so squeamish he would only touch the toilet handle with his elbow
draw back, as with fear or pain
she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf
spoken or done without preparation.
an extemporaneous speech
rub hard or scrub
scour the counter tops
with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe
we stood there agape with wonder
a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source.
he received the dictum with evident reluctance
wildly excited or uncontrolled; frantic, frenetic
a frenzied attack
wildly, insane; without self-control
a long period of time
he reached the crag eons before I arrived
the wide part of a river where it nears the sea; fresh and salt water mix
To confide in someone is to tell them something privately. We confide in people we trust.
enthusiastic and lengthy applause
sad or miserable in appearance.
A person may looks woebegone as a result of a calamity.
formed, arranged, or done for a particular purpose only.
a coordinated policy instead of ad hoc decisions
(of speech or writing) using or involving ellipsis, especially so as to be difficult to understand.
cryptic, abstruse, ambiguous, obscure
bring into effective action; utilize.
To brandish something is to wave it about aggressively, as one might brandish a sword or tennis racket
flourish, wave, shake, wield
unrestrained and violent
If your neighborhood seems to teem with cats, that means there are a lot of cats running around. Teem refers to a large number.
an acute contagious viral disease characterized by fever and by swelling of the parotid glands
of or relating to the stars or constellations
Natty means current in style, both of dress and manners. A natty dresser is someone who is very stylish and has a snappy attitude.
excessively interested in acquiring money or material things.
greedy, covetous, avaricious
If your mother enshrines your first drawing, she might frame it and hang it in a special place, as if it were a holy relic. To enshrine is to put something special, often religious, into a protective place.
give an unofficial name or nickname to (someone or something).
the media dubbed anorexia “the slimming disease.”
the substance or essence of a speech or text
she noted the gist of each message
not claiming attention for oneself; retiring and modest.
his demeanor was self-effacing, gracious, and polite
conscientiousness in performing all aspects of a task; painstakingness
to a meager degree or in a meager manner
reject or void, especially by legal procedure.
cancel, reverse, rescind, repeal, revoke, retract
his conviction was quashed on appeal
without variation or change, in every case
A heuristic is a rule or method that helps you solve problems faster than you would if you did all the computing. It sounds fancy, but you might know a heuristic as a "rule of thumb."
Adultery is a word for cheating — cheating on your spouse with another person. Adultery isn’t a crime, but some people consider it a sin.
with competence; in a competent capable manner
Steven has summed up our concerns very ably
stop oneself from doing something.
she refrained from comment
If you blurt something out, you're speaking abruptly and without thinking about what you're saying.
she wouldn't blurt out words she did not mean
small amount of something; a bite
a steep or rugged cliff or rock face
the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort
misery resulting from affliction
wretchedness, sadness, unhappiness
a sudden sound in the doorway startled her
surprise, frighten, scare
give or apportion (something) to someone as a share or task.
equal time was allotted to each
an unhealthy pale appearance.
paleness, pallidness, lack of color
revoke or annul, cancel officially
2. to fill (someone) with delight and wonder
to put into a trance
To enrapture someone is cast an irresistible spell over them, to make them feel "rapture." I was enraptured by her gorgeous voice and stunning way of interpreting a song.
delight, enchant, enthral
arguing, argument, contestation, controversy
using or expressing dry, especially mocking, humor.
a wry smile
ironic, sardonic, satirical, mocking, sarcastic
of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.