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504 absolutely essential words
504 absolutely essential words
504 absolutely essential words
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  1. depict
    represent by drawing or painting; describe

    • The artist and the author both tried to depict the sunset's beauty.
    • Mr. Salinger depicted the juvenile* character with great accuracy.*
    • AI Pacino said he would depict a different kind of Shylock.
  2. mortal
    sure to die sometime; pertaining to man; deadly; pertaining to or causing death

    • We must live with the knowledge that all living creatures are mortal.
    • His rash* venture* brought him to a mortal illness.
    • The two monarchs* were mortal enemies.
  3. novel
    new; strange; a long story with characters and plot

    • The architect* created a novel design that pleased everyone.
    • The novel plan caused some unforeseen* problems.
    • Robert was commended* by his teacher for the excellent report on the Ameri"can novel, The Grapes ofWrath.
  4. occupant
    person in  possession of a house, office, or position

    • A feeble* old woman was the only occupant of the shack.
    • The will disclosed* that the occupant of the estate was penniless.
    • The occupant of the car beckoned* us to follow him.
  5. appoint
    decide on; set a time or place; choose for a position; equip or furnish

    • The library was appointed as the best place for the urgent* meeting.
    • Though Mr. Thompson was appointed to a high position, he did not neglect* his old friends.
    • The occupant* of the well-appointed guest room considered* himself quite fortunate.*
  6. quarter
    region; section; (quarters) a place to live; to provide a place to live

    • The large family was unaccustomed* to such small quarters.
    • Ellen moved to the French Quarter of our city.
    • The city quartered the paupers* in an old school.
  7. site
    position or place (of anything)

    • The agent insisted* that the house had one of the best sites in town.
    • We were informed by our guide* that a monument would be built on the site of the historic battle.
    • For the site of the new school, the committee preferred an urban* location.*
  8. quote
    repeat exactly the words of another or a passage from a book; that is, something that is repeated exactly; give the price of; a quotation
  9. She often quotes her spouse* to prove a point.
    • The stockbroker quoted gold at a dollar off yesterday's closing price.
    • Biblical quotes offer a unique* opportunity for study.
  10. verse
    a short division of a chapter in the Bible; a single line or a group of lines of poetry 

    • The verse from the Bible that my father quoted* most frequently* was, "Love thy neighbor as thyself."
    • Several verses of a religious nature were contained in the document.*
    • Though it is  not always easy to comprehend,* Shakespeare's verse has merit* that is worth the toil.*
  11. morality
    the right or wrong of an action; virtue; a set of rules or principles of conduct

    • The editor* spoke on the morality of "bugging" the quarters* of a political opponent.*
    • We rarely consider* the morality of our daily actions, though that should occupy* a high position in our thinking.
    • Kenny's unruly* behavior has nothing to do with his lack* of morality.
  12. roam
    wander; go about with no special plan or aim

    • In the days of the Wild West, outlaws* roamed the country.
    • A variety* of animals once roamed our land. The bachelor* promised his girlfriend that he would roam no more.
  13. attract
    draw to oneself; win the attention and liking of

    • The magnet attracted the iron particles.
    • Adventure was the thrill that attracted the famous mountain climber to the jagged* peak.
    • A glimpse* into the brightly colored room attracted the children's attention.
  14. commuter
    one who travels regularly, especially over a considerable distance, between home and work

    • The average commuter would welcome a chance to live in the vicinity* of his or her work.
    • Have your commuter's ticket verified* by the conductor.
    • A novel* educational program gives college credit to commuters who listen to a lecture while they are traveling to work.
  15. confine
    keep in; hold in

    • The fugitive* was caught and confined to jail for another two years.
    • A virus that was circulating* in the area confined AI to his house.
    • Polio confined President Roosevelt to a wheelchair.
  16. idle
    not doing anything; not busy; lazy; without any good reason or cause; to waste (time) 

    • Any attempt to study was abandoned* by the student, who idled away the morning.
    • The idle hours of a holiday frequently* provide the best time to take stock.
    • Do not deceive* yourself into thinking that these are just idle rumors.
  17. idol
    a thing, usually an image, that is worshiped; a person or thing that is loved very much

    • This small metal idol illustrates* the art of ancient Rome.
    • John Wayne was the idol of many young people who liked cowboy mov1es.
    • Scientists are still trying to identify* this idol found in the ruins.
  18. jest
    joke; fun; mockery; thing to be laughed at; to joke; poke fun

    • Though he spoke in jest, Mark was undoubtedly* giving us a message.
    • Do not jest about matters of morality.*
    • In some quarters,* honesty and hard work have become subjects of jest.
  19. patriotic
    loving one's country; showing love and loyal support for one's country

    • It is patriotic to accept your responsibilities to your country.
    • The patriotic attitude of the captive* led him to refuse to cooperate with the enemy.
    • Nathan Hale's patriotic statement has often been quoted:* "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country."
  20. dispute
    disagree; oppose; try to win;  a debate or disagreement

    • Our patriotic* soldiers disputed every inch of ground during the battle.
    • The losing team disputed the contest up until the final* minute of play.
    • Many occupants* of the building were attracted* by the noisy dispute
  21. valor
    bravery; courage

    • The valor of the Vietnam veterans deserves the highest commendation.*
    • No one will dispute* the valor ofWashington's men at Valley Forge.
    • The fireman's valor in  rushing into the flaming house saved the occupants* from a horrid* fate.
  22. lunatic
    crazy person; insane; extremely foolish

    • Only a lunatic would willingly descend* into the monster's cave.
    • Certain lunatic ideas persist* even though they have been rejected* by all logical* minds.
    • My roommate has some lunatic ideas about changing the world.
  23. vein
    mood; a blood vessel that carries blood to the heart; a crack or seam in  a rock filled with a different mineral

    • A vein of lunacy* seemed to run in the family.
    • Mario's wrist was severely* cut by the rock, causing his vein to bleed heavily.
    • Explorations disclosed* the rich vein of copper in the mountain.
  24. uneventful
    without important or striking happenings

    • After the variety* of bewildering* experiences at the start of our trip, we were happy that the rest of the journey was uneventful.
    • Our annual* class outing proved quite uneventful.
    • The meeting seemed uneventful but expert observers realized that important decisions were being made.
  25. fertile
    bearing seeds or fruit; producing much of anything

    • Chicks hatch from fertile eggs.
    • The loss of their fertile lands threw the farmers into a panic.*
    • A fertile mind need never be uneasy* about finding life uneventful.*
  26. refer
    hand over; send, direct, or turn for information, help, or action; (refer to) direct attention to or speak about; assign to or think of as caused by

    • Let us refer the dispute* to the dean.
    • Our teacher referred us to the dictionary for the meanings of the difficult words in the novel.*
    • The speaker referred to a verse in the Bible to support his theory.*
  27. distress
    great pain or sorrow; misfortune; dangerous or difficult situation; to cause pain or make unhappy

    • The family was in great distress over the accident that maimed* Kenny.
    • My teacher was distressed by tbe dismal performance of our class on the final* examination.
    • Long, unscheduled delays at the station cause distress to commuters.*
  28. diminish
    make or become smaller in  size, amount or importance

    • The excessive* heat diminished as the sun went down.
    • Our diminishing supply of food was carefully wrapped and placed with the baggage.*
    • The latest news from the battlefront confirms* the report of diminishing military activity.
  29. maximum
    greatest amount; greatest possible

    • Chris acknowledged* that the maximum he had ever walked in one day was fifteen miles.
    • We would like to exhibit* this rare* collection to the maximum number of visitors.
    • The committee anticipated* the maximum attendance ofthe first day of the performance.
  30. flee
    run away; go quickly

    • The fleeing outlaws* were pursued* by the police.
    • One could clearly see the clouds fleeing before the wind.
    • The majority* of students understand that they cannot flee from their responsibilities.
  31. vulnerable
    capable of being injured; open to attack, sensitive to criticism, influences, etc.

    • Achilles was vulnerable only in his heel. 
    • The investigator's nimble* mind quickly located the vulnerable spot in the defendant's alibi.
    • A vulnerable target for thieves is a solitary* traveler.
  32. signify
    mean; be a sign of; make known by signs, words, or actions; have importance

    • "Oh!" signifies surprise.
    • A gift of such value signifies more than a casual* relationship.
    • The word "fragile"* stamped on a carton signifies that it must be handled with caution.*
  33. mythology
    legends or stories that usually attempt to explain something in  nature

    • The story of Proserpina and Ceres explaining the seasons is typical* of Greek mythology.
    • From a study of mythology we can conclude* that the ancients were concerned with the wonders of nature.
    • Ancient mythology survives* to this day in  popular* expressions such as "Herculean task" or "Apollo Project."
  34. colleague
    associate; fellow worker

    • The captain gave credit for the victory to his valiant* colleagues.
    • Who would have predicted* that our pedestrian* colleague would one day win the Nobel Prize for medicine?
    • We must rescue our colleagues from their wretched* condition.
  35. torment
    cause very great pain to; worry or annoy very much; cause of very great pain; very great pain

    • Persistent* headaches tormented him.
    • The illustrations* in our history text show the torments suffered by the victims of the French Revolution.
    • The logical* way to end the torment of doubt over the examination is to spend adequate* time in study.
  36. provide
    to supply; to state as a condition; to prepare for or against some situation

    • How can we provide job opportunities for all our graduates?
    • Hal said he would bring the ball provided he would be allowed to pitch.
    • The government is obligated, among other things, to provide for the common welfare and secure the blessings of peace for all citizens.
  37. loyalty
    faithfulness to a person, government, idea, custom, or the like

    • The monarch* referred* to his knights' loyalty with pride.
    • Nothing is so important to transmit* to the youth as the sacredness* of loyalty to one's country.
    • Out of a sense of loyalty to his friends, Michael was willing to suffer torments,* and he therefore refused to identify* his colleagues* in the plot.