Vocab. Words V

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  1. reticent
    • adj: quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
    • her husband is by nature a reticent person, and she resigned herself to that fact long ago
  2. solicitous
    • adj: concerned and attentive; eager
    • I appreciated his solicitous inquiry about my health.
  3. sordid
    • adj: characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
    • he managed to rise above the sordid streets upon which he grew up
  4. sporadic
    • adj: occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
    • sporadic loud noises kept startling everyone
  5. squander
    • verb: to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
    • squandered all her money gambling in casinos
  6. static
    • adj: not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
    • the static installation of the statue in that niche means that no one will ever see its back, which is also of interest
  7. stupefy
    • verb: to stun, baffle, or amaze
    • stupefied by the ruling that he could not compete because his missed the qualifying age by two days
  8. stymie
    • verb: to block; to thwart
    • Progress on the project has been stymied by lack of money.
  9. synthesis
    • noun: the combination of parts to make a whole
    • verb form: synthesize
    • a philosophy that is a kind of synthesis of several schools of Western and Eastern thought
  10. torque
    • noun: a force that causes rotation
    • torque wrench
  11. tortuous
    • adj: winding, twisting; excessively complicated
    • a tortuous path up the mountain
  12. truculent
    • adj: fierce and cruel; eager to fight
    • die-hard fans who became truculent and violent after their team's loss
  13. veracity
    • noun: truthfulness, honesty
    • We questioned the veracity of his statements.
  14. virulent
    • adj: extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
    • the virulent look on her face warned me that she was about to say something unkind
  15. voracious
    • adj: having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
    • it seemed like the voracious kitten was eating her weight in food every day
  16. waver
    • verb: to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion
    • The kite wavered in the wind.
  17. magnanimity
    • n.generosity and nobility. (adj: magnanimous)
    • When you are very generous to everyone around and you give great gifts, this is an example of magnanimity.
    • Because she was kind and generous, the magnanimous queen was loved by all.
  18. malevolent
    • adj.malicious; evil; having or showing ill will:
    • "Some early American colonists saw the wilderness as malevolent and sought to control it."
  19. misanthrope
    • n.one who hates people:
    • "He was a true misanthrope and hated even himself."
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