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ailment

noun.

disease

He died of a heart ailment.

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rapture

noun.

ecstatic joy

After Tammy's cancer was cured, she instantly felt rapture and pure happiness.

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obscure

adjective.

not clear

Some questions on the test were obscure, so she took an educated guess.

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incendiary

adjective.

designed to cause fires

The military has been working on incendiary bombs.

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apathetic

adjective.

having little to no emotion

After Rebecca went through many losses, she became apathetic around her loved ones.

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vain

adjective.

extremely proud of one's appearance

He was so vain that he couldn't help
but look in the mirror every time he came across one.

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guile

adjective.

extremely cunning to reach a goal

The guile teenager deceived her acquaintances for many months in order to gain their trust.

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frivolous

adjective.

lacking seriousness or sense

The frivolous behavior in class led to many kids staying after class.

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lurid

adjective.

horrible

An article about a recent murder left out the lurid details and kept it very broad.

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refurbish

verb.

to renovate

They decided to refurbish the house after the hurricane.

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discourse

noun.

communication through words or thoughts

Since the discourse was obvious and straight forward, there was no confusion between the two people.

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vacillate

verb.

to be indecisive

His opinion vacillates so often that we don't where he stands on the issue.

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rectify

verb.

to correct

He asked them to rectify his account by sending a check.

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arid

adjective.

extremely dry

The arid climate was not productive for growing crops.

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verbose

adjective.

wordy

The verbose essay was shortened into a more precise one.

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tacit

adjective.

implied

The ending of the story was tacit through many clues the writer gave.

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alleviate

verb.

to lessen

She alleviated the sorrow and pain she went through as a little girl through therapy.

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disseminate

verb.

to scatter or spread widely

The the news of Alison's return was disseminated through a television broadcast.

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elucidate

verb.

to make clear and explain

The student did not understand the moral of the story, so the teacher elucidated it.

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muddle

verb.

to mix up (in a confused manor)

His exhaustion muddled his thoughts and he couldn't make a decision.

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slander

noun.

a false and rude statement jeopardizing a reputation

Falsely accusing someone of a theft is slander and you can be prosecuted for it.

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libel

noun.

published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation

In a few cases, she has been sued for libel by the people she has written about.

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quibble

noun.

small criticism or objection

The only quibble I had with this novel was that it was written in second p.o.v.

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satiate

verb.

to supply with anything to excess

We satiated our thirst and hunger with a big feast.

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zenith

noun.

the highest point

The zenith of the Fault in Our Stars could be argued as either the trip of Amsterdam or Augustus' diagnosis of terminal cancer.

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infallible

adjective.

certain

The test results that showed that Hazel's cancer was terminal were infallible.

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prevalent

adjective.

widespread

The bugs were so prevalent in the house, we had to call the exterminator.

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listless

adjective.

showing no interest in, spiritless

After Wayne was given a boring topic, he became listless and uninterested.

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patent

noun.

the right from the government as protection

She got a patent on several ideas before she created her inventions so no one else could take credit.

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archipelago

noun.

large group of islands

As they sailed around Hawaii, they visited many of the islands within the archipelago.

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jest

noun.

a joke or witty remark

The comedian made many jests to amuse his audience.

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decibel

noun.

a unit measuring sound waves

The scientists measured the decibel levels of the music and found that hearing loss can occur if the levels are too high.

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congregation

noun.

a group of worshippers

The congregation of the Catholic church met in Mt. Kisco for a fund raiser.

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tactile

adjective.

connected with sense of touch

Once Suzie lost her sight, her tactile senses became more sensitive.

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conviction

noun.

firm belief

Even though Sally read many persuasive essays on a controversial topic, her convictions stayed the same.

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caricature

noun.

a picture that shows exaggeration

The family wanted a cartoon portrait of themselves so they went to the city and had a street artist draw their caricature.

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insipid

adjective.

boring

Jane's insipid personality made it difficult to have a stimulating conversation.

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voracious

adjective.

craving large amounts of food

Since Rebecca was 7 months pregnant, she had a voracious appetite all the time.

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adroit

adjective.

skillful

Serena Williams is an extremely adroit tennis player.

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bridle

verb.

to hold back or restrain

Aria bridled her anger and walked away from the rude clerk.

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unfetter

verb.

to liberate

There are many Roman stories of people trying to unfetter slaves from their masters.

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ubiquitous

adjective.

existing or being everywhere

On summer nights, mosquitos are ubiquitous.

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articulate

adjective.

using speech fluently

The articulate speaker convinced the entire panel to follow his advice.

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adequate

adjective.

fully sufficient

The amount of food they had was adequate for the month.

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inexhaustible

adjective.

never runs out

Some people say fossil fuels are inexhaustible and others say we will surely run out one day.

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chastise

verb.

to discipline

The family wanted to chastise the new puppy and train it so there would be no further incidents.

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lissom

adjective.

flexible

The lissom gymnast could bend her body in many ways that others could not.

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obstreperous

adjective.

unruly

Ezra became obstreperous when Aria told him to stay away from his girlfriend, Alison.

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denigrate

verb.

to criticize in a derogatory manner

We've all heard people denigrate women's basketball because it's slower and different from the men's game.

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demur

verb.

to object

The school elected him as class president, but he demurred.

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fathom

noun.

a unit of length (6 feet); used when measuring the depth of bodies of water

The ocean's depth at this moment is 60 fathoms.

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obeisance

noun.

gesture like a bow

When they met the queen, they greeted her with obeisance.

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deference

noun.

respectful regard

In deference to the late grandfather's wishes for his funeral, they followed his plans exactly.

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munificent

adjective.

very generous

The munificent man donated a million dollars to a local hospital hoping to help anyone who needed it.

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stoop

verb.

to bend down

He knew that he could never stoop so low as to cheat on a test, even if he hadn't studied.

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vigorous

adjective.

energetic

She shook the blanket vigorously to get all the dirt off.

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prolong

verb.

to continue longer

They prolonged their honeymoon for several days.

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contrivance

noun.

a device

An IPad is one of the more well known contrivances of the 21st century.