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Aplomb
n. poise, self-confidence
<Jim was aplomb for the quiz after many hours of studying.>
Mundane
adj. ordinary
<The worst kind of job is one with mundane work and no change.>
Ludicrous
adj. ridiculous, foolish
<Its ludicrous to think that the system is perfect.>
tyro
n. beginner, in-experienced
<Even as a tyro in fencing, I try to attend every fencing tournament I can.>
squalid
adj. wretched, dirty, morally repulsive
<The government's Katrina relief program was squalid>
blithe
adj. joyous
<Upon hearing that he won the election, his usually sullen attitude became blithe>
enervate
v. weaken, deprive of strenght
<Upon losing his hair, Sampson was enervated and helpless>
jettison
v. discard, throw overbaord.
<upon hearing the damage, the captian jettisoned the crew and went down with the ship alone.>
incognito
adv. with identity concealed
<For fear of being discovered, the chicken who was wanted in 48 states, went incognito as to not be detected.>
mettle
noun. courage, spirit
<No matter how bad it got, the mettle of the rebels was never broken and the rebellion continued>
refute
v. disprove, prove false
<One skill in deabate is knowning how to refute your opponent's argument.>
vacillate
v. waver, swing back and forth
<One thing many candidates do, is waver thier beliefs to get the general public on thier side.>
obstreporous
adj. noisily defient, unruly
<Mobs are where the most obstreporous crowds are.>
iconoclast
n. attacker of established beliefs or customs, a radical
<the iconoclast can always find a problem with every thing.>
facetious
adj. flippiant, attempting to be funny, playfully joking.
<A bad habit within our family is that we are always facetious.>
languid
adj. lacking energy or vitality
<the eyes were languid as the failing test was returned to the formerly A+ student.>
magnanimous
adj. generous
<Bill Gates' offer to giving me all his money was magnanimous indeed.>
maxim
n. a saying which expresses a general rule of behavior
<it is a common maxim to treat others as one wants others to treat themselves.>
sporadic
adj. occuring at irregluar intervals
<having forgotten his harmony part on clarinet, Jimmy played sporadic notes in the background on the occasional offbeat.>
portentous
adj. signifigant, amazing
<The gold mine in the backyard was a portentous find.>