v. honor the memory of. The statue of the Minute Man commemorates the valiant soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War.
v. assemble; gather; accumulate. We planned to compile a list of the words most frequently used on SAT examinations.
N. self-satisfaction; smugness. Full of complacency about his latest victories, he looked smugly at the row of trophies on his matelpiece. complacent, ADJ.
N. readiness to yield; conformity in fulfilling requirements. Bullheaded Bill was not noted for easy compliance with the demands of others. As an architect however, Bill recognized that his design for the new school had to be in compliance with the local building code.
N. mental calmness. Even the latest work crisis failed to shake her composure.
ADJ. thorough; inclusive. This book provides a comprehensive review of verbal and math skills for the SAT.
v. admit; yield. Despite all the evidence Monica had assembled, Mark refused to concede that she was right.
ADJ. reconcilling; soothing. She was still angry despite his conciliatory words. conciliate, v.
ADJ. brief and compact. When you define a new word, be concise; the shorter the definition, the easier it is to remember.
v. agree. Did you concur with the decision of the court or did you find it unfair.
v. overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse. Unlike Widow Douglass, who condoned Huck's minor offenses, Miss Watson did nothing but scold.
N. great fire. In the conflagration that followed the 1906 earthquake, much of San Francisco was destroyed.
v. confuse; puzzle. No mystery could confound Sherlock Holmes for long.
N. general agreement. Every time the garden club members had nearly reached a consensus about what to plant, Mistress Mary, quite contrary, disagreed.
N. compulsion; repression of feelings. There was a feeling of constraint in the room because no one dared to criticize the speaker. constrain, v.
ADJ. mysterious; hidden; secret. Thoroughly baffled by Holmes;s cryptic remarks, Watson wondered whether Holmes was intentionally concealing his thoughts about the crime.
ADJ. casual; hastily done. Because a cursory examination of the ruins indicates the possibility of arson,we believe the insurance agency should undertake a more extensive investigation of the fire's cause.
v. shorten; reduce. When Herb asked Diane for a date, she said she was really sorry she couldn't go out with him, but her dad had ordered her to curtail her social life.
N. propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners. Even the best-mannered students have trouble behaving with decorum on the last day of school. decorous, ADJ.
N. courteous regard for another's wish. In deference to the minister's request, please do not take photographs during the wedding service.
N. humiliation; debasement; degeneration. Some secretaries object to fetching the boss a cup of coffee because they resent the degradation of being made to do such lowly tasks. degrade, v.
v. portray; depict; sketch. Using only a few descriptive phrases, Austen delineates the character of Mr. Collins so well that we can predict his every move. delineation, N.
v. condemn; criticize. The reform candidate denounced the corrupt city officers for having betrayed the public's trust. denunciation.
v. regret; disapprove of. Although I deplore the vulgarity of your language, I defend your right to express yourself freely.
N. extreme corruption; wickedness. The depravity of Caligula's behavior came to sicken even those who had willingly participated in his earlier, comparatively innocent orgies.
v. ridicule; make fun of. The critics derided his pretentious dialogue and refused to consider his play seriously. derision, N.
ADJ. unoriginal; derived from another source. Although her early poetry was clearly derivative in nature the critics thought she had promise and eventually would find her own voice.
ADJ. depressed; gloomy. To the dismay of his parents, William became seriously despondent after he broke up with Jan; they despaired of finding a cure for his gloom. despondency, N.
ADJ. emotionally removed; calm and objective; physically unconnected. A psychoanalyst must maintain a detached point of view and stay uninvolved with his or her patients; personal lives. To a child growing up in an apartment or a row house, to live in a detached house was an unattainable dream.
N. something that discourages; hindrance. Does the threat of capital punishment serve as a deterrent to potential killers? deter, v.