Vocab Chap 1-5
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Vocab Chap 1-5
Definitions & example sentences.
-disadvantage, something that causes damage, harm, or loss.
ex: Smoking is a
to your health.
-skillful in using the hands and the body
ex: The juggler was so
that he managed to keep five balls in motion at once.
-good sense, good judgement or tact in actions or speaking
ex: Ali wasn't using much
when he passed a police car at eighty miles an hour.
-funny, humorous; playful, joking.
ex: My boss always says "you don't have to be crazy to work here, but it helps." I hope she's just being
-outgoing, sociable; enjoying and seeking the company of others.
brother loves parties, but my shy sister prefers to be alone.
-ideal, best possible; most favorable; most desirable.
ex: For the weary traveler,
hotel accommodations include a quiet room, a comfortable bed and efficient room service.
-showy; meant to impress others; flashy
ex: My show-off aunt has some
jewelary, such as a gold bracelet that's so heavy she can hardly lift her arm.
-ethical; careful about moral standards; conscientious
ex: The judge was
about never accepting a bribe or allowing a personal hreat to influence his decisions.
-of the senses; having to do w/ seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, or smelling
ex: Because our
experience are interrelated, what we taste is greatly influenced by what we smell.
-indirect; experienced through the imagination; not experienced directly.
ex: I don't like to take risks myself, but I love the
thrill of watching death-defying adventures in a movie.
-to act as a team; to work together on a project; cooperate in an effort.
ex: When Sarah and I were asked to
on an article for the school newspaper, we found it difficult to work together.
-depressed; down hearted; hopeless; overwhelmed with sadness.
ex: For months after his wife died, Mr. Craig was
. No matter how hard they tried, his family and friends could not cheer him up.
-to cause; to bring about by moving others to action; stir up.
ex: The rock group's violent preformance
a riot in the audience.
-quick to recover; able to recover quickly from harm, illness or misfortune.
ex: Children can be amazingly
-looking back; reviewing the past; considering past events
ex: After hobbling around on her broken foot for a week before seeing a doctor, Mae then needed surgery. In
, it's clear she should have gotten help sooner.
-basic; fundamental; necessary to learn first
ex: A grammer book usually starts with
skills, such as identifying mouns and verbs.
- to laugh at, to make fun of, mock; refuse to take seriously.
at the street musician playing a tune on a row of tin cans, but he seemed unaware that people who were making fun of him.
-to hold back; to silence, suppress; crush
ex: My history teacher shot me a dirty look during class when I couldn't quite manage to
-to honor, to respect deeply; revere
ex: The Tlingit Indians venerate the wolf and the raven, and their totem poles illustrate stories in praise of these animals.
-an extremist; a person totally devoted to a purpose or cause
ex: Annie, a
about health, runs a hundred miles a week and never lets a grain of sugar touch her lips.
-unclear; able to be interpreted in more than one way; not clear
ex: The portrait known as the "Mona Lisa" is famous for the woman's
expresson: Is she smiling or not?
-a rebel; a person opposed to establish ideas or beliefs, especially in politics or religion
ex: In a dictatorship
are not tolerated. People who speak out against the government may be imprisoned or even executed.
-to decorate; beautify by adding details
the door of her room with postcards from her friends and photos of her cats.
-to waste; to spend a little at time
away both his time and his money playing game after game in video arcades.
-not intended; unintentional; accidental
ex: The final draft of Nancy's paper was shorter than the previous version, but this was
she accidentally deleted an entire page without realizing it.
-silly; without sense or meaning; foolish
ex: The conversation at the party was
consisting mainly of foolish comments about whose clothes were the most "awesome."
-to put side by side; to place close together, especially in order to compare or contrast
ex: Dottie spread her new dress out on her bed and then
all her scarves and jackets to it to see which combination would look best.
-weariness; a great lack of energy; inactivity due to laziness; sluggishness
ex: Although Wendy seemed to recover from the flu, her
persisted. She felt exhausted for weeks.
-irregular; happening now and then; occasional
ex: Dave makes
attempts to give up smoking, but his occasional efforts have been half hearted.
-to pay for; to support financially; provide a grant or contribution.
ex: During college many students are
by their parents, while others rely on grants or loans.
-to scold angerily; to criticize or scold harshly
ex: Nick's mother often
him and when she isn't yelling at him, she ignores him.
-to drive away; to make unsympathic or unfriendly; alienate
ex: My cousin's recent moodiness has
some of his old friends.
-very happy; overjoyed; having an intense feeling of well-being
ex: I was
when I received my grades, to my amazement and joy, they were all A's and B's.
-impulsive; done or acting in a hurry, with little thought
ex: I'm trying to be less
, but I still sometimes act on impulse.
-perfect; not capable of error or failure; unable to make a mistake
ex: A sign over my sister's desk reads, "I'm
. I never make mistakes."
-overly emotional; tearfully sentimental
ex: The authors of
soap operas must feel that they haven't done their job unless viewers are crying by the end of each show.
-to go backward; to return to an earlier, generally worse, condition or behavior.
ex: When his baby sister was born, 7 year old Jeremy
for a while and began sucking his thumb again.
-to give up; to surrender (something)
ex: Donna had to
her share in the beach house because she couldn't afford it anymore.
-found everywhere; existing or seeming to exist everywhere at the same time.
ex: We postponed our plan to drive home on Sunday because a dense fog was
. It covered the entire town.
-the highest point or conditionn; peak
ex: Florence reached the
of her career when she became president of Ace Products.
-to be unclear; deliberately vague in order to mislead.
ex: Lonneel doesn't want to come right out and tell Tiffany he doesn't love her. If she asks, he
by telling her something like, "You know how I feel."
-accidental; happens by chance; at random, lucky
ex: The birth of triplets wasn't entirely
. The mother had taken a fertility drug, which often causes multiple births.
-flawless; faultless, perfect
ex: When she auditioned for the play. Julie gave an
performance. She read the lines perfectly and got the part.
-a link; a person who serves as a connection between individuels or group; a go between
ex: The president of the student councel acts as a
between the students and the admin.
-likely; a natural preference or tendency
ex: As a Brad Pitt fan, I'm
to enjoy any movie stars in.
-an inclination; tending toward or open to something before hand
ex: Because Ivan has a
to gain weight, he watches what he eats.
-shameful; derserving of blame, criticism, or disapproval
ex: The company's failure to clean up the oil spill was
and drew harsh criticism.
-something false; a pretense or counterfeit; something meant to deceive
ex: Karen's apparent affection for Raul is a
. He's rich and she cares only about his money.
-relief; comfort in sorrow/misfortune; consolation
ex: After a family quarrel. Tamara found
in the privacy and quiet of her own room.
-attentive; showng/expressing concern, care or attention
ex: The waiter was overly
. He kept interrupting our conversation to ask, "Is everything all right here?"