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2013-08-28 20:16:26

For English class
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  1. aberration
    • a
    • deviating from the right path or usual course of action; a mental disorder,
    • especially of a minor or temporary nature. 
    • We were convinced that Ed’s poor test marks were an aberration,
    • and that he would do better the next time
  2. atavistic
    • tending to revert to a more primitive type.  Living in the wilderness for a year, Riley
    • showed an atavistic tendency to swing from hanging tendrals.
  3. cajole
    • to persuade by pleasant words or false
    • promises.  First he tried to cajole
    • the witness into testifying; then he used threats.
  4. hedonist
    • one
    • who lives solely for pleasure.  “I’m
    • interested in life and liberty, of course,” said the hedonist, “but I’m
    • dedicated to the pursuit of happiness
  5. introversion
    • the
    • directing of one’s thoughts and interests inward.  The introversion in Mary’s diary shows
    • her inner thoughts and worries
  6. irrefutable
    • cannot be disproved. 
    • Technological advances have forces us to question theories that were
    • once thought to be irrefutable.
  7. loquacious
    • talkative. 
    • Our phone bill is high because we have two loquacious children
    • away at college.
  8. moribund
    • near death. 
    • The priest was called when the seriously wounded soldier appeared to be moribund.
  9. presentiment
    • a feeling that something will happen; a
    • premonition.  Because he had had a presentiment
    • that disaster would strike, Aaron was not surprised when his new car was
    • stolen.
  10. presumptuous
    • arrogant; pushy. 
    • It was presumptuous of David to assume he would be elected
    • president just because he was good looking.
  11. raze
    • to tear down completely; to destroy.  The corporation voted to raze the
    • decaying structure and replace it with a modern skyscraper.
  12. rubble
    • fragments of broken pieces of rock or masonry.  After the bombing, the survivors picked
    • through the rubble of their homes looking for belongings.
  13. salutary
    • healthful;
    • useful or helpful, remedial.  Long before
    • modern medicine, the ancients knew of the salutary effects of certain
    • herbs and minerals
  14. specious
    • seemingly
    • fair, attractive or true, but actually not so. 
    • The specious slogan, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will
    • have guns,” deceives well meaning citizens
  15. unequivocal
    • plain, very clear in meaning.  Mandy was unequivocal in refusing to
    • join the snobbish club.