Tuesday, October 22, 2013

vocabulary #8

cursory: hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed.
"a cursory glance at the book"
impetus: the force or energy with which a body moves.
"hit the booster coil before the flywheel loses all its impetus"
pinnacle: the highest point or level, esp of fame, success, etc. 
"a celebrity has reached the pinnacle of success"
contumely: insolent or insulting language or treatment.
"the church should not be exposed to gossip and contumely"
bereavement: to leave desolate or alone, especially by death.
"there was a bereavement in my family when my grandma died"
cache: a collection of items of the same type stored in a hidden or inaccessible place.
"the taliban hide weapons caches in caves all through out afghanistan."
calamity: an event causing great and often sudden damage or distress; a disaster.
"the fire was the latest calamity to strike the area"
avarice: extreme greed for wealth or material gain. 
fortify: strengthen (a place) with defensive works.
"Omaha beach was heavily fortified by the germans on d-day but it was still no match for America!"
erratic: not even or regular in pattern or movement; unpredictable.
"her breathing was erratic" 
ubiquitous: present, appearing, or found everywhere.
"his ubiquitous influence was felt by all the family"
feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm.
"she gave a nonchalant shrug"
affect: have an effect on; make a difference to.
"the dampness began to affect my health"
effect: a change that is a result or consequence of an action or other cause.                                                  "the lethal effects of hard drugs"
misappropriate:  dishonestly or unfairly take (something, esp. money, belonging to another) for one's own use.
"department officials had misappropriated funds"

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