Daily Vocab. IV

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  1. inert
    • adj: unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
    • Nitrogen is a very inert gas: it will neither burn nor support the combustion of ordinary combustibles.
  2. innocuous
    • adj: harmless; causing no damage
    • Because the virus was innocuous, the hospital staff had no need to worry about the leak.
  3. intransigent
    • adj: refusing to compromise
    • noun form: intransigence
    • When it comes to the safety of my children, I must always take an intransigent position to protect them.
  4. inveigle
    • verb: to obtain by deception or flattery
    • Their testimony confirmed the defendant's successful efforts to inveigle them into investing in the hedge fund.
  5. morose
    • adj: sad; sullen; melancholy
    • When her dog died, the little girl was morose for months.
  6. odious
    • adj: evoking intense aversion or dislike
    • Cleaning the toilet is such an odious task.
  7. opaque
    • adj: impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
    • As Larry is an experienced liar, his stories are always quite opaque.
  8. oscillation
    • noun: the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
    • verb form: oscillate
    • He observed a small clockwise motion of the pendulum's apparent plane of oscillation.
  9. penurious
    • adj: penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
    • Penurious behavior isn't confined to hosts these days.
  10. pernicious
    • adj: extremely harmful; potentially causing death
    • If you are going to behave in such a pernicious manner, I would prefer to not be around you.
  11. peruse
    • verb: to examine with great care
    • noun form: perusal
    • Peruse the manual to set up your television.
  12. pious
    • adj: extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
    • noun form: piety
    • The students running around naked at Berkley Catholic University do not seem very pious.
  13. precursor
    • noun: one that precedes and indicates or announces another
    • All too often, high blood pressure is a precursor of heart disease.
  14. preen
    • verb: to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
    • The kiwi's distinctive scent comes from the wax it secretes to preen its feathers.
  15. prodigious
    • adj: abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
    • After overindulging in a prodigious meal, I really needed a nap.
  16. ossified
    • adj.turned to bone; hardened like bone; Inflexible:
    • "The ossified culture failed to adapt to new economic conditions and died out."
  17. panegyric
    • n.a writing or speech in praise of a person or thing
    • A speech praising a new political theory is an example of a panegyric.
    • wrote a panegyric on the centennial of the Nobel laureate's birth
  18. peccadillo
    • n.a small sin or fault
    • When you break a minor rule, this is an example of a peccadillo.
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Daily Vocab. IV
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