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Completely honest, straightforward
Candace's candidness overwhelmed her business colleagues, who were not used to such honesty.
kun JEK chur
At this point, Kimaya's hypothesis about single-cell biorhythms is still conjecture: She doesn't have conclusive evidence.
die DAK tik
The tapes were entertaining and didactic; they both amused and instructed children.
YOO fuh miz um
A mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt, or offensive term.
"To pass away" is a common euphemism for dying.
ek STRAP uh layt
To infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information.
Seeing the wrecked bike and his daughter's skinned knees, Heath extrapolated that she had had a biking accident.
in ko HEAR unt
Lacking cohesion or connection
Maury's sentences were so incoherent that nobody understood a word.
in SIN yoo ayt
To imply or communicate stealthily
Sean insinuated that Grace stole the arsenic, but he never came out and said it.
Easily understood; clear
Our teacher provides lucid explanations of even the most difficult concepts so that we can all understand them.
RET uh rik
The art of using language effectively and persuasively
Since they are expected to make speeches, most politicians and lawyers are well-versed in the art of rhetoric.
AK yoo men
Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight
Judge Ackerman's legal acumen was so well regarded that he was nicknamed the "Solomon of the South."
An adroit balloon-animal maker, Adrianna became popular at children's parties.
as er TAYN
To find out, as through investigation or experimentation
The private investigator had long suspected my dog; before long, he ascertained that Toto was indeed the murderer.
Steward is financially astute; he invests wisely and never falls for scams.
SER kum spekt
Careful; prudent; discreet
Ned's circumspect manner makes him a wise appointment to the diplomatic corps.
dis SEM uh nayt
To scartter widely, as in sowing seed
The news about Dave's embarrassing moment at the party disseminated quickly through the school; by the end of the day, everyone knew what had happened.
er yuh DISH un
Deep, extensive learning
Professor Ruby's erudition was such that she cold answer any question her students put to her.
HUZ bun dree
The application of scientific principles to agriculture, especially to animal breeding
After years of practicing animal husbandry, Marsha's husband was able to create a breed of dog that actually walked itself.
puh DAN tik
Excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules
Pedro's pedantic tendencies prompted him to remind us constantly of all the grammatical rules we were breaking.
per spih KAY shus
Persephone's perspicacious mind had solved so many cases that the popular private investagator was able to retire.
prag MAT ik
Never one for wild and unrealistic schemes, Matt took a pragmatic approach to research.
pre KO shus
Exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity
Bobby Fisher's precocious intellect made him one of the world's best chess players before he could even drive.
pro SPEK tus
Before writing my thesis, I had to submit a detailed prospectus to the department for approval.
roo duh MEN tuh ree
Basic; elementary; in the earliest stages of development
Josh's rudimentary golf skills were easily overpowered by Tiger Woods's amazing performance on the green.
Difficult to understand
Abby found fer professor's lecture on non-Euclidian geometry abstruse; she doubted anyone else in class understood it either.
Emotionally hardened; unfeeling
Callie's callous remark about her friend's cluttered room really hurt his feelings.
kon vo LOO tid
The directions were co convoluted that we became hopelessly lost.
en IG ma
A puzzle, mystery, or riddle
The emu was an enigma; you could never tell what it was thinking.
in SKROOT uh bul
Difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable
The ancient poet's handwriting was so inscrutable, that even the most prominent Latin scholars could not read the manuscript.
RET uh sint
Inclined to keep silent; reserved
Rosanna's reticent behavior caused the interviewer to think her incapable of conversing with other students.
Mr. Estado was well known for his staid demeanor; he stayed calm even when everyone else celebrated the team's amazing victory.
Known or understood by only a few
The dusty archive includes an arcane treasure trove of nautical charts from the Age of Discovery.
uh SIM uh layt
To absorb or become absorbed; to make or become similar
Keisha assimilated so quickly at her new school that she was named head of the social committee a month after enrolling.
aw TAHN uh mee
Candice gained autonomy upon moving out of her parents' house into her own apartment.
koz mo PAHL i tun
Worldly; widely sophisticated
Inga was surprisingly cosmopolitan considering that she had never left her tiny hometown in Norway.
duh RIV uh tiv
Something that comes from another source
Special Victims Unite and Criminal Intent are deriviative of the orginial Law and Order drama series.
AHN ter azh
A group of attendants or associates; a retinue
Top celebrities travel with extensive entourages, which often include sercurity guards, assistants, stylists, managers, and publicists.
es oh TAIR ik
Intended for or understood by only a small group
Esme's play is extremely esoteric; someone not raised in Estonia would find it difficult to follow.
A clumsy social error; a faux pas
Geoff committed the gaffe of telling his date that he'd gone out with her sister the night before.
ID ee oh SINK ruh see
Characteristic peculiar to an individual or group
She had many idosyncrasies, one of wich was washing her socks in the dishwashers.
IN suh ler
Isolated; narrow or provinical
The family was so insular that no one else could get near them.
OR thuh doks
Adhering to the traditional and established, especially in religion
My father helf an orthodox view of baseball; he believed that the field should be outside and made of real grass.
PO tun tayt
One who has the power and position to rule over others; monarch
An omnipotent potenate is a person to be reckoned with; great power in the hands of a great leader is a power combination.
KAS tih gayt
To schold, rebuke, or harshly criticize
Mr. Castile preferred not to castigate sutdent misbehavior publicly; instead, he would quietly send the troublemaker to the principal's office.
To issue official blame
In recent years the FCC has censured networks for the provocative antics of Super Bowl halftime acts; what goes on during the game, however, usually escapes the organization's notice.
To condemn openly
In many powerful speeches throughout his lifetime, Martin Luther King, Jr. denounced racism as immoral.
ree KLOO siv
Seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation
Our neighbors were quite reclusive, hardly ever emerging from behind the closed doors of their home.
ree LING kwish
To retire from; give up or abandon
Ricky relinquished his career in order to search for the source of the world's best relish.
To give up (a title, for example), especially by formal announcement
Nancy renounced her given name and began selling records under ther moniker "Boedicia."
vie TOOP ur uh tiv
Markered by harshly abusive condemnation
The vituperative speech was so cruel that the members left feeling completely abused.
To draw a circle around; to restrict
The archeologist circumscribed the excavation are on the map.
kun TIG yoo us
Sharing an edge or boundary; touching
The continental United States consists of 48 contiguous states.