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reproach
an expression of disapproval
Her reproach of my paper made me think I needed to re-do it.
bacchanal
orgy, a group out of control
The wedding was a real bacchanal - everyone was drunk.
invincibility
incapable of being conquered, overcome or subdued.
Her invincibility shocked me. I never knew she was incapable of being overcome by others.
ignoble
mean or low person
You are ignoble and mean.
coy
cute, playful
Ruby was being coy with her father.
admonish
to give friendly warning
Mr. Salterio admonished me to study harder for my test.
assert
to state something with confidence
"The game is going to happen!" she asserted.
compresses
hot or cold cloths that are pressed to parts of the body to reduce pain or discomfort.
The compresses helped her headache.
furtively
stealthily, sneakily
I went furtively down the stairs because I didn't want my mom to hear me.
precipitate
to start or cause something
You precipitated the fight.
insipidly
lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate or challenge; dull or boring person.
You have no friends because you are insipid and have no qualities that interest people.
revulsion
strong pulling away or negative reaction; disgust
My revulsion at the fight made me run away.
horde
a teeming crowd or throng
The horde of grasshoppers ate all of the crops.
jauntily
spritely, lively in manner or appearance
We skipped jauntily down the street.
demise
death or downfall
The sexual assault lawsuit against Michael Jackson was his demise.
wistfully
full of yearning or melancholy
He looked wistfully out the window at the fall leaves, remembering hikes with his ex-girlfriend.
to grandstand
play or act so as to impress onlookers
Why do you like to grandstand? I hate to grab attention from onlookers.
harping
to dwell on monotonously, to nag
Stop harping about my bad grades.
lye
strong alkaline substance leached from wood ashes, used to make soap
I would hate to wash my house with lye.
bier
a stand on which a corpse or coffin is placed
The skeleton popped out from under the bier in the movie we watched last night.
brittle
easily broken, cracked or snapped
My nails are brittle so they break easily.
mused
to be absorbed in thought
I mused about Christmas and the gifts I would get.
ravaged
to destroy
Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans.
translucent
permitting the passage of light, semi-transparent
She was so thin that her skin was translucent.
complacent
unconcerned
He was too complacent to work hard to improve his grades.
muddled
to mix confusedly
The song was muddled and very mixed up.
vindictive
revengeful
I knew that she was vindictive after I broke her bracelet - she broke my necklace.
expended
to use up, to pay out
I expended my voice in singing three concerts in a row.
peevishly
marked by ill temper
"You are looking very ugly," she remarked peevishly.
duplicity
dishonest or two-faced, deceit
I was disgusted by her duplicity. The least she could do was to be honest with me.
adverse
unfavorable
The adverse weather delayed our flight.
provocative
tending to provoke, excite or stimulate
I was hoping that the movie on Paul Revere would be provocative and get them excited for the trip to their house.