Vocabulary TKaM Chs 15 - 22


venerable

adj

respectable (due to age, rank/position, or dignity)

verb: venerate.
“Everyone rose when the venerablejudge walked into the courtroom.”
“My grandmother has reached thevenerable age of 101!”

acquiesce

v

to passively agree or comply; to give in or yield

“ We acquiesced to her demands, but were unhappy about it the whole time.”

sundry

adj

various, many

“There are sundry items in her purse.” “The grocery store sellssundry products.”

ubiquitous

adj

being everywhere; widespread

“The H1N1 virus has been lessubiquitous than feared, thanks to vaccines and preventative measures like hand-washing.”

stalwart

adj

strong (physically and/or morally)

“The stalwart soldier was known for his bravery and integrity.”

acrimonious

adj

caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc

an acrimonious answer; an acrimonious dispute.
Root: acer/acri= sharp, sour

scrutiny

n

a searching examination or investigation; surveillance; close and continuous watching or guarding

"Those pronounced him youngest who scrutinized his face the closest" (G. W. Cable).

arid

adj

dry; lifeless & dull

Arid deodorant
“Her arid and vapid personality attracted few friends.”

mollify

v

to lessen the anger of, pacify, or calm down

“He bought her roses, hoping tomollify her when he brought home a pet boa constrictor..”

expunge

v

to erase or strike out

"And when the Russian moon program was finally abandoned, the Kremlin spent considerable effort to expunge it from history" (Bill Keller, "Eclipsed", New York Times Magazine, June 27, 1999).
See Word of the Day

temerity

n

reckless or presumptuous daring; brashness; heedless disregard for danger

"Hither and thither he charged striking down the few who had the temerityto stand against him, and it was evident that unless a chance spear thrust brought him down he would rout the entire village…." (Edgar R. Burroughs, The Son of Tarzan).
See Word of the Day

impassive

adj

revealing no emotion; expressionless

“His face was impassive, showing neither fear nor concern at their situation.”
Synonym to stolid.

stolidly

adv

with little or not emotion

“She reacted stolidly to the news of her mother's death, leading those who did not know her to accuse her of heartlessness.”
Synonym to impassive.



Last modified: Thursday, 14 June 2012, 4:19 PM