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to caution, criticize, reprove
Joe’s mother admonished him not to ruin his appetite by eating cookies before dinner.
We adorned the tree with ornaments
to argue in favor of something
Arnold advocated turning left at the stop sign, even though everyone else thought we should turn right
Mrs. Grebelski was affluent, owning a huge house, three cars, and an island near Maine
Bernardo was very touchy, and took any slight as an affront to his honor.
a thing of little value or importance
people should't get upset for things that make trifle changes to their lives
the beginning of something, especially something unpleasant.
the onset of winter
obtain (something), especially with care or effort.
food procured for the rebels
unpleasantly damp and sticky or slimy to touch
his skin felt cold and clammy
push or shake (someone or something) abruptly and roughly
a surge in the crowd behind him jolted him forward
push, thrust, jar, bump, knock, bang
below an average level
not in a straight or level position
the door was hanging askew on one twisted hinge
crooked, lopsided, tilted
Merit is another way of saying "deserve."
admit (someone) formally to a position or organization.
Some schools induct only students who meet their pre-entrance standards.
a poisonous substance secreted by animals such as snakes, spiders, and scorpions
1. a narrow valley between hills or mountains, typically with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it.
ravine, canyon, gully, defile
2. the throat.
There are good quacks and bad quacks. A good quack is the sound a duck makes. A bad quack is someone pretending to be a doctor.
Quackery is when someone poses as a doctor.
having an oblique or slanting direction or position
A hedge is a living fence made of closely planted bushes, which, as they grow and get trimmed and shaped, form a wall of green.
A moniker is a nickname. Basketball player Charles Barkley had the moniker "The Round Mound of Rebound."
act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining
fall, move, or hang in a heavy, loose, and ungainly way
Atrocities, acts of outrageous cruelty, are often committed during wars and armed conflicts.
To salvage something is to save it...before it's too late. You might try to salvage your damaged reputation by defending yourself
speak or laugh at someone or about something in a scornfully derisive or mocking way.
Something crooked is not straight, like a trail through the woods, or your cousin's unfortunate set of teeth.
what arrant nonsense!
avoid (someone or something) by a sudden quick movement.
If you crouch down very low and sit on your heels, you squat. If you have to talk to a small child, you might have to squat to talk face-to-face
To crouch is to bend your knees, pull your body in, and sit on your heels.
sincere regret or remorse
An intrusion is a deliberate move into someone else's territory — either literal or figurative.
If you find yourself on a slippery slope, watch out, you could be sliding down a hill. Land that is not level is called a slope.
try hard to do or achieve something.
A determined student might endeavor to get straight A on his final exam
having made a firm decision and being resolved not to change it.
firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
(of a person) having an insatiable appetite or desire for something, especially sex.
To crave something is to have a great desire for it, as one might crave love, fame, or French fries.
to increase or make greater
Joseph always dropped the names of the famous people his father knew as a way to aggrandize his personal stature
distressed, wronged, injured
The foreman mercilessly overworked his aggrieved employees.
quick and light in movement or action; agile
with a deft motion of her nimble fingers
neatly skillful and quick in one's movements.
What you want to see in football or basketball is some deft handling of the ball.
a passageway between rows of seats
false name or identity
He snuck past the guards by using an alias and fake ID.
to assert, usually without proof
The policeman had alleged that Marshall committed the crime, but after the investigation turned up no evidence, Marshall was set free.
showing love, particularly sexual
Whenever Albert saw Mariah wear her slinky red dress, he began to feel quite amorous
something that came before
The great tradition of Western culture had its antecedent in the culture of Ancient Greece
to assess the worth or value of
(A realtor will come over tonight to appraise our house.
1. to seize, arrest
The criminal was apprehended at the scene
2. to perceive, understand, grasp
The student has trouble apprehending concepts in math and science
recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources.
exuberantly plentiful; abundant
something has too many words and goes on too long; tediously lengthy
giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable
curving outward; bulging
making or indicative of timely preparation for the future.
the quality of being prudent; cautiousness
childishly silly and trivial
The quality of affecting the sense of smell.
A heap of combustibles arranged for burning a dead body.
able to catch fire and burn easily
A great big pile of something is a heap. Your sloppy brother might keep all of his clothes in a heap on his bedroom floor.
A fit of nausea.
a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation
An utterly trivial objection or criticism.
Of an everyday character; ordinary.
form branches or offshoots; spread or branch out
Pertaining to, of the nature of, causing, or favoring reaction.
breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or reappearance in active existence.
an improvement in the condition or strength of something
physical strength and good health
formidable, especially as an opponent.
awe-inspiring, fearsome, daunting
Imagine yourself pulling a dog who doesn't want to walk. The dog is refractory, or stubbornly resisting your authority.
open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded or controlled
The killing of a king or sovereign.
To say or do sometning again and again for a number of times, typically for emphasis or clarity
To suffer a return of a disease after partial recovery.
To present a verbal or written protest to those
who have power to right or prevent a wrong.
A meal; figuratively, any refreshment.
To force or keep back in a manner, physically or mentally
feel or express discontent; fret.
showing deep unhappiness of thought.
persistent petty and unjustified criticism
an irritable petulant feeling
One abandoned to depravity and sin.
an unprincipled person
a dishonest or unscrupulous person; a rogue
arousing intense distaste or disgust
You can requite a friend’s kindness by doing your friend a favor or by being kind in return. Requite means "to repay or return."
a group of advisers, assistants, or others accompanying an important person
entourage, escort, company, court
To regard with worshipful veneration
referring to sexual matters in an amusingly rude or irreverent way.
not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society
dealing with sexual matters in a comical way; humorously indecent
Risible describes something that is laughable or amusing, like seeing a very large man trying to get into a very tiny car.
laughable, ridiculous, absurd, comical
A lawless or recklessly brutal fellow.
If something stands out in a very obvious way, it can be called salient.
outstanding, prominent, spectacular, striking, conspicuous
To satisfy fully the appetite or desire of.