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Improving Vocabulary Skills
Chapter One
Ten Words in context
ABSOLVEHaving insufficient evidence of his guilt, the jury had toabsolveMr.Melmanof the murder.Accused of taking bribes, the mayor said, “In the end, I’ll clear my name and beabsolvedof any wrongdoing.ABSOLVE meansTo accuseTo clear of guiltTo inform
Ten Words in context
2. ADAMANTRon isadamantabout not changing plans. He insists we still camp out even though the weather report now says it will be cold and rainy.Adamantin his support of gun control, Senator Keen won’t give in to pressure from powerful opponents..ADAMANT meansfirmuncertainflexible
Ten Words in context
3. AMIABLEMyamiabledog greets both strangers and old friends with a happy yep and energetic tail wagging.At first, our history teacher doesn’t seem very friendly, but once you get to know her, she shows heramiableside.AMIABLE meansintelligentuncaringGood-natured
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4. AMORALJerry is almost totallyamoral. He cares only about making money and having fun and couldn’t care less about right or wrong.A former president of Uganda,IdiAmin, was trulyamoral. He jailed, tortured, and killed innocent opponents without the slightest feeling of guilt.AMORAL meanscowardlylazyLacking ethical principles
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5. ANIMOSITYI was shocked when Sandy said she hated Lionel. I’d never realized she felt suchanimositytoward him.Ill will between two families goes back so many generations that nobody remembers what originally causedanimosity.ANIMOSITY meansStrong dislikeadmirationGreat fear
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6. ANTAGONISTAt the divorce hearing, the husband and wife were such bitterantagoniststhat it was hard to believe they had once loved each other.In the ring, the two boxers wereantagonists, but in their private lives they were good friends.ANTAGONIST meansA supporterAn enemyAn example
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7. ECCENTRICBruce is quiteeccentric. For example, he lives in a circular house and rides to work on a motorcycle, in a tree-piece seat.Florence Nightingale, the famous nursing reformer, had theeccentrichabit of carrying a pet owl around in one of her pockets.ECCENTRIC meansordinaryoddcareful
Ten Words in context
8. ENCOUNTERMyencounterwith Matt in a Los Angeles supermarket surprised me, since I thought he still lived in Chicago.I dislike returning to my small hometown, where I am likely to haveencounterswith people who knew me as a troubled kid.ENCOUNTER meansA thoughtA dinnerA meeting
Ten Words in context
9. EPITOMETo many, theepitomeof cuteness is a furry, round-eyed puppy.The great ballplayer and civil rights leader Jackie Robinson was theepitomeof both physical and moral strength.EPITOME meansA perfect modelAn oppositeA main cause
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10. MALIGNThat vicious Hollywood reporter oftenmalignsmovie stars, forever damaging their public images.Stacy refuses tomalignher ex-husband, even though he was the one who insisted on the divorce.MALIGN meansTo praiseTo recognizeTo speak ill of
Matching words with definitions
Not giving in; stubbornLacking a moral sense; without principlesDiffering from what is customary; oddTo find innocent or blamelessA brief or an unexpected meetingA perfect or typical example of a general quality or typeAn opponent; one who opposes or competesBitter hostilityTo make evil and often untrue statements; speak evil ofGood-natured; friendly and pleasant
Sentence check one
a. Absolve b. Adamant c. Amiable d. Amoral e. Animosityf. Antagonist g. Eccentric h. Encounteri. Epitome j. malign
Lily was the _____ in her belief that Sam was a genius at business. Even after his first two undertakings failed, she still had faith in him.My brothers had planned to meet in the restaurant, but their _____ took place in the parking lot.I’m tired of hearing the two candidates for governor _____ each other with stupid insults.Because he doesn’t want to lose a sale, Mack remains polite and _____ even when he’s annoyed with a customer.Some criminals are truly _____- they don’t see that some actions are right and that others are wrong.
Sentence check one
a. Absolve b. Adamant c. Amiable d. Amoral e. Animosityf. Antagonist g. Eccentric h. Encounteri. Epitome j. malign
The _____ of refreshment is drinking and ice-cold lemonade on a sizzling hot day.Jed was _____ (e)d of stealing money from the company, but the damage the accusation did to his reputation remained.The owners ofthe departmentstore were always competing with each other. They acted more like _____s than partners.I avoid serious discussions with my sister because she shows great _____ toward me if I don’t share her opinion.Today it’s not odd for females to learn carpentry, but when my mother went to high school, girls who took wood shop were considered _____.

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