Daily Vocab. IV Week 4

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Daily Vocab. IV Week 4
2014-07-06 23:30:54
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Daily Vocab. IV Week 4
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  1. propensity
    noun: a natural inclination or tendency; penchant

    But odder still is the coyote's propensity for breeding with wolves.
  2. prosaic
    adj: dull; lack in spirit or imagination

    Whether the prosaic chancellor shares these ambitions is unclear.
  3. pungent
    adj: characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste

    Swarms of flies rose from pungent clots of slick, stagnant water.
  4. quixotic
    adj: foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals

    She is a quixotic mixture of illusion and reality.
  5. quotidian
    adj: occurring or recurring daily; commonplace

    Their cabinets are quotidian, their surroundings absolutely ordinary.
  6. rarefy
    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.
  7. recondite
    adj: hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure

    Well, anyone who has ever pored over a scientific research paper will recall its recondite jargon.
  8. refulgent
    adj: radiant; shiny; brilliant

    Color, refulgent and ecstatic, turns out to trump sculptural form.
  9. renege
    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.
  10. sedulous
    adj: diligent; persistent; hard-working

    The success of this very useful scheme was due chiefly to his sedulous interest and help.
  11. shard
    noun: a piece of broken pottery or glass

    Not one more shard of ice need melt to make this a reality.
  12. soporific
    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.
  13. sparse
    adj: thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals

    The vegetation is sparse, and cattle and people dominate.
  14. spendthrift
    noun: one who spends money wastefully

    His spendthrift ways with our money were replaced with miserly ways with his own.
  15. sedulous
    • adj.diligent; persevering; persistent:
    • "Her sedulous devotion to overcoming her background impressed many."
    • (n: sedulity; sedulousness; adv. sedulously)
  16. specious
    • adj.seemingly true but really false; deceptively convincing or attractive:
    • "Her argument, though specious, was readily accepted by many."
  17. superficial
    • adj.only covering the surface:
    • "A superficial treatment of the topic was all they wanted."