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preposterous (prih-POS-ter-uhs) adjective;
contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; absurd
example: Here in upstate Michigan, the idea of an 80-degree Christmas Day is preposterous.
hobble (HOB-uhl) verb;
- to walk in an awkward way; to limp
example: After her ankle surgery, Amanda thought it best to use a wheelchair rather than hobble from class to class on crutches.
miserly (MY-zer-lee) adjective ;
stingy; inclined toward hoarding money
example: The villagers loathed their miserly king, who refused to share even the slightest bit of his wealth during the famine.
dilapidated (dih-LAP-ih-day-tid) adjective;
- reduced to or fallen into partial ruin or decay, as
- from age, wear, or neglect
example: Aunt Terry refused to walk across the dilapidated wooden bridge after witnessing it shudder and shake in the wind.
squalid (SKWOL-id) adjective;
filthy and gloomy, usually because of neglect or poverty
example: “I don’t know how you can live in these squalid conditions,” said Emma’s mom. “You must clean up your room this weekend. It’s becoming a matter of safety!
evoke (ih-VOHK) verb;
to elicit, produce, or draw forth
example: Our pleas failed to evoke pity from our teacher, who went ahead and assigned a mountain of homework over winter break.
social cause (SOH-shul kawz) noun;
- a principle, an aim, or a movement relating to society that
- people support, defend, raise money for, etc.
example: The charity event successfully raised thousands of dollars for various social causes.
Dickensian (di' ken-zee-un) adjective
of or like the novels of (Charles Dickens) especially with regard to poor social and economic conditions.
Example: Infact he wrote so much about the hardships that a new word was assed to the English language: "Dickensian". "It means "resembling the conditions described in Dickens's stories"