s: <an actor who in his lifetime received all the laud and honor that the theater world could bestow>
- d: frankness, sincere; impartial
- p: kan-der
s: She spoke with candor about racism.
- d: talking to yourself
- p: suh-lil-uh-kwee
s: Hamlet's soliloquy begins with “To be or not to be.”
- d: natural inclination or tendency;
- laying face down
- p: prohn
- s: <he was prone to emotional outbursts under stress>
- <quickly subdue the suspect and get him into a proneposition>
- d: erratic
- p: kuh-pree-shuh s
s: The court ruled that the punishment was arbitrary and capricious.
- d: subject to will or judgement without restriction (an arbitrary decision)
- capricious, unreasonable, unsupported (an arbitrary demand for payment)
- tyrannical, uncontrolled/unrestricted (an arbitrary government)
- p: ahr-bit-trer-ee
- d: generosity in forgiving an insult or injury; noble;
- p: mag-nuh-nim-i-tee
s: <She was too magnanimous to resent all the things others had said to her.>
- d: something that causes a reaction without itself being affected; something that precipitates an event or change
- p: kat-l-ist
s: His imprisonment by the government served as the catalyst that helped transform social unrest into revolution.
- d: strong feeling of dislike
- p: uh-vur-zhuh n
s: <I simply have this ingrained aversion to the sight of bloodshed.>
- d: expand/swell (The sea distended about them.)
- to expand by stretching (Habitual overeating had distended his stomach.)
- p: dih-stend
- d: talkative, garrulous
- p: loh-kewy-shuh s
s: the loquacious host of a radio talk show
- d: corrosive; severly critical or sarcastic
- p: kaw-stik
s: She wrote a caustic report about the decisions that led to the crisis.
- d: deviating from the ordinary
- p: uh-ber-uh nt
s: <a year of aberrant weather—record rainfall in the summer, record heat in the autumn>
- d: capable of being molded
- p: pla-stis-i-tee
s: the plasticity of social institutions; thegreat plasticity of clay.
- d: common/ordinary
- p: muhn-deyn
s: mundane chores, like washing dishes
- d: exclusion from social acceptance
- p: os-truh-siz-uh m
s: the boy was ostracized by his friend because he still sucked on his thumb
- d: not following any one system, and using what's considered best of each element
- p: ih-klek-tik
s: The collection includes an eclectic mix of historical artifacts.
- d: something that is not in its correct historical or chronological time
- p: uh-nak-ruh-niz-uh m
s: He's an old-fashioned politician who is seen by many of his colleagues as an anachronism.
- d: natural inclination/tendency
- p: pruh-pen-si-tee
s: He had a propensity for crime.
- d: belonging/characteristic to a particular place
- p: en-dem-ik
s: <the fish is not an endemic species of the lake, and it is rapidly devouring the native trout population>
- d: to depart in a sudden/secret manner
- p: ab-skond
s: The suspect absconded to Canada.
- d: inconsistent with common order; irregular
- p: uh-nom-h-lus s
s: Researchers could not explain the anomalous test results.
- d: to try to equal or excel; imitate to surpass
- p: em-yuh-leyt
s: artists emulating the style of their teachers
- d: to give notice to; to inform
- p: uh-prahyz
s: <let me apprise you of the current situation>
- d: lasting for an indefinitely long time; perpetual; lasting throughout the entire year
- p: puh-ren-ee-uh l
s: Flooding is a perennial problem for people living by the river.
- d: uneasy feeling
- p: kwahm
s: <she has no qualms about downloading pirated music files from the Internet>
- d: antique; primitive
- p: ahr-key-ik
s: <a man with some archaic notions about the proper sphere for women>
- d: tendency, inclination
- p: bent
s: a bent for painting.
- d: practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and spiritual discipline
- p: uh-set-ik
s: an ascetic diet of rice and beans
- d: impromptu; previously planned but delived with help of few/no notes
- p: ik-stem-puh-rey-nee-uh s
s: <caught by surprise, I had to make an extemporaneous speech at the awards banquet>
- d: difficult, strenuous
- p: ahr-joo-uh s
s: He went through a long and arduous training program.
- d: understood by only a select few; confidential
- p: es-uh-ter-ik
s: <metaphysics is such an esoteric subject that most people are content to leave it to the philosophers>
- d: reddish/rosy (a florid complexion)
- flowery, excessively ornate (florid writing)
- d: servile flattery
- p: fawn
s: he courtiers fawned over the king.
- d: being at rest, quiet, inactive
- p: kwee-es-uh nt
s: a quiescent mind.
- d: disregard or overlook; give tacit approval to;
- p: kuh n-dohn
s: a government that has been accused of condoning racism
- d: typical or ideal example
- p: ih-pit-uh-mee
s: the British monarchy itself is the epitome of tradition
- d: concise
- p: suh k-singkt
s: <a pocket guide that provides succinct explanations for rules of grammar and punctuation>
- d: to reject as having no authority or binding force; disown; refuse to accpet
- p: ri-pyoo-dee-eyt
s: She says she has evidence which repudiates the allegations.
- d: to dehydrate
- p: des-i-keyt