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disdain (verb)
to despise; to consider between oneself self
"Who else but a bookworm, prowling the libraries and disdaining the normal youngster’s propensity for play rather than study, would grow up to be a teacher anyway?”
propensity (noun)
inclination; a tendency
“Who else but a bookworm, prowling the libraries and disdaining the normal youngster’s propensity for play rather than study, would grow up to be a teacher anyway?”
ardent (adjective)
passionate
“I tried desperately to explain to my students that the image they had of me as an ardent devotee of books and homework during my adolescence was a bit out of focus”
compulsory (adjective)
enforced; required
“I hated compulsory education with a passion. I could never quite accept the notion of having to go to school while the fish were biting”
cynical (adjective)
negative; skeptical; mocking
“A sign in the window announced that the store was offering the first volume of a set of encyclopedias at the introductory price of 29 cents. The remaining volumes would cost $2.49 each, but it was no time to be cynical”
erudition (noun)
intellect; sophistication
“I would become chief egghead in English II and sweep the princess off her feet with a surge of erudition”
sidle (verb)
to creep; to edge
“A few days later, during a fire drill, I sidled up to her and asked, “Ever been to the Aleutian Islands?”
subsist (verb)
to survive
“They [Aleuts] subsist on fish, and they trap blue fox, seal, and otter for their valuable fur”
expatiated (verb)
to speak at length
“Naturally, the more I read, the more my confidence grew. I expatiated freely on such topics as adenoids, air brakes, and arthritis”
amorous (adjective)
romantic
“And so I went, that glorious, amorous, joyous sophomore year”
voracious (adjective)
ravenous; consuming large amounts of food
“The albatross is a very voracious eater” (Brody, Steve. “How I Got Smart”)
disgorge (verb)
to empty
“The revelation hit me hard, and for a while I felt like disgorging and forgetting everything I had learned”
concur (verb)
to agree
“How could she lead me on like that-smiling and concurring and giving me the impression that I was important”
dire (adjective)
terrible
“I felt only hurt, but betrayed. Like Agamemnon, but with less dire consequences…”
fleeting (adjective)
passing quickly
“The next year Debbie moved from the neighborhood and transferred to another school. Soon she became no more than a fleeting memory”