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admonish
verb
Def: to warn or to scold
After hearing the forecast, the woman admonished her son to bring his raincoat to school.
proclaim
verb
Def: to announce
After the election, the newspapers proclaimed Bush the new President.
theme
noun
Def: The lesson a reader should learn or the moral of a story. An major theme of A Doll's House could be a woman's individuality.
pervasive
adjective
Def: everywhere or throughout
The skunk sprayed us and the smell was pervasive.
frivolous
adjective
Def: unimportant, wasted time or energy
The girl frivolously chatted on the phone instead of doing her homework.
pensive
adjective
Def: To be deep in thought in a sad way
On the anniversary of her grandfather's death she was pensive.
empathy
noun
Def: the complete understanding of another's feelings.
Bullying might stop if we could teach people empathy.
tribulation
noun
Def: suffering
Life is full of tribulations like death, job loss or financial troubles.
euphemism
noun
Def: A nicer way of saying something that is not so nice.
That shirt really suits you.
Your new hairstyle is different.
ingratiate
verb
Def: to work oneself into another's favor, to gain favor by a deliberate effort.
In your new job, you can ingratiate yourself by being flexible.
apprehensive
adjective
Def: afraid or nervous about what is to come
Ally was apprhensive before spring break because she had never been to Quantico.
She was apprehensive about her new job because she lied on her resume.
valid
adjective
Def: logical and correct
It is important to make sure your friend has a valid license before you let him drive your car.
squalor
noun
Def: A filthy and wretched condition or quality
The new apartment was in such a state of squalor that they had to clean it for hours.
asinine
adjective
Def: silly, ridiculous
She came up with an asinine excuse as to why she couldn't go to the party.
pretense
noun
def: an act or behavior that is meant to trick someone.
She obtained a bank loan under false pretense by inflating her income.