he rival politicians repeatedly cast aspersions on each others’ integrity
direct one's hopes or ambitions toward achieving something
The young poet aspires to publish a book of verse someday.
A poem — especially one that rhymes — is called verse. The children's author Dr. Seuss wrote in verse, and the regular rhymes of "The Cat in the Hat" helped generations of children learn to read.
At dawn, the war planes assailed the boats in the harbor.
A crew arrived to assess the damage after the crash
not typical, unusual
Screaming and crying is atypical adult behavior.
able to be heard
The missing person’s shouts were unfortunately not audible
shy, excessively timid
Frankie’s mother told him not to be bashful when he refused to attend the birthday party
1.(n.) a device that supplies power
2. (n.)assault, beating
Her husband was accused of assault and battery after he attacked a man on the sidewalk.
something of tremendous power or size
The new aircraft carrier is among several behemoths that the Air Force has added to its fleet
devoid of, without
His family was bereft of food and shelter following the tornado
be deprived of a loved one through a profound absence, especially due to the loved one's death.
take away possessions from someone through death
to beg, plead, implore
The servant beseeched the king for food to feed his starving family
a tendency, inclination, prejudice
The judge’s hidden bias against smokers led him to make an unfair decision
to coax by using flattery
Rachel’s assistant tried to blandish her into accepting the deal.
1. a plague, disease
The potato blight destroyed the harvest and bankrupted many families.
2. something that destroys hope
His bad morale is a blight upon this entire operation
a gift or blessing
The good weather has been a boon for many businesses located near the beach
excessively bold, brash, shameless, unabashed
Critics condemned the novelist’s brazen attempt to plagiarize Hemingway’s story
(v.) to strike with force
The strong winds buffeted the ships, threatening to capsize them
To capsize is to overturn, and it usually happens to boats. Don't rock the boat, baby, or you might just capsize.
a rhythm, progression of sound
The pianist used the foot pedal to emphasize the cadence of the sonata
brotherhood, jovial unity, good friendship and loyalty
Camaraderie among employees usually leads to success in business.
1. (n.) a piece of cloth on which an artist paints
Picasso liked to work on canvas rather than on bare cement.
2. (v.) to cover, inspect
We canvassed the neighborhood looking for clues
to party, celebrate
We caroused all night after getting married
to annoy, pester
The husband divorced his wife after listening to her carping voice for decades.
jump, leap or dance around excitedly.
The adults ate their dinners on the patio,while the children cavorted around the pool
to feel or show affection toward something
She continued to cherish her red plaid trousers, even though they had gone out of style and no longer fit her
a cloth having a crisscross design
to voice disapproval
Lucy chided Russell for his vulgar habits and sloppy appearance
Cleave, a verb, has two very different meanings. It can describe cutting or splitting something apart with a sharp instrument, or — oddly enough — it can describe sticking to something like glue.
an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting, feel like vomiting
the sour taste made her retch
disgust or sicken (someone) with an excess of sweetness, richness, or sentiment
Though Ronald was physically attractive, Susan found his constant compliments and solicitous remarks cloying
a person who makes or repairs shoes
I had my neighborhood cobbler replace my worn-out leather soles with new ones.
The original colossus was an enormous statue that was supposed to have guarded the ancient Greek island and city of Rhodes. Now, though, we use the noun colossus for someone of huge importance, reputation, or influence.
a notice of approval or recognition
Jared received a commendation from Linda, his supervisor, for his stellar performance
The word commensurate has to do with things that are similar in size and therefore appropriate. Many people think the death penalty is a commensurate punishment for murder. In other words, the penalty fits the crime.
Holden invited the three women to join him in the back seat of the taxicab, assuring them that the car was quite commodious.
to accept as valid–usually in an unwilling way and often in the context of a competition, as in "At midnight, the candidate finally conceded defeat."
When you concoct something, you mix up different ingredients. If you want to become a mad scientist or a wizard, you'll have to learn how to concoct strange potions.
an expression of sympathy in sorrow
Brian lamely offered his condolences on the loss of his sister’s roommate’s cat
a person entrusted with secrets
a person who conforms to accepted behavior or established practices
traditionalist, conservative, stickler
Julian was such a conformist that he had to wait and see if his friends would do something before he would commit.
A congenial person is easy to get along with. If you're trying to decide which of your friends to take on a road trip, choose the most congenial one; easygoing
a gathering of people, especially for religious services
The priest told the congregation that he would be retiring
the quality of being in agreement
Bill and Veronica achieved a perfect congruity of opinion
To connive is to plan or plot to do something illegal or wrong. Conniving is considered dishonest and cowardly
She connived to get me to give up my future plans
an agreement of opinion
The jury was able to reach a consensus only after days of deliberation
to give something over to another’s care
Unwillingly, he consigned his mother to a nursing home
The singers’ consonant voices were beautiful
an essential part
The most important constituent of her perfume is something called ambergris.
Impiety is a disrespect for the sacred
Irreverence toward God.
Incapable of being pacified.
persistent, especially to the point of annoyance or intrusion.
importune is to beg, but use it only when you're talking about going beyond mere begging into more urgent territory
Lacking foresight or thrift.
improvident and undisciplined behavior
To impugn means to call into question or attack as wrong
an unpleasant hint or suggestion of something bad
I've done nothing to deserve all your vicious insinuations
Vicious is an adjective that means intentionally harmful or nasty.
represent (something, especially something undesirable) as being done, caused, or possessed by someone; attribute
silly; stupid; senseless
To teach by frequent repetitions. useful technique for vocabulary study
Impossible to avoid
To instill, introduce, or inculcate, as principles or qualities.
Candid, frank, or open in character or quality.
To be inimical is to be harmful, antagonistic, or opposed to — like smoking two packs a day is to healthy lungs; Adverse
without one's mental faculties, typically a result of violence or intoxication; unconscious
To imply; suggest or hint in an indirect way.
showing a casual lack of concern; indifferent.
The state of being in active resistance to authority.
Authoritative act of prohibition.
If your parents find out you're planning a party for a time when they're away , they will interdict it.
Time between acts or periods
unwilling or refusing to change one's views or to agree about something
uncompromising, inflexible, unbending
overwhelm (someone) with things or people to be dealt with.
To fill with an overflowing abundance; flood
To harden or toughen by use, exercise, or exposure
To utter vehement censure or invective.
having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change.
Not to be conquered, subdued, or overcome
too powerful to be defeated or overcome
an extremely small amount.
A small or insignificant mark or part
On the anger scale, first comes annoyed, then cross, then furious, then irate. When cartoon characters are irate smoke comes out of their ears. Use this word only when someone is so mad they scare you.
Moved to anger.
a military or political group that rules a country after taking power by force
lacking in spirit or liveliness; Listless
Use lascivious to describe a person's behavior that is driven by thoughts of sex. If someone gives you a lascivious smile, they've got only one thing in mind; Lustful
(of speech or writing) expressing praise and commendation.
A bequest, inheritance, heritage
an amount of money or property left to someone in a will.
A levee is an embankment, like a dam, constructed to prevent the overflow of a body of water.
Someone who is licentious behaves or speaks inappropriately, usually in regards to sex.