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champion
v. support militantly
Martin Luther King, Jr., won the Noble Peace Prze because he championed supported militantly the oppressed in their struggle for equality
charlatan
n. quack; pretender to knowledge
When they realized that the Wizard didn't know how to get them back to Kansas, Dorothy and her companions were indignant that they'd been duped by a charlatan- quack or pretender to knowledge
chary
adj. cautious; sparing or restrained about giving
A prudent, thrifty, New Englander, DeWitt was as chary cautious; sparing or restrained about giving of investing money in junk bonds as he was cautious of paying people unnecessary compliments
chasm
n. abyss
Looking down from the cliffs of Doom, Frodo and his companions could not see the bottom of the chasm abyss
chassis
n. framework and working parts of an automobile
examining the car after the accident the woner discovered tha tthe body had been ruined but that the chassis or framework and working parts of an automobile was unharmed
chaste
adj. pure; virginal; modest
To ensure that his bride would stay chaste while he was off to the wars, the crusader had her fitted out with a chastity belt.
check
v. stop motion; curb or restrain
Thrusting out her arm, Grandma checked or stopped the motion of Bobby's lunge at his sister. "Young man," she said, "you'd better check restrain your temper."
checkered
adj. marked by changes in fortune
During his marked by changes in fortune checkered career he had lived in palatial mansions and in dreary boardinghouses
cherubic
adj. angelic; innocent-looking
with her cheerful smile and rosy cheeks, she was a particularly cherubic angelic; innocent-looking child.
chicanery
n. trickery; deception.
AAThose sneaky lawyers misrepresented what occurred, made up all sorts of implausible alternative scenarious to confuse the jurors, and in general depended on tricker deception chicanery to win the case.
chide
v. scold
Grandma began to chide scold steven for his lying
cloister
n. monastery or convent
the nuns lived in a secluded life in the cloister monastery or convent
concoct
v. prepare by combining; make up in concert
How did the inventive chef ever concoct prepare by combining such a strange dish... concoction
contrived
adj. forced; artificial; not spontaneous
Feeling ill at ease with his new in-laws, James made a few contrived forced artificail not spontaneous attempts at conversation and then retreated into silence
culvert
n. artifical channel for water
If we build a artificial channel for water culvert under the road at this point, we will reduce the possibility of the road's being flooded during the rainy season
dialectical
adj. relating to the art of the debate; mutual or reciprocal
the debate coach's students grew to develop great forensic and dialectical relating to the art of the debaate skill. teaching, however, is inherently a dialectical mutual situation; the coach learned at least as much from her students as they learned from her
dispatch
n. speediness; prompt execution; messege sent with all due speed
Young Napoleon defeated the enemy with all possible speediness dispatch; he then sent a dispatch messege to head quarters informing his commander of the great victory
encumber
v. burden
some people encumber burden themselves with too much luggage when they take short trips
flippant
adj. lacking proper seriousness
When mark told Mona he loved her, she dismissed his earnest declaration with a flippant lacking proper seriousness "Oh, you say that to all the girls."
gainsay
v. deny
Even though it reflected badly upon him, he was too honest to gainsay deny the truth of the report
grate
v. make a harsh noise; have an unpleasant effect; shred
the screams of the quarreling children grated have an unpleasent effect make a harsh noise on her nerves
host
n. great number; person entertaining guests; animal or plant from which a parasite gets its nourishment
You must attent to a host great number of details if you wish to succeed as a host of a formal dinner party. Leeches are parasites that cling to their hosts and drink their hosts' blood
indeterminate
adj. uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
That interest rates shall rise appears certain; when they will do so however remains indeterminate uncertain not clearly fixed indefinite
insidious
adj. treacherous; stealthy; sly
the fifth colum is insidious treacherous stealthy sly because it works secretly within our territory for our defeat
legerdemain
n. sleight of hand
the magician demonstrated his renowned legerdemain sleight of hand
patronize
v. support; act superior toward; be a customer of
Penniless artists hope to find some wealthy art-lover who will support patronize them. If some condescending wine steward patronized act suprior towards me because he saw i knew nothing about fine wine, id refuse to patronize be a customer of his resturaunt
pied
adj. variegated; multicolored
The Pied Piper of Hamelin got his name from the multicolored clothing he wore
precept
n. practical rule guiding conduct
"love thy neighbor as thyself" is a worthwhile precept practical rule guiding conduct
quail
v. cower; lose heart
The Cowardly Lion was afraid that he would quail cower lose heart in the face of danger
reconnaissance
n. survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering
If you encounter any enemy soldiers during your reconnaissance survey of enemy by soldiers, capture them for questioning
reprobate
n. person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense of decency
I cannot understand why he has so many admirers if he is the reprobate person hardened by sin you say he is
rote
n. repetition
He recited the passage by rote and gave no indication he understood what he was saying
sectarian
adj. relating to a religious faction or subgroup ; narrow-minded; limited
Far from being broad minded, the religious leader was intolerant of new ideas, paying attention only to purely sectarian relating to a religious faction interests
supple
adj. flexible; pliant
Years of yoga excerses made grace's body supple flexible
tether
v. tie with a rope
before we went to sleep we tethered the horses to prevent their wandering off during the night
tundra
n. rolling, treeless plain in Siberia and arctic North America
Despite the cold, many geologists are trying to discover valuable mineral deposits in the tundra rolling, treless plains in Siberia and arctic North America
vouchsafe
v. grant; choose to give in reply; permit
Occasionally the rock star would drift out onto the balcony and vouchsafe grant the crowd below a glimpse of her celebrated features. The professor vouchsafed choose to give in reply not a word to the students questions about what would be covered on the test
coagulate
v. thicken; congeal; clot
Even after you remove the pudding from the burner, it will continue to coagulate thicken, congeal, clot as it stands; therefore do not overcook the pudding
concurrent
adj. happening at the same time
In America, the colonists were resisting the demands of the mother country; at the concurrent happening at the same time moemnt in france, the middle class as sowing the seeds of rebellion
curator
n. superintendent; manager
the members of the board of trustees of the museum expected teh new curator superintendent manger to plan events ad exhibitions that would make the museum more popular
dictum
n. authoritative and weighty statement; saying; maxim
Unviersity administrations still follw the old dictum authoritative and weighty statement saying of "publish or perish." they don't care how good a teacher you are; if you don't publish enough papers, you're out of a job
disputatious
adj. argumentative; fond of arguing
Convinced he knew more than his lawyers, Alan was a disputatious argumentative fond of arguing client, ready to argue about the best way to conduct the case
evanescent
adj. fleeting; vanishing
Brandons satisfaction inhis new job was evanescent fleeting vanishing, for he immediatly began to notice its many drawbacks
fallacious
adj. false; misleading
Paradoxically, fallacious false misleading reasoning does not always yield erroneous results; even though your logic my be faulty, the answer you get may be nevertheless be correct. fallacy
florid
adj. ruddy; reddish; flowery
If you go to florida and get a sunburn, your complexion will look florid ruddy reddish. If your postcards about the trip praise florida in flowery words, your prose sounds florid flowery
gall
n. bitterness; nerve
the knowledge of his failure filled him with gail bitterness nerve
gregarious
adj. sociable
typically, partygoers are gregarious socialble;hermits are not
implore
v. beg
he implored begged her to give him a second chance
indifferent
adj. unmoved or unconcered by; mediocre
insolence
n. impudent disrespect; haughtiness
How dare you treat me so rudely! The manager will hear of your insolence impudent disrespect haughtiness
malignant
adj. injurious; tending to cause death; aggressively malevolent
Though many tumors are benign, some are malignant injurious tending to cause death agressively malevolent. growing out of control and endangering the life of the patient
mimicry
n. imitiation
her gift for mimicry imitation was so great that her friends said she should be in the theater
musky
adj. having the odor of musk
she left a trace of musky having the odor of musk perfume behind her
pedant
n. scholar who overemphasizes book learning or technicalities
Her insistence that the book be memorized marked the teacher as a pedant shcolar who overemphasizes book learning or technicalities rather than a scholar
pine
v. languish, decline; long for, yearn
though she tried to be happy living with Clara in the city, Heidi longed for the mountains and for her gruff but loving grandfather
precipitate
v. throw headlong; hasten
The removal of American political support appears to have precipitated throw headlong hastened teh downfall of the arcos Regime
promontory
n. headland
They erected a lighthouse on the promontory headleand to warn approaching ships of their nearness to the show
quay
n. dock; landing place
Because of the captain's carelessness, teh ship crashed into the quay dock landing place
rectify
v. set right; correct
You had better send a check to rectify set right correct your account before American Express cancels your credit card
sedition
n. resistance to authority; insubordination
His words, though not treasonous in themselves, were calculated to arouse thoughts of sedition resistance to authority insubordination
stifle
v. suppress; extinguish; inhibit
Halfway through the boring lecture, Laura gave up trying to stifle suppress extinguish inhibit her yawns
surfeit
v. satiate; stuff; indulge to excess in anything
Every Thanksgiving we are surfeited satiated stuffed indulged to excess in anything with an overabundance of holiday treats
Curative
Therapeutic
Now better known for its racetrack, Saratogo Springs first gained attention for the curative therapueutic ualities of its famous "healing waters"
waft
v. moved gently by wind or waves
Daydreaming, he gazed at the leaves that wafted moved gently by wind or waves past his window
clout
n. great influence (especially political or social)
Gatsby wondered whether he had enough clout great influence especiall political or social to be admitted to the exclusive club
concomitant
n. that whcih accompanies
Cultures is not alwasy a concomitant that which accompanies of wealth
controvert
v. oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict
the witness's testimony was so clear and her reputation for honesty so well-established that the defense attorney decided it was wiser to make no attempt to controvert to oppose with arguments attempt to refute contradict what she said
cumbersome
adj. heavy; hard to manage
He was burdened down with cumbersome heavy hard to manage parcels
deleterious
adj. harmful
If you believe that smoking is deleterious to your health and the surgeon general certainly does then quit
diaphanous
adj. hseer; transparent
Through the diaphanous sheer transparent curtains, teh burglar could clearly see the large jewerly box on the dressing table
duress
n. foricble restraint, especially unlawfully
the hostages were held under duress forcible restraint especially unlawfully until the prisoners demands were met
endearment
n. fond statement
your gifts and endearments fond statements cannot make me forget your earlier insolence
facet
n. small plane surface (of a gem); a side
The stonecutter decided to improve the rough diamond by providing it with sever facets small plane surfaces of a gem a side
flit
v. fly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by
Like a bee flitting flying dartign lightly passing swiftly by from flwer to flower, Rose flitted passed swiftly by from one boyfriend to the next
gait
n. manner of walking or running; speed
the lame man walked with an uneven gait manner of walking or running speed
hostility
n. unfriendliness; hatred
a child who has been the sole object of his parents affection often feels hostilitiy unfriendliness hatred toward a new baby in the family.
malfeasance
n. wrongdoing
The authorities did not discover the campaign manger's malfeasance wrongdoing until after he had spent most of the money had embezzled
oblique
adj. indirect; slanting (deviating from the perpendicular or from a straight line)
Casting a quick oblique indirect slanting glance at the reviewing stand, the sergeant ordered teh company to march "oblique right"
paucity
n. scarcity
They closed the restaurant because the paucity scarcity of customers made it uneconomical to operate
precinct
n. district or division of a city
Ed McBain's detective nocels set in the 87th precinct district or division of a city provide an exciting picture of police work
quaint
adj. odd; old-fashioned; picturesque
Her quaint odd old fashioned clothes and old fashioned language marked her as an eccentric
reprove
v. censure; rebuke
Though Aunt bea at times had to reprove rebuke Opie for inattention in church she believed he was at heart a God-fearing lad
rotundity
n. roundness; sonorousness of speech
Short, squat, and round as a bowling ball, he was the very model of rotundity roundness sonorousness of speech
secular
adj. worldly; not pertaining to church matters; temporal
Teh church leaders decided not to interfere in secular worldly matters.
stem
v. check the flow
The paramedic used a tourniquet to stem check the flow the flow teh bleeding from teh slashed artery
supplicate
v. petition humbly; pray to grant a favor
We supplicate petition humbly Your majesty to grant him amnesty
turbid
adj. muddy; having the sediment disturbed
The water was turbid muddy after teh children had waded through it
vanguard
n. advance guard of a military force; forefront of a movement
When no enemy was in sight, the Duke of Plaza toro marched in the advance guard of a military force of his troops, but once the bullets flew above, he headed for the rear
voyeur
n. peeping Tom
Nancy called her brother a voyeur peeping tom when she caught him aiming his binoculars at an upstairs window of the house of the newlyweds next door