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appease
to soothe; to pacify by giving in to

Larry appeased his angry mother ny promising to wash the dishes.
frivolous
not serious; no solemn; with levity
instigate
to provoke; to stir up

I instigated the fight between two of my friends.
sage
wise; possesing wisdom derived from experience or learning
predecessor
someone or something that came before another
jeopardy
danger
tangible
touchable; palpable

A mountain of cigarette butts was the only tangible evidence that Luke was at our house.
indulgent
lenient; yielding to desire
remorse
sadness; regret
pivotal
crucial

Harry's contribution was pivotal; without it, we would have failed
scrupulous
strict; careful; hesitant for ethical reasons

Doug was scrupulous in keeping his accounts; he knew where every penny went and came from
refute
to disprove; to prove to be false

His expensive suit and imported shoes clearly refuted his claim that he was poor
respite
a rest; a period of relief

We worked without respite from five in the morning until five in the afternoon
volatile
quick to evaporate; highly unstable; explosive

The situation in the middle east was very volatile.
peripheral
unimportant
hedonistic
pleasure-seeking; indulgent
idiom
a peculiar expression
benefactor
a generous donor
brevity
briefness

The reader of his book may be greatful for the brevity of this example.
aporcryphal
of doubtful origin; false

An apocryphal story is one whose truth is not proven or whose falsehood is strongly suspected
virtuoso
masterful musician; a masterful practitioner in some other field

As an artist, he was a virtioso; as a husband he was a chump
slander
to defame; to speak maliciously of someone

Amy slandered Erica by telling everyone she cheated on a test
animosity
resentment; hostility; ill will

The rivals for the state championship felt great animosity toward each other.
deplete
to use up; to reduce; to lessen
amity
friendship
stringent
strict; restrictive

My mom is very stringent, I have to be in bed at 10.
voluminous
very large; spacious

my house is very voluminous.
auspicious
favorable; promising; pointing to a good result

A clear sky in the morning is an auspicious sign on the day of the picnic.
fickle
capricious; whimsical unpredictable
lethargy
sluggishness; laziness; drowsiness; indifference

The lethargy of the library staff caused what should have been a quick errand to expand into a full day's work
hackeneyed
banal; overused; trite

Michael's book was full of cliches and hackeneys expressions
amass
to accumulate
willfull
deliberate; obstinate; insistent on having one's way

When her mother told her that she couldn't have a cookie, the willfull little girl grabed the cookie jar and ran out.
bastion
stronghold; fortress; fortified place
trepidation
fear; apprehension; nervous trembeling

The trepidation of the swim team was obvious.
desecrate
to profane a holy place
fortuitous
accidental; occuring by chance

The object was so prefectly formed that its creation could not have been fortuitous.
vehement
urgent; passionate

saking his head and stomping on the floor, Gary was vehement in his denial
assuage
to soothe; to pacify; to ease the pain of; to relieve

Beth was extremely angry, but I assuaged her by promising to leave the house and never come back.
prodigious
extraordinary; enormous

The little boy cuaght a prodigious fish, it was 10 times larger than him.
torpor
sluggishness; inactivity; apathy
furtive
secretive
supercilious
haughty; patronizing

The supercilious Rolls-Royce slamesman treated us like peasants util we opened our suitcase that was full of 100 dollar bills
prudent
careful; having foresight

Jose is a very prudent money manager
verbose
wordy; overly talkative
pedestrian
common; ordinary; banal

The menu was pedestriam; I had encountered each of the dished dozens of times before
innocuous
harmless; banal

Meredith took offense at Bruce's innocuous comment about her soup being too salty.
fanatic
one who is exteremely devoted to a cause or idea
enhance
to make better; to augment
stoic
indifferent to pleasure or pain, to joy or grief.

Nina was stoic abou the death of her canary, she didn't care.
Candid
completely honest, straightforward

Candace's candidness overwhelmed her business colleagues, who were not used to such honesty.

Conjecture
inference, guesswork

At this point, Kimaya's hypothesis about single-cell biorhythms is still conjecture: She doesn't have conclusive evidence.

didactic
instructive

The tapes were entertaining and didactic; they both amused and instructed children.

effusive
showing ecessive emotion; overflowing

Accepting his Osvar for Best Supporting Sound Editor, Ben delivered the most effusive speech in Academy Awards history: he cried, he hugged people, he blew kisses to the audience, and then he cried some more.

euphemism
a mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt, or offensive term

"To pass away" is a common euphemism for dying.

extrapolate

to infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information

Seeing the wrecked bike and his daughter's skinned knees, Heath extrapolated that she had had a biking accident.

incoherent
Lacking cohesion or connection

Maury's sentences were so incoherent that nobody understood a word.

insinuate
to imply or stealthily communicate

Sean insinuated that Grace stole the arsenic, but he never came out and said it.

loquacius
very talkative

I'm not very eloquent, so I'll just come out and say it: Bobby is loquacious and will talk, and talk, and talk.

lucid
easily understood; clear

Our teacher provides lucid explanations of even the most difficult concepts so that we can all understand them.

rhetoric
the art of using language effectively and persuasively

Since they are expected to make speeches, most politicians and lawyers are well versed in the act of rhetoric.
Acumen
quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight

Judge Ackerman's legal acumen was so well regarded that he was nicknamed the "Solomon of the South"
adroit
dexterous;deft

An adroit ballon-animal maker, Adrianna became popular at children's parties.
ascertain
to find out, as through investigation or experimentation

The private investigator had long suspected my dog; before long, he ascertained that Toto was indeed the murderer.
astute
shrewd; clever

Stewart is financially astute; he invests wisely and never falls for scams.
circumspect
careful; prudent; discreet

Ned's circumspect manner makes him a wise appointment to the diplomatic corps.
disseminate
to scatter widely , as in sowing seed

The news about Dave's embarrassing moment at the part disseminated quickly through the school; by the end of the day, everyone knew what had happened.
erudition
deep, extensive learning

Professor Rudy's erudition was such that she could answer any question her students put to her.
pedantic
excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules

Pedro's pedantic tendencies prompted him to remind us constantly of all the grammatical rules we were breaking.
perspicacious
shrewed; clear-sighted

Persephone's perspicacious mind had solved so many cases that the popular private investigator was able to retire.
pragmatic
practical

Never one for wild and unrealistic schemes, Matt took a pragmatic approach to research.
precocious
exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptitude or maturity

Bobby Fisher's precocious intellect made him one of the world's best chess players before he could even drive.
prospectus
formal proposal

Before writing my thesis, I had to submit a detailed prospectus to the department for approval.
rudimentary
basic; elementary; in the earliest stages of development

Rudimentary tactics where used to solve the simple equation 2+2. [the answer is not fish]

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