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1

Define:

mendacious
(men-dey-shuhs)

adj. dishonest

Phyllis is mendacious yet entertaining; she is fun to talk to at a party, but I wouldn't believe a word she says.

2

Define:

consequential
(kon-suh-kwen-shuhl)

adj. important
adj. pompous, self-important

I am not prepared to accept such consequential airs from a journalist 20 years my junior.

3

Define:

tremulous
(trem-yuh-luhs)

adj. trembling, timid, fearful

He signed the contract with a tremulous hand.

4

Define:

mendicant
(men-dih-kuhnt)

n. a beggar, a supplicant

There was a large number of mendicants stalking the street.

5

Define:

egress
(n. ee-grehss; v. ih-grehss)

n. exit
v. to exit

It was thought that the prisoner, seeking egress from his cell before the spreading fire consumed it, had managed to slip out between the warping floorboards.

6

Define:

preternatural
(pree-ter-nach-er-uhl)

adj. beyond what is normal or natural

Occasionally, people with mental illnesses also exhibit preternatural abilities in mathematics or memorization.

7

Define:

fulminate
(fuhl-muh-neyt)

v. to verbally attack
v. to explode

The crotchety old fool fulminated about every sort of modern improvement while we listened, too stunned to interrupt him.

8

Define:

gull
(guhl)

v. to fool or deceive

They gulled Akiko so well that she walked right into her own surprise party without suspecting a thing.

9

Define:

rebus
(ree-buhss)

n. a riddle in which words are represented by pictures

Pictures of bees and eyes are commonly used in a rebus to symbolize the words "be" and "I".

10

Define:

pedestrian
(puh-dess-tree-uhn)

adj. commonplace, trite, unremarkable

Timothy's dissertation was lengthy but pedestrian.

11

Define:

distrait
(diss-trey)

adj. distracted as a result of anxiety

The distrait teacher kept pausing mid-sentence to look out the window.

12

Define:

nefarious
(nih-fair-ee-uhs)

adj. vicious, evil

The nefarious conspirators left nothing in the poor woman's house.

13

Define:

factious
(fak-shuhss)

adj. inclined to make arguments, divisive, contentious

Many networks purposely select factious personalities to appear in their reality T.V. shows in the hopes that their bickering will attract viewers.

14

Define:

ignoble
(ig-noh-buhl)

adj. dishonorable, disgraceful

The ignoble act of profiteering at someone else's expense is not to be condoned.

15

Define:

epithet
(epp-ih-thet)

n. a characterizing phrase
n. a disparaging word or phrase

Ivan the Terrible's name was one epithet I do not envy.

16

Define:

anodyne
(ann-uh-dahyn)

adj. pain-relieving, soothing; bland
n. a distress-reliever

She tried to keep the conversation as anodyne as possible

17

Define:

jejune
(djih-djoon)

adj. uninteresting, dull
adj. immature
adj. lacking in nutrition

It may be said that her verse is jejune, but I happen to find a sage sensibility in her later poems.

18

Define:

conciliatory
(kuhn-sill-ee-uh-tawr-ee)

adj. agreeable; overcoming distrust or hostility

Karen's conciliatory attitude helped her to move up in the business.

19

Define:

diaspora
(dahy-ass-per-uh)

n. a dispersion of people from their homeland (esp. Jews)
n. a community of dispersed people

The African diaspora throughout the world has settled into certain traditions, some of which are not actually African in origin.

20

Define:

welter
(well-ter)

v. to writhe, toss about; to be in turmoil

The lake weltered in the storm, tossing the boat all over.

21

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. dishonest

mendacious
(men-dey-shuhs)

synonyms: deceptive, false

22

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. important
adj. pompous, self-important

consequential
(kon-suh-kwen-shuhl)

synonyms: significant, considerable; egotistic

23

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. trembling, timid, fearful

tremulous
(trem-yuh-luhs)

synonyms: quivering, cowardly, nervous

24

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a beggar, a supplicant

mendicant
(men-dih-kuhnt)

synonyms: panhandler, pauper

25

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. exit
v. to exit

egress
(n. ee-grehss; v. ih-grehss)

synonyms: departure, escape, withdrawal

26

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. beyond what is normal or natural

preternatural
(pree-ter-nach-er-uhl)

synonyms: anomalous, irregular, bizarre

27

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to verbally attack
v. to explode

fulminate
(fuhl-muh-neyt)

synonyms: berate, condemn; blast, blow up

28

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

v. to fool or deceive

gull
(guhl)

synonyms: mislead, hoodwink, dupe

29

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

n. a riddle in which words are represented by pictures

rebus
(ree-buhss)

synonyms: puzzle, enigma

30

Which of your vocabulary words means the following?

adj. commonplace, trite, unremarkable

pedestrian
(puh-dess-tree-uhn)

synonyms: everyday, dull, uninteresting