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adieu
farewell
As my friends boarded the plane, I shouted, "Adieu."
advent
an arrival
The advent of spring is signalled by daffodils and longer days.
apex
the highest point
Few people have reached the apex of Mount Everest.
assimilate
to absorb fully or to adopt as one's own
Many immigrants find it difficult to fully assimilate into American culture.
bogus
false, counterfeit
Cashiers are trained to recognize bogus currency.
exorbitant
excessive, unreasonably high
Sometimes, name brand clothing is sold at exorbitant prices.
interim
the time in between (usually between events)
In the interim between taking a test and learning the results, some students become very worried.
inundate
to flood or overwhelm
A hurricane can inundate a region with water.

The boss likes to inundate his secretary with too much paperwork.
malign
to speak evil of
Sometimes, politicians malign their opponents to make themselves look good.
meander
to wander about or to wind about
On vacation, people have time to meander about the countryside without worrying about time.
metropolis
a large city
New York City is a well known metropolis.
momentous
very important

Birthdays are momentous occasions for most people.
obstreperous
noisy, unruly, disorderly
Lunch time at Suffern High School often appears obstreperous.
pensive
thoughtful, melancholy, dreamy

Hamlet was called "the melancholy" Dane because he was pensive and spent most of his time thinking about his problems.
perilous
dangerous

Climbing a mountain is a perilous activity.
shoddy
of poor quality





of poor quality

New shoes may wear out soon if the workmanship is shoddy.
sprightly
full of life, peppy

A cheerleader needs to be sprightly in order to encourage fans to cheer the team on.
surly
bad tempered, rude

At holiday time, many customers as well as clerks are surly because of the stress they feel.
tirade
a long, angry speech

A parent may give a tirade to a teenager who continually misses his curfew.
vagrant
a wanderer

Nomads who moved from place to place in search of food can be called vagrants.