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- to soothe; to pacify by giving in to
Larry appeased his angry mother ny promising to wash the dishes.
- not serious; no solemn; with levity
- to provoke; to stir up
I instigated the fight between two of my friends.
- wise; possesing wisdom derived from experience or learning
- someone or something that came before another
- touchable; palpable
A mountain of cigarette butts was the only tangible evidence that Luke was at our house.
- lenient; yielding to desire
- sadness; regret
Harry's contribution was pivotal; without it, we would have failed
- strict; careful; hesitant for ethical reasons
Doug was scrupulous in keeping his accounts; he knew where every penny went and came from
- to disprove; to prove to be false
His expensive suit and imported shoes clearly refuted his claim that he was poor
- a rest; a period of relief
We worked without respite from five in the morning until five in the afternoon
- quick to evaporate; highly unstable; explosive
The situation in the middle east was very volatile.
- pleasure-seeking; indulgent
- a peculiar expression
- a generous donor
The reader of his book may be greatful for the brevity of this example.
- of doubtful origin; false
An apocryphal story is one whose truth is not proven or whose falsehood is strongly suspected
- masterful musician; a masterful practitioner in some other field
As an artist, he was a virtioso; as a husband he was a chump
- to defame; to speak maliciously of someone
Amy slandered Erica by telling everyone she cheated on a test
- resentment; hostility; ill will
The rivals for the state championship felt great animosity toward each other.
- to use up; to reduce; to lessen
- strict; restrictive
My mom is very stringent, I have to be in bed at 10.
- very large; spacious
my house is very voluminous.
- favorable; promising; pointing to a good result
A clear sky in the morning is an auspicious sign on the day of the picnic.
- capricious; whimsical unpredictable
- 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
- banal; overused; trite
Michael's book was full of cliches and hackeneys expressions
- to accumulate
- 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.
- stronghold; fortress; fortified place
- fear; apprehension; nervous trembeling
The trepidation of the swim team was obvious.
- to profane a holy place
- accidental; occuring by chance
The object was so prefectly formed that its creation could not have been fortuitous.
- urgent; passionate
saking his head and stomping on the floor, Gary was vehement in his denial
- 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.
- extraordinary; enormous
The little boy cuaght a prodigious fish, it was 10 times larger than him.
- sluggishness; inactivity; apathy
- haughty; patronizing
The supercilious Rolls-Royce slamesman treated us like peasants util we opened our suitcase that was full of 100 dollar bills
- careful; having foresight
Jose is a very prudent money manager
- wordy; overly talkative
- common; ordinary; banal
The menu was pedestriam; I had encountered each of the dished dozens of times before
- harmless; banal
Meredith took offense at Bruce's innocuous comment about her soup being too salty.
- one who is exteremely devoted to a cause or idea
- to make better; to augment
- indifferent to pleasure or pain, to joy or grief.
Nina was stoic abou the death of her canary, she didn't care.
- completely honest, straightforward
Candace's candidness overwhelmed her business colleagues, who were not used to such honesty.
- inference, guesswork
At this point, Kimaya's hypothesis about single-cell biorhythms is still conjecture: She doesn't have conclusive evidence.
The tapes were entertaining and didactic; they both amused and instructed children.
- 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.
- a mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt, or offensive term
"To pass away" is a common euphemism for dying.
- 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.
- Lacking cohesion or connection
Maury's sentences were so incoherent that nobody understood a word.
- to imply or stealthily communicate
Sean insinuated that Grace stole the arsenic, but he never came out and said it.
- 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.
- easily understood; clear
Our teacher provides lucid explanations of even the most difficult concepts so that we can all understand them.
- 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.
- 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"
An adroit ballon-animal maker, Adrianna became popular at children's parties.
- 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.
- shrewd; clever
Stewart is financially astute; he invests wisely and never falls for scams.
- careful; prudent; discreet
Ned's circumspect manner makes him a wise appointment to the diplomatic corps.
- 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.
- deep, extensive learning
Professor Rudy's erudition was such that she could answer any question her students put to her.
- 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.
- shrewed; clear-sighted
Persephone's perspicacious mind had solved so many cases that the popular private investigator was able to retire.
Never one for wild and unrealistic schemes, Matt took a pragmatic approach to research.
- 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.
- formal proposal
Before writing my thesis, I had to submit a detailed prospectus to the department for approval.
- 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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