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English Word set 1

Argument and Language

TermDefinitionExample Sentence
Apt (adj.) appropriate, inclined Following his father's footsteps, the architect was apt to take over the family business.
Cajole (verb) coax Using dry tuna, I was able to cajole the kitten out of the corner.
Compendious (adj.) succinct The small book included a short and compendious overview of the history of Feudal Japan.
Concur (verb) agree In less than an hour, the judge announced the jury had been able to concur on the defendant's guilt.
Delineate (verb.) clearly describe of portray Jamie asked her teacher to delineate the project description once more.
Digress (verb) Digression (noun) stray from the subject at hand The teacher cautioned her students to stay on topic and avoid digressions in their essays.
Elucidate (verb) clarify To make life easy for my math students, I go out of my way to elucidate the complex problems before each test.
Embroil(ed) (verb) involve in an argument of conflict I avoided mt two best friends because i did not want to get embroiled in their dispute.
Empirical (adj.) based on observation and experiment (not theory) Because there was no empirical link between the suspect and the victim, the prosecutor found it hard to make a provable case.
Enumerate (verb) list The hundreds of people that contributed to my book ate too many to enumerate, so I will thank them collectively .
Epitome (noun) Epitomize (verb) perfect example of a quality or type Even under great pressure, the emergency room doctor was the epitome of professionalism.
Equivocal (adj.) ambiguous the teacher's equivocal answer did not provide me with a clear response to my question.
Exemplar (noun) representative example The teacher shared my paper with the class after describing it was an exemplar of a well-written essay.
Exhort (adj.) encourage A good leader will exhort people to achieve their own forms of greatness rather than try to force them on a certain path.
Expedient (adj.) convenient and practical While I could have taken the train to New York City, I found it more expedient to fly there.
Fathom (verb) understand Since I have always done my work, I cannot fathom why my boss just fired me.
Flagrant (adj. ) obvious The driver's flagrant disregard for the speeding laws did not escape the police officer's notice.
Florid (adj. ) flushed, flowery His literary style was too florid and ornate for my simple tastes.
Incongruity (noun) incongruous (adj. ) inappropriateness, discrepancy These two pieces of the puzzle possess incongruity and are clearly not designed to fit with each other.
Ineffable (adj. ) impossible to express in words The movie's shocking ending left us all in an ineffable daze.
Innuendo (noun) implicit suggestion Although the dialogue in the book is not directly explicit.the writer makes great use of innuendo to convey his message.
Laconic (adj. ) concise To save valuable time, give me a laconic explanation of what happened.
Lucid (adj. ) clear, easily understood Since the patient endured severe brain trauma, it will be a while before he becomes lucid.
Nebulous (adj. ) vague While the driving instructor thought his instructions were clear. the students found them to be nebulous.
Nuance (noun) subtle difference To perfect his game, the rookie golfer watched every nuance of his mentor's swing
Paradigm (noun) clear example The devout nun is considering the paradigm of virtue by everyone in the church.
Prattle (noun/verb) babble My talkative mother can prattle in any subject for hours.
Pronouncement (noun) formal declaration The employees were devastated when the store owner made the pronouncement that they were going out of business.
Proponent supporter Because April loves animals, she is a fierce proponent of the animal rights movement.
Prosaic (adj. ) lacking imagination, dull As a whole, prosaic writers tend to write very dull stories which most people never remember.
Rebuttal (noun) defense, counter argument Since the defense attorney did not have a rebuttal to the prosecutor's statement, he was unable to make the jury believe his client's alibi.
Recant (verb) retract The brutal dictator will behead any rebels who refuse to recant their criticisms of his rule.
Repudiate (verb) reject The candidate was told by his advisers to repudiate a previously made statement.
Rescind (verb) annul, retract When the college became aware Henry had been using steroids, they chose to rescind his football scholarship.
Rhetoric (noun) Rhetorical (adj. ) Rhetorician (noun) (related to) elegant speech/writing, elegant speaker/writer The protesters' rhetoric is filled with anger towards the government.
Scrutinize (verb) Scrutiny (noun) examine carefully I will not purchase the used vehicle until my mechanic has had time to scrutinize it for defects.
Simile (noun) comparison In romantic poetry, a simile was most often used to compare a woman's beauty to one of the wonders of nature.
Tangential (adj. ) digressive, irrelevant Our team lost the debate because our responses were tangential and did not respond to our opponent's position on the subject.
Treatise (noun) extensive written argument about some topic She wrote furious treatise against all the corruption in government.
Verbose (adj. ) wordy, long-winded The verbose man took thirty minutes to give me a simple answer.
Abstruse (adj.) difficult to understand While I could understand small portions of the contract, the majority of the legal text was abstruse to me.
Created by: WiseStranger



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