able to speak; spoken clearly and distinctly. The speaker’s articulate delivery made it possible for even those listeners in the rear of the hall to hear every word.
(n) [f sen dfns]
rising upward; gaining domination. The ascendance of the labor unions in the automotive industry enabled worker organizations to become domi- nant in other industries.
(n) [f set ik]
someone who gives up the comforts of society and lives a life of aus- tere self-discipline. Although born into luxury, the ascetic chose to live in poverty in order to fulfill his religious conversion.
(v) [kfn kur]
to agree; to cooperate; coincide. Although I don’t agree with every- thing you said, I must concur with most of your statements.
(adj.) [i ro ne fs]
containing mistakes; false. The suspect was released after it was discovered that by mistake the dispatcher had given an erroneous description of the get-away car.
(adj.) [fur tiv]
shifty; surreptitious; sneaky. The student’s furtive glance at his neighbor’s paper did not escape the notice of the alert proctor.
(adj.) [gul f bfl]
able to be tricked or deceived; credulous. I am not so gullible to believe your excuse that your paper is late because Martians held you prisoner over the weekend.
(adj.) [hi pf thet i kfl]
uncertain; based on an unproved assertion. Economic predictions are often based on certain hypothetical situations which seem reasonable, even if not proved.
(v) [ri pyoo de at]
to reject; disown; refuse to recognize or pay. When it was revealed that the witness had lied on the stand, the attorney was quick to repudiate the testimony.
(n) [res pit]
temporary postponement; interval of rest or relief. The two days of sunshine gave the Jones’ a respite from the week of rain which had damped their Ha- waiian vacation.
(adj.) [sur vfl, -vil]
acting like a slave; submissive. “freed from servile bonds / of hope to rise or fear to fall” (Bunyan)
(adj.) [spo rad ik]
occurring at irregular time intervals; isolated. The sporadic outbreaks of the disease baffled the epidemiologists who could not explain why the disease appeared how it was transmitted or predict where the next outbreak would occur.
(adj.) [stat ik]
motionless. Early astronomers had trouble convincing people that the solar system was not static, but actually in constant motion.
(adj.) [sted fast]
firm; unfaltering; controlled; reliable. A true and steadfast companion, the little terrier returned every day to the grave of his former master.
(n) [zel ft]
a fanatically committed person. “an uncompromising zealot, a passio- nate seeker after truth” (Louis Untermeyer)