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2013-09-11 23:12:24

English vocab 3
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  1. augment
    • to increase or enlarge.  Jessie wanted to augment his allowance
    • by finding a part-time job.
  2. callous
    • unfeeling; insensitive.  It was a surprise tosee the tears flowing
    • from someone we had considered to be callous.
  3. cryptic
    • secret; having a secret meaning.  The F.B.I. agents asked a university expert
    • to try to decode the cryptic ransom demand.
  4. factious
    • cross, unruly, uncontrollable.  Factious elements in the Democratic
    • party resulted in a heated debate at the convention.
  5. frugal
    • thrifty, cheap. 
    • The frugal gourmet tries to produce economical, yet tasty meals.
  6. pediatrician
    • a doctor who specializes in treating children.  By high school, most adolescents switch from
    • a pediatrician to a physicians who treats adults.
  7. peonage
    • a system of bound servitude.  Spanish landowners required workers to remain
    • working on their farms until all their debts were paid.
  8. phlegmatic
    • sluggish, unemotional.  Normally phlegmatic, the llama can
    • become violent if it feels threatened.
  9. ponderous
    • very heavy; bulky; labored and dull or
    • tiresome.  The knight’s ponderous
    • suit of armor restricted his movement.
  10. pungent
    • sharp, acrid sensation.  The pungent odor of the market place
    • confirmed the tourist’s impression that she was in an exotic setting.
  11. serene
    • unruffled; tranquil, unclouded.  The serene morning sky gave no hind of
    • the downpour that would later saturate our cabana.
  12. succinct
    • concise or terse; brief.  After extensive revision, the 500 page
    • manuscript was reduced to a succinct 250 page novel.
  13. synthesis
    • a combining of elements into a whole.  Each different component of the symphony was
    • blended into a synthesis of sound.
  14. validate
    • to declare or make legally sound; to substantiate;
    • to verify.  The summit produced a treaty
    • which the Senate must now validate.
  15. veracity
    • ] conforming to the truth; accuracy.  The veracity of the witness was
    • confirmed by other eyewitnesses.