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|Insolent (IN-sō-lent): adj -- disrespectful and rude, insulting |
|His insolent words angered the police officer, and he was taken to the station.|
The army recruit had to do a hundred push-ups for insolent behavior.
|Benign (bee-NINE): adj - good and kind, not harmful|
|My next door neighbor has a very benign attitude, and she always has plenty of friends.|
There was a tumor near his throat. They removed it, and luckily, it was benign, not cancerous.
|Stratified(STRA-ti-fīd): adj - separated into layers|
|The stratified colors in her painting combined tones of rock and water.|
We thought the stratified rock in the cave was beautiful, but we did not know the geological history.
|Tawdry (TAH-dree): adj - cheap in appearance|
|The play takes place in a smoky jazz club from the 20's. Her character wears shiny, but tawdry clothes.|
That shirt would look o.k. at a dance club, but it would look tawdry if you wore it at a cafe.
|Gratuitous (gruh-TOO-i-tus): adj - given freely, given without being necessary|
|Your screenplay is interesting, but the violence seems gratuitous. There is a lot of it, and I do not see see why.|
My aunt was gratuitous with her hugs and kisses. No child escaped her lengthy good-byes.
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|Amalgam (uh-MAL-gum): noun -- a mixture, a combination of different things|
|My mother's family is Swedish, but my father's family line is an amalgum of Europeans.|
My friends are an amalgum of personalities: we represent every sign in the zodiac.
|Epitome (e-PI-tō-mee): noun - representing the highest form of something|
|My neighbor is the epitome of the dutiful daughter. She does everything her parents want her to do.|
In most horror movies, the bad guy is the epitome of evil.
|Impetus (IM-pe-tus): noun - a compelling force, the reason or situation that causes action|
|The 911 attack seemed to be the impetus for the Iraq war, though people questioned that later.|
A heart attack often serves as an impetus toward leading a healthy lifestyle.
|Ingenuous (in-JEN-yoo-us): adj - not worldly or cunning, easily taken advantage of|
|The ingenuous way she talks does not fool me. She always has an agenda.|
He is very kind, but sometimes he tries so hard to do the right thing that he is ingenuous.
|Debacle (de-BAH-kul): noun - a ridiculous defeat, a complete defeat|
|Unfortunately, our team didn't just lose. It was a debacle. |
Despite all the effort they put into their campaigns, this election year was a debacle for the republicans.
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