Vocab 8

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  1. aggrandizement
    • an increase in rank or wealth; growth in power.  Shortie’s     
    • murder of the rival gang leader resulted in an aggrandizement of
    • his status among his homies.
  2. arduous
    • hard to do; strenuous.  We ended our basic training with an arduous
    • forced march through the snake infested swamps.
  3. bombastic
    • high sounding; marked by the use of language without
    • much real meaning.  The listeners were
    • too shrewd to be fooled by the political commentator’s bombastic speech.
  4. celestial
    • having
    • to do with the heavens; divine.  The new
    • astronauts will be the celestial pioneers of the twenty-first century
  5. dishabille
    • disorder, especially in dress; sloppily dressed;
    • disrobed.  Hastily evacuated from the
    • burning hotel, the shivering guests stood in the cold morning air in various
    • states of dishabille.
  6. enervate
    • to weaken, to lessen the strength of.  After a week of strenuous dieting, Sharon was
    • too enervated to move from the couch.
  7. eugenics
    • the
    • science of genetic control.  The botanist
    • crossbred two varieties of corn in an attempt to apply eugenics to the
    • world food crisis
  8. gynecologist
    • a physician or surgeon who specializes in treating
    • women.  Although most physicians can
    • examine a patient for cervical cancer, a gynecologist has specialized
    • training in the discovery and treatment of this disease.
  9. holocaust
    • great destruction, especially by fire.  The holocaust in Malibu, California,
    • burned many expensive homes, but fortunately took no lives.
  10. imperturbable
    • When
    • the imperturbably student realized that her graduation was only hours
    • away, she finally showed some emotion
  11. inclement
    • stormy.  No one expected inclement weather, so
    • everyone was disappointed when the Senior Picnic was canceled because of the
    • hurricane
  12. incredulous
    • showing
    • doubt, skeptical; disbelieving.  The
    • audience fixed an incredulous stare on the magician as he levitated his
    • youthful assistant
  13. officious
    • meddling; giving unnecessary or unwanted advice or
    • services.  Although Mr. Klar was a
    • well-meaning neighbor, his officious manner made his friends avoid
    • discussing problems with him.
  14. recalcitrant
    • refusing to obey rules or follow orders;
    • unmanageably resistant.  The mule is
    • perhaps the most recalcitrant domesticated animal.
  15. threadbare
    • with the nap worn down so that the threads show;
    • frayed or shabby; used so often that it is stale.  The salesman’s string of threadbare
    • jokes cost him the sale since his customers fled from the showroom.
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Vocab 8
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