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|Ascertain (a-sir-TAIN): verb -- to figure out, to deduce from some information|
|We need to ascertain the origin of the disease before we can create a cure.|
She is trying to ascertain the political damage that was caused by the scandal.
|Enigma (e-NIG-muh): noun - a mystery, adj: enigmatic|
|Many people have ideas about how the world began. The truth remains an enigma.|
I could tell from her enigmatic expression that she would not give me a direct answer.
|Contiguous (cun-TIG-yoo-us): adj - touching on at least one border, being in contact with something, 2. next to or near in sequence or time.|
|Townhouses are two or more residences that are contiguous.|
There were several meteor showers in that area. They were contiguous events.
verb - to prove that a person was falsely charged, to prove that
something is true, though it was previously thought to be false|
|I felt vindicated. She admitted that I had been right all along. |
A good lawyer can vindicate a falsely accused person during a trial.
|Obsequious (ob-SEE-quee-us): adj - servile, deferential, adv. obsequiously|
|Her behavior was so obsequious, I knew she just wanted the manager to like her.|
Dogs are well known for being obsequious; that's how they encourage human beings to take care of them.
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|Abase (uh-BASE): verb, abased, abasing used with object-- to put down, to make drop to a lower rank literally or in esteem|
|She felt miserable after hearing the judge's abasing remarks.|
He was abased by his third loss of the championship.
|Raze (RAZE): verb - to tear down, to thoroughly destroy|
|The city razed the old building. Then they began new construction.|
When the mayor was elected, he razed the city square and built an entirely new one.
|Ebullience (EE-byoo-lens): noun - excitement, overflowing energy|
|When she saw her sister after three years of separation, strangers noticed her ebullience.|
The actor was ebullient after his first stage performance.
|Multifarious (mul-ti-FARE-ee-us): adj - having many qualities or aspects|
|The university has multifarious programs in the arts and humanities.|
The teachers planned multifarious activities for the summer camp.
|Palliative (PĀ-lee-uh-tiv): adj - easing the violence of something, as in the pain of disease, though not healing the problem|
|I was in a lot of pain when I went to the ER. The doctor gave me some palliative medicine.|
His palliative words calmed me down, and I was able to think clearly.
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