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allusion
noun
an indirect reference
Ray didn't have the courage to come right out and ask Lucy to marry him. Instead, he made only an sallusion to marriage by asking, "Wouldnt' it be easier if we had to fill out just one ta return.
altruistic
adjective
unselfishily concerned for the welfare of others: unselfish
"I'm not often altruistic," Brett admitted. "I usually put my own welfare first."
appease
Verb
to calm, especially by giving in to the demands of
Roger was furious when he saw me out with another guy, but I quickly appeased him by explaining that the "date" was my cousin.
arbitrary
adjective
determined by personal judgement, not rule or reason; based on impulse
Parents should not enforce rules according to their moods. Such arbitrary discipline only confuses children.
assail
verb
to attach physically or verbally
The storm assailed us with hail and heavy rain.
banal
adjective
lacking originality; overused; commonplace
The film, with its overused expressions and unimaginative plot, was the most banal I had ever seen.
euphemism
noun
a mild or vague term used as a substitute for one considered offensive or unpleasant
Common euphemisms include "final resting place (for grave), "intoxicated" (for drunk), and "powder room" for (toilet).
mercenary
adjective
motivated only by financial gain; greedy
Ed is totally mercenary. His philosophy is, "Pay me enough, and I'll do anything."
syndrome
noun
a group of symptoms typical of a particular disease or condition.
Jet lag is a syndrome resulting from flying long distances; it often includes exhaustion, headache, and loss of appetite.
taint
verb
to stain the honor of someone or something
The government scandal tainted the reputations of everyone involved.