September 2015 WOD
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Capital High School
Word of the Day
9/1 aspirant – (ASS pah rant)(noun) someone who aspires, as to high honors or position.
Prince Charles is the aspirant to the throne of England.
9/2 bona fide – (BOH nuh fyde)(adjective) not counterfeit or phony; genuine; real.
Banks have means to determine when paper money is not bona fide.
9/3 charlatan – (SHAR luh tun)(noun) quack; fraud.
The charlatan sold an elixir guaranteed to give anyone eternal life for just $19.95.
9/4 demerit – (dih MER it)(noun) blame; penalty.
My supervisor gives demerits to the workers who arrive late for their shifts.
9/8 ethics – (ETH iks)(noun) values pertaining to human conduct; moral philosophy.
The ethics of the fight promoter were questionable; he willingly encouraged a brain-damaged boxer to take a bought that could maim or kill him.
9/9 formidable – (FOOR muh dih bul)(adjective) exceptionally difficult; fearsome or intimidating.
When an obstacle appears too formidable, just keep putting one foot in front of the other with dogged determination.
9/10 impale – (im PALE)( verb) to pierce with anything pointed.
Henry was impaled on the metal prongs of a pitchfork that was left carelessly left lying on the barn floor.
9/11 labyrinth – (LAB uh rinth)(noun) a maze.
Capital High School feels like a labyrinth to freshmen on the first few days of school.
9/14 maladroit – (mal uh DROYT)(adjective) clumsy; inept.
Actor Chevy Chase was famous for his maladroit roles.
9/15 nadir – (NAY dir)(noun) point of greatest adversity or despair.
The Great Depression was the nadir of despair in the 1930’s.
9/16 overwrought – (OH vur rot)(adjective) overexcited, agitated, riled.
Sam was overwrought about the increase in college tuition, since his scholarship had not increased.
9/17 palatial – (puh LAY shul)(adjective) ostentatiously magnificent, extravagant, opulent.
The thirty-one room mansion at the edge of town certainly falls into the palatial category.
9/18 profligate – (PRAHF luh git)(adjective) recklessly extravagant.
Frank’s profligate way of living is quickly reducing his bank account.
9/21 quixotic – ( kwik SAHT ik)(adjective) idealistic and totally impractical.
Professor Callan said it is quixotic for society to ignore the world’s environmental problems.
9/22 reiterate – (re ITR ut rate)(verb) to state again.
My teacher reiterated that the test would be easy, provided we studied in preparation.
9/23 revulsion – (ruh VUL shun)(noun) a strong, often sudden feeling of dislike or disgust.
I stepped back in revulsion when I saw the dead body in the middle of the trail.
9/24 seethe – (seeth)(verb) to be agitated, as by rage.
When he learned that his kingdom had been conquered, the king began to seethe with anger.
9/25 termagant – (TUR muh gunt)(noun) quarrelsome, loud, scolding woman.
That his wife was a termagant woman by nature was apparent in his downtrodden appearance.
9/28 uncouth – (un KOOTH)(adjective) awkward; unmannerly; lacking refinement.
Many guests were offended by the uncouth little girl who picked her nose at the dinner table.
9/29 vacillate – (VAS uh layt)(verb) to not know one’s own mind; fluctuate; to waver.
It is not good for a teacher or parent to vacillate after making a decision.
9/30 writhe – (ryth)(verb) to twist or bend; to suffer acutely, as in pain or embarrassment.
The fish writhed free of the fisherman’s hook and escaped back into the sea.