Week 7 vocab

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Week 7 vocab
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  1. FERVENT
    : adj. full of strong emotion; impassioned

    • Meatloaf vents her anger in fervent yowls when another cat invades
    • our yard. The fervor of Meatloaf’s
    • response to feline trespassers seems much louder at night, when we fervently wish she’d shut up.
  2. GERMANE
    adj. fitting and appropriate; relevant; pertinent

    •  Mark Twain quotes I like best aren’t germane to my talk, so I can’t use them.
    • Our speech teacher always says, “Omit the extras and concentrate on the germane material when giving a brief
    • talk.

     
  3. FORTUITOUS
    adj. happening by chance; accidental

    • Meatloaf stalks mice
    • deliberately, but she also has her share of fortuitous
    • meetings. Happening upon a mouse is fortuitous
    • not only for Meatloaf but also for the mouse who would never have planned to
    • meet a cat.

     
  4. GRUELING:
    adj. demanding and exhausting; punishing, tiring

    • In one grueling day, the newspaper staff washed over 400 cars to raise
    • money for a new computer. At home later, exhausted but proud, I told the folks
    • just how grueling a task it had been.
  5. INDULGENT
    adj. generous to a fault; lenient, not critical.

    • We’ve been too indulgent with Dude, and so he’s badly
    • spoiled. We’ve agreed to stop indulging
    • him right now. As Shakespeare warned us, an indulgent
    • person loves “not wisely but too well.”
  6. VULNERABLE:
    adj. open to physical or mental damage or hurt.

    • Unaware of the word vulnerable as a kid, I still knew the feeling of being open to
    • attack from mean guys on the playground at recess. When you’re vulnerable, you know you’re without a
    • good defense
  7. PROFUSE
    adj. in great abundance; bountiful; lavish; lush.

    • The phrase “profuse apologies” describes a gushing flood of “I’m sorrys.”
    • During a tough wrestling match, my profuse
    • perspiration is another kind of flood. Unfortunately, our county has a profusion of great high school
    • wrestlers.

                                       
  8. SUPERFICIAL
    • : adj. on the surface, shallow; not deep, serious, or important;
    • cursory, not thorough.

    •  I got some superficial
    • cuts from cleats in the last soccer game; fortunately, superficial wounds normally heal without causing trouble. In
    • contrast, a superficial judgment is
    • apt to cause lots of trouble.

     
  9. UNIFORM
    adj. consistent (as opposed to varied); the same.

    •  I think uniformity
    • of design, as in a row of identical houses or apartments, is boring. But at
    • school I want consistency and fairness—uniform
    • attendance policies and uniform grading
    • systems.

                
  10. LISTLESS
    adj. lacking energy or enthusiasm; indifferent or languid; uncaring.

    • When we found Meatloaf staring
    • at her food with dull, listless eyes,
    • we knew she was sick. Any listlessness toward
    • dinner on that cat’s part is serious. When I had the flu, I remember feeling listless toward everything.

                                        
  11. INCESSANT
    adj. going on without interruption; unceasing; continuous.

    • En route to the vet’s office,
    • Meatloaf’s incessant yowling drove us
    • bats. Like many cats in a car, she cries continuously and pitifully—an incessant reminder that she never asked
    • to go for a ride.
  12. UNOBTRUSIVE
    adj. not noticeable; inconspicuous; or, not aggressive.

    • Our pets Dude and Meatloaf don’t
    • know the word unobtrusive. Meatloaf
    • thinks, why utter a dainty, unobtrusive mew
    • when you can yowl? And Dude has spent his entire aggressive life seeking fights
    • instead of being unobtrusive.

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