- doubtful authenticity; counterfeit. The
- story of George Washington and the cherry tree is aprocryphal, no doubt
- surrender; to cease resisting. Colonel Leeds was determined not to capitulate
- under any terms.
- tending to lower in estimation; degrading. After Melanie apologized for her derogatory
- remarks, she and Sarah regained their friendship.
- to involve in a quarrel. The Tory party sought a way to embroil
- the government in a dispute over the economy.
- left alone and neglected; unhappy. Old
- pictures of Ellis Islands immigrants portray happy faces as well as forlorn
- suddenly; to startle. It took a nuclear
- mishaop at Chernoble to galvanize the nuclear industry into inspecting
- aging power plants
- systematic naming in an art of science.
- The first step in learning a new topic is to master its nomenclature,
- which is a kind of shorthand of its key concepts
- engage in love affairs casually; to flirt.
- None of the girls on campus took Seans’s romantic attentions seriously
- since he was known to philander
- practical; opinionated; concerned with actual
- practice rather than with theory or speculation. While other students tried to discover the
- theory behind the problem, Denise devised a pragmatic solution.
- punishment; payback.
- Much of gang activity seems to be seeking retribution for real or
- imagined disrespect.
- helpful, warm; cheerful. Gwen’s sanguine
- outlook on life was expressed in her personal motto, “Cheer up, things could be
- mocking, cynical. With a sardonic
- smirk, the police officer listened to the motorist’s excuse for speeding on the
- residential street
- originally a Roman holiday (December 17); now
- applied to an unrestrained celebration; an orgy. The departure of the twins’ parents for the
- weekend lead to a noisy saturnalia which brought the police knocking at
- the door.
- compromise in order to gain time; to stall or delay. “But Mom,” temporized Stephen, “the
- lawn is too wet to mow now. I’ll do it
- this afternoon
- taking the place of another; experienced through
- sympathetic participation in the experience of another. The vicarious thrill we get from
- watching films falls short of the pleasure of first hand experience.