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  • Word
  • (Part of speech)
  • Analogy
  • Sentence
  • Definition
  • deleterious
  • (adj.)
  • healthy
  • is to
  • as
  • is to
  • Relationship: differences
  • Your cholesterol level

Words Used in Context

  • Cigarette smoking has long been considered deleterious to our health, and yet people still become smokers.
  • Texting while driving has proven very deleterious to not only the driver, but everyone else on the road.

Definition

  • harmful to living things
  • ephemeral
  • (adj.)
  • permanent
  • The life of a fruit fly
  • is to
  • as
  • is to
  • Relationship: differences

Words Used in Context

  • The ephemeral sunset was so lovely that I had to pull my car over and watch it; if I had driven home, I would have missed it.
  • To parents, childhood seems ephemeral; to all of you, it may feel never-ending.

Definition

  • anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form

That’s it for today.

  • caprice
  • (n.)
  • A careful decision
  • An impulse buy
  • is to
  • as
  • is to
  • Relationship: differences
  • An investment

Words Used in Context

  • Dennis Rodman indulged his caprice by changing his hair color and style regularly.
  • While Sam found her capricious nature charming, he eventually became confused and annoyed when she couldn’t stick with anything or make a commitment.

Definition

  •  a sudden desire
  • fervent
  • (n.)
  • disinterested
  • is to
  • as
  • are to
  • Relationship: differences
  • The parents of Justin
  • Bieber’s fans

Words Used in Context

  • Mrs. C. is such a fervent Green Bay Packers fan that she bought stock in the team a few years ago; when she dies, that stock will be passed down to her son, who is also a fervent Packer Backer.
  • Anthony lost himself in a fervent prayer for the recovery of his terminally ill son.

Definition

That’s it for today.

  • reticent
  • (adj.)
  • A new student
  • ebullient
  • is to
  • as
  • is to
  • Relationship: description
  • Pope Francis

Words Used in Context

  • Julia’s reticence in class hid a brilliant mind; she was just too shy to offer any answers or opinions in discussion.
  • Even though it feels awkward to brag, you should not be reticent during a job interview; you have to make yourself stand out from all other applicants.

Definition

  • reluctant to draw attention to oneself
  • uncouth
  • (adj)
  • psychic
  • is to
  • as
  • is to
  • Relationship: description
  • animal
  • whisperers
  • Drunken football
  • fans

Words Used in Context

  • When she opened the door to her blind date, Lisa saw right away that she would not like this uncouth man; he wore a dirty t-shirt, had an unpleasant odor, and spit tobacco into her flower bed.
  • It is really uncouth and distasteful when female students store their cell phones in their cleavage.

Definition

That’s it for today.

  • docile
  • (adj.)
  • confident
  • A prisoner
  • is to
  • as
  • is to
  • Relationship: differences
  • The guard

Words Used in Context

  • After being hypnotized, Allison became strangely docile, agreeing to cluck like a chicken for a youtube video.
  • In her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua argues in favor of raising children to be docile and high-achieving, rather than giving them independence.

Definition

  • easily handled or managed
  • bluster
  • (verb; noun)
  • Logically argue
  • preach
  • is to
  • as
  • is to
  • Relationship: differences
  • Lead by example

Words Used in Context

  • The new president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, is becoming known for his blustery personality; he has joked about rape victims and flipped off the EU.
  • As we study argument, you will hopefully see that bluster is just noise; it is not logical, well-reasoned argument.

Definition

  • To be loud, noisy or swaggering

That’s it for today.

  • retinue
  • (n)
  • attendants
  • group of friends
  • is to
  • as
  • is to
  • Relationship: similarities
  • posse

Words Used in Context

  • The self-indulgent king’s retinue included not only his top advisors, but also his psychic, his food taster, and dog walker.
  • Once the singer became famous, she saddled herself with a retinue which became very expensive to support.

Definition

  • trite
  • (adj.)
  • significant
  • The Kardashians
  • is to
  • as
  • are to
  • Relationship: differences
  • climate scientists

Words Used in Context

  • The graduation speech was trite and felt endless; the speaker had nothing original to say.
  • The student’s essay was full of trite phrases and cliches; there was no analysis anywhere.

Definition

  • repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

That’s it for today.

  • Subversive
  • Nefarious
  • Conduit
  • Vexation
  • Harbinger
  • Charlatan
  • Chagrin
  • Intrepid
  • Renege
  • Obtuse
  • Word
  • (Part of speech)
  • Definition

That’s it for today.

Rules of the Game

  • WHITE BOARD
  • BACK WALL
  • (Aerial view)
  • I see a goat that’s saying, “NO! I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!”
  • Hm… intransigent?
  • Good job!
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  • 2.
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  • NEWS ANCHOR
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  • 3.
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That’s it for today.

  • Curmudgeon
  • Irascible
  • Indigent


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