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(v) to take for one's own use, confiscate
He appropriated the trust funds for himself.
(v) to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior; unalloyed means pure
(v/adj) to suspend; to engage; holding one's attention: as in arrested adolescense, an arresting portrait
The young lady had an an arresting smile.
August (not month)
(adj.) majestic venerable
An august performance of a religious drama.
(n) leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendency:
He had a natural artistic bent.
(v) bring up, announce, begin to talk about
The U.S. and China began their dialogue Monday that gives Washington a chance to broach thorny issues with Beijing.
(v) to tolerate, endure, countenance
I will brook no interference when I play HON.
(adj) major, as in cardinal sin
The pope is of cardinal significance to Catholics.
(n) a blindly devoted patriot
The sixty year old chauvinistic veteran voted for the war-mongering scoundrel as president.
(v) to change as if by dyeing, i.e. to distort, gloss or affect (usually the first)
Yellow journalism colored the truth.
- 1. following as an effect, result, or outcome; resultant;consequent.
- 2. pompus, self-important
- ex1. After finding cockaroaches rolling out of the couch, the consequential action was to throw out the couch.
- ex2. The consequential young boy shouted wolf before he met hubris.
(v) to depart clandestinely; to steal and hide
The cashier absconded with themoney.
(adj) deviating from the norm
The aberrant turducken did not belong with any other animals.
(n) eager and enthusiastic willingness
We accepted Teddy's wedding invitation with alacrity.
(n) deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
With his quiet nature, he was an anomaly in his exuberant family.
noun. an expression of approval or praise
There was a hardy approbation of the citizens due to the tax cut.
adj. - strenuous, taxingl requiring significant effort
v. - to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
I did my best to assuage Sonia's grief, but the death of her husband was too painful.
adj daring and fearless; recklessly bold
- 1.severe in manner or appearance; uncompromising; strict;forbidding
- 2.rigorously self-disciplined and severely moral; ascetic;abstinent
- ex1 An austere teacher, like Randy, will not allow anyone to turn in homework late.
- ex2 The austere quality of life in the convent was not for the free spirited Shaniqua.
adj taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
adj. following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
The Bible is composed of canonical documents such as The Dead Sea Scrolls
- adj. inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
- He's such a capricious boss I never know how he'll react.
v. to criticize severely
The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.
n. trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry
He resorted tothe worst flattery and chicanery to win the job.
n. an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
adj complex or complicated
v. to undeceivel to set right
Disabuse yourself especially of the belief that any grace or flow of style can come from writing rapidly.
adj conflictinl dissonant or harsh in sound
adj fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
Together with the ex-communists, thet will form a disparate but probably effective opposition.
n. extreme boldness; presumptuousness
The effrontery of Jesus against the Pharisees was made possible because He had the truth.
adj. well-spoken, expressive, articulate
v. to weaken; to reduce in vitality
Pikachu's Tail Whip will enervate the enemy's defenses.
n. dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
The endless lecture produced anunbearable ennui amongst the students.
v. to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
When asked directly for his position on disarmament, the candidate only equivocated.
adj. very learnedl scholarly
v. exonerate to clear of blame
The guilty party attempted to create evidence that would exculpate himself; however, justice was served.
adj - urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
Heath Ledger played an exigent role for The Batman series; his death was a big blow to the balance of the story.
adj. improvised; done without preparation
The speech was extemporaneous and is not included in his published papers.
n. intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
v. to loudly attack or denounce
Politicians fulminate about double standards and gay marriage to their opponents.
adj. frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
Everyone was flexible and ingenuous and looked for ways to keepthings going.
adj. accustomed to accepting something undesirable
Vietnam veterans may be graver, more inured and equable men.
adj. easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
adj. clear; easily understood
n. the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving.
The magnanimity of Jesus to forgive us is incomprehensible.
adj. associated with war and the armed forces
adj. of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
adj. coming into being; in early developmental stages
Thanks to the early government-led concessions program, local residents may have a stake in the nascent tourism industry.
adj. vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
I only had a nebulous recollection of the lecture as I was half-asleep.
n. a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words for senses
Please give me a strong incentive to keep reading your blog by avoiding the use of this awful neologism, like "YOLO".
adj harmful, injurious
adj. lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
v. to anticipate and make unnecessary
The safety manual was added to obviate the risk of serious injury.
adj. troubling; burdensome
It makes sense not to have controls so onerous that your own companies cannot compete with foreign rivals.
n. a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
His last public work, the mural is a paean to the city's recreation, streetlife and vibrant neighborhoods.
n. a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
adj. recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
n. intentional breach of faith; treachery
The perfidy of Benedict Arnold shall forever be remembered as one of the greatest acts of treason.
adj. cursory; done without care or interest
In Bobert Ternansky's lectures he reveals himself to be merely a perfunctory speake, clearly doesn't know how to teach.
adj. acutely perceptice; having keen discernment
If there had been any perspicacious scribes in the time of Jesus, they would have believed in Him.
v. to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner.
These are the same guys who prattle on and on about their diets,cooking skills, ever-so-clever children and cute little pets.
v. acting with excessive haste or impuse
If Russia put up missles in Cuba it would precipitate a cold war.
n. a disposition in favor of something; preference
In both cases, the more partisan the participant, the more pronouncedthe respective predilection.
n. foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occuring
The present system was wisely devised and the prescience of the forefathers who laid its foundations was something spectacular.
v. to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
The guilty man did in fact prevaricate in his testimony as he later admitted.
n. misgivings; preservations; causes for hesitancy
v. to retract, esp. a previously held belief
v. to disprove; to successfully argue against
v. to forcible assign, esp. to a lower place or position
After agering his boss he was relegated to a post at the fringes of the diplomatic service.
adj. quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
Caregivers also should be aware that children might be reticent to admit their guilt.
adj. concerned and attentive; eager
When Susan got a fever I became solicitous about about health.
adj. characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
In the bible, elders and deacons are called to shepard the flock of God not for sordid gain.
v. to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
adj. not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
v. to stun, baffle, or amaze
v. to block; thwart
Failure by one could stymie advancement on the others.
n. the combination of parts to make a whole
adj. winging, twisting; excessively complicated
adj. fierce and cruel; eager to fight
Pasha the puppy had at first been truculent and unruly until Tama the dog whisperer had tamed him.
n. truthfulness, honesty
adj. extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
adj. having and insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
v. to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion