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- d: contradict, shown to be false; misrepresent
- p: bih-lahy
s: His trembling hands belied his calm voice.
- d: pretentious; overly-dramatic
- p: bom-bast
s: <the other world leaders at the international conference had little interest in being subjected to the president's bombast>
- d: "believer" who has religious opinions contrary to those accepted by the church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church
- p: huh-ret-i-kuh l
s: <the belief that women should be allowed to have careers outside the home was once considered heretical>
- d: thin pliable sheet or layer that lines organs or connects parts
- p: mem-breyn
- d: mitigate; appease
- p: uh-sweyj
s: <a mother cooing to her toddler and assuaging his fear of the dark>
- d: to support; to add to, support or uphold
- p: bohl-ster
s: But acknowledging this does nothing to bolster the robustness of our existing research on vaccines and autism.
- d: harsh; discordance
- p: kuh-kof-uh-nee
s: The silence that ensued was almost as deafening as the cacophony that had preceded it.
- d: a prop or support; to give encouragement or support
- p: buh-tris
s: Fox has been hoping the faith-based community might buttress the usual fantasy-film demographic of kids and idle teens.
- d: to check the graduation of a measuring instrument
- p: kal-uh-breyt
s: Early penguin fossils, plus mitochondrial genomes, calibrate avian evolution.
- d: to flood; overwhelm
- p: in-uhn-deyt
s: They can inundate coastal communities with violent flooding.
- d: authorization, sanction, or justification
- p: wawr-uh nt
s: Some civil engineers are sceptical about whether such instrumentation is warranted.
- d: to strip or deprive
- p: dih-vest
s: If tenured faculty were serious about being real unionists, they would divest themselves of all managerial powers.
- d: quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful
- p: in-juh-noo-i-tee
s: Food wasn't scarce, though it took some ingenuity and the occasional suspension of the laws of science.
- d: strong inclination for something
- p: pen-chuh nt
- s: He also came from a downwardly mobile family and had a penchant for progressive political causes.
- d: extreme poverty; insufficiency/scarcity
- p: pen-yuh-ree
s: But this air of possibility amidst penury is in peril.
- d: apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing
- p: spee-shuh s
s: The idea that shooting some wolves will automatically bolster prey population is specious.
- d: readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially or insincerely
- p: glib
s: It's amazing to me, at how glib and dismissive many treat this perhaps all-important topic.
- d: approval
- p: ap-ruh-bey-shuh n
s: Receiving a fellowship reflects the honor and approbation of one's professional peers.
- d: to grow or develop quickly
- p: bur-juh n
s: Private colleges burgeon as public universities languish from lack of resources.
- d: sudden alarming amazement or dread that results in confusion
- p: kon-ster-ney-shuh n
s: He added there is consternation across the country on the size of boards.
- d: authoritative permission or approval
- p: sangk-shuh n
s: It will be used only for the purposes of collecting debt under the license sanction law.
- d: to weaken, destroy vigor or strength
- p: en-er-veyt
s: The nerves finally terminate in the wing cell layer from where they enervate the epithelium.
- d: to abrogate; annul; invalidate
- p: ri-sind
s: Rescind his memberships, excise his work from journals, reward the student whistleblowers.
- d: performed merely as a routine duty; lacking interest or enthusiasm
- p: per-fungk-tuh-ree
s: In his lectures he reveals himself to be merely a perfunctory speaker.
- d: lasting a very short time
- p: ih-fem-er-uh l
s: Capturing those ephemeral images has been a challenge to generations of artists.
- d: essentially alike
- p: huh-moj-uh-nuh s
s: Not only was the signature of corn dominant, it was remarkably homogenous across the country in different restaurants, she added.
- d: uttered clearly in distinct syllables; capable of speech
- p: ahr-tik-yuh-lit
s: Instead of banning words, radio bosses would do better to hire more engaging and articulate presenters.
- d: twisted, coiled
- p: kon-vuh-loo-tid
s: a convoluted way ofdescribing a simple device.
- d: something that encourages (stimulus); prod incite
- p: gohd
s: They can goad us into tactical errors and strategic blunders.
- d: overabundance; excess
- p: pleth-er-uh
s: a plethora of advice and a paucity of assistance.
s: No one has yet answered in implicit question in the end of my column.
- d: to asset or affirm with confidence
- p: uh-vur
s: In these disagreements, participants aver they are for the good of the entire group.
- d: lacking originality; cliche
- p: buh-nal
s: a banal and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.
- d: having the same measure; proportionate
- p: kuh-men-ser-it
s: Authority and power are here commensurate with the duty imposed.
- d: attacking or ignoring cherished beliefs and long-held traditions as being based on error, superstition or lack of creativity;
- breaking or destroying images
- p: ahy-kon-uh-klas-tik
s: They see this not as iconoclastic irreverence, but disrespectful spite.
- d: incapable of being upset or agitated
- p: im-per-tur-buh-buh l
s: Once again, the imperturbable transport secretary gave a smooth performance.
- d: harmless
- p: ih-nok-yoo-uh s
s: Patrons, according to this life-size diorama, entered through an innocuous-looking tea shop.
- d: understood without being openly expressed; implied
- p: tas-it
s: These raids are sometimes conducted with the tacit approval of the police.
- d: to qacquire before someone else; to act first in order to forestall or prevent
- p: pree-empt
s: There are attempts to preempt criticism that some footage may be staged.