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Vocabulary Week 2


ostracize (verb) to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc. His friends ostracized him after he was suspended from school.
coop (noun) small enclosure or cage; cramped or uncomfortably confined space; jail or prison. The chicken lived in a coop.
defy (verb) refuse to obey; to challenge the power of; resist boldly or openly. The girl received detention for defying the teacher's rules.
nourish (verb) provide necessary things for health; to sustain with food or nutriment; to cherish, foster, keep alive, etc.; to strengthen, build-up, or promote. He had long nourished the dream of living abroad.
somber (adjective) very sad and serious; gloomily dark, shadowy, dimly lighted; as color, dark and dull; gloomy, depressing, dismal. They walked through the somber passageway. All were in a somber mood at the funeral.
virtuous (adjective) conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright. The nun led a virtuous life.
engulf (verb) to swallow up in; submerge; to plunge or emerse. The overflowing river has engulfed many small towns along its banks. He engulfed himself in his studies.
precarious (adjective) dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; uncertain; unstable; insecure; dependent on the will or pleasure of another; exposed to or involving danger; dangerous; perilous; risky. Her son's precarious livelihood concerned her.
diplomatic (adjective) careful not to offend; maintain good relations; skilled in dealing with sensitive matters or people; tactful; of or relating to diplomacy. Her diplomatic approach to controversy makes her an excellent student government candidate.
inventive (adjective) apt at inventing, contriving, or devising; apt at creating with the imagination. The inventive young man would go on to do great things. Her inventive method to solving the equations was impressive.
appease (verb) to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; soothe; to satisfy, allay, or relieve; assuage. The fruit appeased her hunger. The servant appeased the angry king
rile (verb) to irritate or make angry; to vex. He knew how to rile his older sister.
broad-gauge (adjective) wide in area or scope; comprehensive. Broad-gauge efforts are essential to improve the health of our citizens.
captivating (adjective) to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant. The speaker was captivating.
enthrall (verb) to captivate or charm. We want to hire a performer whose grace, skill, and virtuosity enthrall the audience.
tedious (adjective) long and tiresome; marked by tedium; wordy to the point of causing boredom. He had a tedious journey ahead.
condemn (verb) to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on; indicate strong disapproval of; to pronounce to be guilty; sentence to punishment. He was condemned to two weeks of detention for cheating. She condemned her sister's fashion taste.
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