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Lesson 1 Book 8

WordDefiniton Sentence
brusqueness The quality or state of being brusque. With a brusqueness unlike her, Melanie ended the phone conversation.
concise Short and to the point. “Speed Kills” is a concise way of warning drivers of the danger of going too fast.
demean To cause a lowering of self-esteem; to lower in reputation or character. Don’t demean yourself by denying what everyone knows to be true.
demeaning Degrading. June felt that being scolded in front of her friends was demeaning.
despicable Deserving contempt or scorn. Stealing from the class treasury was a despicable thing to do.
emulate To try to equal; to imitate. Musicians around the world have tried to emulate Louis Armstrong’s soulful trumpet playing.
evoke To call forth; to produce. After the oil spill, the governor’s appeal for clean-up volunteers evoked a huge response from people in the state.
evoke To bring to mind, often by suggestion. The tinkling notes from the music box evoked for me the carefree joys of childhood.
evocative Creating something again, especially through the imagination. The costumes and music of the film were evocative of Paris in the 1920s.
excruciating Very painful. The ointment soothed the excruciating burn on Ronald’s arm.
inaugurate To install in office with a formal ceremony. Presidents of the United States are inaugurated in January following the November election.
inaugurate To begin officially or mark the opening of. On Tuesday, Mayor Ovalles inaugurated a free vaccination program for all children under five living in the city.
inauguration The act of installing in office. Governor Maitland was at her desk within hours of her inauguration.
pervade To spread throughout. Laughter pervades the house whenever Aunt Sara visits us.
pervasive Spreading throughout. Every Friday afternoon, the pervasive odor of disinfectant fills the halls as the cleaning crew mops the floors.
proprietor An owner of a store or other business. The proprietors of the downtown shops planned a sidewalk sale for the first weekend in June.
pseudonym A fictitious name used by an author; a pen name. Female British authors of the nineteenth century often had to use a male pseudonym in order to get their books published.
rebuff To reject bluntly. The owners rebuffed all attempts to take over their successful computer company.
rebuff To drive back. Although the men in the Alamo were determined to rebuff Santa Anna’s forces, in the end they were defeated.
rebuff A blunt rejection. Caroline’s offer to Fred to patch up their quarrel met with a rebuff.
rebuff An abrupt setback in progress. After a storm delayed their start, the climbers experienced another rebuff when a rock slide shut down one of the trails.
resilient Capable of recovering quickly from misfortune. After slipping to third place, the Red Sox were resilient enough to regain first place.
resilient Returning quickly to an original shape or condition. A wool sweater is more resilient after washing than a cotton one.
resilience The ability to recover. Steven's body showed great resilience after the chemotherapy treatment.
resilience The ability to spring back. Tennis balls lose resilience after three or four sets of vigorous play.
turbulent Chaotic; unruly. My brother and I tried our best to stay calm during the turbulent period of our parents’ divorce.
turbulent Stormy; tempestuous. Such a turbulent sea prevented all boats from leaving the harbor.
turbulence Great disturbance or agitation. The turbulence of the 1960s included peace marches, civil rights protests, and assassinations.
turbulence Rapid changes in wind speed and direction in the atmosphere. The “Fasten Your Seatbelts” sign flashed on when the plane encountered turbulence.
avid Having a strong desire for, to the point of greed. Avid for the attention of their baby sitter, the children shouted and tumbled about on the floor.
avid Eager; enthusiastic. Marcia is an avid skier who spends each weekend on the slopes.
brusque Abrupt in manner or speech; gruff. The lawyer’s brusque questioning intimidated the witness.
Created by: tonsell2003