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(adj) concisely meaningful-(My father's long-winded explanation was a stark contrast to his usually pithy statements.)
(v) to violate, go over a limit-(The criminal's actions transgressed morality and human decency.)
(n) an outcast-(Following the discovery of his plagiarism, Professor Hurley was made a pariah in all academic circles.)
(v) to prove wrong-(Maria refuted the president's argument as she yelled and gesticulated at the Tv) relegate -1. (v) to assign to the proper place-(At the astrology conference, Simon was relegated to the Scorpio room.)
(adj) undisciplined, lewd, lustful-(Vicky's wanton demeanor often made the frat guys next door very excited.)
(adj) sedate, serious, self-restrained-(The staid butler never changed his expression no matter what happened.)
(n) a strong inclination toward something-(In a sick twist of fate, Harold's childhood proclivity for torturing small animals grew into a desire to become a surgeon) profligate-(adj) dissolute, extravagant-(The profligate gambler loved to drink, spend money, steal, cheat, and hang out with prostitutes.)
(adj) showing little interest or enthusiasm-(The radio broadcaster announced the news of the massacre in a surprisingly perfunctory manner.)
(n) physical beauty-(Several of Shakespeare's sonnets explore the pulchritude of a lovely young man) punctilious-(adj) eager to follow rules or conventions-(Punctilious Bobby, hall monitor extraordinaire, insisted that his peers follow the rules.)
(adj) juvenile, immature-(The judge demanded order after the lawyer's puerile attempt to object by stomping his feet on the courtroom floor.)
(adj) immature, uninformed-(The mature senior rolled her eyes at the sophomoric gross-out humor of the underclassman) spurious-(adj) false but designed to seem plausible-(Using a spurious argument, John convinced the others that he had won the board game on a technicality.)
(v) to infer with little evidence-(After speaking to only one of the students, the teacher was able to surmise what had caused the fight.)
(n) one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors-(The other kids referred to the teacher's pet as the Tenth Grade Toady.)
(v) to scold, rebuke-(Lara reproved her son for sticking each and every one of his fingers into the strawberry pie.)
(adj) not generous, not inclined to spend or give-(Scrooge's stingy habits did not fit with the generous, giving spirit of Christmas.)
1. (adj) formidable-(The fortress looked redoubtable set against a stormy sky.)
(n) a demand for goods, usually made by an authority-(During the war, the government made a requisition of supplies.)
(adj) offering one's services when they are neither wanted nor needed (Brenda resented Allan's officious behavior when he selected colors that might best improve her artwork.)
(n) the highest point, culminating point-(I was too nice to tell Nelly that she had reached the absolute zenith of her career with that one hit of hers.)
(n) a deviation from the normal-(Dr. Hastings had difficulty identifying the precise nature of Brian's pathology.)
(adj) shrewdness, perceptiveness-(The detective was too humble to acknowledge that his perspicacity was the reason for his professional success.)
(n) a preference or inclination for something-(Francois has a predilection for eating scrambled eggs with ketchup, though I prefer to eat eggs without any condiments.)
(adj) having a terrible taste or smell-(Rob was double-dog-dared to eat the rancid egg salad sandwich.)
(adj) occupying the mind to the exclusion of other thoughts or feelings (His prepossessing appearance made it impossible for me to think of anything else.)
(adj) vengeful-(The vindictive madman seeks to exact vengeance for any insult that he perceives is directed at him, no matter how small.)
(adj) lofty, grand, exalted-(The homeless man sadly pondered his former wealth and once sublime existence.)
(adj) a range of colors or qualities-(The palette of colors utilized in the painting was equaled only by the range of intense emotions the piece evoked.)
(n)an appearance or action intended to deceive-(Though he actually wanted to use his parents' car to go on a date, Nick borrowed his parents' car under the pretense of attending a group study session) privation-(n) lacking basic necessities-(After decades of rule by an oppressive government that saw nothing wrong with stealing from its citizens, the recent drought only increased the people's privation) probity-(n) virtue, integrity-(Because he was never viewed as a man of great probity, no one was surprised by Mr. Samson's immoral behavior.)
(adj) wordy, impaired by wordiness-(It took the verbose teacher two hours to explain the topic, while it should have taken only fifteen minutes.)
(adj) eliciting or possessing an extraordinary interest in sex-(David's mother was shocked by the discovery of prurient reading material hidden beneath her son's mattress.)
(adj) abundant-(Surprisingly, the famous novelist's writing was rife with spelling errors.)
(adj) incidental, peripheral, divergent-(I tried to discuss my salary, but the boss kept veering off into tangential topics.)
(v) to take back, repeal-(The company rescinded its offer of employment after discovering that Jane's resume was full of lies.)
(n) sedate, calm-(Jason believed that maintaining his sobriety in times of crisis was the key to success in life.)
(adj) trifling, insignificant-(Because he was moving the following week and needed to get rid of his furniture more than he needed money, Jordan sold everything for a nominal fee.)
(adj) having little substance or strength-(Your argument is very tenuous, since it relies so much on speculation and hearsay.)
(n) rudeness, irritability-(The Nanny resigned after she could no longer tolerate the child's petulance.)
(v) to scold, criticize-(When the cops showed up at Sarah's party, they rebuked her for disturbing the peace.)
(adj) favorable-(The dark storm clouds visible on the horizon suggested that the weather would not be propitious for sailing.)
(adj) effective, articulate, clear-cut-(The directions that accompanied my new cell phone were trenchant and easy to follow.)
(adj) lively, sprightly-(The vivacious clown makes all of the children laugh and giggle with his friendly antics.)
(n) an omen-(When my uncle's old war injury ached, he interpreted it as a presage of bad weather approaching.)
(adj) foreboding or foreshadowing evil-(The fortuneteller's ominous words flashed through my mind as the hooded figure approached me in the alley.)
(n) event that occurs by chance-(The vicissitudes of daily life prevent me from predicting what might happen from one day to the next.)
(n) a slight variation in meaning, tone, expression-(The nuances of the poem were not obvious to the casual reader, but the professor was able to point them out.)
(adj) dry, shrunken, wrinkled-(Agatha's grandmother, Stephanie, had the most wizened countenance, full of leathery wrinkles.)
(adj) able to be defended or maintained-(The department heads tore down the arguments in other people's theses, but Johari's work proved to be quite tenable.)
(adj) defiant, unapologetic-(Even when scolded, the recalcitrant young girl simply stomped her foot and refused to finish her lima beans.)
(n) frugality, stinginess-(Many relatives believed that my aunt's wealth resulted from her parsimony.)
(n) mutual understanding and harmony-(When Margaret met her paramour, they felt an instant rapport.)
(adj) smooth or greasy in texture, appearance, manner-(The unctuous receptionist seemed untrustworthy, as if she was only being helpful because she thought we might give her a big tip.)
(v) to demolish, level-(The old tenement house was razed to make room for the large chain store.)
(v) to reduce the severity of-(The doctor trusted that the new medication would palliate her patient's discomfort.)
(n) a remedy for all ills or difficulties-(Doctors wish there was a single panacea for every disease, but sadly there is not.)
(adj) winding-(The scary thing about driving in mountains are the narrow, tortuous roads.)
(adj) stubbornly persistent-(Harry's parents were frustrated with his pertinacious insistence that a monster lived in his closet. Then they opened the closet door and were eaten) perusal-(n) a careful examination, review-(The actor agreed to accept the role after a two-month perusal of the movie script.)
(adj) derogatory, uncomplimentary-(The evening's headline news covered an international scandal caused by a pejorative statement the famous senator had made in reference to a foreign leader.)
(adj) having a caustic quality-(When angry, the woman would spew vitriolic insults.)
(adj) loud, boisterous-(I'm tired of his vociferous whining so I'm breaking up with him.)
(adj) loud, boisterous-(Sarah's neighbors called the cops when her house party got too raucous.)
(n) an abundance-(My grandmother was overwhelmed by the plenitude of tomatoes her garden yielded this season) pliable-(adj) flexible-(Aircraft wings are designed to be somewhat pliable so they do not break in heavy turbulence.)
(v) to scold, disapprove-(Brian reproached the customer for failing to rewind the video he had rented.)
(n) exclusion from a group-(Beth risked ostracism if her roommates discovered her flatulence.)
(v) to multiply, spread out-(Rumors of Paul McCartney's demise propagated like wildfire throughout the world.)
(n) the quality or state of being proper, decent-(Erma's old-fashioned parents believed that her mini-skirt lacked the propriety expected of a "nice" girl.)
(v) to engage in excessive enthusiasm-(The critic rhapsodized about the movie, calling it an instant classic.)
(n) luck, finding good things without looking for them-(In an amazing bit of serendipity, penniless Paula found a $20 bill in the subway station) sinuous-(adj) lithe, serpentine-(With the sinuous movements of her arms, the dancer mimicked the motion of a snake.)
(n) a soothing balm-(After Tony applied a salve to his brilliant red sunburn, he soon felt a little better.)
(adj)able to change shape; displaying great variety-(Among Nigel's protean talents was his ability to touch the tip of his nose with his tongue.)
(adj) of supernatural character or origin-(Luka had an uncanny ability to know exactly what other people were thinking. She also had an uncanny ability to shoot fireballs from her hands.)
(n) a long speech marked by harsh or biting language-(Every time Jessica was late, her boyfriend went into a long tirade about punctuality.)
(n) an inclination, preference-(Dermit has a propensity for dangerous activities such as bungee jumping.)
(v) to condemn, outlaw-(The town council voted to proscribe the sale of alcohol on weekends.)
(n) deep, bitter resentment-(When Eileen challenged me to a fight, I could see the rancor in her eyes.)
(v) to reject, refuse to accept-(Kwame made a strong case for an extension of his curfew, but his mother repudiated it with a few biting words.)
(n) an emotion of sympathy-(Martha filled with pathos upon discovering the scrawny, shivering kitten at her door.)
(adj) lethargic, dormant, lacking motion-(The torpid whale floated, wallowing in the water for hours.)
(n) a superficial or deceptively attractive appearance, façade-(Thanks to her Chanel makeup, Shannen was able to maintain a veneer of perfection that hid the flaws underneath.)
(adj) vulgar, coarse-(When Bruno heard the scurrilous accusation being made about him, he could not believe it because he always tried to be nice to everyone.)
(n) someone who is young or inexperienced-(As a neophyte in the literary world, Malik had trouble finding a publisher for his first novel.)
(adj) greatest in importance, rank, character-(It was paramount that the bomb squad disconnect the blue wire before removing the fuse.)
(n) the face of a cliff, a steep or overhanging place-(The mountain climber hung from a precipice before finding a handhold and pulling himself up.)
(n) resentment, offense-(He called me a lily-livered coward, and I took umbrage at the insult.)
(n) one who has great power, a ruler-(All the villagers stood along the town's main road to observe as the potentate's procession headed towards the capital.)
(v) to roll oneself indolently; to become or remain helpless-(My roommate can't get over her breakup with her boyfriend and now just wallows in self-pity.)
(adj) easily intelligible, clear-(Wishing his book to be pellucid to the common man, Albert Camus avoided using complicated grammar when composing The Stranger.)
(v) to avenge; to free from allegation; to set free-(The attorney had no chance of vindicating the defendant with all of the strong evidence presented by the state.)
(adj) sickeningly sweet-(Tom's saccharine manner, although intended to make him popular, actually repelled his classmates.)
(adj) uninterested, unresponsive-(Monique feared her dog was ill after the animal's phlegmatic response to his favorite chew toy.)
(adv) marked by intense force or emotion-(The candidate vehemently opposed cutting back on Social Security funding.)
(adj) lacking color-(Dr. Van Helsing feared that Lucy's pallid complexion was due to an unexplained loss of blood.)
(n) a gentle breeze-(If not for the zephyrs that were blowing and cooling us, our room would've been unbearably hot.)
(n) an aggressive argument against a specific opinion-(My brother launched into a polemic against my arguments that capitalism was an unjust economic system.)
(adj) holy, something that should not be criticized-(In the United States, the Constitution is often thought of as a sacrosanct document.)
(adj) diverging from a straight line or course, not straightforward-(Martin's oblique language confused those who listened to him.)
(n) cautious, circumspect-(After losing a fortune in a stock market crash, my father vowed to practice greater prudence in future investments.)
(v) to give in return-(When Steve gave Samantha a sweater for Christmas, she reciprocated by giving him a kiss.)
(adj) deserving rebuke-(Jean's cruel and reprehensible attempt to dump her boyfriend on his birthday led to tears and recriminations.)
(n) a break, rest-(Justin left the pub to gain a brief respite from the smoke and noise.)
(adj) marked by compact precision-(The governor's succinct speech energized the crowd while the mayor's rambled on and on) surfeit-(n) an overabundant supply or indulgence-(After partaking of the surfeit of tacos and tamales at the All-You-Can-Eat Taco Tamale Lunch Special, Beth felt rather sick.)
(adj) of dark color or complexion-(When he got drunk, Robinson's white skin became rather swarthy.)
(adj) relating to or aiming at usefulness-(The beautiful, fragile vase couldn't hold flowers or serve any other utilitarian purpose.)
(adj) unpleasant, offensive, especially to the sense of smell-(Nobody would enter the stalls until the horse's noisome leavings were taken away.)
(adj) charming, pleasing-(After such a long, frustrating day, I was grateful for Chris's winsome attitude and childish naivete.)
(v) to prevent-(My grandfather's large and vicious guard dog precluded anyone from entering the yard.)
(adj) green in tint or color-(The verdant leaves on the trees made the world look emerald.)
(v) to contemplate, reflect-(Terry liked to ruminate while sitting on the banks of the river, staring pensively into the water.)
(adj) instilling hatred or intense displeasure-(Mark was assigned the odious task of cleaning the cat's litter box.)
(adj) plain, lacking liveliness-(Heather's prosaic recital of the poem bored the audience.)
(adj) passing through briefly; passing into and out of existence-(Because virtually everyone in Palm Beach is a tourist, the population of the town is quite transient.)
(adj) crafty, sly-(Though they were not the strongest of the Thundercats, wily Kit and Kat were definitely the most clever and full of tricks.)
(adj) suitable for drinking-(During sea voyages it is essential that ships carry a supply of potable water because salty ocean water makes anyone who drinks it sick.)
(adj) full of yearning; musingly sad-(Since her pet rabbit died, Edda missed it terribly and sat around wistful all day long.)
(adj) superiority in importance or quantity-(Britain's preponderance of naval might secured the nation's role as a military power.)
(v) to criticize or scold severely-(The last thing Lindsay wanted was for Lisa to upbraid her again about missing the rent payment.)
with a standing ovation) refract
(v) to distort, change-(The light was refracted as it passed through the prism.)
(adj) ready to fight, cruel-(This club doesn't really attract the dangerous types, so why was that bouncer being so truculent?) turgid-(adj) swollen, excessively embellished in style or language-(The haughty writer did not realize how we all really felt about his turgid prose.)
(adj) coarsely, crudely humorous-(While some giggled at the ribald joke involving a parson's daughter, most sighed and rolled their eyes.)
(adj) appearing as such, seemingly-(Jack's ostensible reason for driving was that airfare was too expensive, but in reality, he was afraid of flying.)
(n) an omen-(When a black cat crossed my sister's path while she was walking to school, she took it as a portent that she would do badly on her spelling test.)
(adj) small in quantity-(Gilbert lamented the paucity of twentieth century literature courses available at the college.)
(adj) deeply affecting, moving-(My teacher actually cried after reading to us the poignant final chapter of the novel.)
(adj) expressed without words-(I interpreted my parents' refusal to talk as a tacit acceptance of my request.)
(adj) lacking a distinctive character-(I was surprised when I saw the movie star in person because she looked nondescript.)
(adj) full, abundant-(The unedited version was replete with naughty words.)
(adj) expressing little sensibility, unemotional-(Charles's stolid reaction to his wife's funeral differed from the passion he showed at the time of her death.)
(v) to proclaim, make known-(The film professor promulgated that both in terms of sex appeal and political intrigue, Sean Connery's James Bond was superior to Roger Moore's.)
(adj) to have foreknowledge of events-(Questioning the fortune cookie's prediction, Ray went in search of the old hermit who was rumored to be prescient.)
(adj) idealistic, impractical-(Edward entertained a quixotic desire to fall in love at first sight in a laundromat.)
(n) enthusiastic approval, applause-(The controversial new film received plaudits from even the harshest critics.)
(adj) having a pointed, sharp quality—often used to describe smells (The pungent odor in the classroom made Joseph lose his concentration during the test.)
(v) to rest, lie down-(The cat, after eating an entire can of tuna fish, reposed in the sun and took a long nap.)
(n) an example that is a perfect pattern or model-(Because the new SUV was so popular, it became the paradigm upon which all others were modeled.)
(adj) sleepy, drowsy-(The somnolent student kept falling asleep and waking up with a jerk.)
(adj) remorseful, regretful-(The jury's verdict may have been more lenient if the criminal had appeared penitent for his gruesome crimes.)
(n) a model of excellence or perfection-(The mythical Helen of Troy was considered a paragon of female beauty.)
(n) a follower, adherent-(The king did not believe that his rival could round up enough partisans to overthrow the monarchy.)
(adj) able to pay debts
(Upon receiving an unexpected check from her aunt, Annabelle found herself suddenly solvent.)
(v) to ease the anger of, soothe-(The man purchased a lollipop to placate his irritable son) platitude-(n) an uninspired remark, cliché-(After reading over her paper, Helene concluded that what she thought were profound insights were actually just platitudes.)
(adj) lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect-(Political opponents warned that the prime minister's obtuse approach to foreign policy would embroil the nation in mindless war.)
(n) depravity, moral corruption-(Sir Marcus's chivalry often contrasted with the turpitude he exhibited with the ladies at the tavern) ubiquitous-(adj) existing everywhere, widespread-(It seems that everyone in the United States has a television The technology is ubiquitous here.)
(v) to berate-(Jack ran away as soon as his father found out, knowing he would be vituperated for his unseemly behavior.)
(adj) harmful, unwholesome-(Environmentalists showed that the noxious weeds were destroying the insects' natural habitats.)
(adj) readily seen or understood, clear-(The reason for Jim's abdominal pain was made patent after the doctor performed a sonogram.)
(n) a very small amount, especially relating to money-(Josh complained that he was paid a pittance for the great amount of work he did at the firm.)
(v) to fluctuate, hesitate-(I prefer a definite answer, but my boss kept vacillating between the distinct options available to us.)
(adj) easily controlled-(The horse was so tractable, Myra didn't even need a bridle.)
(adj) optimistic, cheery-(Polly reacted to any bad news with a sanguine smile and the chirpy cry, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!") satiate-(v) to satisfy excessively-(Satiated after eating far too much turkey and stuffing, Liza lay on the couch watching football and suffering from stomach pains.)
(adj) flippant, bold-(My parents forgave Sandra's pert humor at the dinner table because it had been so long since they had last seen her.)
(adj) charmingly old-fashioned-(Hilda was delighted by the quaint bonnets she saw in Amish country.)
(adj) disloyal, unfaithful-(After the official was caught selling government secrets to enemy agents, he was executed for his perfidious ways.)
(adj) believing that oneself is all that exists-(Colette's solipsistic attitude completely ignored the plight of the homeless people on the street.)
(n) a perplexed, unresolvable state-(Carlos found himself in a quandary: should he choose mint chocolate chip or cookie dough?) quell-(v) to control or diffuse a potentially explosive situation-(The skilled leader deftly quelled the rebellion) querulous-(adj) whiny, complaining-(If deprived of his pacifier, young Brendan becomes querulous.)
(n) a grossly inferior imitation-(According to the school newspaper's merciless theater critic, Pacific Coast High's rendition of the musical Oklahoma was a travesty of the original.)
(adj) negligent, failing to take care-(The burglar gained entrance because the security guard, remiss in his duties, forgot to lock the door.)
(n) moderation in action or thought-(Maintaining temperance will ensure that you are able to think rationally and objectively.)
(adj) next to last-(Having smoked the penultimate cigarette remaining in the pack, Cybil discarded the last cigarette and resolved to quit smoking.)
(adj) noisy, unruly-(Billy's obstreperous behavior prompted the librarian to ask him to leave the reading room.)
(v) to enjoy intensely-(Theodore reveled in his new status as Big Man on Campus.)
(adj) fanciful, full of whims-(The whimsical little girl liked to pretend that she was an elvin princess.)
(adj) significant, conspicuous-(One of the salient differences between Alison and Nancy is that Alison is a foot taller.)
(adj) giving a hypocritical appearance of piety-(The sanctimonious Bertrand delivered stern lectures on the Ten Commandments to anyone who would listen, but thought nothing of stealing cars to make some cash on the side.)
(n) audacity, recklessness-(Tom and Huck entered the scary cave armed with nothing but their own temerity.)
(adj) painstaking, careful-(With scrupulous care, Sam cut a snowflake out of white paper.)
(adj) agreeable to the taste or sensibilities-(Despite the unpleasant smell, the exotic cheese was quite palatable.)
(v) to render incomprehensible-(The detective did want to answer the newspaperman's questions, so he obfuscated the truth.)
(v) to lay down a rule-(The duke prescribed that from this point further all of the peasants living on his lands would have to pay higher taxes.)
(adj) characterized by rich abundance verging on ostentation-(The opulent furnishings of the dictator's private compound contrasted harshly with the meager accommodations of her subjects.)
(n) uprightness, extreme morality-(The priest's rectitude gave him the moral authority to counsel his parishioners.)
(v) to scold, protest-(The professor railed against the injustice of the college's tenure policy.)
(v) to bring under control, subdue-(The invading force captured and subjugated the natives of that place.)
(adj) stealthy-(The surreptitious CIA agents were able to get in and out of the house without anyone noticing.)
(adj) diversified, distinctly marked-(Each wire in the engineering exam was variegated by color so that the students could figure out which one was which.)
(adj) extremely destructive or harmful-(The new government feared that the Communist sympathizers would have a pernicious influence on the nation's stability.)
(n) a tendency, partiality, preference-(Jill's dinner parties quickly became monotonous on account of her penchant for Mexican dishes.)
(adj) unaffected by passion or feeling-(Penelope's faithfulness to Odysseus required that she be stoic and put off her many suitors.)
(adj) involving punishment-(If caught smoking in the boys' room, the punitive result is immediate expulsion from school.)
(n) a mark or trace of something lost or vanished-(Do you know if the Mexican tortilla is a vestige of some form of Aztec corn-based flat bread?) vicarious-(adj) experiencing through another-(All of my lame friends learned to be social through vicarious involvement in my amazing experiences.)
(adj) fearful-(I always feel a trifle tremulous when walking through a graveyard.)
(adj) not original, overused-(Keith thought of himself as being very learned, but everyone else thought he was trite because his observations about the world were always the same as David Letterman's.)
(n) restoration to the rightful owner-(Many people feel that descendants of slaves should receive restitution for the sufferings of their ancestors.)
(adj) equivalent in value or significance-(When it comes to sports, fearing your opponent is tantamount to losing.)
(adj) harsh, loud-(A strident man, Captain Von Trapp yelled at his daughter and made her cry.)
(adj) concerned, attentive-(Jim, laid up in bed with a nasty virus, enjoyed the solicitous attentions of his mother, who brought him soup and extra blankets.)
(adj) miserly, stingy-(Stella complained that her husband's penurious ways made it impossible to live the lifestyle she felt she deserved.)
(n) truthfulness, accuracy-(With several agencies regulating the reports, it was difficult for Latifah to argue against its veracity.)
(adj) lack of content or ideas, stupid-(Beyonce realized that the lyrics she had just penned were completely vacuous and tried to add more substance.)
(adj) resistant, stubborn, impatient-(The restive audience pelted the band with mud and yelled nasty comments.)
(adj) evil, unprincipled-(The reprobate criminal sat sneering in the cell.)
(v) to join, link-(We yoked together the logs by tying a string around them.)
(adj) giving off intense heat, passionate-(I didn't want to witness the neighbor's torrid affair through the window.)
(v) to sum up, repeat-(Before the final exam, the teacher recapitulated the semester's material.)
(adj) penitent, sorry-(The repentant Dennis apologized profusely for breaking his mother's vase.)
(adj) shiny, glowing-(The partygoers were resplendent in diamonds and fancy dress.)
(v) to sway from one side to the other-(My uncle oscillated between buying a station wagon to transport his family and buying a sports car to satisfy his boyhood fantasies.)
(n) extraordinary ability-(The musician had never taken a guitar lesson in his life, making his prowess with the instrument even more incredible.)
1. (n) a substance that can dissolve other substances-(Water is sometimes called the universal solvent because almost all other substances can dissolve into it.)
(adj) daily-(Ambika's quotidian routines include drinking two cups of coffee in the morning.)
(adj) original, important, creating a field-(Stephen Greenblatt's essays on Shakespeare proved to be seminal, because they initiated the critical school of New Historicism.)
(adj) deserving of respect because of age or achievement-(The venerable Supreme Court justice had made several key rulings in landmark cases throughout the years.)
(n) a trick-(Oliver concocted an elaborate ruse for sneaking out of the house to meet his girlfriend while simultaneously giving his mother the impression that he was asleep in bed.)
(adj) quarrelsome, combative-(Aaron's pugnacious nature led him to start several barroom brawls each month.)
(n) one who excels in an art; a highly skilled musical performer-(Even though Lydia has studied piano for many years, she's only average at it. She's no virtuoso, that's for sure.)
(adj) burdensome-(My parents lamented that the pleasures of living in a beautiful country estate no longer outweighed the onerous mortgage payments.)

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