Vocabulary test #2

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Vocabulary test #2
2010-08-27 19:18:26
vocab words

Vocabulary words
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  1. jaded
    (adj.) wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satisfied by excessive indulgence.)

    The wilted handclasp and the fast-melting smile mark the jaded refugee from too many parties.
  2. Lurid
    (adj.) Causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint.

    The man had a lurid expression on his face after being fired.
  3. Meritorious
    (adj.) Worthy, deserving recognition and praise.

    The congressman received a meritorious applause from the crowd after creating the new homeless shelters.
  4. Petulant
    (adj.) peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset.

    Children may become Petulant when they don;t get enough sleep.
  5. Prerogative
    (n.) A special right or privilege; a special quality showing excellence.

    The longer you work at the same company the more prerogatives you may receive.
  6. Provincial
    (adj.) Pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward; of a simple, plain design that originated in the countryside.

    (n.) A person with a narrow point of view; a person from an outlying area; a soldier from a province or colony.

    The ford model T was once a provincial luxury owned only by the elite.

    A Provincial immigrant may find themselves lost in American society.
  7. Simulate
    (V.) To make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of.

    A movie may try to simulate what someone is experiencing.
  8. Transcend
    (V.) To rise above and beyond, exceed.

    A good leader must transcend above his popularity and lead from what is right.
  9. Umbrage
    (n.) shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; and overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment; a vague suspicion.

    The author sat under the umbrage of the tree to day-dream of new ideas.
  10. unctuous
    (adj.) excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an expression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety; fatty, oily; pliable.

    The sales representative tried to make an unctuous impression on my mother, who was interested in buying a new car.