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complicity
n. participation; involvement
You cannot keep your complicity participation involvement in this affair secret very long; you would be wise to admit your involvement complicity immediatly
consummate
adj. complete
I have never seeen anyone who makes as many stupid errors as you do; wat a consummate complete idiot you are!
creed
n. system of religious or ethical belief
Any loyal American's creed system of religious or ethical belief must emphasize love of democracy
douse
v. plunge into water; drench; extinguish
they doused drenched eachother with hoses and water balloons
equivocate
v. lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
No matter how bad teh news is, give it to us straight. Above all, dont equivocate lie mislead attempt to conceal the truth
expropriate
v. take possession of
He questioned the governments right to expropriate take possession of his land to create a wildlife preserve
infraction
n. violation (of a rule or regulation); breach
When Dennis Rodman butted heads with that referee, he committed a clear infraction violation of NBA rules
invalidate
v. weaken; destroy
the relatives who recieved little or nothing sought to invalidate weaken destroy the will by claiming that the deceased had not been in his right mind when he had signed the document
lout
n. clumsy person
that awkward lout clumsy person dropped by my priceless vase!
mendicant
n. beggar
"O noble sir, give alms to the poor" cried Aladdin, playing the mendicant beggar
mores
n. conventions; moral standards; customs
In America, Benazir Bhutto dressed as Western women did; in Pakistan, however she followed the mores conventions moral standards customs of her people ddressing in traditional veil and robes
parsimony
n. stinginess; excessive frugality; reluctance to give or spend
Furious because her father wouldn't let her buy out the clothing store, Annie accused him of parsimony stinginess; excessive frugality
potable
adj. suitable for drinking
The recent drought in the Middle Atlantic states has emphasized the need for extensive research in way sof making sea water potable suitable for drinking
reactionary
adj. recoiling from progress; politically ultra conservative
Opposing the use of English in worship services, reactionary politically ultra conservative forces in the church fought to reinstate the mass in Latin
rhapsodize
v. to speak or write in an exaggeratedly enthusiastic manner
She greatly enjoyed her Hawaiian vacation and rhapsodized speaked in an exaggertedly enthusastic manner about it for weeks
schism
n. division; split
His reforms led to a schism division split in the church and the establishment of a new sect opposing the old order
skirmish
n. minor fight
Custer's troops expected they might run into a skirmish minor fight or two on maneuvers; they did not expect to face a major battle
spurn
v. reject; scorn
teh heroine spurned rejected scorned the villain's advances
succinct
adj. brief; terse; compact
Don't bore your audience with excess verbiage: be succinct brief terse compact
tantalize
v. tease; torture with disappointment
tom tantalized teased tortured with disappointment his younger brother, holding the ball just too high for Jimmy to reach
traverse
v. go through or across
When you traverse go through accros this field, be careful of the bull
untenable
adj. indefensible; not able to be maintained
Wayne is so contrary that, the more untenable indefensible not able to be maintained a position is, the harder he'll try to defend it
clairvoyant
adj, n. having foresight; fortuneteller
Cassandra's clairvoyant having foresight warning was not heeded by the Trojens
contagion
n. infection
Fearing contagion infection, they took great steps to prevent the spread of the disease
crescendo
n. increase in the volume or intensity, as in a musical passage; climax
Teh music suddenly shifted its mood, dramatically switching from a muted, contemplative passage toa crescendo increase in the volume or intensity climax with blaring trumpets and clashing cymbals
deference
n. courteous regard for another's wish
In deference courteous regard for another's wish to the minister' request, please do not take photographs during the wedding service
dowdy
adj. slovenly; untidy
She tried to change her dowdy untidy slovenly image by buying a new fashionable wardrobe
expunge
v. cancel; remove
If you behave, I will expunge cancel remove this notation from your record
finesse
n. delicate skill
The finesse delicate skill and adroitness with which the surgeon welded her scalpel impressed all the observers in the operating room
frigid
adj. intensely cold
Alaska is in the frigid intensely cold zone
impenitent
adj. not repentant
We could see from his tough guy attitude that he was impenitent not repentant
incorporeal
adj. lacking a material body; insubstantial
While Casper the friendly ghost is an incorporeal lacking a material insubstantial being, envertheless he and his fellow ghosts make quite an impact on the physical world
laceration
n. torn, ragged wound
The stoke car driver needed stitches to close up the lacerations torn ragged wound he recieved in the car crash
low
v. moo
From the hilltop, they could see the herd like ants in the distance; they could barely hear the cattle low
menial
adj. suitable for servants; lowly; mean
Her wicked stepmother forced Cinderalla to do menial suitable for servants lowly mean tasks around the house while her ugly stepsisters lolled around painting their toenails
moribund
adj. dying
Hearst took a moribund dying, failing weekly newspaper and transformed it into one of the liveliest, most profitable daily newspapers around
peruse
v. read with care
After teh conflagration that burned down her house, Joan closely perused read with care her home insurance policy to discover exactly what benefits her coverage provided heer
potent
adj. powerful; persuasive; greatly influential
Looking at the expiration date on teh cough syrup bottle, we wondered whether the medication would still be potent greatly influential powerful
prodigal
adj. wasteful; reckless with money
Don't be so prodigal wasteful reckless with money spending my money; when you've earned some money yourself, you can waste it as much as you want!
pummel
v. beat or pound with fists
Swinging wildly, Pam pummeled beat or pound with fists her brother around the head and shoulders
repast
n. meal; feast; banquet
The caterers prepared a delicious repast meal feast banquet for Fred and Judy's wedding day
scintillate
v. sparkle; flash
I enjoy her dinner parties because the food is excellent and the conversation scintillates sparkles flashes
succor
v. aid; assist; comfort
If you believe that con man has come here to succor aid assist comfort you in your hour of need, you're an even bigger sucker than i thought
tantamount
adj. equivalent in effect or value
Because so few Southern blacks could afford to pay the poll tax, the imposition of this tax on prospective voters was tantamount equivalent in effect or value to disenfranchisement for black voters.
travesty
n. harshly distorted imitation; parody; debased likeness
Phillip's translation of Don Quixote is so inadequate and clumsy that it seems a travesty harshly distorted imitation of the original
unwarranted
adj. unjustified; groundless; undeserved
Your assumption that I would accept your proposal is unwarranted unjustified groundless undeserved sir; I do not want to marry you at all. We could not understand Martin's unwarranted undeserved rudeness to his mother's guests
writhe
v. twist in coils; contort in pain
In Dances with Snakes, the snake dancer wriggled sinuously as her boa constrictor writhed twist in coils contort in pain around her torso
clamber
v. climb by crawling
She clambered climbed by crawling over the wall
discursive
adj. digressing; rambling
As the lecturer wandered from topic to topic, we wondered what if any point there was to his discursive digressing rambling remarks
embroil
v. throw into confusion; involve in strife; entangle
He became embroiled thrown into confusion in the heated discussion when he tried to arbitrate the dispute
expurgate
v. clean; remove offensive parts of a book
The editors felt that certain passages in the book had to be expurgated removed offensive parts of a book before it could be used in the classroom
finicky
adj. too particular; fussy
The little girl was finicky too particular fussy about her food, leaving over anything that wasn't to her taste
frivolous
adj. lacking in seriousness; self-indulgently carefree; relatively unimportant
Though Nancy enjoyed Bill's frivolous lacking in seriousness, lighthearted companionship, she sometimes wondered whether he could ever be serious
hermetic
adj. sealed by fusion so as to be airtight
After you sterilize the bandages, place them in a container and seal it with a hermetic sealed by fusion so as to be airtight seal to protect them from contamination by airborne bacteria
incorrigible
adj. not correctable
Though Widow Douglass hoped to reform Huck, Miss Watson called him incorrigible not correctable and said he would come to no good end
invective
n. abuse
He had expected criticism but not the invective abuse that greeted his proposal
lachrymose
adj. producing tears
His voice has a lachrymose producing tears quality more appropriate to a funeral than a class reunion
machinations
n. evil schemes or plots
Fortunately , Batman saw through the wily machinations evil schemes or plots of the Riddler and saved Gotham City from destruction by the forces of evil
ordination
n. ceremony making someone a minister
At the young priest's ordination ceremony making someone a minister, the members of the congregation presented him with a set of vestments
pervasive
adj. pervading; spread throughout every part
Despite airing them for several hours, Martha could not rid her clothes of the pervasive spread throughout every part odor of mothballs that clung to them
potentate
n. monarch; sovereign
The potentate monarch spent more time at Monte Carlo than he did at home on his throne
prodigious
adj. marvelous; enormous
Watching the champion weight lifter have the weighty barbell to shoulder height and then boost it overhead, we marveled at his prodigious marvelous enormous strength
punctilious
adj. laying stress on niceties of conduct or form; minutely attentive to fine points (perhaps too much so)
Percy is punctilious laying stress on niceties of conduct or form abut observing the rules of etiquette whenever Miss Manners invites him to stay
reaper
n. one who harvests grain
Death, the Grim Reaper one who who harvests grain, cuts down mortal men and women, just as a farmer cuts down the ripened grain
scoff
v. mock; ridicule
He scoffed mocked ridiculed dentists until he had his first toothache
squalor
n. filth; degradation; dirty, neglected state
Rusted, broken-down cars in its yard, trash piled up on the porch, tar paper peeling from the roof, the sack was the picture of squalor filth degradation dirty neglected state
tenacity
n. firmness; persistence
Jean Valjean could not believe the tenacity firmness persistence of Inspector Javert. Here all Valjean had done was to steal a loaf of bread, and the inspector had pursued him doggedly for twenty years!
treacly
adj. sticky sweet; cloyingly sentimental
Irritatingly cheerful, always looking on the bright side, Pollyanna speaks nothing but treacly cloyingly sentimental sentimentalities
unwieldy
adj. awkward; cumbersome; unmanageable
The large carton was so unwieldy cumbersome that the movers had trouble getting it up the stairs
virulent
adj. extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter
Laid up with a virulent bitter case of measles, Vera blamed her doctors because her recovery took so long. In fact, she became quite virulent bitter on the subject of the quality of modern medical care
clamor
n. noise
The clamor noise of the children at play outside made it impossible for her to take a nap
compound
pay interest; increase
disdain
v. view with scorn or contempt
In the film Funny Face, the bookish heroine disdained hated fashion models for their lack of intellectual interests
embryonic
adj. undeveloped; rudimentary
The CEO reminisced about the good old days when the computer industry was still in its embryonic undeveloped rudimentary stage and start-up companies were founded in family garages
erratic
adj. odd; unpredictable
Investors become anxious when the stock market appears erratic odd unpredictable
extant
adj. still in existence
Although the book is out of print, some copies are still extant still in existence. Unfortunately, all of them are in libraries or private collections; none are for sale
firebrand
n. hothead; troublemaker
The police tried to keep track of all the local firebrands hotheads trouble makers when the President came to town
hermitage
n. home of a hermit
Even in his remote hermitage he could not escape completely from the world
incredulous
adj. withholding belief; skeptical
When Jack claimed he hadn't eaten the jelly dough nut, Jill took an incredulous skeptical look at his smeared face and laughed
inveigle
v. entice; persuade; wheedle
Flattering Adam about his good taste in food, Eve inveigled enticed persuaded wheedled him into taking a bite of her apple pie
lackadaisical
adj. lacking purpose or zest; halfhearted; languid
Because Gatsby had his mind more on his love life than on his finances, he did a very lackadaisical halfhearted job of managing his money
madrigal
n. pastoral song
His program of folk songs included several madrigals pastoral songs which he sang to the accompaniment of a flute
mercenary
adj. interested in money or gain
Andy's every act was prompted by mercenary interested in money or gain motives; his first question was always "What's in it for me?"
perverse
adj. stubbornly wrongheaded; wicked and perverted
When Jack was in a perverse stubbornly wrongheaded mood, he would do the opposite of whatever Jill asked him. When Hannibal Lecter was in a perverse wicked and perverted mood, he ate the flesh of his victims. Jack acted out of perversity. Hannibal's act proved his perversion.
pundit
n. authority on a subject; learned person; expert
Some authors who write about SAT I as if they are pundits authority on a subject actually know very little about the test
ribald
adj. wanton; profane
He sang a ribald wanton profane song that offended many of the more prudish listeners
crestfallen
adj. dejected; dispirited
We were surprised at his reaction to the failure of his project; instead of being crestfallen dejected; dispirited, he busily engaged in planning new activities
defile
v. pollute; profane
The hoodlums defiled polluted profaned the church with their scurrilous writing
definitive
adj. final; complete
Carl Sandburg's Abraham Lincoln may be regarded as the definitive final comlete work on the life of the Great Emancipator
draconian
adj. extemely severe
When the principal canceled the senior prom because some seniors had been late to school that week, we thought the draconian extremely sever punishment was far too harsh for such a minor violation of the rules
emend
v. correct; correct by a critic
The critic emended corrected the book by selecting passages which he thought most appropriate to the text
erroneous
adj. mistaken; wrong
I thought my answer was correct, but it was erroneous wrong
fissure
n. crevice
The mountain climbers secured footholds in tiny fissures crevices in the rock
frond
n. fern leaf; palm or banana leaf
After the storm the beach was littered with the fronds fern leafs of palm trees
glower
v. scowl
The angry boy glowered scowled at his father
heterodox
adj. unorthodox; unconventional
To those who upheld the belief that the earth did not move, Galileo's theory that the earth circled the sun was disturbingly heterodox
increment
n. increase
The new contract calls for a 10 percent increment increase in salary for each employee for the next two years
inkling
n. hint
This came as a complete surprise to me as i did not have the slightest inkling of your plans
lackluster
adj. dull
We were disappointed by the lackluster performance
maelstrom
n. whirlpool
The canoe was dossed about in the maelstrom whirlpool
mercurial
adj. capricious; changing ;fickle
Wuick as quicksilver to change, he was mercurial capricious changing fickle in nature and therefore unreliable
partiality
n. inclination; bias
As a judge, not only must I be unviased but I must also avoid any evidence of partiality inclination bias when i award the prize
partisan
adj. one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
On certain issues of principle, she refused to take a partisan one-sided prejudiced stand, but let her conscience be her guide. Rather than joining forces to solve our nation's problems, the Democrats and Republicans spend their time on partisan committed to a party struggles
profane
v. violate; desecrate; treat unworthily
The members of the mysterious Far Eastern cult sought to kill the British explorer because he had profaned violated the sanctity of their holy goblet by using it as a ashtray
pungent
adj. stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic
The pungent stinging odor of ripe Limburger cheese appealed to Simone but made Stanley gag
rebuke
v. scold harshly; cricize severely
No matter how sharply Miss Watson rebuked scholded harshly criticized severely Huck for his misconduct, he never talked back but just stood there like a stump
riddle
v. pierce with holes; permeate or spread throughout
With his machine gun, Tracy riddled pierced with holes the car with bullets till it looked like a slice of cheese. During the proofreader's strike, the newspaper was riddled permeated or spread throughout with typos
scourge
n. cause of widespread devastation; severe punishment; whip
Abraham Lincolne wrote, "Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge cause of widespread devastation of war speedily may pass away
scruple
v. fret about; hesitate for ethical reasons
Fearing that her husband had become involved in an affair, she did not scrupple hesitate for ethical reasons to read his diary
slag
n. residue from smelting metal; dross; waste matter
The blast furnace had a special opening at the bottom to allow the workers to remove the worthless slag residue from smelting metal dross waste matter
slake
v. quench; sate
When we reached the oasis, we were able to slake quench sate our thirst
squander
v. waste
If you squander your allowance on candy and comic books, you won't ahve any monely left to buy the new box of crayons you want
squat
adj. stocky; short and thick
Tolkien's hobbits are somewhat squat short and thick, sturdy little creatures, fond of good ale, good music, and good mushrooms.
succumb
v. yield; give in; die
I succumb yield to temptation whenever i see chocolate
suffragist
n. advocate of voting rights (for women)
In recognition of her efforts to win the vote for women, Congress authorized coining a silver dollar honoring the suffragist Susan B. Anthony
tendentious
adj. having an aim; biased; designed to further a cause
The editorials in this periodical are tendentious designed to further a cause rather than truth-seeking
tender
v. offer; extend
Although no formal charges had been made against him, in the wake of the recent scandal the mayor felt he should tender offer extend his resignation
treatise
n. article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly
He is preparing a treatise article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly on the Elizabethan playwrights for his graduate degree
unwitting
adj. unintentional; not knowing
She was the unwitting unintentional not knowing tool of the swindlers
upbraid
v. severly scold; reprimand
Not only did Miss Minchin upbraid severly scold reprimand Ermengarde for her disobedience, but she hung her up by her braids froma coat rack in the classroom.
visceral
adj. felt in one's inner organs
She disliked the visceral felt in one's inner organs sensations she had whenever she rode the roller coaster
yen
n. longing; urge
She had a yen longing urge to get away and live on her own for a while