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- applause; approval. (When used as a verb, acclaim means “to applaud; to
- praise”) Jonas Salk won great acclaim for his medical discovery
- to advise against something; to warn; to scold gently; to urge strongly. The irate teacher admonished his
- students about the consequences of throwing spit-balls
- humans. Assuming an anthropoid
- posture, Grendal rose onto his rear legs and burst into Herot to attack the
- sleeping Danes
- odd in appearance or style; grotesque. I
- thought it rather bizarre of Mrs. Greene to will her entire fortune to
- her cats
- complaining, fault finding. Even though we enjoyed Cousin Hillary, her
- constant carping about the weather made us happy when she returned to Oregon.
to try to equal or surpass; to imitate. When they were in high school together, Dudley’s kid brother always tried to emulate him.
- organization by rank, class, or grade. In the hierarchy of this company, I’m
- low man on the totem pole.
- wise; careful; showing sound judgment, prudent. Gary
- thought it more judicious to speak to his mother rather than father
- about letting him stay out till 1:00 a.m.
- ] coarse; vulgar.
- (from the Latin name for the lower classes). Despite his cultivated accent and meticulous
- table manners, Hortence’s plebeian humor revealed a crudeness he could
- not suppress.
- ] speaking many languages; (n) a mixture of
- languages; someone who speaks many languages.
- Stepping into the London Tube, the tourist was surrounded by the polyglot
- conversations in languages unknown to him.
- having or showing much more ability or knowledge
- than is usual at such a young age; early or prematurely ripe or developed. The precocious Mozart is said to have
- composed music at the age of three.
- loathsome; objectionable. The idea of
- eating snails was repugnant to Herbert who had too vivid memories of
- poisoning them in his garden.
- weak. Under ferocious attack, the Union
- troops saw their tenuous hold on Little Round Top gradually weakening as
- the afternoon progressed
- to oppose directly; to baffle; to block; to
- frustrate. The tight defense was able to
- thwart a touchdown in the last thirty seconds of play.
- for word; exact quotation. The court
- recorder read a verbatim transcription of the knave’s response after he
- denied admitting he had eaten the tarts.
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