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- d: the power or right to decide according to one's judgement; the quality of being discreet
- p: dih-skresh-uh n
s: The coach used his own discretion to let the injured quarterback play.
- d: to hasten the occurrence of; to throw violently
- p: pri-sip-i-teyt; pri-sip-i-tit
s: Her death precipitated a family crisis.
- d: not meant to be taken seriously; amousing
- p: fuh-see-shuh s
s: <the essay is a facetious commentary on the absurdity of war as a solution for international disputes>
- d: wise or judicious, sagacious, discreet
- p: prood-nt
s: He always listened to her prudent advice.
- d: deceptive
- p: ih-loo-suh-ree
s: an illusory sense of security
- d: extremely bold or daring;
- p: aw-dey-shuh s
s: She made an audacious decision to quit her job.
- d: a person who lives in seclusion or apart from society
- p: rek-loos
s: <he was sick of cities and crowds, so he decided to go live by himself in the woods as a recluse>
- d: not yet completed or fully devleoped, rudimentary; just begun
- p: in-koh-it
s: <inchoate feelings of affection for a man whom she had, up till now, thought of as only a friend>
- d: paticualr quality of taste or small; distinctive quality
- p: sey-ver
s: Without her love, life has lost its savor for me.
- d: appearing in scattered or isolated instances
- p: spuh-rad-ik
s: <sporadic loud noises kept startling everyone>
- d: not original
- p: dih-riv-uh-tiv
s: Tofu is one of many soybean derivatives.
- d: able to pay all just debts; having the power of dissolving
- p: sol-vuh nt
s: He couldn't stay solvent after losing his business.
- d: to criticize or reprimand severely; to punish in order to correct
- p: kas-ti-geyt
s: The author castigated the prime minister as an ineffective leader.
- d: full of pores; permeable
- p: pohr-uh s
s: The country has a porous border.
- d: to be frugal; to limit to a certain amount; an allotted amount; limitation
- p: stint
s: <not stinting with their praise><served a brief stint as a waiter>
- d: departing from social norm;
- p: dee-vee-un-ce
s: a study of deviant behavior among criminals
- d: merely touching, divergent or digressive
- p: tan-jen-shuh l
s: Their romance is tangential to the book's main plot.
- d: to solicit business, importunately; to spy on; to promote or talk up
- p: tout
s: <The company is running advertisements touting the drug's effectiveness.> <People were touting tickets outside the stadium.>
- d: strong or vehement expression of disapproval
- p: sen-sher
s: The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.
- d: pertaining to a practical point of view; practical, matter of fact
- p: prag-mat-ik
s: His pragmatic view of public education comes from years of working in city schools.
- d: an official system of principles or tenents; prescribed doctrine proclaimed as unquestionably true; settled or established opinon
- p: dawg-muh
s: These new findings challenge the current dogma in the field.
- d: to pour out and spread; to spread or scatter, disseminate
- p: dih-fyooz
s: <a diffuse speech that took a great deal of time to make a very small point>
- d: to produce, cause, or give rise to; procreate
- p: en-jen-der
s: The issue has engendered a considerable amount of debate.
- d: to anticipate and prevent (as a situation) or make unecessary (as an action)
- p: ob-vee-eyt
s: The new medical treatment obviates the need for surgery.
- d: having its original purity; pertaining to the earliest state
- p: pris-teen
s: My office is a mess but her office is always pristine.
- d: truthfulness; correctness or accuracy
- p: vuh-ras-i-tee
s: We questioned the veracity of his statements.
- d: a particular state of mind or feelings; calm disposition; substance added to something to modify its properties
- p: tem-per
s: The steel must be properly tempered.
- d: unmoved by persuasion, pity or tender feelings; stubbornly resistant to moral influence
- p: ob-doo-rit
s: He is known for his obdurate determination.
- d: cautious; well-considered
- p: sur-kuh m-spekt
s: <she has a reputation for being quiet and circumspect in investigating charges of child abuse>
- d: incongruous, disagreeing, variable; dissonant or harsh sounding
- p: dis-kawr-dnt
s: She has the difficult task of bringing together a number ofdiscordant elements.
- d: treachery, faithlessness, deliberate breach or faith or trush
- p: pur-fi-dee
s: <he decided to forgive his wife's perfidy, choosing to ascribe it to a moment of uncharacteristic weakness>
- d: separate, distinct
- p: dih-skreet
s: <several discrete sections to this vast medical complex, including a college of pharmacology and a research center>
- d: trickery
- p: shi-key-nuh-ree
s: He wasn't above using chicanery to win votes.
- d: obedient, dutiful
- p: uh b-see-kwee-uh s
s: She's constantly followed by obsequious assistants who will do anything she tells them to.
- d: burdensome, oppressive or troublesome
- p: on-er-uh s
s: The government imposed onerous taxes on imports.
- d: crouch in fear, shrink away
- p: kou-er
s: They cowered at the sight of the gun.
- d: easily understood; clear
- p: loo-sid
s: He is able to recognize his wife in his lucid moments.
- d: excessive
- p soo-pur-floo-uh s
s: <cleared off all the superfluous stuff on his desk to make room for the new computer>
- d: to the point, relevant, pertinent
- p: koh-juh nt
s: <the results of the DNA fingerprinting were the mostcogent evidence for acquittal>
- d: revere, respect or awe
- p: ven-uh-rey-shuhn