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Hydrogen sulfide has an acrid smell that is quite similar to the odor of rotten eggs.
sharp; pungent (used for smells and tastes)
Even though the pirate captain was brutal and boorish with his men, he was always courteous to the female captives.
The king was cynical of his adviser’s motive for wanting to declare war.
believing that people act only out of selfish motives
There was nothing unusual in the final epistle to indicate why the correspondence abruptly ended.
a letter (form of communication)
At one time, the idea the Earth was round was believed to be heresy.
against orthodox opinion
Ancient Greek foot soldiers were usually armed with a lance and a shield.
spear; spike; javelin
In the summer it's difficult to find our house because our trees tend to obscure it.
difficult to understand, partially hidden
Watching my daughter graduate from college was a poignant moment for me.
deeply moving; strongly affecting the emotions
After driving through the desert all day, Jack welcomed the respite of an air-conditioned hotel room.
a break; intermission
My husband’s terse one-word reply let me know he was not pleased with me coming home late.
concise; to the point
She did not go to the top of the Space Needle with us because she suffers from acrophobia.
fear of heights
The bourgeois family lived in a middle-class subdivision.
The debility she suffers from has threatened her health.
Noah and Allie could have kept an epistolary relationship if her mother had given her the letters that he wrote to her over the year.
concerned with letters; through correspondence
The professor took a brief hiatus from teaching to finish her second degree.
Because I enjoy a laidback pace, I enjoy living on the island which has a languid environment.
The woman's face was obscured by the mask.
hidden; covered; buried
Even though the young lady who married the prince had no royal blood, she was as poised and dignified as if she were already a queen.
calm; collected; self-possessed
The peacock is a very showy bird with resplendent plumage in multiple shades of blues and greens.
When I get overly stressed, I take a therapeutic walk alone the beach.
His new glasses greatly improved his visual acuity.
sharpness (mental or visual)
Prince Vasili is a shallow braggart.
someone who boasts
I find that I enjoy debunking myths about bigfoot.
exposing false claims or myths
As the princess walked among the commoners, she epitomized a level of class and elegance of which the onlookers could only dream.
typified; characterized; personified
A hidebound philosopher generally has very conservative views and beliefs.
rigid in opinions
If Congress allows the budget bill to languish on the shelf, then the country will find itself in a financial crisis.
decay; fade away; get weaker
Since it was constantly stroked by her obsequious entourage, the singer’s ego was gigantic.
The cartoonist’s latest sketch is a polemic that illustrates the island dictator as a toddler who constantly has tantrums.
causing debate or argument
The mineral waters of Martinsville were once considered a potent restorative.
The system administrator constantly thwarted the efforts of the black hat hackers.
The chemistry lab TA was adamant that the students wrote legibly on their lab reports.
Aragon slung his sword over his brawny shoulders and put on a thick cloak to keep out the wind.
After nine events over two days, the men's decathlon was decided last night in the one event all decathletes dread — the 1500.
an athletic competition with ten events
When things are not going the govenor's way, she will often twist the truth and equivocate to put things in her favor.
speak ambiguously; avoid telling the truth
My sixth grade English teacher complained that my sloppy penmanship resembled hieroglyphics.
- 1. picture writing
- 2. writing which is difficult to read or enigmatic
After finding his computer was not where he left it, he accused his sister of larceny.
theft; robbery; stealing
I don't understand the right wing obsession with religious fundementalism.
a dominating concern
The ponderous elephant had difficulty traversing the dense forest.
weighty; slow and heavy
The local school system seems to have a problem with student retention perhaps because of the growing list of educational alternatives.
The timorous soldier ran from his post when he saw the enemy approaching.
Because Leonard is adroit at mental calculations, he is able to effortlessly solve complicated math problems.
skilful / skillful
The speaker apologized for the brevity of his answer, but he had a pressing engagement.
The boy had a wild streak that overcame his sense of decorum too often and landed him in duels every other day.
dignified; correct behavior [decorous (a)]
He always erred on the side of caution, and double checked his work
make a mistake
The soreness of my ankle hindered our progress through the forest.
If it were not for the largess of Diana’s charity, many people in the city would go hungry.
CRT televisions have been made obsolete by the invention of cheap LCDs.
no longer valid
If you dare to question the professor, he will give you an evil look and then proceed to pontificate on a totally different subject.
speak pompously or dogmatically
While many of my friends like to discuss their personal lives with our co-workers, I am much more reticent.
restrained; holding something back; uncommunicative
The disgruntled customer went on a tirade about the cost of treatment.
stream of verbal abuse
She lived for the adulation of her loyal followers.
strong admiration; worship
Jule bristled suddenly, the smile disappearing as his face turned predatory once again.
to show irritation
The large jewel was a decoy to attract gullible thieves to their capture.
lure; trap; trick
The erratic flight path of the object led many to believe it was a UFO rather than an airplane.
The widow’s histrionic screaming made the detectives suspicious.
Because the soldier saved the president, everyone is going to laud him at a huge event.
The teenagers became obstreperous when their school team lost the football game.
noisy and boisterous
By hovering nearby, the dark clouds portend a storm in our area.
Fox News had to issue yet another retraction for their careless reporting.
withdrawal; cancellation of a statement
The young women tittered as the prince walked by and smiled at them.
She continued the race despite the adversity of the climb up the hill.
The inventor was the first man to broach the idea of a mobile phone that people could carry around with them.
start to discuss; approach
If you treat others with deference, then people will respect you back.
While the writing appeared simple, its meaning was esoteric in the fact only a number of scholars could comprehend it.
obscure and difficult to understand
The hoary tree has been living in the field for over two centuries.
The lavish buffet items include filet mignon, shrimp cocktails, and five types of European caviar.
on a grand scale; wasteful
He wondered how such an obtuse politician had won the election.
Unease among animals is often a portent of an imminent earthquake.
a warning sign; omen
It wasn’t so long ago that parents taught their children to revere their teachers, but these days it’s hard to find any respect in the classroom.
He slammed the old tome on the table sending dust in the air.
As a teacher, I am a strong advocate for more parent involvement in schools.
The salesgirl’s brusque manner made me change my mind about shopping in the store.
Trees tend to defoliate in the cooler temperatures of Fall.
cause leaves to fall off
Although most scientists espouse the Big Bang Theory for the beginning of the universe, there is still no absolute proof of how we got here.
promote; take up; support
He continued to hone his swordmanship skills by sparring with opponents.
sharpen; increase; whet
The lax security of the parking lot led to many break-ins of customer vehicles.
careless; not strict
We replaced the old mechanisms because we wanted to obviate any nervousness about potential breakdown.
avoid; make unnecessary
That is not to say it is a pseudo-science, some poseur who has thrown on a white lab coat and snuck in the back door of a convention of real scientists—far from it.
someone who puts on an act
His reckless theory was riddled with errors of logic.
full of (usually full of holes)
The torpid student did nothing but sleep in class each day.
inactive; lazy; stagnant
Because Henry could see both the mountains and the ocean from his hotel room, he really enjoyed the aesthetic view.
concerning art or beauty
When the ruler traveled around his territory, his guards accompanied him as a bulwark from enemy attack.
fortification; barricade; wall
Cassette tape players from the eighties are nearly defunct.
no longer in existence
Some dictionaries will give you a clue to a term’s etymology by identifying the word’s country of origin.
the study of word origins
Because Janice was a drama queen, she used a hyperbole in practically every sentence.
grossly exaggerated speech
The map legend explained the different symbols of the atlas.
- 1. key to map;
- 2. myth or story
When my sister cooks, she always leaves an odious mess in the kitchen.
She saved many photographs of events for future posterity.
The beach is rife with young people during the summer months.
During the winter, the bears fall into an intense torpor.
dormancy; sluggishness; inactivity
People enjoy eating at that restaurant because the waitresses are always so affable.
friendly; social; easygoing
The bureaucracy of the legislative government is delaying the passage of much needed educational funding.
After the millionaire lost his fortune, he became homeless and lived a life of degradation.
deprivation; poverty; debasement
He gave a touching eulogy at the old warrior's funeral.
She was such a hypochondriac that the doctor would not take her phone calls any longer.
a person obsessed with health; having imaginary illnesses
A legion of fans came to Nathon Fillion's autograph session.
in large numbers
I usually give law officers their due respect, but I just didn’t appreciate that policeman’s officious attitude when he was questioning me.
domineering; intrusive; meddlesome
He received a posthumous award at his funeral.
She scrubbed the paint from her skin with much vigor.
Scotty stood up from the barstool and began to totter as if he would soon hit the floor.
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