v. to polish or make shine
n. a shiny appearance
The store owner's son's only job was to burnish the statues in the window every day.
n. a supporting structure
v. to support or encourage
The parents decided to buttress the after-school programs that were in danger of ending by making donations.
v. to make vague, unclear statements
The mayor equivocated when confronted about his use of public funds.
n. a model of excellence
The man was a paragon of virtue who had never stolen so much as a loaf of bread in his life.
n. unpleasant, discordant sounds
The orchestra's first attempt to play together was a cacophony of jarring notes.
adj. very sentimental
The group of graduating seniors was a mawkish sight, crying and taking hundreds of pictures.
v. to make someone do something with flattery or promises
Mother cajoled her into driving the other children to school, promising to make her favorite dinner.
adj. rigidly fixed in opinion or expression in an arrogant manner
The dogmatic theorist refused to listen to any other possibilities.
v. to check or balance the scale of a measuring device with a standard scale
The new thermometer needed to be calibrated before it could be used.
n. a state of final spiritual ruin, loss of soul, damnation
Poor moral choices led Johnny down the road to perdition.
v. to request urgently
The dying man beseeched his family to visit him.
adj. careful; shrewd
John was a canny negotiator; no matter how bad his bargaining position, he would always come out on top.
adj. original and influential
The seminal works of the artist developed into a new style of interpretation.
adj. difficult to handle; ill-tempered
The worst part about working in customer service was having to deal with irate, cantankerous callers.
adj. related to the meaning of words
Susan felt that the abortion debate had become too focused on semantic arguments.
adj. having toothed edges ("serrated" is an alternate form of the adj.)
Kate used the serrate edge of the knife to cut through the tough meat.
v. to cut off
Unfortunately, to prevent the infection from spreading, the doctors had to sever the infected parts of the hand.
adj. twisting and winding
adj. not direct
The sinuous path through the mountains was probably the most dangerous route to take.
n. caring about others' well being
Though she claims not to have any feelings for Julio, she showed a great deal of solicitude when she learned of his illness.
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n. a feeling of camaraderie with others due to shared goals
Several townspeople expressed solidarity with the union members by protesting with them.
adj. capable of being dissolved in a liquid
adj. capable of being solved
Certain medicines are soluble in water so they can be taken with ease.
adj. able to meet financial obligations
n. a substance that can dissolve other substances
To remain solvent, the business was forced to sell its overseas operations.
adj. able to cause sleepiness
n. a substance that causes sleepiness
Bill's new cold medication has soporific side effects that interfere with his ability to drive.
v. to try to imitate or exceed another's actions
Nancy wanted to emulate her older sister and so began to study more often.
v. to make infatuated; to cause to love
He was so enamored of her that he thought about her every day.
adj. originating in, native to, particular to
There are some deadly diseases that are endemic to the tropics.
v. to give (esp. an inheritance or genetic trait)
Christine's mother endowed her with beautiful green eyes.
adj. harsh; gloomy, forbidding
adj. stern, humorless
The old headmaster never had anything but a dour expression to offer.
v. to make weaker
The heat enervated the soccer players' strength with each passing minute, and by halftime most were in no condition to continue playing.
adj. unconcerned, nonchalant, lighthearted
Michael's insouciant attitude towards schoolwork led to poor test grades.
v. to clearly prove something, to indicate
Her choice not to enter into an argument with him evinced her maturity.
v. to give rights of citizenship, esp. the right to vote
When women were finally enfranchised, spontaneous celebrations occurred throughout the country.
n. an ornamental work, esp. delicate and lacelike
v. to adorn
The wine glass was filigreed with a delicate pattern of grape vines.
v. to cause, to lead to
The poor ventilation in the factory engendered health problems amongst the workers.
adj. of dubious origin; of doubtful authenticity
I believe all stories of alien abduction are apocryphal.