Daily Vocab. IV Week 4
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noun: a natural inclination or tendency; penchant
But odder still is the coyote's propensity for breeding with wolves.
adj: dull; lack in spirit or imagination
Whether the prosaic chancellor shares these ambitions is unclear.
adj: characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
Swarms of flies rose from pungent clots of slick, stagnant water.
adj: foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
She is a quixotic mixture of illusion and reality.
adj: occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
Their cabinets are quotidian, their surroundings absolutely ordinary.
verb: to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
the law gets so rarefied that it doesn't reflect the reality of people's lives then you are in trouble.
adj: hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
Well, anyone who has ever pored over a scientific research paper will recall its recondite jargon.
adj: radiant; shiny; brilliant
Color, refulgent and ecstatic, turns out to trump sculptural form.
verb: to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
Many worried that the mayor would renege on any pledge to not resort to layoffs.
adj: diligent; persistent; hard-working
The success of this very useful scheme was due chiefly to his sedulous interest and help.
noun: a piece of broken pottery or glass
Not one more shard of ice need melt to make this a reality.
adj: causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
TV is a great soporific, often much needed as an escape, but it isn't good for you.
adj: thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
The vegetation is sparse, and cattle and people dominate.
noun: one who spends money wastefully
His spendthrift ways with our money were replaced with miserly ways with his own.
- adj.diligent; persevering; persistent:
- "Her sedulous devotion to overcoming her background impressed many."
- (n: sedulity; sedulousness; adv. sedulously)
- adj.seemingly true but really false; deceptively convincing or attractive:
- "Her argument, though specious, was readily accepted by many."
- adj.only covering the surface:
- "A superficial treatment of the topic was all they wanted."
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