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They treated us with 'courtesy' and kindness.

behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others


Rather than yell and 'remonstrate' with an individual, I will simply walk away from an argument.

to present and urge reasons in opposition : expostulate


A 'magnanimous' donation to the town's animal shelter

showing or suggesting a lofty and courageous spirit; showing or suggesting nobility of feeling and generosity of mind


The eyewitness couldn't identify the aircraft, 'ergo' it must have been from another planet

therefore; hence


she could be heard on the telephone 'confabulating' with someone

to talk informally : chat; to hold a discussion : confer; to fill in gaps in memory by fabrication


The Egyptian sphinx has the body of a 'recumbent' lion.

suggestive of repose : leaning, resting


The town is a 'congenial' place for raising children.

having the same nature, disposition, or tastes : kindred; agreeably suited to one's nature, tastes, or outlook


She was struck with 'revulsion' at the sight of the dead animal.

a strong pulling or drawing away : withdrawal


The quality of the film was 'vitiated' by poor acting.

to make faulty or defective : impair


The trouble-maker had a 'propensity' for infamous crimes.

an often intense natural inclination or preference


Once upon a time, if you were an unwed mother, you were viewed as a source of 'ignominy'.

disgraceful or dishonorable conduct, quality, or action; deep personal humiliation and disgrace


'In lieu of' oil-lamps, incandescent electric 6-volt lamps are now employed.



I use a 'calabash' gourd as a water bottle.

gourd; one whose hard shell is used for a utensil


She's very 'punctilious' about the use of proper grammar.

marked by or concerned about precise accordance with the details of codes or conventions


The candidate caused 'consternation' among his supporters by changing positions on a key issue.

amazement or dismay that hinders or throws into confusion


A tree whose delicate beauty 'belies' its real toughness

to give a false impression of; to present an appearance not in agreement with


A scheme is 'concocted', realized, and then countered.

devise, fabricate; to prepare by combining raw materials


Wise and full of insight, the 'sagacious' leader would live on to better the world.

of keen and farsighted penetration and judgment : discerning; acute in perception and sound in judgment


I love to 'imbibe' the calm, fresh air of rain into my lungs.

to receive into the mind and retain; to soak in