ree-IT-uh-rayt) To reiterate is: A. while the women were relegated to the kitchen . To request D) To reiterate is to repeat. Affected B. wealthy. or confused. On Superbowl Sunday. It is not so New York is a wonderful place to live if you are affluent. much fun if you are poor Reiterate (v. rich. the guys took over the living room. Flexible D. Prosperous E) Affluent means prosperous.A) Nebulous means vague. The federal guidelines were so nebulous as to be of little help to the committee Affluent (adj.) (REL-uh-gayt) To relegate is: A. To authorize B. indistinct. hazy. To emphasize B. To represent D. To reprove C. To celebrate E. Sated E.
To control E. To subvert C. disposed to silence. To add on B. Prominent B. Congress‘ first attempt to regulate material on the Internet was the Communications Decency Act. Pretentious C. Expensive B. or abridge. diminish. Reserved E) To be reticent is to be reserved in speech.) Grandiloquent means: A.Curtail (v. Wonderful B) To be grandiloquent is to be pretentious. To cut short D. To make up C) To curtail is to cut short.) (SAYL-yunt) Salient means: A. the purpose of which was to curtail smut Grandiloquent (adj. pompous. Sad E. Salty C. to speak in a bombastic or extremely flowery style.) (RET-uh-cent) Reticent means: A. Old fashioned C. restrained. Refined E. Forceful (gran-DIL-uh-kwunt) . to reduce.) (kur-TAYL) To curtail is: A. The politicians took turns giving grandiloquent speeches that impressed no one but themselves Reticent (adj. Jo was reticent to discuss her love life with her mother Salient (adj. Emphatic B. Backward D. Exquisite D.
and an extra vacation day for every six months of perfect attendance Abortive (adj. To scold E. Magnetic E. Unsuccessful D. conspicuous.) (STIP-yuh-layt) To stipulate is: A. To imitate C. The noun abortion refers to the termination of a pregnancy Stipulate (v. Babyish B. Bloody C. Criminal C) Abortive means unsuccessful. He Tammy laughed at Jon‘s abortive effort to bake a birthday cake. obvious. To offer advice to B. ended before completion. Smooth A) Salient means prominent. To question E. mistakenly used salt instead of sugar. Shocking E. striking. To be a customer of D.) (PAY-truh-nyze) To patronize is: A.) (uh-BOR-tiv) Abortive means: A. To explain B. To defend C. To authorize D. flex time. To specify E) To stipulate is to specify a condition or conditions that must be satisfied before a contract or other agreement can be made or signed.D. The agreement clearly stipulated that a late fee would be charged when payment was received after September 15 Patronize (v. The salient features of the new benefits package are an improved health plan. To make fun of .
A charm D. a liking for something. Leaving someone in the lurch C. Turning away from previously held ideas D) To expatriate has a double meaning.‖ Paula told Kyle. Removing someone from office D.C) To patronize means to be a customer or client of. Leaving one‘s country E. As a noun expatriate means one who is living abroad. A benefit E. Stripping down to basics B.) Nefarious means: A. I patronize small businesses rather than national conglomerates. ―Will you please talk to me like an adult. It means both to banish (a person) from his or her native country and to withdraw from one‘s country. Villainous (ni-FAR-ee-us) .) (PEN-chunt) A penchant is: A.) (eks-PAY-tree-ayt) To expatriate refers to: A. ―I can‘t stand the way you patronize me. Josh has such a penchant for strong coffee and cigars that he can‘t understand how some people can go through life without them Expatriate (v. to talk down to. Herman expatriated to France to escape prosecution for his part in the rebellion. a predilection. rather than like a stupid ten year old. A token B) A penchant is a strong inclination towards. Both are correct. To patronize also means to treat in a condescending manner. Or. Whenever possible. An inclination C. After living as an expatriate in France for eighteen years. An aversion B.‖ Penchant (n. Kay returned to America Nefarious (adj. Herman was expatriated by the king for his part in the rebellion.
non-aristocratic. The rebel‘s nefarious plots against the government included delivering poison pizzas to the pentagon and sending hate mail on what appeared to be official stationery Circumvent (v.) (vi-SIS-uh-tood) Vicissitude refers to: He wanted to dine on caviar . wicked.) by artfulness or deception. Vulgar C. A) Haphazard Secret Self-indulgent Manipulative Nefarious means villainous.B. vulgar. D. failure. To go around D. E. Uncomplicated B. To limit E. Frank thought eating pizza was too plebeian. evil. The principal talked for twenty minutes. To conceal B. Vicissitude (n. By anticipating the troop‘s movements.) (sur-kum-VENT) To circumvent is: A. He pointedly avoided discussing the things the students were really upset about. Industrious E. To circumvent also means to avoid (defeat. but managed to circumvent the main issues. the rebels circumvented capture Plebeian (adj. unpleasantness. etc. to bypass. One who is considered plebeian has tastes and manners that are course and unsophisticated. avoid by anticipating or outwitting. C. To imitate C. To allow C) To circumvent means to go around. Pleasing B) Plebeian means belonging to the common class. Honest D.) (pluh-BEE-un) Plebeian means: A.
Ups and downs E) Vicissitudes are changes in fortune or circumstances. Heartbreak B. To stimulate C. Rosie and the Originals had one minor hit record. To threaten B. Being happy C) Oblivion refers to a state of being forgotten or unknown. never to be heard from again. To exclude D. To vex also means to worry.) (uh-BLIV-ee-un) Oblivion refers to a state of: A. but the vicissitudes of the stock market almost gave her a nervous breakdown.‖ Drake commented as he viewed his brother passed out on the floor . Being confused C. Oblivion also refers to a state of being forgetful or unconsciousness. I was vexed by the ugly rash that appeared out of nowhere and didn‘t respond to any treatment Oblivion (n. Carol thought she could make a fortune from investments. Being forgotten D. One day she made ten thousand dollars. the next day she lost twice that much Vex (v.A. uncertainties.) (veks) To vex is: A. To deny D) To vex is to annoy. Being overpowered E. hot. then returned to oblivion. Criticism C. to provoke. To annoy E. We were all I was vexed by Christine‘s constant whining about the heat. to irritate. trouble. Unwanted advice E. Being sad B. ―Eight shots of whiskey is enough to send anyone into oblivion. ups and downs. A wrong turn D. or upset. and her complaining just made matters worse.
Fragile C. Annual D. Rigidly formal D. Wherever I travel. Boringly academic B.) (ri-SIP-ruh-kul) Reciprocal means: A. My health spa has a reciprocal arrangement with spas all over the country. Cranky E. there is a gym that will honor my local membership Adamant (adj. Mutual C. Somber D) To be petulant is to be cranky. Nimble D. Chronic E. Approved B) Reciprocal means mutual. The guest lecturer was so pedantic you needed a dictionary to know what he was talking about. shared. Excitable E. pompous and dry. half the room was dozing Petulant (adj.) (AD-uh-munt) . Childlike A) Pedantic means boringly academic.) (puh-DAN-tik) Pedantic means: A. peevishly rude. Pretty B. When we complained that the soup was cold. Excitingly complex C. He meant to impress us with his knowledge.Pedantic (adj. given in return. the petulant waiter told us if we didn‘t like it we could eat somewhere else. overly formal. interchangeable. When he brought the rest of our dinner he slammed the plates down on the table and acted as though we had personally offended him Reciprocal (adj. irritated over something trivial. scholarly. Repetitious B.) PECH-uh-lunt) To be petulant is to be: A. but twenty minutes into his lecture.
To amuse C) To mollify is to soothe. not even relenting when she started to cry Labyrinth (n. A myth E.) (LAB-uh-rinth) A labyrinth is: A. soften. A mess B. After Sam forgot their anniversary.To be adamant is to be: A. roses were not enough to mollify Sadie. Overconfident D.) Profuse means: A. who was clear that nothing less than diamonds would get him back in her good graces Profuse (adj. A riddle C. In the movie The Shining. He turned a deaf ear to his mother‘s pleas that he reconsider. To embarrass C.) (MAHL-uh-fye) To mollify is: A. To ambush B. To startle E. To soothe D. Outspoken B. the little boy hid in a labyrinth in which his murderous father got hopelessly lost Mollify (v. Overbearing B) To be adamant is to be stubborn. A maze E) A labyrinth is a maze or anything that is intricate and complex like a maze. pacify. Mark was adamant that we would not go on vacation with his family. A mystery D. Stubborn C. Abundantly flowing (pruh-FYOOS) . Gleeful E. appease. unyielding in your attitudes or opinions.
polite or obedient from hope of gain or from fear. D. impossible to see through. showing servile deference. (ub-SEE-kwee-us) ―The doors have clear-glass panels to show off the contents. Fawning E. extravagant.‖ Martha Stewart explained. and the highest cabinets have opaque green glass. her profuse gratitude brought tears to her eyes Obsequious (adj. numerous. Gray Eagle‘s references were deliberately opaque to those who were not familiar with Native American ceremony Usurp (v. Opaque also is used to indicate something that is unclear. E. Not transparent E) Opaque means not transparent.) (yoo-SURP) To usurp means: . C. plentiful. Not happy C. and acted as if serving her was all that mattered in life Opaque (adj. Curious C. for items that I don‘t want to display.) Obsequious means: A. He bowed and scraped. Flowing D) Obsequious means fawning. referred to her as ―madam‖.B.) (oh-PAYK) Opaque means: A. Sarah was not used to having servants. Defiant B. A) Loudly insistent Overly dramatic Experimental Scattered Profuse means abundantly flowing. and the butler‘s obsequious manner made her uncomfortable. When Naomi saw all the cards and letters of support. not easily understood. Not vague D. Not colored E. Pompous D. murky. Not friendly B.
A. To wrongfully seize B. To drink noisily C. To oversee D. To override E. To shrink A) To usurp is to wrongfully seize, to take and hold by force, illegal, or underhanded means. Kevin‘s mother‘s new boyfriend easily usurped Kevin‘s position as the man of the family. He was soon making the decisions without so much as asking Kevin what he thought Discrete (adj.) (di-SKREET) Discrete means: A. Quiet B. Separate C. Confidential D. Inhibited E. Perpendicular B) Discrete means separate and distinct or composed of separate and distinct parts. Mario insisted that the issues involved were not discrete and that in order to solve one problem we would have to tackle them all. Be careful not to confuse discrete with discreet, which is pronounced the same, but which means reserved about discussing confidential matters Amoral (adj.) ay-MOR-ul) Amoral means: A. Just B. Lewd C. Unethical D. Neither moral nor immoral E. Out for self alone D) Amoral means neither moral nor immoral, not involving questions of right or wrong. A moral person does right, an immoral person does wrong, an amoral person simply does. Elise went on and on about how the neighbor‘s evil dog tore up her garden. The dog wasn‘t evil, but amoral. He was just being a dog Nominal (adj.) (NOM-uh-nul)
A. Appointed, not elected B. In rank order C. In name only D. Openly declared E. Using an alias C) Nominal means in name only.
The king was the nominal head of the country, but the actual power was in the hands of a parliament. Nominal also means insignificant. For the nominal fee of one dollar, you can attend the concert Elusive (adj.) (I-LOO-siv) Elusive means: A. Frothy B. Evasive C. Delicate D. Unclear E. Unfounded B) Elusive means evasive, hard to express, define or pin down.
I spent an hour trying to kill one elusive fly. No matter where it landed, by the time I got there it was somewhere else Dogmatic (adj.) Dogmatic means: A. Authoritarian B. Blindly committed to a belief system C. Needing to be right D. Persistent E. Uninformed B) Dogmatic means blindly committed to a belief system or doctrine and usually asserting that belief in an arrogant, opinionated manner that refuses to consider other points of view. Kimberly liked her new church because it was less dogmatic than her previous one. People were free to follow their hearts instead of having to believe what they were told Perturb (v.) (pur-TURB) To perturb is: (dawg-MAT-ik)
A. To appease B. To massage C. To greatly disturb D. To pressure E. To encourage C) To perturb is to greatly disturb or agitate.
Deborah was perturbed to learn the relatives were an hour away and expected her to put all five of them up for the night Impetuous (adj.) (im-PACH-oo-wus) Impetuous means: A. Abusive B. Choleric C. Pouting D. Immoral E. Impulsive E) Impetuous means impulsive, given to sudden or rash action or emotion.
In her typically impetuous way, Constance invited fifteen people to dinner without thinking that she only had ten chairs Fatalist (n.) (FAYT-uh-list) A fatalist believes: A. Things are inevitable B. Things will ultimately work out C. Things are bound to go wrong D. Things are a matter of choice E. Life is meaningless A) A fatalist believes that what happens is inevitable, predestined, determined by fate. Lorraine was a fatalist who refused to wear a seat belt because she believed when your number was up, it was up, no matter what you did Obscure (adj.) (ub-SKYOOR) Obscure means: A. False B. Stubborn C. Pointless D. Easy to fool E. Hard to understand
Obscure means hard to understand.
He wrote obscure dissertations that few read and fewer still truly understood. Obscure also means inconspicuous, not widely known. He was an obscure writer from a small town who dreamed of fame and fortune. Obscure also means not easily perceived. In the dark, the details of her face were obscure, so I can‘t be one hundred percent sure which sister I saw enter the cabin Conventional (adj.) (kun-VEN-shun-nul) Conventional means: A. Boring B. By cooperative effort C. Taking place in a large hall D. Conforming to accepted standards E. Having a large following D) Conventional means conforming to accepted standards, customary, unexceptional. Unlike her rebellious sister, Prudence was very conventional. She followed the rules, did what was expected, and didn‘t stand out in any way Acquiesce (v.) (ak-wee-ES) To acquiesce is: A. To give in B. To understand C. To explain D. To complain E. To embrace A) To acquiesce is to agree or submit quietly but without enthusiasm or with reluctance, to give in. After hours of being badgered by all three of her children, Mary finally acquiesced and agreed to let them keep the stray puppy Rebuke (v.) (ri-BYOOK) To rebuke means: A. To redo
B. C. D. E. C)
To To To To
reconsider criticize mollify ignore
To rebuke is to sharply criticize.
What Charles did was wrong, but I don‘t think Martha should have rebuked him in public. Rebuke can also be used as a noun meaning a sharp criticism. Martha‘s public rebuke was deeply humiliating to Charles, who was only trying to be funny and had not meant to be rude Profane (adj.) (proh-FAYN) Profane means: A. Boisterous B. Irreverent C. Rude D. Dutiful E. Insular B) Profane means irreverent, blasphemous, unholy.
The movie depicted profane rites that involved drugs and human sacrifice. Profane also means worldly, not sacred, not having to do with religion. Profane art depicts non-religious subject matter. As a verb, profane means to desecrate, to treat with disrespect and contempt something that should be honored. Lisa thought her brother-in-law‘s hasty marriage profaned her dead sister‘s memory Vehement (adj.) (VEE-uh-munt) Vehement means: A. Antagonistic B. Intense C. Committed D. Impatient E. Impulsive B) Vehement means intense, forceful, impassioned.
Jack was so vehement in his denial that I thought he was going to have a
) (voh-SIF-ur-us) Vociferous means: A. Eleanor entered the room with trepidation. Fragility E. elated. Carrie exulted in beating her brother at pool. To raise B. to celebrate. His vociferous criticism of her work reduced Gail to tears. Sadness A) Trepidation refers to apprehension. To rejoice E) To exult is to rejoice. uncertainty. nervous trembling. Presumption C. Willfully disobedient C. Fitness D.) (in-SUR-junt) . To exit E.stroke. To croon C. to be jubilant. Contemptuous of authority D) Vociferous means loud and unrestrained. Now it was her turn to feel the elation of victory Insurgent (n.) (trep-uh-DAY-shun) Trepidation refers to: A.) (ig-ZULT) To exult is: A. Loud and unrestrained E. Intellectually stimulated B. Apprehension B. To flatter D. fully expecting her brothers to make merciless fun of her newly red hair Vociferous (adj. in a way that is blatant and often vulgar or offensive. Eager to please D. He was furious that anyone would even think he might have stolen the money Trepidation (n. She could not understand why he seemed to relish pointing out her mistakes while ignoring what she did right Exult (v. He always won and always rubbed it in.
Expected C) Ironic means contradictory. It was ironic that out of a thousand people I found myself seated next to a woman I went to college with Criterion (n. A healer C) An insurgent is a rebel. the size of their wallets is the criterion on which Shelly bases her choices. A worker E. Nothing else is important to her. A schedule D. A teacher C. Note: The plural of criterion is criteria . A theory B. A helper B.) (eye-RAHN-ik) If something is ironic it is: A. It is ironic that the doctor who operated on my brother for lung cancer is. Unimaginative B. A judgment C. Ironic also is sometimes used to mean coincidental. not as you would expect. a basis for judgment or criticism. Hard to grasp C. The general hoped to find the insurgent‘s camp and capture them before they blew up the oil refinery Ironic (adj. A rebel D. A standard E. Non-traditional E.An insurgent is: A. a smoker. A method D) A criterion is a standard. himself. someone who revolts against established authority. a principle for testing or evaluating something. Contradictory D.) (krye-TEER-ee-un) Criterion refers to: A. When it comes to men.
Everyday language E. The use of foreign phrases D. Secret B. ―I do have a sense of smallness. Illegal E. angst but I prefer loneliness. Latin used in the Mass B. and idioms that you would not use in formal writing. Metaphysical B. . concerning or based on objective experience. slang. Most of the gang‘s activities were clandestine and took place under cover of darkness. but anguish over the human predicament. Relating to existence C.‖ ―I could call it existential Existential angst is a feeling of anguish. Existentialism is a philosophical movement. done covertly in order to avoid detection. Swear words C. far away from prying eyes Vernacular (n. concealed.) (klan-DES-tin) Clandestine means: A. anguish stemming from the nature of existence. emphasizing individual existence and freedom Clandestine (adj. Invisible B) Existential means relating to existence.) (eg-zis-TEN-shul) Existential means: A.) (vur-NAK-yuh-lur) Vernacular refers to: A. Formal language D) When you speak in the vernacular.Existential (adj. you are using the speech common to where you live. The vernacular includes things like contractions. Immoral C. not stemming from some tragedy in one‘s personal life. Relating to truth E. Shameful D. Illogical A) Clandestine means secret. Deeply buried D.‖ said Fred.
Understood by only a select few E) Esoteric means understood by only a select few with special knowledge. Compare E. which in the vernacular means it is what your sun glasses do Esoteric (adj. To polarize is also to focus rays of light so that all the vibration takes place in one plane. An overview E. Cause to cool C. but it‘s esoteric meaning provided instructions for reaching Nirvana to yoga masters who knew how to interpret it Aggregate (n. Agitation C. secret. Contrast D.) (es-uh-TER-ik) Esoteric means: A. Undefined B. The board became polarized as to whether to spend the bequest on equipment for the athletic department or refurbishing the library. Common sense C. a collection of things considered as a whole. On the surface it was just a nice story. Cause a free-for-all A) To polarize is to split into opposing factions.The vernacular of American Blacks is called ebonics Polarize (v. Split into opposing factions B. half the other. The combined sum E) Aggregate means the combined sum. Deeply spiritual D. Half the member‘s wanted one. Psychic E. .) (POH-luh-ryze) To polarize is to: A. A splattering D.) (AG-ruh-gut) Aggregate refers to: A. hidden from the masses. An offshoot B.
Minute D. Huge C. Done with grace C. Token C. but only one of them surpassed the projected goal Perfunctory (adj. After a few perfunctory attempts to get online. Shrinking C) Infinitesimal means minute.) (pur-FUNGK-tuh-ree) Perfunctory means: A. The stress of working two jobs was an insidious pressure that undermined Clifford‘s marriage Manifest (adj. He really didn‘t want to surf the net anyway Infinitesimal (adj. Little C) Insidious means treacherous. Done with great care D. sneaky. Endless E.The aggregate income of the three divisions totaled three hundred thousand dollars. a point in space so small it cannot even be adequately described by metaphor Insidious (adj. Distant B. microscopic. Persistent E. Subtle B. intended to entrap or beguile. Larry gave up and read a book instead.) Infinitesimal means: A. Done with secrecy E. Done frantically B. Done with indifference E) Perfunctory means done routinely with indifference. hasty and superficial. inconceivably small.) (in-SID-ee-us) Insidious means: A. (in-fin-uh-TES-uh-mul) The universe began to expand from an inconceivably infinitesimal beginning. Treacherous D.) (MAN-uh-fest) Manifest means: .
an overabundance. visible. Jason manifested great leadership ability and soon everyone turned to him when a problem arose Milieu (n. As time went on. As a verb to glut means to fill to satiation or satisfaction.) (mil-YOO) Milieu refers to: A. Intelligence D. Preferences C. Surroundings E. but only one main dish and no salads at the potluck. Evident B. Huge C. An error E. Marcy felt most comfortable in an academic milieu. atmosphere. situation. A greed B. Heavy D. The flaws in his thinking became increasingly manifest as we put his ideas into practice and they didn‘t work. to prove. an excess. There was a glut of desserts. As a verb to manifest means to bring forth into visibility. A longing B) A glut is a surplus. A surplus C. apparent.A. After three plates of pasta his appetite was finally glutted .) (glut) A glut is: A. A lack D. Tradition B. Defined E. to make evident. surrounded by other intellectuals and established formalities Glut (n. Masculine A) Manifest means evident. Gardening D) Milieu refers to surroundings. environment.
To deceive B. Skillful maneuvering B. the flavor of the word finesse changes a slight bit to mean bring about by skillful artifice or cunning. at what was going on Extricate (v.) (fi-NES) Finesse refers to: A. taste. Amy was amazed at the finesse with which Hugh moved from group to group making everyone from the president of the corporation to the janitor feel special and welcome. Gary asked Melissa out. Deep thought E. discrimination. Unloved C. skill. etc. not fitting in. Randy was unable to extricate himself from the burdensome lease and had to stay in the over-priced apartment until December Finesse (n. Inconsistent D. As a verb. to get out of. then finessed her into picking up the check .) (EK-struh-kayt) To extricate is: A. To disengage E) To extricate is to free from difficulty.Incongruous (adj. To ignore E.) (in-KAHN-groo-us) Incongruous means: A. To assist D. Disconnected C) Incongruous means inconsistent. Good luck D. unsuitable to. To leaven C. She was actually enraged Karen‘s smile was incongruous with her feeling. He had remarkable people skills. Proper etiquette A) Finesse means skillful maneuvering. extreme delicacy or subtlety in action. Loud-mouthed E. Good looks C. to disengage or release from entanglement. Unattractive B. performance.
A battle D. The idea that we can pay for a trip to Bali by buying a lottery ticket is just not tenable Irascible (adj. often used in reference to a combination of metals. valid. twenty-five percent nickel Tenable (adj. Understandable D. Itching for action C. Uncertain B. capable of being successfully argued. Difficult C. but his employees saw him as an irascible old man who was always critical and frequently lost his temper Parody (n. defensible.Alloy (n. A combination E) An alloy is a combination of two or more things.) PAR-uh-dee) A parody is: A. Dignified C) Irascible means easily angered or provoked. Viable E. A friend B. It is only about Wayne was a good friend to me. An argument . irritable.) (I-RAS-uh-bul) Irascible means: A. reasonable workable. Diligent E. Easily angered D. An affinity C. A goal E. Expected D) Tenable means viable.) (TEN-uh-bul) Tenable means: A.) (AL-oy) An alloy is: A. The American nickel is really a nickel-copper alloy. Impossible to understand B.
) (PAHR-tuh-zun) A partisan is one who: A. A standard B. that people voted long party lines. Ridiculous B.) (TUCH-stohn) A touchstone is: A. A large rock C. or cause. Superficial D. The show makes fun of almost everything Partisan (n. A goal E. Unnecessary C. and other things we often take very seriously. D. Likes to party B. especially an adherent who shows a biased. emotional allegiance. the news. is an adherent or supporter of a person. C. Supports a particular position E. A nest egg D. party. Saturday Night Live is famous for it‘s parodies of famous people. Freely offers advice C.B. Many people think the impeachment of President Clinton was partisan. E. with Republicans being in favor of it and Democrats opposing it Touchstone (n. Is warlike D) A partisan is a person who supports a particular position. Performance on the SAT is the touchstone upon which eligibility for college is determined Superfluous (adj. Pompous (soo-PUR-floo-us) . An assumption A) A touchstone is a standard by which to evaluate the worth of something. Is a free thinker D.) Superfluous means: A. group. C) A practical joke A humorous imitation An anecdote A denial A parody is a humorous satirical imitation of something.
Circular B. To conceal C) To permeate is to penetrate. A due date C. An oddball idea D. An outside edge E) A periphery is an external boundary. there is consensus. to pass or seep through or into every part of. To cover B. To penetrate D. Everyone already was in agreement with her Consensus (n. clean the rugs.) (puh-RIF-uh-ree) Periphery refers to: A. To convince C. the outside edge of something. extra.) (PUR-mee-ayt) To permeate is: A. Her attempts to sway the crowd were superfluous. Peripheral vision refers to seeing out of the outside edge of your eye what is on the side. and scrub down the walls to get rid of the smell . A fantasy E. Mollie walks around the periphery of the field twice each day for exercise.E. to pervade. but a vote of 98 to 2 would Periphery (n. redundant. Traditional values D. Believable C. To release E. General agreement E. Ecstatic B) Superfluous means unnecessary. A vote of 49 to 50 would not express a consensus. The heavens B. rather than in front to you Permeate (v. The smoke permeated the apartment making it necessary to wash the drapes.) (kun-SEN-sus) Consensus means: A. When a large majority of people believe the same thing. Logical thinking D) Consensus means general agreement.
Superiority B. To be philosophical E. Logic B) Egalitarian refers to equality.) (I-gal-uh-TAYR-ee-un) Egalitarian refers to: A. therefore. To be uninvolved B. Angry B. of all people. Boring C. but in truth she was diffident and. To encircle .) DIF-I-dunt To be diffident is: A. Gloomy D. Critical C) Morose means gloomy. Compensation E. It describes a belief in the equality Many people hold egalitarian beliefs until those beliefs interfere with their own self-interest Morose (adj. To be timid D.) (lam-POON) To lampoon is: A. Joel‘s morose outlook was beginning to make all of us feel pessimistic and depressed Diffident (adj.Egalitarian (adj. Equality C. Fearful E. To be noticed C. Many people thought Penelope was unfriendly. sullenly ill humored.) (muh-ROHS) Morose means: A. didn‘t say too much Lampoon (v. Inferiority D. To be convinced C) To be diffident is to be timid or lacking in confidence.
C. use.B. for a specified period. As a noun patent is pronounced PAT-unt and means a government grant to an inventor giving. A delicacy A) Artifice means cunning. Withheld E.) AHRT-uh-fus) Artifice refers to: A. Frances used all the artifice she could muster to get Jim to marry her. D. An impulse D. E) To To To To exclude laugh knife ridicule To lampoon means to ridicule or mock. If you want to read serious commentary. or the like. but it is great if you want a good laugh Artifice (n. Make-up C.) (PAYT-unt) Patent means: A. or sell an invented device. process. the exclusive right to make. The idea that someone could buy the moon is a patent absurdity. noticeable. the using of trickery or subterfuge to get one‘s way. craftiness. He never knew until much later that she did not come from a wealthy background as she had led him to believe Patent (adj. Cunning B. A building E. Obvious D. E. Firm B. Modern C) Patent means obvious. Shiny C.) CAHG-nu-zunt) Cognizant means: . The Harvard Lampoon is a humor magazine put out by Harvard students that lampoons just about everyone. do not read the Harvard Lampoon. My uncle hoped to get a patent on his new invention Cognizant (adj. This sense of the word can also be used as a verb meaning to obtain a patent.
he would be exhausted Promulgate (v. but decided to go forward in spite of them Kinetic (adj. Bold D. We were cognizant of the risks involved in the new venture. active. Pointed D. Thin C. to publicly or formally declare something. Bogged down E.A.) (PRAHM-ul-gayt) To promulgate is: A. who stressed his points by jumping up on tables and waving his arms.) (ek-wuh-NIM-uh-tee) Equanimity refers to: A. I would think by day‘s end. conscious of. Connected D) Kinetic means having to do with motion. informed. To collect D. To fertilize C.) (ki-NET-ik) Kinetic means: A. To publicly declare E) To promulgate is to proclaim. we must discuss it thoroughly amongst ourselves. The trainer was a kinetic man. Nervous b. Discrimination . Equality C. lively. to make known. Before we promulgate the new agenda. Intelligent B. To look for B. Forgetful B) Cognizant means aware. To provide for E. Only when we are sure everyone on the board is in agreement should be announce it to the membership Equanimity (adj. Serenity B. Lively E. Aware C.
To be overbearing B. ordinary. Marge was able to maintain a state of equanimity while others rushed around in panic Proselytize (v. Warmth E. humdrum.D. The teacher was fired for moral turpitude when he was caught making out with a student Prosaic (adj. Intellectual B. To talk non-stop E. Idealism A) Equanimity means serenity. Rigid B) Prosaic means commonplace. unimaginative. To investigate C. calm. Ordinary C. To brag C) To proselytize means to attempt to convert.) (PHAHS-uh-luh-tyze) To proselytize means: A. Arrogant D. To attempt to convert D. composure. Slowness D. to actively recruit. moral baseness. Tolerance E. Wisdom B) Turpitude means depravity. Andy lived in the fast lane and had nothing but contempt for the prosaic suburban life his brother led .) (TUR-puh-tood) Turpitude means: A. Depravity C. Laziness B. Old-fashioned E. dull. The cult members spent every weekend outside the mall proselytizing anyone who would listen in an attempt to get others to join their group Turpitude (n.) (proh-ZAY-ik) Prosaic means: A.
After an exhaustive search for the missing necklace. Sonja refuted the testimony of her neighbor with pictures that showed the hedge did. Mechanical B. who played a violin solo in Carnegie Hall at the age of nine Refute (v. Lewis was a child prodigy. Tiring D. An act of defiance E. There was simply no place else to look Chagrin (n. To question D. in fact. To wonder C. Resolve . Boring C. extend onto her property Exhaustive (adj. A talented child B. To dislike B. to show to be wrong. we gave it up for lost.Prodigy (n. having extraordinary talent or ability. Enthusiasm B.) (shuh-GRIN) Chagrin refers to: A. An obscure reference A) A prodigy is a person.) (ri-FYOOT) To refute means: A. To insult E. To disprove E) To refute is to disprove. especially a child or young person. Quiet D) Exhaustive means painstakingly thorough.) (PRAHD-ug-jee) Prodigy refers to: A.) (ig-ZAWS-tiv) Exhaustive means: A. A challenge D. complete. Thorough E. A little known fact C.
C. to label as shameful. Much to her chagrin. humiliation. To go up C. to patronize. His speech was tangential to the announced topic. Lucy was fearful that being seen buying clothes at the thrift shop would stigmatize her in the eyes of her wealthy classmates Condescend (v. To avoid completely B. Not especially relevant B. Similar to A) Tangential means superficially connected. To talk down to E. but he focused mostly on crime Stigmatize (v. To return unused D. To go against the grain D) To condescend means to talk down to. Alienated from E. Betty realized that the man she had just brushed aside was the world-famous journalist she had invited to give the keynote address at the club‘s annual banquet Tangential (adj. Confusion C) Chagrin is embarrassment. Extending from C. Embarrassment D. We came to hear a talk on pollution. to treat people in . To charm E. One in the same D. To go down D. not especially relevant.) (STIG-muh-tyze) To stigmatize is: A. To brand with disgrace C. To cripple B) To stigmatize is to brand with disgrace. often combined with disappointment. Longing E. To go backwards B.) (KAHN-duh-send) To condescend means: A.) (tan-JEN-schul) Tangential means: A.
none of whom cared what was being discussed Increment (n. Norman thinks the circus is for little kids. Darkness D. apathy. To arrive in a new country C. To invite B) To enfranchise means to grant the rights of citizenship. His boring lecture did nothing to alter the torpor of the students. To leave one‘s country D. and it took a lot of coaxing before he finally condescended to come along Emigrate (v. To imitate French culture D. Before its passage in 1920. Resentment C.) TOR-pur) Torpor means: A.S. were enfranchised by the Nineteenth Amendment.) (en-FRAN-chyze) To enfranchise means: A. To cross the length of B. Sobriety E. Do not confuse it with immigrate. they were not allowed to vote Torpor (n. Sluggishness E) Torpor means sluggishness. To own a chain store B. To go on vacation C) To emigrate means to leave one‘s country to take up residence in another. inertia. especially the right to vote. most of whom were dozing or doodling. To grant the rights of citizenship C. which means to arrive in a new country from another. Boris emigrated from Russia and came as an immigrant to the United States Enfranchise (v. Women in the U.a way that implies you are superior to them. To give permission E.) (IN-cruh-munt) . Humidity B.) (EM-uh-grayt) To emigrate means: A. To wander around E.
and then she was alone Fraternal (adj. Jeanette had three men each believing he was the love of her life until her duplicity was discovered. the act of being two-faced. Neighborly . Divisive E. Able to pulse C. ―The increment in salary I receive each year only serves to push me into a higher tax bracket. A bad break E.) (doo-PLIS-uh-tee) Duplicity means: A.Increment means: A. especially one in a series of increases. Abundance B.‖ Kevin complained Viable (adj.) (VYE-uh-bul) Viable means: A. The meaning of viable also is also extended to mean workable. Indecision D. Capable of living D. A peak A) An increment is an increase. the committee finally agreed on a viable plan Duplicity (n. Flexible B. Robust C) Viable means capable of living.) (fru-TUR-nul) Fraternal means: A. Deception E. Double vision D) Duplicity means deception. Repetition C. An increase B. After weeks of haggling. An error C. A fetus is viable when it is able to live outside of its mother‘s womb. double-dealing. A crack D.
beyond the ability of words to convey. D. Connected . Boring things D. The meaning of fraternal is extended to include a men‘s organization. in fact.) (PIV-uh-tul) Pivotal means: A. Loving those of the same sex B. of. E. essentially alike. They all came from upper class backgrounds. Things having a similar nature C. Unforgettable B) Ineffable means inexpressible. There was not much fraternal feeling between the boys. The students at my prep school were a homogeneous group.) (in-EF-uh-bul) Ineffable means: A. fraternal means not identical Ineffable (adj.) (hoh-muh-JEE-nee-us) Homogeneous refers to: A. and all drove very nice cars Pivotal (adj. E) Motherly Fatherly Sisterly Brotherly Fraternal means brotherly. Saul did not believe his poems did Rebecca‘s ineffable beauty justice Homogeneous (adj. C.B. Unlivable D. Unflappable B. In the case of twins. Inexpressible C. Being interested in only one thing E. all spent summers abroad. they hated one another. like. Persistent E. Having clarity B) Homogeneous means having a similar nature. but I can‘t remember if it was the Lion‘ Club or the Elk‘s Club. My uncle belonged to a fraternal organization. or befitting brothers.
usually a soldier for hire.B. War-like D.) (MUR-suh-ner-ee) Mercenary means: A. E. mercenary refers to a person who does something strictly for money. Rigid B. Maggie‘s running into the cute boy from Boston was pivotal in her decision to choose Harvard over Princeton Mercenary (adj. Without sympathy A) Mercenary means to be motivated by money alone. that upon which it turns. caring about nothing but the bottom line. Dying E) Moribund means near death. that upon which something is contingent. Wrong Crucial Steep Insignificant C) Pivotal means crucial. Prominent B. As a noun. Motivated by money B. Rupert soon lost his youthful ideals and became blatantly mercenary. not out of belief in their rightness. Macho E. Forgotten C. but for the pay Moribund (adj. someone who fights for causes. As Kathy walked through the moribund downtown area with its empty stores and ―going out of business‖ signs. C. Unwholesome E. Stagnant D. critically important. Insensitive C. D.) (for-TOO-uh-tus) Fortuitous means: A. Muscular .) (MOR-uh-bund) Moribund means: A. she realized the true effect so many malls had on the heart of a city Fortuitous (adj. dying.
Similar C. presumed. It often carries Yolanda had a fortuitous accident. Common to many D.) (puh-TER-nul) Paternal means: A.) (hye-puh-THET-uh-kul) Hypothetical means: A. Planned E. Smooth E. a secondary implication of lucky. Frequent D) Inherent means intrinsic. part of living in South America Paternal (adj. False C) Hypothetical means theoretical. They are an unavoidable Heat and humidity are inherent to the tropics. Intrinsic E. Our economics assignment was to create a business plan for a hypothetical company Inherent (adj. Flimsy C) Fortuitous means accidental. Bossy D.) (in-HAYR-unt) Inherent means: A. A hypothetical statement or question often begins with the word ―if‖. Appealing B. Accidental D. Supposed D. Protected C.C. . Supportive A) Paternal means fatherly or father-like. supposed. A hypothetical example is something made up that illustrates a situation. Passed down B. Fatherly B. happening by chance. The man whose car she backed into ended up marrying her Hypothetical (adj. part of the essential nature of something. unproven. Intense C. Active E.
To consider B. to support. To advocate E) To espouse is to advocate. Celeste espoused equality for women long before it became popular to do so Foible (n. Will C. but lacked the volition to change her situation Sloth (n. An incorrect word usage D.) (voh-LISH-un) Volition refers to: A.) (FOY-bul) Foible means: A. A funny story B) A foible is a slight flaw. Motion B) Volition refers to the exercise of will or choice. and often took him to ball games and gave him fatherly advice Espouse (v. A weak position E. To obligate C.) (e-SPOWZ) To espouse is: A. To protect E. Among Dick‘s foibles was a tendency to leave the toilet seat up and leave his dirty underwear in the middle of the floor Volition (n. Enthusiasm B. a minor weakness or character defect. A humorous situation B. To desire D. A slight flaw C.Marven had very paternal feelings toward his nephew.) (slawth) Sloth means: . Habit E. Laziness D. Sue complained a lot.
A consequence C. It was with great sobriety that he announced he would not run for office again Repercussion (n.) (ree-pur-KUSH-un) A repercussion is: A.) (suh-BRYE-uh-tee) Sobriety refers to: A. A duplication B) A repercussion is a consequence. Guilt C. All she wanted to do was sit around As a noun. Walter had no idea that the repercussions of his decision to drop out of college would be so devastating Unremitting (adj. Sobriety also refers to seriousness. sluggishness. A long-awaited event E. Abstinence from alcohol E. move very slowly. Conservatism D. Carelessness C) Sloth means laziness. A vibration B.) (un-ree-MIT-ing) . Insensitivity E. Messiness B. listlessness. and watch soap operas. dislike of work or exercise. The tendency to judge C. Laziness D. Diligence B. Pete could not tolerate Pam‘s sloth. a sloth refers to any of several tropical American mammals that have long-clawed toes. Purposefulness D) Sobriety refers to abstinence from alcohol. and he gave all the credit to Alcoholics Anonymous. and live in trees Sobriety (n. A drumbeat D. Marvin had eight years of sobriety under his belt. an effect that is often indirect.A.
he had acted alone and was not connected with any group Rudimentary (adj.) (FAK-shun) A faction refers to: A. A section of a text E. Terminal B. The investigation proved that the gunman was autonomous. Persistent D. not controlled by another. The unremitting noise from her neighbors stereo kept Shawna awake all night Autonomous (adj. By-the-book C. Dictatorial B. Explicit D. Repetitious D) Autonomous means self-directed. directions. but could not carry on a conversation Faction (n. Egotistical D. relentless.Unremitting means: A.) (aw-TAHN-uh-mus) Autonomous means: A. A part of a whole number C. A filtering device He could ask for . Red-colored E. Failing to pay C. Awkward E. Loud C) Unremitting means persistent. Mechanical C. Truthful B. elementary. ceaseless. Self-directed E. Warren had only a rudimentary understanding of French. A group within a group D. relating to the earliest stages of development. A disagreement B. independent.) (roo-duh-MEN-tuh-ree) Rudimentary means: A. Basic E) Rudimentary means basic.
To undo D. To ruin A) To debilitate is to weaken. To put down C. To point B) Extol means to praise. To praise C. To wander E. To delete B. After hearing the guest speaker extol the virtues of classical music. it refers to the act of being an accomplice.) (di-BIL-uh-tayt) To debilitate means: A. we all went out and bought compact discs with the music of Bach and Beethoven Complicity (n. To scold D.) (kum-PLIS-uh-tee) Complicity means: A.C) A faction is a smaller group or clique within a larger group formed around a viewpoint that is not shared by the whole group. Participation in wrong-doing C. Franklin Roosevelt was debilitated by polio. but went on to become a great president in spite of it Extol (v. It was the guard‘s complicity that made the jail-break possible . to cripple. Self-satisfied involvement D. To weaken B. Neatness B. Within the Republican Party. Half-hearted support E.) (IK-STOHL) Extol means: A. there is a faction that supports Bob Dole and another that supports Dan Quail Debilitate (v. To refresh E. A cover-up B) Complicity means participation in wrongdoing.
It was pure serendipity that led us to the lost girl. To over-do E.) (ser-un-DIP-uh-tee) Serendipity refers to: A. To offer advice B. Being carefree E. Good luck D. Aimless B. ―we will soon be going to bed hungry Stricture (n.‖ said Marcus. A limitation C. A rule E. Kyle was able to coach the team Desultory (adj.) (STRIK-chur) A stricture is: A. to restore We just happened ―If we don‘t replenish our supplies.Serendipity (n. To revisit C. to see a bird fly by with her mitten in his mouth Replenish (v.) (ri-PLEN-ish) To replenish means: A. A passage from the Bible D. to re-supply. A flaw B) A stricture is a limitation. the good fortune itself. A stitch B. a constriction In spite of the strictures of working two jobs.) (DES-ul-tor-ee) Desultory means: A. a criticism. To fill again E) To replenish means to fill again. To do over D. Haste B. Innocence C. Sullen . Spontaneity C) Serendipity means the faculty of attracting good fortune.
Bart gave up on being an artist and took up carpentry Infamous (adj. Mystifying B. Adolph Hitler was the infamous dictator who was responsible for the holocaust Acute (adj.C. Glorious C) Infamous means having a bad reputation. . Seductive E. Unexpected D. Clear C. An acute illness is one that becomes intense very quickly.) (uh-KYOOT) Acute means: A. ambiguous. penetrating.) (IN-fuh-mus) Infamous means: A. Having a bad reputation D. disconnected. Ugly E. An acute mind is one that is sharp and penetrating. Being a legend E. abrupt and puzzling. random. After a few desultory attempts at painting. His acute vision showed him things that others failed to notice or simply could not see Cryptic (adj. Rapid B. Detailed A) Cryptic means mystifying. without plan or purpose. sharp. Contradictory A) Desultory means aimless.)(KRIP-tik) Cryptic means: A. Obscure and forgotten C. Steamy D. Undeserved B) Acute means intense. Forlorn B. famous in a negative way. Half-formed E. mysterious. Rough D. Intense C.
An argument B. A dislike C.) (kun-TRYTE) Contrite means: A. Worshipful B) Contrite means remorseful. An opposite E) An antithesis is a direct opposite. Argumentative E. Hesitant D. To read carefully C.) (puh-ROOZ) To peruse means: A. Shy B.) (an-TITH-uh-sus) An antithesis is: A. To prepare B) To peruse means to read carefully. bugged eyes. An example E. A choice D. to survey or examine in detail. admitting of guilt. To skim over D. but she refused to elaborate on what it might be Antithesis (n. To express clearly B. and a great brown wart on her chin Contrite (adj. She was the antithesis of beauty with a big nose. a contrast. Displeased . penitent. Remorseful C. Roseanne was truly contrite about the harsh words she had spoken in anger Peruse (v. Every Sunday she perused the paper looking for the perfect job Indignant (adj. To use again E.Her cryptic comments hinted that something special was about to happen.) (in-DIG-nunt) Indignant means: A.
angry. Frantic A) Volatile means explosive. Deceptive C. Unusual D) Ingenuous means candid. Warm C.B. Thinking back on her volatile youth. Impulsive E. E. forthright. provoked. Marty was highly indignant at the suggestion that he might not finish the term at the top of his class Volatile (adj. Sometime volatile is also used to mean fleeting or transient. C. without deception. He has a bad temper and is known to be Be careful what you say to Frank. Savannah marveled at how quickly time passed Ingenuous (adj. Candid E.) (PAHN-dur-us) . Complex B. D. sincere.) (in-JEN-yoo-us) Ingenuous means: A. Over-done D. Brilliant D. highly unstable. Explosive B. Gasoline is a very volatile liquid. but her ingenuous manner put us instantly at ease Ponderous (adj. charmingly na?ve.) VAHL-uh-tul) Volatile means: A. A) Flustered Wary Unforgiving Suspicious Indignant means displeased. We were hesitant to approach her because we had heard she was a witch. volatile. Volatile also means quick to evaporate.
Roundabout E.) (AL-troo-iz-um) Altruism refers to: A. Steadfastness C. Severe B) Ponderous means heavy. weighted down.Ponderous means: A. Constantly stating the obvious B. playing the flute. Massive C. massive. and studying ancient history Fatuous (adj. Worldly C. Plain B) Secular means worldly. Mother Theresa was known for her altruism. Challenging E. It costs us millions of dollars to crank up our ponderous military machine to attack. Devotion to the welfare of others D. Questioning D. The monk had many secular interests. Sometimes ponderous also carries the implication of dull.) (FACH-oo-us) Fatuous means: She devoted her life to selfless .) SEK-yuh-lur) Secular means: A. Contemplative B. service Secular (adj. Holiday meals should not be ponderous affairs Altruism (n. having nothing to do with religion or with spiritual concerns. Compartmentalized B. Juicy D. Maintaining fair business practices C) Altruism means a devotion to the welfare of others. Telling more than one wants to hear E. selfless generosity. including gardening.
To slow down D. As the hours passed and help did not arrive.) (di-JEN-uh-rayt) Degenerate means: A. thin or slender in form.A. As an adjective. Flimsy E) Tenuous means flimsy. Pompous C. He lived in such a degenerate neighborhood that his friends were afraid to visit. degenerate means a state of deterioration. the trapped student‘s morale began to degenerate. He survived the accident. to break down. Strong B. Loving D. and we could only pray that the ambulance would arrive in time Degenerate (v. Fleeting C. To explain B) To degenerate means to deteriorate. Dedicated A) Fatuous means foolish. My mother claimed my sister‘s boyfriend was nothing but a degenerate who refused to work and had no morals . His poetry was filled with fatuous images of flying cows and green sunflowers Tenuous (adj. To deteriorate C. To move backwards B. To specify E. Cautious E. idiotic. Imaginary E. Unsupported D. Foolish B. but his hold on life was tenuous. silly. As a noun degenerate means a person who has declined to a state that is morally below the norm.) (TEN-yoo-us) Tenuous means: A. like a thread.
Unapproachable D) Aristocratic means of noble birth. People might question Fred‘s judgment. Jones marshaled her brood of nine children into the living room. He marshaled his facts so that when he made his presentation no one could question the validity of his position. marshal can refer to a military officer of high rank. Having good posture B. Unbending D. Having good manners C. To dominate B. To search for C.Aristocratic (uh-ris-to-CRAT-ic) Aristocratic means: A. To ignore completely D. To call attention to B) To impugn is to cast doubt upon. To cast doubt upon C. To hold back C) To marshal is to arrange in order. but no one could impugn his . As a noun. Of noble birth E.) (MAHR-shul) To marshal is: A. to challenge the truth or integrity of someone or something. where she informed them that they had been evicted.) (im-PYOON) To impugn is: A. To mark E. To arrange D. Mrs. as in a French field marshal Impugn (v. To marshal also means to gather together for the purpose of doing something. To slap B. Elizabeth came from an aristocratic family that disowned her when she ran off with the butler Marshal (v. To incite to riot E.
to reduce the strength or energy of.integrity. Exhausted E. Is old fashioned C. I have never known him to tell a lie Iconoclast (n. To fluster C. Enervated by the extreme heat. especially in a gradual way. useless. When Sarah realized that it was futile to try and change Peter‘s mind. she stopped asking him not to go Spawn (v. Originally it meant someone who opposed the use of icons or sacred images and destroyed them. Depressed B. To weaken E) To enervate is to weaken. To calm B. the garden club spent the afternoon sipping lemonade instead of weeding Futile (adj. Hopeless D.) EN-ur-vayt) To enervate is: A. To excite D. incapable of producing a result. Refuses to change E.) (FYOOT-ul) Futile means: A.) (eye-KAHN-uh-klast) An iconoclast is someone who: A. ineffective. Complicated C. Has a wide variety of interests A) An iconoclast is someone who attacks popular beliefs. To strengthen E. Attacks popular beliefs B. Frustrated C) Futile means hopeless. Puts on airs D. Stephen was an iconoclast who was always pushing people‘s buttons by challenging what they believed Enervate (v.) (spawn) .
The police were concerned that the bizarre murder might spawn copycat killings Disparate (adj. Wendy and Ted had such disparate interests. To forget entirely C. To decide in advance D. Independent A) Disparate means different. To make impossible E. To invite D) To preclude means to make impossible. and backgrounds that no one was surprised when their marriage broke up after only a year Preclude (v. To ignore E. To stand up to E. To erase B. dissimilar. Argumentative E.) (pri-KLOOD) To preclude means: A. Joan‘s disability precluded her ever being an Olympic athlete Efface (v. To bring forth B. To reject C. To mar C. To consider B. outlooks. To hold back D.) (DIS-pur-it) Disparate means: A. Divisive D. to produce in large number. Different B. distinct in kind. To look away . Grumpy C. To confront D.) (I-FAYS) To efface means: A.To spawn is: A. To criticize A) To spawn is to bring forth.
―It is because of one man‘s tenacious efforts that we are all still here. hopeful. people did not realize the important contributions she made Tenacious (adj. Veracious E. optimistic. as do many folks who share her Irish heritage Tirade (n.A) To efface means to erase. Try as she might.) (TYE-rayd) A tirade is: . Sanguine also means reddish or ruddy. Carla was unable to efface the painful memories of her childhood. to rub away. Efface also means to make (usually oneself) inconspicuous.) (tuh-NAY-shus) Tenacious means: A. to do away with.) (SANG-gwin) Sanguine means: A. to wipe out. Because of her self-effacing remarks. not letting go. Cowardly B. Healthful D. Brigit had a sanguine complexion. Do not confuse efface with deface. Thoughtful C. which means to mar. stubborn. Cheerfully optimistic B. Persistent C. Provocative D.‖ said the president of the tenant‘s association. Vicious B) Tenacious means persistent. Nothing ever seemed to get her Darlene remained sanguine even in defeat. Clifford refused to give up. and didn‘t let us give up either Sanguine (adj. Fair A) Sanguine means cheerful. Unflappable E. down. to modestly withdraw.
Passing D. Calmness D) Perfidy means treachery. Solitude C. Treachery E. curative. Judy‘s tirade against television talk shows surprised us.‖ Rogue (n. Stubbornness B. Beneficial C. A scoundrel E) A rogue is a scoundrel. Covert E. negligence or perfidy of the chief Magistrate. A gentleman C. A rant C.) (SAL-yuh-ter-ee) Salutary means: A. A dictator B. a prolonged bitter speech.) (rohg) A rogue is: A. A belief D. An explosion B) A tirade is a rant. A comic D. wholesome. A runaway E.A. A cornerstone E. an outspoken denunciation. she felt so strongly about the matter Salutary (adj. A wanderer B. Neatness D. Stale B) Salutary means beneficial. healthful. . We had no idea Gerry is always promoting the salutary effects of vitamins Perfidy (n. a deliberate breach of faith. Welcome B. James Madison stated impeachment was a necessary precaution against ―the incapacity.) (PUR-fuh-dee) Perfidy means: A.
Outlandish C. An angel C. A pecking order E) A hierarchy is a pecking order. a system of ranking. and lazy Eminent (adj.) (EM-uh-nunt) Eminent means: A. Intrinsic D. Prominent E. About to happen C. A decree E. derogatory.A rogue is someone who can‘t be trusted. Unreachable D) Eminent means well known and respected. Robin Hood and his band of merry rogues roamed the British countryside robbing the rich and giving to the poor Hierarchy (n. our goal was to avoid creating a hierarchy and to function as a circle of equals Pejorative (adj. A habitual pattern B. When we started the group. but the word is often used to describe someone who is playfully mischievous. Negative E. Wasteful D) Pejorative means negative. stupid. noteworthy.) (pi-JOR-uh-tiv) Pejorative means: A. Emotional B. disparaging.) (HYE-uh-rahr-kee) A hierarchy is: A. distinguished. A ruling elite D. Deceitful D. Stubborn B. prominent. having a belittling effect. He constantly described his wife in pejorative terms such as blubbery. The eminent scientist had won a Nobel Prize and had his books published .
hoped my smile did not seem too contrived Caricature (n.) (KAR-uh-kuh-chur) A caricature is: A. A miniature picture B. Hastily thrown together B. calculated. A kook B) A caricature is a distorted portrait that exaggerates certain features. forced. to create. Caricatures of Jay Leno invariably have huge chins Engender (v. but could not show it until my husband‘s boss left. Important B) Contrived means artificial. A keepsake D. To stir up D) To engender means to bring into existence. Tribal E.) (en-JEN-dur) To engender means: A. To offer B. strained. A personality profile E. A mission B. A fight . To surround C.) (hye-AY-tus) A hiatus is: A. Sculpted D. To create E. to cause. Artificial C. To exemplify D. I I was very angry.) kun-TRYVED Contrived means: A. A distorted portrait C. The announcement that Michael Jordon would speak at graduation engendered much excitement in the senior class Hiatus (n.in thirty-two languages Contrived (adj.
especially as relates . A whirlwind C) A hiatus is a break or interruption. but she ignored him. often from work.C.) (FUR-tiv) Furtive means: A. When the volcano exploded. We will take a short hiatus from folding the brochures. Secretive B. clandestine. Unbending D. A lump E. Insistent A) Furtive means secretive. To flood E) To inundate means to flood or to overwhelm.) (eye-dee-AHL-uh-jee) Ideology refers to: A. Jamie flashed his wife a furtive look indicating that he really wanted to leave the dinner party.) (IN-un-dayt) To inundate means: A. Political doctrine B. and the basin was inundated with water. Information processing E. To drain D. Inherited tradition D. Religious ritual C. after which we will work all night Furtive (adj. To strike E. Intense C. To frustrate C. A break D. Sexual orientation A) Ideology refers to a set of doctrines or beliefs. and he didn‘t want to make a scene Inundate (v. the river changed course. Every summer Cape Cod is inundated with tourists Ideology (n. Fluffy E. To please B. sly.
‖ is redundant. Seth became the robbers unwitting accomplice Frugal (adj. unaware. He repeated himself so often. Round B.) (FROO-gul) Frugal means: A. Thrifty C. since most see the collapse of the Soviet Union as proof of its failure Redundant (adj. Plump C.‖ A redundant purchase would be one that duplicates something you already have Unwitting (adj. because dawn only happens early. An unnecessarily duplication D. Vain . Awkward B. Unprepared C. By leaving the door unlocked. even the title of his paper was ―Tendencies Found In Men of the Male Gender. you might be said to have a liberal ideology.) (ri-DUN-dunt) If something is redundant. using too many words to express the same idea. without knowing. Sly B. Frightened E. Communism is an ideology that few people still take seriously. ―Early every morning. Stupid D. you might be said to have a conservative ideology. Pleasant-smelling E. Unmarried D.) (un-WIT-ing) Unwitting means: A. The teacher marked Sam down a grade for being redundant.to the political or social realm. we get up at dawn. it is: A. Unintentional E) Unwitting means unintentional. Chilly E. If you believe in progress and reforms. If you believe in tradition and keeping things as they were in the past. Stupidly stubborn C) Redundant means an unnecessary duplication.
not wasteful. People who are frugal are very careful with their available resources. to make very angry. inherent.) (kun-JEN-UH-TUL) Congenital means: A.) (ROO-muh-nayt) To ruminate means: A. imagine what color was Incense (v. eating mostly rice and beans. To interest C.B) Frugal means thrifty. To resent . incense means a substance burned for its fragrant smoke. never running air conditioning. with is considered congenital. As a noun. Anything you are born He could not Robbie‘s blindness was congenital. Marcia lived in a frugal manner. The new age store carries many kinds of incense in both sticks and cones Ruminate (v. Not simple D. To hold back D. To idle C. To enrage E. Flowing easily C. Helpless D) Congenital means from birth. From birth E. While unemployed. To inhale smoke D. With gentleness B. To blur D) To incense means to enrage. so he knew nothing else. Irina was incensed to learn that her sister had gone out on a date with her ex-husband. economical. and only turning on those lights that were absolutely necessary Congenital (adj. To erase B. To ponder B. inborn. but frugal does not have the negative connotation that ―cheap‖ does.) (in-SENS) To incense means: A.
E. but there were only sporadic sprinkles of rain throughout an otherwise nice day Reparation (n. A glossing over of truth E. If something is sporadic it is not constant. to contemplate. Guilt over wrong-doing C. Defensible E. Kevin spent four days ruminating on the pros and cons of the situation before finally coming to a decision Sporadic (adj. Uncertain C. Aiken‘s garden and mowing her lawn as reparations for the damage his dog did to her plants in the spring Tenable (adj.) (spuh-RAD-ik) Sporadic means: A. In seed form B. In a continuous flow C) Sporadic means appearing now and then or appearing in bursts every once in a while. Appearing now and then D. Cows and other animals that chew their cud are called ruminants. you mentally chew on something. Having jerky movements E. To make amends for something you did that was hurtful in order to repair the damage is to make reparations. The making of threats D. This word is often used in the plural. Legal B. To wander A) Ruminate means to ponder. Larry spent the whole summer tending Mrs.) (TEN-uh-bul) Tenable means: A. Something given out of obligation A) Reparation refers to compensation for a wrong or an injury. Unstable D.) (rep-uh-RAY-shun) Reparation refers to: A. It comes from a Latin word meaning ―chew‖. and when you ruminate. After listening to the weather report we feared a downpour. Compensation for past wrongs B. Nervous all the time C. Salable .
magnificence. Refined D. A sticky situation B. A faithful supporter C. Jim Jones was a cult leader who enticed his adherents to Guyana where he inspired 900 of them to commit suicide Utilitarian (adj. Joan Rivers gave her daughter a wedding of imperial splendor Adherent (n. Jeremy‘s notion that he could get an A by merely visualizing himself receiving that grade was not tenable because he did not back it up by studying Imperial (adj. Disciplined .) (yoo-til-uh-TAR-ee-un) Utilitarian means: A. Stressing usefulness D. Like an emperor C.) (im-PEER-ee-ul) Imperial means: A.) (ad-HEER-unt) An adherent is: A. imperial is used to express majesty.D) Tenable means defensible. Standoffish E. Of high quality B. follower. or believer. Something added later D. opulence. Stressing beauty E. and the like. that can be backed up. An explanation B) An adherent is a faithful supporter. A tenable position is one that makes sense. but does enjoy the nation‘s respect. Figuratively. Ugly B. A well-wisher E. The Japanese Imperial Family does not have private wealth like Britain‘s Queen Elizabeth. Stark C. Gloating B) Imperial means like an emperor or an empire.
it is to them a home away from home Flaunt (v. A cave C. To wave C. When you hear someone spoken of as the denizen of a restaurant. A forerunner A) A denizen is an inhabitant. A spell book C.‖ When we develop woodlands. Elaine flaunted her new financial status by constantly complaining about difficulties with her servants and by making sure we all knew how much she paid for her clothes Incantation (n. we are showing no respect for the rabbits. An inhabitant B. or caf?.C) Utilitarian means functional. and occupant. To ridicule B. deer. chipmunks and other denizens who make the forest their home.) (flawnt) To flaunt is to: A. To show off E) To flaunt is to show off. how large a trailer could it pull. it means they are there so much. bar. A chant D. stressing usefulness above beauty or other qualities. A potion B. and what kind of gas mileage did it get? He did not care at all what color it was or if it had a CD player Denizen (n. To seduce D. An elite group E.) (DEN-I-zun) A denizen is: A. Carl was only interested in the vehicle‘s utilitarian aspects – did it have four wheel drive. A hiding place D.) (in-kan-TAY-shun) An incantation is: A. A sacred stone E. to try and impress others with a display. A sacrament . To hide E. A poetic clich? refers to fish as ―denizens of the deep.
a violent attack in words. often with the intention to do magic The suburban witches met at the full moon to dance and drum and mumble incantations intended to make them more powerful Exasperate (v. To be exasperated is to be at the end of one‘s rope. To question E. firmly established. Hidden meaning A) Invective means abusive speech. To inhale deeply C. to irritate to the point of total frustration. Abusive speech B. Hints E. Naughty D) Inveterate means habitual. To exhaust C) To exasperate is to thoroughly annoy.) in-VET-ur-it) Inveterate means: A. Janis took the opportunity to try and explain how her constant use of invective made people write her off as an lunatic Inveterate (adj. To let the air out B. with the intention of creating an effect. Lou was an inveterate smoker who went through two packs a day and had no . Habitual E. deeply rooted. Carole was so exasperated by her husband‘s constant flirting with other women that she considered getting a divorce Invective (n. Unusual D. To annoy greatly D. When Sylvia referred to the president as a fear-slurping demon.C) An incantation is a chant or words repeated as a chant. Hostile C.) (ig-ZAS-puh-rayt) To exasperate is: A.) in-VEK-tiv) Invective refers to: A. Energy D. Expert B. Complete order C.
In logic. redundant. either go or we will stay‖ is an example of such a statement.) (tawt-uh-LAH-juh-kul) Tautological means: A. Uselessly repetitive B. promoting. Secretive B. Easy D. displaying circular reasoning.) (kun-DOO-siv) Conducive means: A. a tautological statement leaves no possibility out. To sink B.intention of quitting Tautological (adj. ―She went to school every day and maintained perfect attendance‖ is a tautological statement. As the storm intensified. To strengthen A) To founder means to fill with water and sink. Theoretical A) Tautological means uselessly repetitive. Similar B) Conducive means favorable or helpful. The caf? is no longer conducive to studying since they began featuring live music there Founder (v. To instigate C. Following strict rules E. I became fearful that the ship would founder. Hard to understand D. Favorable C. To plan D. ―We will Also considered tautological is stating a fact to be its own reason. To reach for E. Portable E. .) (FOWN-dur) To founder means: A. ―Our company tests for intelligence by giving intelligence tests‖ is an example Conducive (adj. Dogmatic C.
Disgusted D. we celebrate Founder‘s Day to commemorate the man who established our small town back in 1789 Idiosyncrasy (n. Setting a place for the cat at the dinner table is just one of Reggie‘s idiosyncrasies Inert (adj. A lie C. Enthusiastic E) Ebullient means bubbling with enthusiasm. founder is used to mean collapse. Straight C. In spite of Lonnie‘s hard work. Every year on July 23.) (id-ee-oh-SINK-ruh-see) An idiosyncrasy is: A. According to many environmental groups. Dull D.) (i-BUL-yunt) Ebullient means: A. and eccentricity. sluggish. As a noun. A joke D. or fail. A peculiarity B. Inactive E) Inert means inactive.In a more general sense.) (in-URT) Inert means: A. A habit E. Self-sufficient E. Pig-headed B. not reacting chemically. exuberant. his business foundered after only six months. A talent A) An idiosyncrasy is a peculiarity. Uninterested B. . the inert ingredients in pesticides can be more toxic than the active ingredient Ebullient (adj. a founder is one who establishes something. Hard E. All-knowing C.
A consequence E) A ramification is a consequence. put forth. In favor of E. It is clear that Dennis did not consider the ramifications of getting drunk the night before final exams and was horrified to wake up two hours late with dry mouth and a pounding headache Prolific (adj.) Prolific means: A.Mark was ebullient at the thought of a week in the Yucatan with Jackie Ramification (n. (proh-LIF-ik) A 1960s icon often considered a spokesperson for his generation.) (ram-uh-fuh-KAY-shun) A ramification is: A.) (pur-PORT-id) Purported means: A. producing many offspring. an offshoot. A barricade B. Overturned E. Claimed D. An instruction D. A supporting beam E. Fruitful C. Forceful B. Taken C. The robbers were purported to have gotten away with over a million dollars in gold Redolent (adj.) (RED-uh-lunt) Redolent means: . a result. Hoped for C) Purported means claimed. Bob Dylan remains one of the most popular and prolific American songwriters. alleged. An explosion C. fertile. Supportive of D. Medicinal B) Prolific means fruitful. Moved B. having written hundreds of songs and put out over 45 albums Purported (adj.
A premise . The princess fell into a profound slumber and did not awaken until the prince kissed her Maxim (n. Huge B. Delightful E. Extraordinary C. Mrs. To keep busy E. Full C) Profound means very deep. Disrespectful D. A book that causes one to think or feel deeply is said to be profound. A clue E. Carson has a particularly redolent gardenia bush that you can smell from half a block away Palliate (v. A demand C.) (MAK-sim) A maxim is: A. Unsure A) Redolent means fragrant. Left over E. Very deep D.) (pruh-FOUND) Profound means: A. Lazy C. An excuse D. Sue was in hopes that the new drug would palliate her symptoms until surgery could correct the problem Profound (adj. A proverb B. to lessen without curing. A profound respect is a deep respect. having a pleasant smell. To calm down B) To palliate means to relieve. To puncture B. To advise D.A. aromatic. Fragrant B.) PAL-ee-ayt) To palliate means: A. To relieve C. penetrating.
Jeanne was appalled at how servile she had become since getting married Culminate (v. Hidden D. Contained C. It was the high point The prom culminated with the crowning of the queen. early to rise.) (KUL-muh-nayt) To culminate means: A. Eileen spent an introspective summer. Ineffective D.) (SUR-vyle) Servile means: A. Inward E. of the evening Astute (adj. Rude B. inclined to examine one‘s thoughts and feelings. and wise.‖ is my mother‘s favorite maxim Introspective (adj. ―Early to bed.) (uh-STOOT) .A) A maxim is a proverb or short rule of conduct. To climax C. wealthy. Forlorn B) Servile means submissive. When Martha said she had to get off the phone to draw her husband‘s bath. To praise E. Imitative E. Similar to B. writing in her journal and thinking about how her childhood experiences influenced her present situation Servile (adj. To waste D. makes a man healthy. Historical D) Introspective means inward. To ponder B) To culminate means to climax or reach the highest point. Submissive C.) (in-truh-SPEC-tiv) Introspective means: A. like a servant or slave. To punish B.
Unfaithfulness C. especially with regard to one‘s interests.Astute means: A. The pursuit of pleasure E) Hedonism means the pursuit of pleasure as a way of life. Aware C) Astute means shrewd. Superficial D. Reluctant C. Temporary E. Rebelliousness E. Concerned .) Tacit means: A. who always managed to outfox his competition Hedonism (n. crafty. Modern art B.) (HEED-uh-niz-um) Hedonism refers to: A. Hard to understand C. understood without being expressed. he took his parent‘s silence as tacit agreement Penitent (adj. Jed was an astute businessman. Embarrassed B. clever.) (PEN-uh-tunt) Penitent means: A. Well-groomed B. fine wine. Shrewd D. Glenn fondly remembered his years of hedonism when all that mattered was good food. Sacrilege D. implied. and beautiful women Tacit (adj. Responsive E. Caged D. Sorry C. Unspoken E) Tacit means unspoken. Unconscious B. (TAS-it) When Yuri announced his plans at dinner.
E. Dangerous B. 1400′s. a penitent is a person who is sorry for wrongdoing. a revival. Sincere B) Penitent means sorry. Each Friday evening. A dark age C. Determined C. Having good intentions E. almost certain to occur. repentant. especially for sinning. Prominent C) Imminent means about to happen. About to happen D. A retrospective A) Renaissance means a rebirth. war seemed imminent. which means inherent or with eminent. Inherently safe E.) (REZ-uh-loot) Resolute means: A. contrite. unwavering.) (REN-uh-sahns) Renaissance means: A. We often forget them by January 2 Imminent (adj. Most of us are not extremely resolute regarding our New Year‘s resolutions. firm. The Renaissance was a period in the 1300′s. A call to arms E. Far-fetched C. Demanding D. Pre-ordained B. Resigned B) Resolute means determined.) (IM-uh-nunt) Imminent means: A. and 1500′s when Europe experienced a great revival . Do not confuse imminent with immanent. When an agreement could not be reached. A literary age D. A rebirth B. which means prominent Renaissance (n. the penitents stopped by the church to confess their sins Resolute (adj. As a noun.
The Communists claimed the proletariat has nothing to lose but its chains. I found the old neighborhood had undergone a renaissance. Oppressed people B. planning ahead. Religious E.) (porh-luh-TER-ee-ut) Proletariat refers to: A. including unskilled laborers. Verbal aggression D. The industrial working class E) Proletariat refers to the industrial working class. Loud rattling C. Careful B. extreme hatred or strife. Communists C.‖ .) (RANG-kur) Rancor refers to: A. Marlin‘s rancor over his failed business not only drove away his friends. sensible. having foresight.) (PROO-dunt) Prudent means: A. Bad taste B. Well-meaning D. Artisans and craftspeople E. long-lasting ill will. ―I heard on the radio that there is a 70 percent chance of rain later on. Bitter resentment E. People with a left-wing philosophy D. Their battle cry was ―Workers of the World unite!‖ Rancor (n. and tramps. Unease D) Rancor means bitter resentment.‖ said Danielle.of art and literature. Trusting A) Prudent means careful. casual laborers. ―I think it would be prudent to bring an umbrella. Caf?s and trendy shops filled the once dilapidated downtown area Proletariat (n. When I returned to my hometown. Prim C. but gave him an ulcer Prudent (adj.
a slight remnant. To ridicule C.Deride (v. To leave D. A mess B. The noun form of deride is derision (di-RISZ-un) Gregg stood tall in the face of their derision Vestige (n. To ignore E. An excess D. a super abundance. A confusion C. There was a plethora of desserts at the buffet. to mock. To punish B) To deride is to ridicule. but very little healthy food Peremptory (adj. to laugh at contemptuously. A lack C) Plethora means an excess. A reminder D.) (PLETH-ur-uh) Plethora means: A. An excuse E. A trace E) Vestige means a trace.) (di-RYDE) Deride means: A. An introduction B. too much. An example C. A forerunner E.) (VES-tij) Vestige means: A. The other boys derided Gregg mercilessly for his clumsiness on the basketball court. To get off of B.) (puh-REMP-tuh-ree) Peremptory means: . The refugee searched through the rubble for some vestige of his old life Plethora (n.
) (SAHL-vunt) Solvent means: A. Absent minded B. to provide with the means of carrying out. To work D. Wildly profitable . To carry out E) To implement means to carry out. taken as a measure against some anticipated action Solicitous (adj. The peremptory firings left Jack in a state of shock. Preventive A) Peremptory means leaving no choice. Slick B. Anxiously concerned C. Do not confuse peremptory with preemptive or preemptory. almost to the point of hovering. Premature D. Financially sound C. absolute. which mean preventive.) (suh-LIS-uh-tus) Solicitous means: A.) (IM-pluh-munt) To implement means: A. To maneuver C. The solicitous waitress seemed to anticipate our needs before we spoke them Implement (v. dictatorial. Questioning E. Trying to sell D. final. Holding back B) Solicitous means anxiously concerned. categorical. Leaving no choice B. To hold back B.A. To initiate E. Without warning E. Initial C. eager and attentive. This meeting will be about obtaining the skills and materials needed to implement the plans we made at the last meeting Solvent (adj.
Extreme wickedness D. Solvent also means an agent that is able to dissolve. To exhibit depravity is to be depraved. It is horrifying how war can bring out depravity in otherwise kind and considerate human beings Visionary (n. not broke or bankrupt. someone who is very idealistic. and she was thrilled not to have to rob Peter to pay Paul every month when the bills came in.) di-PRAV-uh-tee) Depravity means: A. Love of pleasure C. Declining B) Solvent means financially sound. but sometimes you need a stronger solvent. viciousness. able to pay one‘s bills.D. The most universal solvent is water. Someone with good eyesight C. Visionary is also sometimes used to mean someone who is ahead of his or her times. Leonardo da Vinci was a visionary who designed submarines. A psychic advisor D. Vanity C) Depravity refers to extreme wickedness. helicopters and parachutes back in the fifteenth century . such as turpentine. After three years of hard work. or corruption. Sexual openness B. Respectable E. One who inspires B. someone with impractical ideas about the future. A dreamer E. Meryl is a visionary who believes world peace could be achieved by giving children more of a say in how the government runs. to dissolve grease Depravity (n. Gluttony E.) (VIZH-uh-ner-ee) A visionary is: A. A saint D) Generally visionary is used to refer to a dreamer. Kimberly‘s gift shop finally became solvent.
Innate (adj.) (i-NAYT) Innate means: A. Freely given B. Self-conscious C. Harmonious D. Inborn E. Taken for granted D) Innate means inborn, inherent, naturally a part of.
Joe had an innate ability for math. It always came easy for him, and by the time he was eight, he was doing algebra Judicious (adj.) (joo-DISH-us) Judicious means: A. Judgmental B. Sensible C. Stingy D. Detached E. Critical B) Judicious means sensible; wise; having, using, or showing good judgment. Helen was always very judicious in her food choices because, as a model, she could not afford to gain even one extra pound Unconscionable (adj.) (un-KAHN-shuh-nuh-bul) Unconscionable means: A. Unaware B. Insensitive C. Unscrupulous D. Over-zealous C. Mistaken C) Unconscionable means unscrupulous, not controlled by conscience.
The way Willis conducted business was unconscionable. He used fear tactics and false advertising to sell his products, charged outlandish prices for poorly made goods, and did not pay his bills on time Corollary (n.) A corollary is: (KOR-uh-ler-ee)
A. An initial finding B. A separate issue C. An explanation D. A heart attack E. A natural consequence E) A corollary is a natural consequence, something that follows, a logical extension. The study showed that dull skin and frequent colds were corollaries of smoking cigarettes Maudlin (adj.) (MAWD-lin) Maudlin means: A. Sentimental B. Nostalgic C. Grumpy D. Dramatic E. Full of longing A) Maudlin means overly sentimental, sentimental in a weak and silly way.
With every drink the man at the bar became more maudlin, going on and on about how much he missed his childhood, until he was literally crying in his beer Laconic (adj.) (luh-KAHN-ik) Laconic means: A. Slow B. Concise C. Lazy D. Meandering E. Silly B) Laconic means concise, using few words. quiet. Someone who is laconic is He only spoke when
The laconic Calvin Coolidge was nicknamed Silent Cal. it was necessary Mentor (n.) (MEN-tur) A mentor is: A. A competitor B. A special counselor C. A bully D. A helper E. A best friend
B) who any one
A mentor is a special counselor or teacher, a more experienced person helps and/or sponsors a less experienced person. A mentor isn‘t just teacher or counselor, but one who takes a special interest and guides over time.
Dulaney says that she owes much of her success to the fact that she had a wonderful mentor who showed her the ropes, guided her over the rough spots, and was always there to listen and give advice Ambiguous (adj.) (am-BIG-yoo-us) Ambiguous means: A. Undecided B. Complex C. Secretive D. Able to use either hand E. Having more than one meaning E) Ambiguous means having more than one meaning, or open to several interpretations, and therefore confusing, not clearly defined. Deirdre learned that when someone asked if they should take a left turn, to say ―right‖ was ambiguous, and that ―correct‖ was a much better response. Do not confuse ambiguous with ambivalent, which means uncertain Exalt (v.) (ig-ZAWLT) To exalt means: A. To commemorate B. To depend upon C. To celebrate D. To mimic E. To glorify E) To exalt means to glorify or praise highly, to honor or elevate.
The preacher told his congregation that the lowly would be exalted and the high and mighty would fall from grace. Do not confuse exalt with exult, which means to celebrate or be jubilant Figurative (adj.) (FIG-yur-uh-tiv) Figurative means: A. Untrue B. Exaggerated
C. Delicate D. Muscular E. Not literal E) Figurative means not literal; based on figures of speech; metaphorical.
When you speak of a burning desire or a heart that takes flight, you are being figurative. When Barbara said that her car guzzled gas, she was using ―guzzle‖ in the figurative sense Husbandry (n.) (HUZ-bun-dree) Husbandry relates to: A. Farming B. Marriage C. Family D. Gardening E. Child-rearing A) Husbandry relates to farming and agriculture. It means the cultivation and production of edible crops or the breeding of animals for food; agriculture; farming. The young farmer‘s group was dedicated to the practice of sound husbandry, and the protection of the animals‘ welfare. Husbandry is also used to mean the thrifty management of resources. Urban husbandry requires finding solutions to problems that are unique to each neighborhood Exacting (adj.) (ig-ZAK-ting) Exacting means: A. Intricate B. Delicate C. Demanding of perfection D. Precise in one‘s speech E. Always on time C) Exacting means demanding of perfection, difficult, requiring great skill or precision, hard to please. After dealing all day with the exacting task of brain surgery, Dr. Morris spent his evenings in front of the television. To exact means to demand.
You cannot exact payment for work you have not done Philanthropy (n.) (fi-LAN-thruh-pee) Philanthropy refers to: A. Deep thinking B. Charity C. Flirtatiousness D. Fossils E. Love of travel B) Philanthropy refers to charity, to a love of mankind expressed through good deeds and helpfulness. A philanthropist is one who gives large sums of money to charitable causes. It was the philanthropy of the Adams family that made it possible to maintain the orphanage Tentative (adj.) (TEN-tuh-tiv) Tentative means: A. Hidden B. Expected C. Enfolding D. Uncertain E. Initial D) Tentative means uncertain or experimental.
Ronnie was tentative about his weekend plans, because he thought he might have to work. You could also say: He took a few tentative steps onto the ice, but backtracked when he heard loud cracks Peripatetic (adj.) (per-uh-peh-TET-ik) Peripatetic means: A. Nervous B. Wandering C. Rapid D. Eccentric E. Charming B) Peripatetic means wandering, moving about, traveling from place to place, nomadic. When capitalized, it refers to the philosophy of Aristotle, who taught while walking.
To interpret C. To dabble in B. melancholy. If you are proprietary about something. Initial E. who traveled the country playing on street corners for handouts Lugubrious (adj. Easy-going C) Lugubrious means overly sad. A proprietary drug is one that is patented so that only the owner of the patent may sell it Advocate (v. Difficult E. tending it as if it were her own. to recommend. to speak or write in favor of.Willis was a peripatetic musician.) (pruh-PRYE-uh-ter-ee) Proprietary means: A. you are possessive and act as if you own it. Proprietary is also used to mean literal ownership. Elaborate B.) (ad-voh-KAYT) To advocate means: A. especially of property. The professor advocated teaching foreign languages to children while they were still in grammar school. At the end of Saul‘s lugubrious speech. . the entire audience was in tears Proprietary (adj. Pertaining to ownership B. exaggeratedly mournful.) loo-GOO-bree-us) Lugubrious means: A. Having good manners C. To protect E. Pleasing A) Proprietary refers to ownership. Rusty took a proprietary interest in it. sorrowful. Overly sad D. Although it was a community garden. To support E) To advocate means to support. Overly formal D. Oily C. To advise D.
. but open to reason B. harshness is mitigated. advocate is pronounced ad-voh-kit and means a supporter. To explain fully C. Filthy D. Depressing C. but inactive or concealed. To compromise D. Present. Disinterested. it means He lived in a sordid little hut. Sexy B. they are boldly impudent Sordid (adj.) (MIT-uh-gayt) To mitigate means: A. To hamper D) To mitigate means to make less severe.) (SOR-did) Sordid means: A. If someone has unmitigated gall. Unhealthy C) Sordid means filthy or dirty. When Angie‘s disappointment at not making the cheerleading squad was mitigated by the fact that trying out had resulted in a date with the captain of the football team. Unintended results D.As a noun. Secondary E. Expected B) Latent means present. Unmitigated means not softened. The AIDs virus can remain latent for up to ten years before any symptoms appear. but concealed C. To excuse B. Gerry is an advocate of the four-day workweek Latent (adj. it is made less forceful. To make less severe E. strewn with newspapers and beer bottles. but it can be transmitted during its latent stage Mitigate (v. Unsafe E. make more bearable.) (LAYT-unt) Latent means: A.
A controversial argument C. Able to predict the future C. A slang word E. Reasonable D. An explanation B. Clairvoyance is an extrasensory Margo wished they could simply explore the issue without getting caught . Mandy found the movie about the lives of prostitutes and drug pushers too sordid for her liking Sensory (adj. A self-serving statement A) A euphemism is a gentler way of saying something.Sordid also refers to moral baseness. pass away is a euphemism for dying. An assumption B) A polemic is a controversial argument.) (SEN-suh-ree) Sensory means: A. Extrasensory means beyond the senses. Skin-deep D) Sensory means pertaining the senses or sensation. everyone knew they were really talking about a war Polemic (n.) (pul-LEM-ik) A polemic is: A. Although the press used the euphemism ―police action‖. Babies require sensory stimulation in order to develop properly. A gentler way of saying something B. A false premise E. Sanitation engineer is a euphemism for janitor. perception Euphemism (n. An intellectual discussion D. A trite saying C. An insincere flattery D.) (YOO-fuh-miz-um) A euphemism is: A. Sensitive B. Pertaining to the senses E.
) IG-nuh-min-ee) Ignominy refers to: A. it is the husks of grain that are separated during threshing. Technically. Whether cleaning a closet or deciding if you should stay in a marriage. Presuming D. After winning the lottery. That which itches C. Pushy B. idle. Keith was able to indulge his indolent nature and spend his days watching television and puttering in his backyard Ignominy (n.) IN-duh-lunt) Indolent means: A. That which heals C) Chaff refers to that which is worthless. Lack of prestige D. Deep disgrace E. Addiction D) Ignominy means deep disgrace. ―You need to separate the wheat from the chaff. The ignominy of having his affair exposed in the press made the young evangelist‘s suicidal Chaff (n. public shame or the loss of one‘s good name. disliking of work. That which remains E.up in a polemic Indolent (adj. Obscurity C. the first step is to decide what is valuable and what isn‘t. Rude E. Do not confuse chaff with chafe.) (CHAF) Chaff refers to: A. Lazy E) Indolent means lazy. which means to make sore by rubbing or scraping .‖ is good advice. That which is worthless D. Untruth B. Pessimistic C. That which rubs B.
Obscure C. Hidden B. Pushy B) Overt means open to view. not hidden. Obsessed . often referring to a throwback to an earlier time. precise. Graceful E. Gorgeous D. Meaningless B. Seeing she was the only woman in the church who wore a hat and white gloves made Maude feel like an anachronism. Critical C. perfectly executed. Mysterious A) Impeccable means flawless.Overt (adj. Out of place in time E.) (im-PEK-uh-bul) Impeccable means: A. but captured the monarch‘s essence perfectly Anachronism (n. Subtle D.) (oh-VURT) Overt means: A. When Myron‘s overt dislike of Donny made the rest of us very uncomfortable.) (uh-NAK-ruh-miz-um) An anachronism is something that is: A. he bothered to speak to him at all. Open to view C. that she not only looked the part. Superficial E. The critics said Wanda was impeccable in her role as Queen Elizabeth. apparent. Flawless B. Like a snake D. Misunderstood D) An anachronism is something that is out of place in time. he was openly rude Impeccable (adj.) (kahs-mo-PAHL-uh-tun) Cosmopolitan means: A. She longed for the good old days when ladies were ladies and wouldn‘t dream of wearing pants to church Cosmopolitan (adj.
A rebuttal B. not hurtful or injurious. A forerunner B. Protective D. A thrill C. an injury done in return for an injury. The American president warned the Iranians that there would be swift reprisals if they did not immediately release the hostages Innocuous (adj. when referring to a person. Bill thought his comment about Cynthia‘s weight gain was an innocuous statement of fact.B. and. Melody wanted to live in a cosmopolitan city like New York. sophisticated. Diseased B) Innocuous means harmless. A retaliation E) A reprisal is a retaliation.) (ri-PRYE-zul) A reprisal is: A. An evil spell .) (i-NAHK-yoo-us) Innocuous means: A. belonging to all parts of the world. Foul smelling B. A suggestion D. comfortable anyplace. Harmless C. C. where she would be exposed to many different cultures and social classes instead of in a small town where everyone was just like her Reprisal (n. therefore. especially a military action taken in retaliation. but she took it as a personal attack and refused to speak to him for three days Precursor (n. A second opinion E. A rumor C. not limited to just one place. Unclear E. D.) (pri-KUR-sur) A precursor is: A. Standoffish Beautiful and sexy International Brilliant D) Cosmopolitan means international. E.
Something that heals D. sticky substance obtained from certain kinds of trees. A fantasy C) Balm refers to something that heals. often about insignificant things. as if with honey. Understanding C. a balm is a fragrant. An intention A) A precursor is a forerunner. Angry D) Garrulous means talkative. Mellifluous is almost always used to describe sound. Warmth B. Evil A) Mellifluous means sweetly or smoothly flowing. Enthusiastic C.) (BAHLM) Balm refers: A.) (muh-LIF-loo-us) Mellifluous means: A. Outgoing B. chatty. Mysterious D. A plan E. Sticky E. using too many words. Argumentative D. Literally. Talkative E. Jose didn‘t realize his cough was the precursor of a serious bout of pneumonia Garrulous (adj.D.) GAR-uh-lus) Garrulous means: A. used to heal . Sweetly flowing B. melodic. sweetened. Foul smelling C. An outer coating E. Abe discovered that the mellifluous sound carried by the evening breeze was Corrine playing her cello on the porch of her cabin Balm (n. oily. Alan‘s garrulous nature made it difficult for him to stop talking long enough to really listen to what other‘s were saying Mellifluous (adj. an early stage. which gives rise to a more important stage.
‖ To loll also means to dangle or hang loosely. Rich and powerful C. A worthy opponent C.‖ Robbie‘s mother declared on the first day of summer vacation. When Henry apologized for being disrespectful. figuratively it refers to anything that has a healing or soothing influence. Understanding and attentive E. unsupported Magnanimous (adj.) (proh-TAG-uh-nist) A protagonist is: A.) (LAHL) To loll means: A.or to relieve pain. At the end of a stressful day as a New York City social worker. A balmy breeze is one that is mild. In her arms was a baby whose head lolled. to recline or lean in a lazy manner. Forgiving and generous B. ―I will not tolerate you lolling around in your bathrobe all day. To lounge around C. and soothing.) (mag-NAN-uh-mous) Magnanimous means: A. ―There are chores to be done. Mr. Erin found music to be a balm that eased the sense of futility she felt at the pain and poverty she could do so little about Loll (v. having a noble spirit. To soothe B) To loll is to lounge around. A leading character B. To swagger about B. Soft and warm A) Magnanimous means forgiving and generous. Lewis was magnanimous and told him there were no hard feelings Protagonist (n. Someone who is irritating . being free from pettiness. To drool a lot D. To nap E. warm. Laid back and easygoing D. A false friend D.
Someone who goads A) A protagonist is a leading character in a play. Unexpected C) Deleterious means harmful. Clinging to odd beliefs B. As the play opens. or hero. the protagonist has just been released from prison and is heading home for the first time in twenty years Rebut (v. Missing E. injurious. story. To refute E. or movie. Charlotte thought Virginia‘s stealing holy water from the church to water . Careless C. Cigarette smoking is deleterious to your health Sacrilege (n. Religious awe D. an intentional insult or injury to that which is sacred. to contradict with evidence. Lacking a belief in god D) Sacrilege means disrespect of the sacred. a champion. to disprove. Harmful D. To retry B.) (del-uh-tir-ee-us) Deleterious means: A. to argue against. Funny B.E. To ignore C. It is the job of a defense attorney to rebut the claims of the prosecuting attorney Deleterious (adj.) (SAK-ruh-lij) Sacrilege means: A. Disrespect of the sacred E.) (ri-BUT) To rebut is: A. Curiosity about mystical things C. To support D. To react D) To rebut means to refute.
and shrewdness. Intellectual B) Mercurial usually means changeable. Quiet C. However mercurial derives its meaning from the god. such as liveliness. Eloquent D. He was a mercurial young man who could go from smiles to rage and back again . To formally begin E. To step forward B.) Loquacious means: A. Talkative B. Unfaithful D. The first thing the new president did after being inaugurated was to inaugurate a no-smoking policy in the White House Loquacious (adj.) (mur-KYOOR-ee-ul) Mercurial means: A. Untruthful E. We thought he would never stop talking Mercurial (adj. (loh-KWAY-shus) The valedictorian was so loquacious that his speech extended the ceremony by a full half-hour. To create C. Slivery B. fickle. Clumsy E. Sad A) Loquacious means talkative. Mercurial can also mean relating to the god Mercury or to the planet Mercury.) (in-AW-gyuh-rayt) To inaugurate means: A.her plants was sacrilege Inaugurate (v. Mercury. Changeable C. To stop suddenly D. so is sometimes used to encompass other qualities of that god. especially to install into office with a ceremony. To promise D) To inaugurate means to formally begin. especially with regard to mood. quick-wittedness.
) (MYE-kruh-kahz-um) Microcosm refers to: A. When the police caught Norman. To move to a different container D. A totality C. but does not have such a negative implication as does ―fat‖. To tell a story over and over C. Lanky C.) (ree-CANT) To recant means: A. A world in miniature E) Microcosm refers to a world in miniature.in the space of a conversation Portly (adj.) (ig-ZAS-ur-bayt) To exacerbate means: . He was a portly gentleman.) (PORT-lee) Portly means: A. To repair A) To recant means to take back what was previously said. who wore a carnation in his lapel and carried a cane Recant (v. Gorgeous E. It means having a large body. In his term paper Damon showed how the world of atoms was a microcosm of the world of galaxies Exacerbate (v. he recanted and said he would plead ―not guilty‖ Microcosm (n. Easy-going C) Portly means stout. Stout D. Homely B. To take back what was previously said B. but after meeting with his lawyer. he immediately confessed. usually in a manner that is stately and dignified. A prime example E. The essence of something B. An offshoot of something bigger D. To emphatically insist E.
The cream the doctor gave him only served to exacerbate Brian‘s skin condition. Lewis took her reproach to heart and never again forgot a family member‘s birthday Exonerate (v. To embrace D. his arm began to burn Reproach (v. Carelessness . usually in disappointment or blame. To shrink C. To change one‘s mind E. To worsen E) To exacerbate means to worsen. To try again B) To reproach means to scold.) (aw-DAS-uh-tee) Audacity means: A. After using it. To free from blame E) To exonerate means to free from blame.) (ig-ZAHN-uh-rayt) To exonerate means: A. I know Eli did not commit the robbery. To make an example of B. Veronica reproached her brother for forgetting their mother‘s birthday. To improve E. to increase in severity. To scold C. To acknowledge superiority E. To sneak B. To focus B.) (ri-PROHCH) To reproach means: A. Loudness B. to prove innocent. To avoid D. in addition to itching.A. Reproach can also be used as a noun meaning a criticism. and I expect the court to exonerate him Audacity (n. To empty D. To relieve C.
shut away from society. A recluse is someone who lives in solitude. Retroactive D) Reclusive means hermit-like. Hard to understand E. impudence. who never left her house Incorrigible (adj.) (ri-KLOOS-iv) Reclusive means: A. Determined . To blaze B. characterized by seclusion.) (proh-LIF-uh-rayt) To proliferate means: A. Boldness D. To believe in D. Incapable of rusting C. reckless daring. The Consumer Affairs Department warned that multi-level marketing schemes have proliferated in recent years and that many of them are scams Reclusive (adj. Hermit-like E. To lead the way E.) (in-KOR-uh-juh-bul) Incorrigible means: A. Stuck-up D. to multiply. Beyond correction B. Shy C. so they imagined her to be a witch. Foulness C) Audacity means boldness. The professor gasped when his young student had the audacity to tell the visiting physicist that she thought his theory did not hold water Proliferate (v. Meanness E. Having no ridges D.C. Secretive B. To spread rapidly C. To ponder B) To proliferate means to spread or grow rapidly. None of the neighborhood children had ever seen the reclusive neighbor. Our next door neighbor was a recluse.
Sad D) Pungent means sharp. Desperate B. that there is no hope of change or improvement.) (Fur-TIV) Furtive means: A.) (pun-JINT) Pungent means: A. The judge determined that Millard was an incorrigible criminal who should spend his life in prison Pungent (adj. Sharp E. Livid C. Insular E. Apathetic B. Emotional A) Indulgent means lenient. permissive.A) Incorrigible means beyond correction. Hopeless C. overly kind or agreeable. Secretive D. so entrenched. Lenient B. Pointless D. biting. usually in badness. Lazy D. . a pungent wit is sharp and mentally stimulating. Jeremy glanced furtively around the room in hopes of spotting Samantha Indulgent (adj. Steady C) Furtive means secretive. reminding Radha of her home in India Furtive (adj. Depraved C. giving in to another‘s wishes. Pungent humor is biting. stealthy. especially in taste or smell. caustic humor.) (in-DUL-junt) Indulgent means: A. Stubborn E. done in a way one hopes will not be noticed. The pungent aroma of curry filled the kitchen.
After hearing derogatory remarks that Kay was a slob and a back-stabber. Challenging C. showing an unfavorable opinion of the person or thing in question. An omen C. stating he would spend his life in prison before he ratted on his friends Portent (n. Closed-minded A) Recalcitrant means stubbornly defiant of authority. Determined E. I fully expected not to like her . A derogatory remark is a negative remark that puts someone or something down. disparaging. a warning.Becky was indulgent of Roberto‘s sloppiness. Unforgivable D. Belittling D. believing that it was a normal male trait Recalcitrant (adj. disapproving. Ralph remained recalcitrant.) (di-RAHG-uh-tor-ee) Derogatory means: A. Hopeless B. The wise men saw the star of Bethlehem as a portent that the savior‘s birth was at hand Derogatory (adj.) (ri-KAL-suh-trunt) Recalcitrant means: A. disobedient. An explanation E. Ignorant C) Derogatory means belittling. An opportunity B. A doorway D. Underhanded E. recalcitrant stain is one that will not come out.) (POR-tent) A portent is: A. Reluctant C. Defiant B. resistant. A In spite of being offered leniency if he provided the names of his accomplices in the robbery. A recalcitrant virus is one that is resistant to a cure. A confirmation B) A portent is an omen of something coming in the future.
Veiled E. not quantity. Carla did not find Anthony‘s sardonic humor funny. Conceited D. scornful.) mis-un-THRAHP-ik) . It is the prerogative of the chairman to decide where and when the meetings will be held Sardonic (adj. There is a qualitative difference in the two restaurants. A final decision B.) (sahr-DAHN-ik) Sardonic means: A.) (KWAL-uh-tay-tiv) Qualitative means: A. Concerned with quality E) Qualitative means concerned with quality.) (pri-RAHG-uh-tiv) Prerogative means: A. The means to an end D) A prerogative is an exclusive right or privilege that others do not have.Qualitative (adj. while a quantitative analysis would have to do with how many people are effected. Very fine E. although some of her classmates did laugh at what they considered his wit Misanthropic (adj. Mocking B. An exclusive right E. A primary choice D. His caustic remarks irritated her. although the prices and portions are about the same Prerogative (n. A qualitative analysis of war would have to do with how people are effected. Exact B. Discriminating D. The careful weighing of one‘s words C. bitterly contemptuous. A cherished opinion C. Indifferent A) Sardonic means mocking. Humorous C.
pliant. able to move with ease. Temporary (SUP-ul) . In charge D. Nourishing E. Handy B. Grumpy B. Contemplation A) Solace means comfort. Hatred of mankind C. Sneaky C. Duped B) Misanthropic means hatred of mankind. consolation. Advice C. Loneliness D. Barbara was so supple that she could put her leg behind her head with ease Provisional (adj. bending or folding easily without breaking or cracking. Full C. Pessimistic D.‖ Solace (n. Flexible D.) (sahl-US) Solace means: A. Agreeable E. Inexperienced B. Sticky C) Supple means flexible. Quietness E. relief from emotional pain. away from what he called ―universal stupidity.) (pruh-VIZH-uh-nul) Provisional means: A. Cathy received much solace from the cards and phone calls received from friends in the weeks after her husband died Supple (adj. Comfort B.) Supple means: A.Misanthropic means: A. Craig‘s abusive childhood left him with a misanthropic view of the world that caused him to shut everyone out and live in seclusion. Erroneous E.
) (ik-STOHL) To extol is: A. A provisional member would be one whose continued participation is conditional upon some aspect of his performance. To highly praise E. Sal extolled the fire department for their quick action in saving his house Sentient (adj. To hide from B. Impulsive C. Requiring effort E.) SEN-shunt Sentient means: A. To probe deeply D) To extol means to highly praise. Having a sharp wit . Francis was filled with a love of all sentient creatures Extraneous (adj. Sexy B. To guard against C. Unnecessary B. conscious. He required everyone in the club maintain passing grades for the entire semester Extol (v. Purple-tinged D. interim. able to perceive with the senses. a provisional government was set up until elections could be held to choose a permanent one. Provisional can also mean conditional. Easily hurt C. Intensely moving D) Sentient means having feeling. to laud. Decorative D. The old man‘s gift to the girl‘s club was provisional.E) Provisional means temporary. After the revolution. St. To wipe out D.) (ik-STRAY-nee-us) Extraneous means: A. Having feeling E. for the time being.
Trite D. When someone uses a lot of extraneous words.) (PUR-kwuh-zit) A perquisite is: A. A requirement B. .) (HAK-need) Hackneyed means: A.A) Extraneous means unnecessary. coming from outside. Childish E. a postulate is a premise or assumption. Old fashioned C. An experiment B) A perquisite is a privilege that goes along with a job. To make up B. is pronounced PAHS-chuh-lut. To analyze C. they are said to be verbose Postulate (v. to set forth without proof. To assume D. To offer E. A privilege that goes with a job C. The doctors postulated that a new and little-known virus was the cause of Ricardo‘s problems. As a noun. A foundation E. Pertaining to slang B. To deny C) To postulate means to assume. a perk. commonplace. As a noun. not belonging. A declaration D. over-used.) (PAHS-chuh-layt) To postulate means: A. ―Easy as pie‖ is a hackneyed expression Perquisite (n. Boring C) Hackneyed means trite. postulate She maintained that the postulates of the anti-gun control people were based upon fear Hackneyed (adj. extra.
witty remarks and charming personalities can all be said to scintillate Quibble (v.) (dye-VEST) To divest means: A.) (SIN-tuh-layt) To scintillate means: A. to glitter. Do not confuse perquisite with prerequisite. To waver B. To rid of D. To sparkle E. to twinkle. To bubble C. They wasted a beautiful day at the beach quibbling about whether the color of the ocean was greenish-blue or bluish-green Divest (v. to deprive or strip. Stars. To smooth B) To quibble is to argue in a petty manner. To hint at D) To scintillate means to sparkle. To divide E. To argue C. To court D. To undress E. After the scandal broke. To skim D. To engage C) To divest is to rid of. To change B. the board divested Alex of his power in the organization and asked him to step down as chairperson. He divested himself of all his worldly wealth and went off to live in a . To tell all C. Rudolph considered the use of a company car the most valuable.Of the many perquisites offered to senior staff. which means a requirement Scintillate (v. To divest oneself is to let go of. diamonds. To seethe B.) (KWI-bul) To quibble is: A. to evade truth by twisting the meaning of words. to argue a meaningless technicality.
) (STYE-mee) To stymie means: A. Untrustworthy E. Something made up B. Something made of steel D. Absent C. or block. spending too much.cabin in the woods Fabrication (n. Selfish B. Something that imitates E. We made great time all morning. Extravagant E) Prodigal means wastefully extravagant. To offset B) To stymie means to thwart. To mock B.) (FAB-ruh-kay-shun) A fabrication is: A. To embarrass D. The Bible story of the prodigal son was about a young man who wasted his inheritance Stymie (v. Stymie is actually a golfing term that refers to a situation where one player‘s ball blocks another player‘s path to the cup. Fabrication also refers to the act of manufacturing. To stutter E. Something sewn C. hinder. Irresponsible D. then were stymied by an accident on the . Something very solid A) A fabrication is something made up.) PRAHD-uh-gul) Prodigal means: A. a falsehood. was she walked out in the middle of dinner. To thwart C. The fabrication of aluminum siding has been my family‘s business for three generations Prodigal (adj. The truth The account Paul gave us of his date was a total fabrication.
An apartment dweller C. sect. Free-wheeling E. active dislike. belief. A shared principle D. In charge .) (an-uh-MAHS-uh-tee) Animosity means: A.) (sub-VUR-siv) Subversive means: A. Joseph McCarthy claimed that subversive elements were infiltrating the State Department with the goal of overthrowing the government Tenet (n. principle. tending to overthrow or cause destruction. especially as regards an established government. Foreign C. A portion B. Unpredictability B.Bay Bridge Animosity (n. A proposal C) A tenet is a shared doctrine. Curiosity D. or person. Undermining B. The animosity between the two brothers finally erupted in a fist fight Subversive (adj. Equality is the main tenet of a democracy Officious (adj. Hostility E. Love of animals D) Animosity means hostility. or opinion held as true by a school. enmity.) (TEN-it) A tenet is: A.) (uh-FISH-us) Officious means: A. Underground D. party. A point of fact E. Hostile A) Subversive means undermining. Rebelliousness C.
In subsequent The first chapter of the book explains Howard‘s theories. later. To moderate C. Meddlesome Duly elected Figurehead Obnoxious B) Officious means meddlesome. annoyingly eager to please. To cut short E. A D. To change plans . To modify B.) (cur-TAYL) To curtail means: A. C. A E.) (ri-krim-uh-NAY-shun) A recrimination is: A. the act of accusing in return. Coming after C. to the point of meddling. A C. An B. D. Resulting from D. The classroom echoed with recriminations as students angrily blamed one another for the cancellation of the field trip Subsequent (adj. Last B. E. that we finally walked out of the store without buying anything Recrimination (n. chapters he tells how he arrived at them Curtail (v. Intended for E. refusing to leave us alone for even a moment. It is often used in the plural. A undeserved attack counter accusation regret refusal negative attitude B) A recrimination is a counter accusation.) (SUB-suh-kwent) Subsequent means: A. following. To extend D.B. Logical B) Subsequent means coming after. The officious salesperson was so overbearing and intrusive.
a lack of seriousness. or behavior. the emphasis is on the fact that there is no proof. Wisdom C. With putative His sermon The putative author of the book was strangely unable to remember some of the character‘s names Arduous (adj.) (PYOO-tuh-tiv) Putative means: A. commonly accepted. An inventor B) A proponent is a supporter. A teacher D. News of the hurricane curtailed our vacation plans. to lessen.) (pruh-POH-nunt) A proponent is: A. I thought the new minister‘s levity was out of place in church. and we headed for home a week early Proponent (n. Straightforward D.D) To curtail means to cut short.) (AHR-joo-us) . registered in the same way cars are Levity (n. Supposed C. Stupidity B. Evasive E.) (LEV-uh-tee) Levity means: A. An instigator E. was so humorous. Seriousness D. He thinks that guns should be Jerry is a proponent of gun control. reputed. lightness of mind. character. In response B. to reduce. Doubtful B) Putative means supposed. he could have given it at a comedy club Putative (adj. Frivolity E. an advocate. A supporter C. Brilliance D) Levity means frivolity. A detractor B.
we were exhausted and grateful for the opportunity to sit under a tree and rest Surrogate (adj. Long C. Paid A) Surrogate means substitute. strenuous. A surrogate mother is someone who bears a child for someone else. Helpful E. The dirty dishes in the sink and empty beer cans in the trash were tangible signs that Luther had been there Querulous (adj. Artistic D. Temporary D. Janet was willing to be a surrogate so the young couple could have a baby Tangible (adj. requiring much effort.Arduous means: A. Surrogate is often used as a noun. Expected E. something that takes the place of something else. Wordy B. Strict D) Arduous means difficult.) SUR-uh-gayt) Surrogate means: A. Well-known B. Logical C) Tangible means touchable. Clear C. After the arduous hike. Substitute B. that which can be detected by touching. physical. Inferior C.) KEWR-uh-lus) Querulous means: . Touchable D. Difficult E. material.) (TAN-juh-bul) Tangible means: A.
humid. Complaining C. Hard to understand D. usually in an unpleasant way. If Charles was bad. In addition to C. because no one wanted to listen to his constant complaints Itinerant (adj. his sister would threaten to send him into the dank basement with its cold earthen floor and penetrating odor In lieu of (LEW) In lieu of means: A. Damp D. Temporary B. fretful. fault-finding. instead of. peevish. In place of E. The querulous old man had few friends. In gratitude for D) In lieu of means in place of. Ignorant B) Querulous means complaining. On the heels of D. usually spending about ten weeks in one place before moving on Dank (adj. Hateful E. Having eclectic tastes D) Itinerant means moving from placed to place. Drafty B.) (DANK) Dank means: A. Wiley was an itinerant contract worker. Moving from place to place E. Dark C. In agreement with B. Self-centered B. Homely looking D.) (eye-TIN-ur-unt) Itinerant means: A. . Evil C) Dank means damp.A. Stinky E. Poor C.
Indirect A) Both sweeten equally well.) (uh-POK-ruh-ful) . Without definition D. Rude E.You can always use honey in lieu of sugar. Without manners E. not kept within proper limits. he still only got a C Mediate (v. To be indecisive C. Excessive B. Without courage C.) (in-SIP-id) Insipid means: A.) (MEE-dee-ayt) To mediate is: A. and Inordinate means excessive. bland. Weak tea with milk is an insipid drink that Gilda believes is generally consumed by insipid people who have little energy or imagination Apocryphal (adj. too much. To be decisive D. Unsurpassable D. Leon requested two extensions and. dull. To contemplate A) To mediate is to help settle a difference. to act as a go-between. To take over E. Shocking C. uninspiring. Insipid can be applied literally to flavorless food or drink or figuratively. even after spending such an inordinate amount of time on this paper. honey is actually better for you Inordinate (adj. Mr.) (in-OR-duh-nit) Inordinate means: A. Jackson mediated the dispute between the students who supported the new dress code and those who did not Insipid (adj. Without flavor B. Without luck A) Insipid means without flavor. To help settle a difference B.
a transformation. Thus. The biography was fascinating. she underwent a metamorphosis. A change in form E. The Apocrypha is a term applied to fourteen books or portions of books of the Old Testament that are included in the Roman Catholic Bible but not generally found in Jewish or Protestant Bibles. A block D) A metamorphosis is a change in form. Crafty D. substance. sly. fictitious.) (pruh-PISH-us. gave up rock and roll. took out her nose ring.. etc. Of lesser importance E.) Propitious means: . and began going to the opera Artful (adj. you only need to do a little artful negotiating Propitious (adj. clever. wily. Graceful C) Artful means crafty. but experts said much of it was apocryphal. When Laura met Gerald. Apocryphal (with a capital ―A‖) refers to these books Metamorphosis (n. A wild act C. character. Creative B. A blank stare B.Apocryphal means: A. Added on C. more legend than fact. Bigger than life B. structure. circumstance. Refined E.) (AHRT-ful) Artful means: A. If you want to get a good bargain at the flea market. A new philosophy D. Bohemian C. Of dubious authenticity E) Apocryphal means of dubious authenticity or authorship. Explanatory D.) (met-uh-MOR-fuh-sis) A metamorphosis is: A.
A. a slight suspicion. Unexpected C. Foreboding B. To prove false E. . A hint E. a vague notion.) (ri-MAHN-strayt) To remonstrate is: A. protest of a player rarely results in a change of call Inkling (n. A conspirator E. A helper B) A peon is an unskilled worker. Opportunistic E. To plead B) To remonstrate is to protest. auspicious. Hazel took the rainbow that appeared in the sky as she left for the job interview to be a propitious omen. Pleading D.) (INK-ling) An inkling is: A. An unskilled worker C. and she became certain she would be hired Remonstrate (v. A relative of a royal B.) (PEE-ohn) A peon is: A. argue against. object. A beginning C. A merchant D. An inspiration D) An inkling is a hint. To protest C. To show again B. We did not have so much as an inkling that Jay Leno would be at Lydia‘s birthday party Peon (n. The Remonstrating with an umpire is usually an exercise in futility. A plan D. A doubt B. Favorable E) Propitious means marked by favorable signs or conditions. To put back together D.
‖ explained Sue. Accidentally stumbled upon C. without reason. Spoiled little Kevin wants a pony. Giving the appearance of wealth C) Gratuitous means freely given. I do not enjoy movies with gratuitous violence. Morton. I love the gratuitous chocolates they put on your pillow in fine hotels. but his father hopes he will be appeased with a fancy bike Gratuitous (adj. Indifferent C. Insulting E.) (gruh-TOO-uh-tus) Gratuitous means: A. To manipulate D. To tempt C.) (IN-suh-lunt) Insolent means: A. To ignore A) To appease means to soothe or pacify by giving in to or satisfying a demand. Insisting I think filmmakers should . ―He‘s the Chairman of the Board and doesn‘t have time to acknowledge the presence of us peons.) (uh-PEEZ) To appease means: A. use violence only when absolutely necessary Insolent (adj. unnecessary. Decorative E. To satisfy B. Gratuitous also has the meaning of uncalled for.‖ Appease (v. Costly B. Freely given D. Warm D. To distract E.The word is commonly used to mean anyone with a lowly status. Insensitive B. that‘s Mr. ―Oh.
Last week.) AHR-buh-tur) An arbiter is: A. One who D. such as a judge or umpire or a disinterested third party brought in and empowered to settle a dispute. Illustrious C. without checks or limitations. Heated to a point where it gives off light. Without much thought D. Passionate B. incandescent means intensely bright. when a man is insolent. Glowing E) Incandescent means glowing with heat. which is produced by exposing a specific substance to certain rays. Inspirational B. Exciting E. boldly rude or disrespectful. One who C. Incandescent light is distinguished from fluorescent light. One with B. In the old movies.) (in-kun-DES-unt) Incandescent means: A.D) Insolent means insulting. Someone said to be autocratic would be extremely bossy. the woman often slaps his face in righteous indignation Autocratic (adj. Narrow-minded C. John Major was reported to be ―incandescent with rage‖ at Margaret Thatcher Arbiter (n. One who E. Having absolute authority E) Autocratic means having absolute authority. Everyone on the team resented Dick‘s autocratic manner.) (aw-tuh-KRAT-ik) Autocratic means: A. Figuratively. One who the power to decide cannot decide sees both sides is biased allows chance to decide He had no qualms A) An arbiter is one with the power to decide. An arbiter of taste is someone with the social power to decide what is ―in‖ . about making decisions without consulting anyone else Incandescent (adj. All alone E. Understood D.
) (PRAHF-luh-git) Profligate means: A. Being in the presence of someone who acts as though he knows everything can inhibit others from putting forth their ideas. Max suggested that a good therapist might be the best arbiter for our marital disputes Profligate (adj. Unfaithful B. Having a tendency to multiply E. shamelessly bad. To withstand C. to hinder. To change E. and one does and says things they would . very wicked. To hurt D. Uncompromising D. Stationary E. Abundant B.and what isn‘t. All it took was one intransigent member to hang the jury. Alcohol weakens one‘s inhibitions.) (in-HIH-but) To inhibit means: A. and Wilbur refused to compromise in his view that the State of Iowa failed to prove its case Inhibit (v. Having a tendency to push one‘s point of view B) Profligate means wasteful and immoral.) (in-TRAN-suh-junt) Intransigent means: A. Lost C. Wasteful C. An inhibition is something that restrains or holds one back. To hate B. to hold back or prohibit. To restrain E) To inhibit means to restrain. Nomadic C) Intransigent means uncompromising and stubborn. Brazen D. The profligate young heir embarked on a life of depravity and riotous spending that soon eroded both his health and his fortune Intransigent (adj.
Worried B. She hoped to be able to retrieve her paper and rectify the error before it was too late Irrevocable (adj. A peculiar mannerism . alarmed.) (rec-ti-FYE) To rectify means: A. final. and nothing we do can change it Apprehensive (adj. concerned.) (kwerk) A quirk is: A. It does not make sense to brood over past mistakes. because she did not feel prepared Quirk (n.) (ap-ree-HEN-siv) Apprehensive means: A. Self-conscious A) Apprehensive means worried. Certain C. Stubborn E. To opine D.) (I-REV-uh-kuh-bul) Irrevocable means: A.never dream of doing while sober Rectify (v. To correct B. to correct. To complete E. Traditional B. since the past is irrevocable. Insulting D. Furious E. Dangerous D. To judge C. to remedy. Dodi was apprehensive about the upcoming exams. Irreversible C. To repeat A) To rectify means to put right. to adjust. Rude B) Irrevocable means irreversible. unalterable.
A riddle C. an evasive pretense. A shelf C. A portable chair D. A delay B. C.) (sub-ter-FYOOJ) A subterfuge is: A.) (LEK-turn) A lectern is: A. A trick E) A subterfuge is a trick. or an excuse used to escape something unpleasant or to hide something. A lamp B. A dictionary D) A lectern is a reading stand or desk. startling twist. unexpected. A) A A A A bad joke wrong turn snippy remark small reward A quirk is a peculiar mannerism. He approached the lectern and waited for the crowd to quiet down before he began to read Subterfuge (n. The insistence on wearing socks that don‘t match is one of Walter‘s many quirks. A passageway D. A secret E. female authors often adopted male names or used initials as a subterfuge to hide their true identities Untoward (adj. A quirk is also a sudden. E. A reading stand E.) (un-Tord) Untoward means: . D. Back in the days when women were not supposed to be writers.B. It was by a quirk of fate that Bryan found himself face to face with the famous star Lectern (n. especially the stand in a church on which the Bible sits and from which the lesson is read.
Surprising C. contrary to what was desired. A misunderstanding A) A paucity is a scarcity. Sacrilegious E. and had better learn to respect one another if we want to solve our problems.A. A timidity C. A scarcity B. To harden B. Unfortunate D. A poor person D. my mother was mortified. a small amount. When Timothy took off all his clothes and jumped in the pool in front of the dinner guests. unfavorable. ―We are suffering from a paucity of good-will. Untoward also means improper or inappropriate. to injure one‘s pride. Rude B. To burden B) To mortify means to humiliate. He drove his car into a ditch when a deer ran across the road in front of him. The monk lived in a cave where he spend many years mortifying his body in an attempt to overcome his passion Paucity (n.‖ the minister declared . To humiliate C. Rejecting C) Untoward means unfortunate.) (MOR-tuh-fye) To mortify means: A. To withhold E. His untoward remarks about his opponent‘s physical characteristics did him more harm than good Mortify (v. a lack. To mortify also means to practice strict discipline or austerities to overcome bodily desires. Untoward circumstances prevented our guest speaker from being with us this evening. An abundance E. to shame.) (PAW-suh-tee) A paucity is: A. To waste D.
Is rarely seen C) An introvert is someone who is inner-directed. Is untrustworthy B. To flatter C. Norman was an introvert who wrote poetry and preferred philosophical discussions to parties. more interested in his own thoughts than in what is going on in the world around him. Is cautious C. The opposite of introvert is extrovert. paraphrase what was said. To use the inverse of D) To paraphrase means to say in other words. To use exact words D. His paraphrase was not quite accurate because he left out the most important point Introvert (n. is introspective. To entertain B. To mislead D. while retaining the meaning expressed in the original statement. you would not use quotes. Is inner-directed D.) (ree-GAYL) To regale means: A. Is unworthy E. You only use quotation marks if you quote an author word for word. To explain in detail B. If you As a noun.) (PAR-uh-frayz) To paraphrase means: A. To make light of C. To educate . to restate in your own words. a paraphrase is a restatement in one‘s own words of something written or said by another. To say in other words E.) (IN-troh-vurt) An introvert is someone who: A.Paraphrase (v. which is someone who is outgoing and more interested in what is happening outside himself than in his own thought processes Regale (v.
) (EM-uh-sayr-ee) An emissary is: A. obstruct. Lila was unable to climb the stairs . hinder. Encumbered by three suitcases and a purse. To darken B. To overindulge A) To regale means to entertain. To polish C. A messenger B.) (en-CUM-bur) To encumber means: A. He regaled us with fascinating stories of his journeys in the Far East Emissary (n. In a figurative sense one The burnished copper reflected the soft candle light that bathed the room Encumber (v. To add to E. might burnish ones image. To stain D. to make shiny. To fill B. To tone down B) To burnish means to polish. to delight. To embellish E. To strip C) To encumber means to burden. Ferdinand went to the conference as an emissary of peace. A famous person E.) (BUHR-nish) To burnish means: A. A supporter D. a person sent on a mission for someone else. A healer C. or make difficult to use. An evangelist A) An emissary is a messenger.E. To carry C. hoping to bring the warring factions together Burnish (v. To burden D.
An agreement D.Tryst (n. Fatherly . especially between lovers. A lawsuit C. Lacking honor B.‖ the obviously drunk gentleman asked everyone who passed by Ostensible (adj. An appointed meeting C.) (trist) A tryst is: A. water. A dinner B. but I suspect her true motivation was to see my brother again Patrician (adj. The old lovers managed a tryst every two or three years when Bill would come back east on business Libation (n. apparent. Strongly committed D. A swear D. A signal B) A tryst is an appointed meeting.) (ah-STEN-suh-bul) Ostensible means: A. but with an element of pretense.) (puh-TRISH-un) Patrician means: A. or the act of pouring wine.) (lye-BAY-shun) A libation is: A. A drink E. Very stubborn E. usually as an offering to a god. or some other liquid. Her ostensible reason for coming over was to help me pack. Without purpose C. A go-between E. A treat B. Outwardly appearing E) Ostensible means outwardly appearing. ―Can you spare a dollar for a wee libation on Christmas Eve. A promise D) A libation is a drink.
FDR was a patrician by birth. Cruel B) Brusque means abrupt. Abrupt C. To take apart C. To dominate over B. To withstand E. To demand attention E. To reconsider B. To burden a friend D. To stick out C. but had a deep love of the common man Protrude (v. E. To neglect . and sometimes he stated his point so bluntly that he seemed rude Abase (v. Superior D. D. Unfeeling B. B) Aristocratic Native Delicate Educated Patrician means aristocratic. patrician refers to an aristocrat. of noble birth.) (pro-TROOD) To protrude means: A. C. He never engaged in small talk. The young man loved polo and fox hunting. Careless E.) (uh-BAYS) To abase means: A. His brusque manner indicated he was a ―no nonsense‖ kind of guy. As a noun. blunt.) (bruhsk) Brusque means: A. as would be expected from his patrician background.B. to thrust forth. His fingers protruded from the holes in his gloves Brusque (adj. To interfere with B) To protrude means to stick out. To degrade D.
Remote D) Venial means excusable. Quality D. A man of his caliber should not be crunching numbers in the accounting pool. A venial sin is a small. and had a wonderful collection . Shy D. Excusable E. caliber means quality. Having a prominent chin C. Power C. Foresight B. capacity.) (VEE-nee-ul) Venial means: A. Do not confuse venial with venal. Charisma E. merit. not so important sin. Calm and peaceful B. trivial.) (KAL-uh-bur) Caliber means: A. The literal sense of caliber refers to the diameter of a bullet or gun barrel Venial (adj. as compared to a mortal sin. He could make a much more valuable contribution from the executive suite.) (ee–kwyne) Equine means: A.C) To abase means to degrade. Shallow and watery E. to lower. Pertaining to horses E) Equine means pertaining to horses. Upbringing C) When used figuratively. to bring down or lower in rank. Soft and ill-defined D. ability. unimportant. which means corrupt and open to bribery Equine (adj. Clyde was so proud and so contemptuous of neediness that he would rather starve than abase himself by asking his family for help Caliber (n. Roberta loved all things related to horses. Irritating C. Sinful B. which is more grave.
Do not confuse swathe with swath. Child-like E. To strike B. liver. Of the gut B. The doctor applied an anti-bacterial ointment and swathed Ben‘s arm in gauze. Sincere A) Visceral means of the gut.of equine art Swathe (v. visceral means. Mysterious B. To rub D. The play ―Man of La Mancha‖ was about Don Quixote. Spontaneous B) Quixotic means foolishly romantic. and in the literal sense visceral refers to them. Foolishly romantic C. Eccentric D.) (VIS-ur-ul) Visceral means: A. Oily E.) (kwik-SAHT-ik) Quixotic means: A. To bandage. To wet down D) To swathe means to wrap. stomach. not rational. to bind. Sideways C. To wrap E. At a distance D. impractical. and it haunted him for days Quixotic (adj. In the figurative sense. but rather from the feeling level. A visceral response is an emotional gut-level response. He had a visceral reaction to the movie.) (swahthe) To swathe means: A. a quixotic man who was known for tilting at windmills with his sword and saving damsels in distress . The heart. To mow C. and kidneys are viscera. intestines. which is a noun and means the space covered by a single cut of a scythe or by one cut of a mowing machine Visceral (adj. Titanic.
Voluble (adj.) (uh-BLIG-uh-taw-ree) Obligatory means: A. Workable E. Audible C) Voluble means talkative. Any felony E. An extinct dinosaur B. fond of talking. Talkative D. Theft D.) (PAYR-uh-gohn) A paragon is: A. If you want to join the club as a full member. binding. the taking of something without consent. Hoped for E. Requested C. Required B.) (VOHL-yuh-bul) Voluble means: A. having a smooth. the 500 dollar annual dues are obligatory Paragon (n. compulsory. Fraud B. Resentful D. Explosive C. Needed A) Obligatory means required. Any misdemeanor C) Larceny means theft. Karl got sentenced to three years for larceny after he was arrested sneaking out of a window with a bag full of jewelry Obligatory (adj. The voluble Cuban leader has been known to give speeches that went on for several hours Larceny (n. A model of excellence .) (LAR-sun-nee) Larceny refers to: A. rapid flow or words. Criminal negligence C. Weak B.
The picture in Rupert‘s mind was of a winsome young girl of twenty. My mother always said her father was a paragon of virtue. Whining b. Do not confuse inimitable with inimicable. though she was. so we were shocked to learn he‘d been arrested as a boy Inimitable (adj. agreeable. Excitable E. still attractive Leonine (adj. Angry D. Lion-like E. Lonely E. A Buddhist temple B) A paragon is a model of excellence or perfection. he noted. Attractive D. pleasing. and he hardly recognized the seventy-year old lady she had become. Red. Bearish .) (ih-NIM-uh-tuh-bul) Inimitable means: A. Ornery C. Petite C. which means adverse or hostile (and which is also spelled inimical) Winsome (adj. Tall B. The Shawshank Redemption. charming. In the movie. Shy C) Winsome means attractive. A division of the government D.) (LEE-oh-nyne) Leonine means: A. without peer.C. Gruff C. Matchless B. Flirtatious A) Inimitable means matchless. Charming D. impossible to copy. is played by the inimitable Morgan Freeman. the aging inmate. A five sided object E.) (WIN-sum) Winsome means: A.
lasting or opening for only a day. To cover up D.) (DEE-vah) A diva is: A. the latest wave of pop divas include Celine Dion. Michael Hutchence. to refine. Janet Jackson. An opera singer E) Diva is Italian for goddess and technically is a term applied to an operatic prima donna.D) Leonine means like a lion. So while for some. of or belonging to daytime. Pansy sublimated her desire to smoke with deep breathing exercises Diva (n. Mariah Carey. In usage. A proud unmarried woman C. To substitute D) To sublimate means to purify. Daily C. you will see it applied to any female singer of magnitude. A dancer B. and Jewel Diurnal (adj. Madonna. Monthly D. . Weekly B. Just as Claire got out of her cab. the term ―diva‖ immediately brings to mind Maria Callas. Whitney Houston. the leonine lead singer of the band INXS. to change something undesirable into something better. Hourly B) Diurnal means daily. To purify E. An older actress E. Yearly E. To deny B. To suppress C. A princess D. Shania Twain. stepped out of a white stretch limo Sublimate (v. active only during the day.) (dye-UHR-nahl) Diurnal means: A.) (SUB-luh-mayt) To sublimate means: A. however.
To destroy D.) (AS-pehr-unt) An aspirant is: . To expose C. To select You never see them at night C) To interdict means to impede or prohibit. Mrs. which he stopped because the driver appeared nervous. Mean-spirited D. A border guard recently interdicted a ramshackle red Nissan. The 43 pounds of heroin discovered under the floorboard had a street value of 20 million! Ravage (v.) (RAV-uj) To ravage means: A. Jones stressed that clich?s. To state E. such as ―good as gold‖ or ―sweet as sugar‖ were trite and did not make for good writing Aspirant (n. hackneyed. uninteresting due to being so commonplace. To impede D.) (IN. To rip E. Predictable E.) (Tryte) Trite means: A. To scream B. to plunder. To eat C. Interdict (v. Harriet came home to discover her home had been ravaged and all her jewelry was gone Trite (adj. Petty B. to restrain from doing something. Mildly amusing B) Trite means overused. Overused C. to lay waste to. To disregard C) To ravage means to destroy.Butterflies are diurnal creatures.tuhr-dikt) Interdict means: A. To charge B.
One who inspires others B.) (JYN-jur-lee) Gingerly means: A. Most commonly you will hear this word used in reference to digging up a . One who seeks a position E. Slyly D. A wanderer C. A sweet-smelling substance E. She gingerly picked her way through the broken glass to where her baby was obliviously playing with his rattle Exhume (v. One who is sorry for a misdeed D) An aspirant is a seeker. Resentfully C. Something unexpected D. with extreme care. A delight C. A new-comer D. a medley. but the term can be applied to any miscellaneous grouping. To dig up B. Quietly E.A. To scrutinize A) Exhume means to dig up. A mixture E) A potpourri is a mixture of miscellaneous items.) (POH-pur-ee) Potpourri means: A. one who aspires to an office. honor. Energetically B. Cautiously E) Gingerly means cautiously. To bury C. He offered a potpourri of folk music from many different lands Gingerly (adv. to bring back from obscurity.) (eks-ZOOM) To exhume means: A. Potpourri is often used to mean a mixture of dried flowers and spices. warily. To administer D. to bring to light. A large amount of something B. To release E. or position Potpourri (n.
But exhume can also be used in a more general way. To be the top of the line D) A hybrid is a mixed breed. intellectually pretentious. The paper‘s newsroom teemed with Sophomoric.) (fleg-mat-ik) Phlegmatic means: A. or species. Over-confident D. To lack the power to reproduce B. Rowdy B.body. Marion bought a wolf-dog as a pet. Mediocre E. Ignorant C) Sophomoric means over-confident. the offspring of two animals or plants of different races. but shallow. Sophomoric can also be used to relate to the second (or sophomore) year of high school or college Hybrid (n. varieties. To be a mixed breed E. Tammy Wynette‘s daughters have been trying to get the Nashville medical examiner to exhume her body and perform an autopsy. Silly C. To be fast-growing C.) (HYE-brehd) To be a hybrid is: A. To be a clone D. cocky young people trying to act like seasoned reporters. When Hilda realized Murray had exhumed their old love letters and was planning on sending them to her husband. Philosophical B. and was upset when the vet could not promise her that the rabies vaccination given to dogs would be effective on the hybrid Phlegmatic (adj. a mongrel. Indifferent . she fainted Sophomoric (adj.) (Sahf-uh-MOR-ik) Sophomoric means: A.
sluggish. result.‖ said Jayne as she closed the book.C. ―It‘s a good thing my mother is so phlegmatic. A pointless complaint C.‖ Gist (n. Posture E. Opening E. Incomprehensible D. not easily aroused to feelings or actions.‖ said Renee. ―Don‘t bother with the details.‖ Denouement (n. Ending D. Language C. main point or idea.) (JIST) Gist refers to something‘s: A. A practical joke A) A guffaw is a burst of coarse laughter. Impact B. ―because my father is very excitable.‖ said Ethel impatiently. Pale B) Phlegmatic means indifferent. ―just give me the gist of what happened. apathetic.‖ Guffaw (n. A loud snort D. Premise C) Denouement means outcome. ―That‘s all for tonight.) (guh-FAW) Guffaw means: A. Attire B. the essential part. Attitude C. especially the final resolution of the plot of a novel or play. ―Tomorrow we will follow young Toby to London for the thrilling denouement of this wonderful novel. Practical E. Essence E) Gist means essence. A burst of coarse laughter B. Her calm balances his tendency to be emotional. Outcome D.) (dey-noo-MAU) Denouement means: A. . An embarrassing mistake E.
To advise D. to repair or set right. To scold B.) (Dayne) To deign means: A. To condescend D. Bethany decided she‘d had her fill of romance Redress (v.Lee could only imagine the guffaws when her brothers heard she‘d entered a beauty contest. She found the men guffawing around the water cooler quite intimidating. unfortunate. Guffaw can also be used as a verb meaning to laugh loudly and coarsely. Lazy D. To withdraw E. Unlucky C. . to consider fit. because she feared they were laughing at her Deign (v. Unwilling B. to lower oneself. To investigate D) To redress means to remedy.) (rih-DRESS) To redress means: A. To rule C) To deign means to condescend. To remedy E. She considered his question so stupid she did not deign to grace it with a reply Hapless (adj. Careless E. After her second hapless love affair in a year. To offer C. To alert C. Foolish B) Hapless means unlucky. To decline B.) (HAP-lus) Hapless means: A. to give compensation.
I can‘t believe the court will not give her some redress for her injuries Lassitude (n. a great quantity. Sometimes it carries the I found her blissfully ensconced in the library with a cup of cocoa and . lack of energy. To surround B.) (LASS-uh-tood) Lassitude means: A. there remained about her an air of lassitude that had her family concerned Spate (n. Although Emily was back on her feet and even doing a little work.The new president promised to redress the wrongs of the old regime and restore to the people what had been taken from them. Weariness B. a torrent. A struggle B. Restlessness A) Lassitude means weariness. Dreaminess C. A vacation C) A spate is an outpouring. To lure E. A gap C. The recent spate of school shootings have the entire nation asking ―What is happening to our youth?‖ Ensconce (v. meaning of to hide. Redress can also be used as a noun. weakness.) (SPAYTE) A spate is: A. A misunderstanding E. An outpouring D.) (EN-scahns) To ensconce means: A. To settle in C. listlessness. To lead B) To ensconce means to settle in. Boredom E. to shelter. meaning the act of setting something right or providing compensation. To trap D. Shallowness D.
To prejudice E.a stack of books Chary (adj.) (in-CUHL-cayte) To inculcate means: A. Cautious E. To guard against B. From the time Alma was a child. A secret desire D) A proclivity is a tendency. usually preferring to keep to himself Inculcate (v. A tendency E. A yearning B. A trait C. wary. a leaning. her mother inculcated her with the idea that one must pinch pennies. watchful. To impress upon E) To inculcate means to impress upon by frequent repetition. careful. He had a proclivity for finding fault with everything and was rarely pleased with our efforts Ingenue (n.) (Chah-ree) Chary means: A. Irritated C. A compulsion D. an inclination. so now Alma tries to impress that lesson on her own children Proclivity (n. Carefree B.) (pro-kliv-uh-tee) A proclivity is: A. Bright D) Chary means cautious. To cancel C. To fill D. to persistently teach. Cheerful D.) (AWHN-jin-oo) An ingenue is: . He was chary of strangers and trusting of very few people.
A synthetic limb B. Perfect grammar A) Eloquence refers to speech that is graceful and forceful. but they caught it early and the prognosis is excellent Eloquence (n.) (EL-oh-quinz) Eloquence refers to: A. An innocent young girl C. A melodious voice C.) (prog-NOH-sis) A prognosis is: A. A hypothesis C) A prognosis is a forecast. At thirty Sally thought she was getting a little to old for ingenue parts. A forecast D. A young model B. but she landed the role of a college freshman Prognosis (n. Martin Luther King spoke with great eloquence. Clear . Poetic Verses E. A young actress E.A. ―You have six months to live‖ is a prognosis. An effeminate man B) An ingenue is an innocent young girl or an actress who plays an innocent young girl. A female student D. A determination C. getting his points across in ways that inspired people Limpid (adj. A course of treatment E. ―You have cancer‖ is a diagnosis. Lame C. especially of the course a disease will take. Scholarly discourse D. Uninteresting B.) (LIM-pid) Limpid means: A. Graceful speech B. The tests showed a malignancy. Indecisive D.
Pride B. Self-assurance C. transparent. Her eyes were like limpid pools sparkling in the firelight Avatar (n. Magical D. filmy. Expertise D. A philosopher B. When he said an angel with gossamer wings and peekaboo lingerie delivered a message directly from God we knew he was nuts Aplomb (n. Weak D) Limpid means clear. a manifestation of the divine in bodily form. attitude.) (uh-PLUHM) Aplomb means: A. superiority B) Aplomb means self-assurance. White E. A wandering monk D. the experience or the aplomb necessary to hold my own in the company of such accomplished journalists . The Indian holy man claimed to be an avatar of the god Vishnu Gossamer (adj. It was a long time before I felt I had the nerve. Avatar is also used to mean an embodiment or personification.) (AV-uh-tahr) An avatar is: A. gauzy. as of a principle. able to be seen through or into. A spiritual teacher E.E. or view of life. Shimmering A) Gossamer means sheer. Indifference E. imperturbable confidence. poise. Not real C. An incarnation of a god E) An avatar is an incarnation of a god.) (GOHS-uh-mur) Gossamer means: A. An alien leader C. Sheer B.
) (pro-VYE-zoh) A proviso is: A. a requirement or the sentence in a contract that expresses same. to reproduce or produce offspring.‖ Phobia (n.) (MAN-yoo-mit) To manumit means: A. An escape clause C) A proviso is a stipulation. To expose B) To Manumit means to emancipate. To place under contract D.) (PRAHP-uh-gayt) To propagate means: A. ―Soon you will have more rabbits than you know what to do with. To nurture B) To propagate means to multiply or spread. and their youngest son. To multiply C. buy a pair of rabbits. It was not until 1760 that Maria. I accepted his bid with the proviso that all work be done by union laborers Manumit (v. ―If you want to understand the verb ‗to propagate‘. To emancipate C.‖ laughed Jacob. To initiate B. A stipulation D. To enslave B. Boston. An advertisement b.) Foh-bee-uh) A phobia is: . to increase in number or intensity. Peter. were manumitted. a condition. to release from slavery or bondage. To introduce D. A disclaimer E.Proviso (n. A warning C. ―For and in consideration of the many good & faithful services…‖ Propagate (v. To encourage E. To manipulate E.
Unable to stanch the steady flow of sensitive leaks from his political campaign. which is pronounced almost the same. to forbid The court has enjoined the workers from striking under penalty of imprisonment. the congressional hopeful fired his entire staff. A tendency E.) (stahnch) To stanch means: A. you stanch the flow of blood or some other liquid. Generally.) (ak-ruh-FOH-bee-uh) Acrophobia means: . To enjoin also can mean to urge or direct. Do not confuse the verb stanch with the adjective staunch. To suggest C. Her bee phobia prevented her from enjoying the picnic Enjoin (v. To puncture D. To shore up B. but the word can be used with any flow.) (en-JOYN) To enjoin means: A. To regroup D. to command. but which means steadfast Acrophobia (n. A judgment A) A phobia is a morbid fear that is persistent and irrational. To stop C. A fear B. A dislike C. My father enjoined us to be kind to our less fortunate relatives Stanch (v. To drink B) To stanch means to stop or check a flow. To legalize D) To enjoin means to order. To mend E.A. To order E. To plead b. A prejudice D.
) (KAHN-tuh-nents) Continence refers to: A. It is most often with reference to either sexual abstinence or bladder control.) Ad hoc means: A.) (in-CUHR-zhun) An incursion is: A. restraint. Land mass B. For a special purpose E) Ad hoc means for a special purpose. An B. A D. A fear of spiders B) Acrophobia is a fear of heights. Temporary E.A. A fear of leaving home D. Self-control E) Continence refers to self-control. Detachment D. A fear of plants E. Emergency B. A fear of open spaces B. Self-esteem E. A C. Wisdom C. she took him to a doctor that specialized in continence problems Incursion (n. Pam‘s acrophobia made her daily trip across the San Francisco Bay Bridge so tortuous that she quit her job and took something closer to home Ad hoc (adj. (ad-HAHK) The local Red Cross instituted an ad hoc committee to deal with the victims of the flood Continence (n. A invasion break gully turn of events boycott . Part of the whole C. Spontaneous D. When Molly‘s ten year old was still having trouble with bedwetting. A E. A fear of heights C.
The placement of words in an unusual order D. A mess B. We had blamed the neighbor‘s children.) (Or-uh-FUS) An orifice is: . a crack. A C. a crevice. A E. The group‘s new CD provides a melange of pop-rocking songs that explore the minefields of love. A sudden break in the midst of a sentence C. but later discovered it was the nightly incursions of a family of raccoons that was responsible for the damage to the garden Melange (n. Pop.) (KLEFT) A cleft is: A. Purposeful repetition of a word or phrase D) Onomatopoeia is a term applied to words that sound similar to what they mean. hiss. A garbled message C. buzz. Words that sound like what they mean E. A melancholy mood C) A melange is a mixture. a sudden attack or raid. a medley.) (Meh-LAHNJ) A melange is: A. a hodgepodge.A) An incursion is an invasion. A D.) (ahn-noh-mah-tuh-PEE-uh) Onomatopoeia refers to: A. A C) argument blockage split flaw bend A cleft is a split. sex. An B. and days gone by Onomatopoeia (n. A creamy dessert E. and gargle are examples of Onomatopoeia Cleft (n. A mixture D. fizz. A series of words that sound alike b. He left love notes for her in a cleft in the rock Orifice (n.
are the orifices of the body. Judgment E. nose. A helpful person C) A savant is a learned person.) (sah-VAHNT) A savant is: A. A lack of resources . A learned person D. help my daughter write a report.) (in-cruh-DOOL-uh-tee) Incredulity refers to: A. A lack of readiness B. An upper-class person C. An ancestor B.‖ Savant (n. An ignorant person E. You might hear the term ―idiot savant‖. Michael says things like ―I wasn‘t born with a silver spoon in my orifice‖. An complex piece of music D) An orifice is a small opening. An extremely polite person b. A dark place D. which refers to a person who is seemingly retarded except for one exceptional skill Incredulity (n. ―Someone else was the progenitor of my adopted children. a scholar.A. A long speech B. and then wonders why people think he is pretentious Progenitor (n. An opening E. The mouth. A mentor D. ears.) (pro-JEN-uh-tur) A progenitor is: A. A life‘s work C. ―but when I teach my oldest son to drive. a sage. I am their father. A leader A) A progenitor is an ancestor. A teacher C. Doubt C. etc. An inspiration E.‖ he wrote. Guilt D. or throw a ball with my young son.
A fortress E. doubt. When I told him I‘d seen Elvis at the supermarket. a stronghold.) (A-voh-kay-shun) An avocation refers to: A. His fear of Nicholas‘s diffidence made it hard for him to meet girls. a refuge. A building B. Indifference E.) (DIF-uh-dunse) Diffidence means: A. The field one was trained in D. Neglect C. A balanced view D. coming off like a jerk made him tongue-tied Citadel (n. The citadel sat atop the hill like a protective angel keeping watch over the city Raiment (n. How one makes a living C.) (SIT-uh-duhl) A citadel is: A. A hobby E. lack of self-confidence. his incredulity was obvious from the look on his face Avocation (n. A place of higher learning D) A citadel is a fortress. something done besides what provides one‘s primary income. Dave was a surveyor by vocation.) (RAY-munt) . Shyness E) Diffidence means shyness. Caution B. but his avocation was collecting model trains Diffidence (n. A belief D) An avocation is a hobby or a secondary job.B) Incredulity means lack of belief. A temple D. A lavish home C. One‘s dream job B.
Has esoteric knowledge C.) dee-VOYD Devoid means: A. Fred was absolutely devoid of humor that he didn‘t crack a smile. Light B. dress and act like a winner.‖ Savoir-faire (n. Lost E. Clothing D. talk. would have poise and tact. Hair C) Raiment means clothing or garments.‖ he explained.) (BAW-dee) Bawdy means: . entirely without. Ignorant D.) (SAV-wahr FAYR) Savoir-faire describes one who: A. Is physically attractive A) Savoir-faire is the knowledge of just what to do and when to do it. Is highly intuitive E. a person with this quality would be skilled at social graces. Basically. Attitude E.‖ Devoid (adj. Accessories C. ―these pigeons have no feathers. Is skilled at the social graces B. Weak B. Full C. But they coo and strut and bow as if arrayed in the finest of raiment. ―It‘s the difference between breezing into a room like a star and shuffling in like you‘ve just eaten a jelly doughnut. it means you walk. Lacking E) Devoid means lacking. When asked to define savoir-faire Melanie said.Raiment refers to: A. Is skilled at business D. ―Because of a recessive gene. wanting. even when the rest of us were rolling on the floor laughing Bawdy (adj.
I think it‘s hormones. To waver C.) (Os-uh-layt) To oscillate means: A.) (WAG-ish) Waggish means: A. Fond of joking . To dip B.‖ said Martha. Stimulating C. ―His emotions oscillate like a fan ―Don‘t pay Sam any mind. To fill E.‖ Fallacious (adj. Often deceitful B. indecent We spent the night drinking beer and singing bawdy bar songs with lyrics I wouldn‘t want my mother to hear Oscillate (v. To tilt D. Disrespectful D) Bawdy means lewd. Famous A) (fuh-LAY-shush) Fallacious means misleading. these days. Misleading B. Teasing D. Large D. Lewd E.A. Humorous B. The jury voted not guilty. Prone to stealing D. to waver. Sharp tongued C. Untrustworthy E. obscene. To wander B) To oscillate means to swing to and fro like a pendulum. because they perceived the prosecutor‘s reasoning as fallacious. His argument just didn‘t hold water Waggish (adj.) Fallacious means: A. erroneous. illogical. Fat C. Mean E.
prone to pranks. to put on a false appearance. rubbish.‖ Contusion (n.‖ my father was fond of saying.) (FAYN) To feign means: A.E) Waggish means fond of joking. A break D. He was lucky to walk away from the accident with only a few contusions and a loose tooth Dross (n. highlight it. a bruise. To hedge C. Type the sentence ―I‘d like to see Bill Clinton resign‖ in a Word document. Bad taste E. A bruise E. but got caught when he went to school the next . Jackson feigned illness. or worthless material. To collapse E. A lump C. To fall D. A cut b. but in usage it refers to any kind of waste. To smile A) To feign means to pretend. Hilarity B.) (DROHS) Dross refers to: A. ―Don‘t be afraid of life‘s pressures. To pretend B. A sharp pain D) A contusion is an injury that does not break the skin. and then run it through the program‘s thesaurus. ―The fires of living will burn off the dross. ‖ Feign (v. The waggish thesaurus retorts with the phrase ―I‘ll drink to that. Lack B) Dross is technically the waste or scum that comes to the surface of melting metals.) (Kun-TOO-zhun) A contusion is: A. mischievous. Excess D. revealing your sterling character underneath. Waste C.
First Sarah got sick. To chew B. To frustrate C. To stretch C) To macerate means to soften or break down by soaking. our plans were thwarted. Spacious C. The leaves. and there were torrential rains Rotunda (n. To fix B.) (Mass-ur-ayt) To macerate means: A. to oppose or defeat.) (row-TUHN-duh) A rotunda is a room or building that: . then the car broke down. Each time we tried to get away for the weekend. made a huge mess in the back yard Commodious (adj.) Commodious means: A. Hospitable D. Temporary B) Commodious means spacious. To glance D. To surprise E.) (THWOHRT) To thwart means: A. To mix E. To destroy C. (cum-OH-dee-us) Polly was thrilled to move from her one-room apartment into a commodious house with a big back yard and a garden Thwart (v. Flexible E. macerated by the three days of rain. having lots of room. To soften D. to hinder or prevent from doing something.day with sunburn Macerate (v. Easy B. To regret B) To thwart means to frustrate.
Wise C. Enormous E. Is for government A) A rotunda is a circular building or part of a building. Is for the people E. It comes from the Titans (any of the sons of Uranus and Gaea. With arms crossed (Ah-KIM-bohw) . Iapetus. Hyperion. The storm kicked up titanic waves that threatened to engulf the beach house Akimbo (adv. To steal money B. After four different women called wanting to speak to my brother. To make love without serious intention D. Is famous D.) (fil-AN-dur) To philander means: A.A. Sea-worthy D) Titanic means huge. Is circular B. From the jungle C. to flirt. usually with a dome. Crius. To waste resources E. Godlike D. Is huge C. Off to the side B. enormous. Cronus. and power. my father told him in no uncertain terms that he should stop his philandering and pay more attention to his course work Titanic (adj. including Coeus. A philanderer is a man who romances many women without the intention to marry. strength. To travel extensively C) To philander means to make love without serious intention. Rusty said he would meet us in the Rotunda of the Capitol Philander (v.) Akimbo means: A.) (tye-TAN-ik) Titanic means: A. and Oceanus) who were of enormous size. Influential B. To give large sums of money C.
) (LEW-kur) Lucre refers to: A. Arrogance D. It can be used as an adverb: He stood akimbo in the doorway. Poetic C. Emotional pain C) Hubris means arrogance. Glowing D) Beatific means blissful. Bohemian B. money considered as a bad or degrading influence. He sold out his country for lucre . Blissful E. With hands on hips E) Akimbo means with hands on hips.D. Power E. Compassion B. exalted. With legs crossed E.) (bee-uh-TIF-ik) Beatific means: A. but usually with negative implications. Ignorance E. Wise D. It can also be used as an adjective: We laughed at the picture of the four akimbo sisters standing talking to one another in the yard Beatific (adj. showing very great happiness. Money C.) (HEW-brus) Hubris means: A. Self-esteem C. gain viewed as a low motive for action. Greed B) Lucre means money. insolent pride. Spite B. He had the hubris to lecture people twice his age on the meaning of suffering Lucre (n. Jennie wore a beatific smile as she walked down the aisle in her long white dress Hubris (n. Fame D.
Lacking E) Devoid means lacking. Wealth C. Piousness E. wanting. Lost E. even when the rest of us were rolling on the floor laughing Bawdy (adj. Someone who controls A) A tyro is a beginner. Full C. Weak B. Fred was absolutely devoid of humor that he didn‘t crack a smile.‖ and on the walls he had pictures of fifty gorgeous models and three ex girlfriends Devoid (adj. Energy B. Fat . entirely without. a novice. A bully C. Beauty D. Humorous B.) (BAW-dee) Bawdy means: A. Someone with energy E.Tyro (n. Simplicity C) Pulchritude means physical beauty. One who is spoiled D. loveliness. someone just starting out and learning. Ignorant D. My brother called his college dorm room ―the hall of pulchritude.) (TYE-row) A tyro is: A.) dee-VOYD Devoid means: A. Harold and Jason laughed at the wobbly tyros on roller blades for the first time Pulchritude (n. A beginner B.) (PUHL-krih-tood) Pulchritude refers to: A.
because they perceived the prosecutor‘s reasoning as fallacious. To tilt D. obscene. Large D. to waver. Disrespectful D) Bawdy means lewd.C. these days. To dip B. The jury voted not guilty. illogical. His argument just didn‘t hold water 5 Responses to Amazing 900 GRE word with Test and Sentence ?????? ?? says: August 6. Stimulating C. ―His emotions oscillate like a fan ―Don‘t pay Sam any mind. I think it‘s hormones. To waver C. lead to I found exactly what I used to be . erroneous. indecent We spent the night drinking beer and singing bawdy bar songs with lyrics I wouldn‘t want my mother to hear Oscillate (v.) (Os-uh-layt) To oscillate means: A.) Fallacious means: A. Teasing D. Mean E. Lewd E. To wander B) To oscillate means to swing to and fro like a pendulum. Misleading B.‖ Fallacious (adj. 2012 at 5:47 AM I savour. Famous A) (fuh-LAY-shush) Fallacious means misleading. To fill E.‖ said Martha.
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