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anomoly (noun)
deviation from what is normal
Albino animals display too great an anomoly in their coloring to attract a normally colored mate.
assuage (verb)
to make something more pleasant or agreeable
She tried to assuage his fears by giving hi something else to thik about.
enigma
a puzzle or mystery
The child was an enigma. She never spoke but when she did, was very articulate.
equivocate
to use expressions of double meaning
The politician's tenency to equivocate made it hard to decide where he stood on the issues
erudite
learned, scholarly, bookish
The meeting of the profressors was a gathering of the most erudite individuals in the field.
fervid
intensely emotional
ADJECTIVE
The fans were unusualy fervid when the team came on tthe field.
lucid
clear and easily understood
ADJECTIVE
The description was lucid making it easy to conceptualize the design.
opaque
impossible to see through
ADJECTIVE
The polution had cause thelake surface to be opaque.
placate
to pacify
VERB
The mother tried to placate the baby with a pacifier.
precipitate
to throw violently or bring about abruptly
VERB
Friends and family members expected such a precipitate marriage to end in divorce.
prodigal
lavish, wasteful
The prodigal son squandered his inheritance.
zeal
passion, enthusiasm
She brought her typical zeal to the project.
abstain
to choose not to do something
She abstained from choosing a mouthwatering dessert from the tray, as she was trying to lose weight.
adulterate
to make impure
The restauranteur adulterated the ketchup by adding water
apathy
lack of interest or emotion
The apathy of voters is so great that less than half the people who are eligible to vote actually bother to do so.
abstain
to choose not to do something
She ABSTAINED from drinking another glass of wine.
adulterate
to pollute; to make impure
The stamp collection was ADULTERATED by the phony stamp.
apathy
lack of interest or emotion
Teeneagers are often accused of being APATHETIC but really they have interest in their own issues.
audacious
fearless and daring
The AUDACIOUS pilot took the plane into a nose dive.
advocate
to show favor ot support
Her ADVOCACY for children was inspiring.
antipathy
extreme dislike
The politician's ANTIPATHY for his opponenet was apparent. He stared at him with disdain.
bolster
to suppport or encourage
His kind words BOLSTERED my confidence.
capricious
unpredictable
The toddler's behavior was as CAPRICIOUS as his mood, which changed without warning.
cacophony
harsh sound
The school's band produced a CACOPHONY of sound. I had to plug my ears when I wlaked by the auditorium.
corroborate
to provide supporting evidence
Fingerprints CORROBORTED the witnesses testimony.
deride
to mock or treat with contempt
The children DERIDED the new student for his accent and unfamiliar clothing.
desicate
to dry out thoroughly
The turkey was DESSICATED after being left in the oven for an extra hour.
engender
to produce, cause or bring about
The bad weather ENGENDERED a number of grouchy moods.
ephemeral
lasting a short time
The family mourned the baby's EPHEMERAL life.
enervate
to weaken
The potion ENERVATED the wizard's powers.
prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth
Rather than admit she wasn't at school, the teenager prevaricated in her story.
venerate
to respect deeply
The venerable monk approcahed the waiting disciples who regarded him with awe.
waver
to fluctuate between choices
My friend wavered for a moment and then decided to join us.
eulogy
speech in praise of something
Her best friend gave the eulogy when she was awarded her PHD.
garrulous
tending to talk a lot
Being garrulous is not an asset. Its better to listen than to speak.
ingenuous
showing innocence or childlike simplicity
The woman was naive and ingenuous to the point of annoyance.
lethargic
acting indifferent and sluggish
Teenagers are often faulted for being lethargic, but research proves that their tiredness is due to accelerated growth.
melleable
capable of being shaped
Our friends wanted to adopt a newborn, thinking their future child would be more malleable than an older child who would be less influenced.
misanthrope
a person who dislikes others
The hermit was a misanthrope who wanted to be left alone.
obdurate
resistant to persuasion
Marty is aoften accused of being obdurate. He will seldom budge from his position.
ostentation
excessive showiness
The ostentation of the Sun King's palace is evident in the lavish decorum.
paradox
contradiction or dilemma
Its a papradox that children who most need the best techers get the least qualified.
philanthropic
charity; a desire or effort to promote goodness
I don't think the millionaire's offering was entirely philanthropic. I think the donation was made for less cahritable reasons.