Daily Vocab. III Week 4

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  1. mercurial
    adj: characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood

    While she can be mercurial, he is grounding
  2. mollify
    verb: to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity

    If nothing else, it may mollify their concerns for awhile.
  3. neophyte
    noun: a recent convert; a beginner; novice

    Pitching a tent can be frustrating for seasoned and neophyte campers alike.
  4. obfuscate
    verb: to deliberately obscure; to make confusing

    The purpose of writing is to communicate, not to obfuscate.
  5. obstinate
    adj: hard-headed; uncomprimising

    Employees grow more obstinate when put back to work under a court decree.
  6. ostentatious
    adj: characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy

    The city lacks ostentatious palaces, temples, or monuments.
  7. pervade
    • verb: to permeate throughout
    • adj form: pervasive

    In fact, steer clear of the negativity that can pervade academia.
  8. phlegmatic
    adj: calm; sluggish; unemotional

    We are said to be the most phlegmatic and unemotional of peoples.
  9. plethora
    noun: an overabundance; a surplus

    But the plethora of commercial interruptions is often hard to take.
  10. pragmatic
    adj: practical rather than idealistic

    The book's mind-over-matter approach is pragmatic and well-explained.
  11. presumptuous
    adj: overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties

    Also, it would be presumptuous of me to say what your dream means to you.
  12. pristine
    adj: pure; uncorrupted; clean

    Cooled further and cut, pristine glass is very strong.
  13. probity
    noun: adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness

    Singapore is now a model of probity, but in the 1950's it was awash in corruption.
  14. proclivity
    noun: a natural predisposition or inclination

    I'm pretty sure dogs are born with a proclivity to enjoy riding in the car.
  15. profligate
    • adj: excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant
    • noun form: profligacy

    The curse of broadcast technologies is that they are profligate users of limited resources.
  16. sate
    • v.to satisfy fully or to excess
    • An example of to sate is to eat five cheeseburgers and six orders of cheese fries.
    • The meal was more than enough to sate his hunger.
  17. saturnine
    • adj.having a gloomy or morose temperament
    • A shadowy haunted mansion is an example of someplace that would be described as saturnine.
    • Your next door neighbor who snaps at you for everything and who is always disgruntled is an example of someone who would be described as saturnine.
    • the men awaiting interrogation by the police shared asaturnine silence
    • He is saturnine in temperament.
  18. savant
    • n.a very knowledgable person; a genious
    • Someone who is considered a scientific genius is an example of a savant.
    • a savant in the field of medical ethics
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Daily Vocab. III Week 4
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