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subsequent(adj)coming after something in time
When the score was tied, subsequent minutes were added to the game clock.
onerous(adj)difficult to endure
The flight attendant was not prepared to deal with the onerous passenger.
rife(adj)in great quantity
Countries with limited clean water resources are rife with cases of stomach viruses.
discomfit(v)to make a person feel uncomfortable
The manager’s mean look served to discomfit me during the interview.
significance(n)the quality or state of being important
Ancient Egyptians regarded the heart as the center of intelligence and emotion, and
believed the brain to have no significance whatsoever.
gregarious(adj) likely to seek or enjoy the company of others
Gregarious people are likely to hang out with friends every weekend while reserved
people keep to themselves.
impeccable(adj)being entirely without fault or flaw
Your impeccable work ethic and great attention to detail are reasons enough for
hiring you.
languish(v)to lose bodily strength or vigor; become weak or dull
Are you going to languish in bed all Spring Break or do you plan on going outside
and enjoying the sunlight?
obtuse(adj)not able to think clearly or to understand what is obvious or simple
Are you so obtuse that you will give your money away to a fake charity?
ebullient(adj)overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement; boiling, bubbling
The ebullient song was so uplifting that I danced in my chair.
expository(adj)designed to define or explain
As a response to the expository essay question, students should define their five
year goals.
fragment(n)a part broken off, detached or incomplete
I could only hear fragments of their conversation.
inexorable(adj)not able to be persuaded or stopped by any means; stubborn
In his desire to make sure he was ready for the triathlon, Jason was inexorable when
it came to following his training routine.
irreparable(adj) not capable of being fixed
Since the damage to my car is irreparable, I need to buy a new vehicle.
omnipresent(adj)present in all places at all times
They believed in an omnipresent deity that existed in all things.
mendacious(adj)lying; not telling the truth
Instead of giving me another mendacious story, just be honest for once.
plaintive(adj)expressive of suffering or woe
It was obvious from the stray cat’s plaintive cries he was cold and miserable.
requite(v)to make return for: repay
After the war, the losing countries had to requite the victorious nations billions of
dollars for damages.
tantamount(adj)equal to something
For some environmentalists, cutting down trees is tantamount to destroying our
nadir(n)the lowest point
The announcement of the impeachment caused the president’s popularity to fall to
its nadir.
mesmerize(v)captivated by someone or something
The bright lights of the city mesmerized the girl from the small town.
ethereal(adj)extremely light and delicate in a way that seems to perfect for this
world; heavenly or supernatural
Once the sky began to clear after the storm, the clouds scattered in ethereal
formations that resembled a celestial festival.
putative(adj)commonly accepted or supposed
Many people see chicken soup as the putative cure for the common cold.