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Laborious

Demanding

The most demanding job i has was work 20hours a day

Anomaly

Oddity

After Sally found an anomaly in the data, she had to redo the entire experiment.

Degrade

Humiliate

Jack publicly degraded the poor girl.

Catalyst

Cause of a process

Rosa's refusal to give up her bus seat acted as a catalyst for the Civil Rights movement.

Irrefutable

Certain

The existence of life on earth is irrefutable.

Uncompromising

Inflexible

Their relationship ultimately failed because they were both so uncompromising that they couldn't agree on an apartment.

Automous

Independent

Many of the workers are worried about being replaced by machines that will work completely autonomously.

Impartial

Unbiased

The judge was not impartial since he had been bribed by the witness.

Constraint

Limit

We don't have many resources, so we will have to work with some very tight constraints.

Advocate

Support a cause

While Senator Radge privately approved of gay marriage, he was unwilling to advocate for the cause in public.

Analogous

Similar

In many ways, the Internet's transformative effect on society has been analogous to that of the printing press.

Resolve

Determine

After much thought, Ted resolved not to travel abroad this summer because he didn't have much money in his bank account.

Embryonic

Undeveloped

The Board of Directors is hoping to launch a new product soon, but planning for the Z7 is in an embryonic stage.

Discriminate

Differentiate

Sarah couldn't discriminate between a good wine and a bad wine, so she avoided wine tastings.

Censor

Remove objectionalbe material

Every fall, high school English teachers are inundated by requests to censor their curriculum by removing The Cater in the Rye and Scarlet Letter from their reading lists.

Lethargic

Weary(tired),

Nothing can make a person more lethargic than a big turkey dinner.

Impermeable

Sealed

The sand bags placed on the river formed an impermeable barrier, protecting the town from flooding.

Belittle

Put someone down

A good teacher will never belittle his students, but will instead empower them.

Chauvinism

Feeling of superiority

Vegetarians argue that man is chauvinistic in his belief that animals do not consciously feel the pain we humans do.

Egotist

Boaster

An egotist, Natasha had few friends because of her inability to talk about anything except her dream of becoming the next American Idol.

Cohesive

United

A well written, cohesive essay will keep on topic at all times, never losing sight of the main argument.

Misattribute

Misidentify

I made a mistake; I misattributed Crime and Punishment with something else.

Paragon

The best of its kind

Even the rise of Kobe Bryant, may still believe that Michael Jordan is the paragon for basketball players.

Archaic

Very old

Hoping to sound intelligent, she spoke in archaic English that was right of the Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, needless to say, she didn't have many friends.

Jovial

Merry

The presidential candidate and her supporters were jovial once it was clear that she had won.

Negligible

Insignificant, so small or unimportant that it can be neglected.

The GRE tests cumulative knowledge, so if you cram the night before it is, at best, likely to only have a negligible impact on your score.

Delegate

Assign

Since the senior manager had to go on many international business trips, she was forced to delegate many of her responsibilities to two lower level managers.

Robust

Sturdy

Chris preferred bland and mild beers, but Dan preferred a beer with more robust flavor.

Diligent

Careful and hard working

Michael was a diligent gardener, never leaving a leaf on the ground.

Anachronism

Belonging to another time

Dressed in 15th century clothing each day, Edward was a walking anachronism.

Embellish

Add details to

Michael would write relatively straightforward lyrics, and Dan would embellish them with puns and poetic images.

Amiable

Friendly

Jessica's name was very apt; she was so amiable that she was twice voted class presidents.

Extrapolate

Estimate or conclude

By extrapolating from the data on the past three month, we can predict a 5% increase in traffic to our website.

Lucid

Easy to understand

Though Michael writes about physics and time travel, his writing is always lucid, so readers with little scientific training can understand difficult concepts.

Banish

Get rid of

The most difficult part of the fast was banishing thoughts of food.

Mundane

Routine

Nancy found doing dishes a thoroughly mundane task, although Peter found a kind of Zen pleasure in the chore.

Tarnish

Disgrace

Michael was one of the best baseball players of his generation, but his involvement with gambling on baseball games has tarnished his image in the eyes of many.

Melancholy

Sadness

Hamlet is a figure of tremendous melancholy; he doesn't have a truly cheerful scene throughout the entire play.

Qualify

Restrict a statement

Michael qualified his love for San Francisco, adding he didn't like the weather there as much as he liked the weather in LA.

Unprecendented

Never done before

When America first created its national parks, the idea of setting aside the most beautiful land in a country was unprecedented in the history of mankind.

Retract

Take back

Email is wonderfully efficient, but once something awkward or damaging has been sent, there is no way to retract it.

Crystallize

Become definite

Only after fifteen minutes of brainstorming did Michael's ideas for the essay crystallize.

Empathetic

Relating to feelings of others

Most discrimination and hatred is based on a lack of empathetic awareness of people that have the same aspirations and fears.

Eradicate

Destroy Completely

I tried eradicate the mosquitos in my apartment with a rolled up newspaper, but there were too many of them.

Disheartened

Losing confidence

After the visiting team scored nine times, the home team's fans were disheartened, some leaving the game early.

Stipend

Regular allowance

He was hoping for a monthly allowance loan from the government, but after no such stipend was forthcoming he realized he would have to seek other means of paying for his college tuition.

Apex

Summit

The Ivy League is considered the apex of the secondary education system.

Malleable

Moldable

The clay became malleable and easy to work with after a little water was added.

Deliberate

Consider carefully

Emergency situations such as this call for immediate action and leave no room to deliberate over options.

Cosmopolitan

Sophisticated and global

There are few cities in the world as diverse and cosmopolitan as NY.

Oblique

Indirect

Michael never explicitly revealed anything negative about Tom's past, but at times he would obliquely suggest that Tom was not as innocent as he seemed.

Indifference

Apathy (lack of passion), lack of concern or interest.

In an effort to fight indifference, the president of the collage introduced a new stricter grading system.

Detrimental

Causing harm

Many know that smoking is detrimental to your health, but processed sugar in large quantities is equally bad.

Equitable

Fair

The equitable distribution of ice cream to a group of 5 year olds will ensure little to no fighting- at least until the ice cream is gone.

Autocratic

Tyrannical

The last true autocratic country is certainly North Korea; there's no other country with a leader who exercises as much control over all aspects of life as much as Kim Jong does.

Futile

Pointless

I thought I could repair the car myself, but after two days of work with no success, I have to admit that my efforts were futile.

Euphoria

Extreme joy

The euphoria of winning her first gold medal overwhelmed Jessica and she wept tears of immense joy.

Crestfallen

Disappointed

I asked Jessica on a date and she refused without a moment's thought; I was crestfallen.

Pristine

Spotless

The glacial lake was pristine and we filled our canteens to drink deeply.

Prevail

Triumph over

During the labor negotiations, an air of hostility prevailed in the office.

Arbitrary

Random

One of the arbitrary decrees in place during the emperor's rule is that all citizens pay him weekly homage at his palace.

Err

Make a mistake

He erred in thinking that indigent and indignant were synonyms.

Bolster

Support

The case for the suspect's innocence was bolstered considerably by the fact that neither fingerprints nor DNA were found at the scene.

Exemplify

Be a perfect example of

Michael exemplified the best of not only America, but also the potential greatness that exists within each person.

Commendable

Worthy of praise

The efforts of the firefighters running into the burning building were commendable.

Champion

Speak in favor of

Martin Luther King championed civil rights fiercely throughout his short life.

Transitory

Short lasting

If we lived forever and life was not transitory, do you think we would appreciate life less or more?

Enthrall

Captive, to charm

She was so enthralled by the movie that she never heard people screaming Fire! in the neighboring theater.

Meteoric

Very rapid

The early spectacular successes propelled the pitcher to meteoric stardom, but a terrible injury tragically cut short his career.

Jargon

Speech particular to a group

To those with little training in medicine, the jargon of doctors can be very difficult to understand.

Chivalrous

Courteous

Michael's Chivalrous ways, like opening doors and pulling out chairs, was much appreciated by his date.

Appease

Make less angry

The British Prime Minister tried to appease Hitler and in doing so send a clear message, you can walk all over us.

Candid

Honest and straightforward

Although I was unhappy that the relationship ended, I appreciated Frank's candidness about why he was ready to move on from the relationship.

Exemplar

Model

Jessica's homework is on the wall because it is an exemplar of clean, neat, and thoughtful work.

Abstain

Hold back from doing

Considered a health nut, Jessica abstained from anything containing sugar- even chocolate.

Colossal

Humogous

Few appreciate the colossal scale of the sun: if hollow, it could contain a million Earths.

Industrious

Hard working

Peter was an industrious student, completing every assignment thoroughly and on time.

Check

Hold back from doing

Deserted for six months, the property began to look more like a jungle and less like a residence with no one around to check the growth of weeds in the front yard.

Discreet

Careful

The professor thought that he was discreet, subtly wiping the stain off of his shirt, but as soon as he stepped off the podium a member of the audience pointed out the large ketchup stain.

Eccentric

Peculiar

Mozart was well known for his eccentricities, often speaking words backward to confuse those around him.

Adamant

Unyielding, not willing to change an opinion, very determined.

Civil rights icon Rosa Parks will forever be remembered for adamantly refusing to give up her seat on a public bus.

Misconstrue

Misinterpret

The politician never trusted journalists because he thought that they would misconstrue his words and misrepresent his positions.

Paradoxical

Contradictory but true

That light could be both a particle and a wave seems paradoxical, but nonetheless, it is true.

Artful

Clever and deceptive

Bernie Madoff's artful Ponzi scheme stole billions of dollars from investors and is considered the largest financial fraud in US history.

Telling

significant, effective

Her unbecoming dress was very telling when it came to her sense of fashion.

Avert

Prevent

The struggling video game company put all of it's finances into one final desperate project to avert bankruptcy.

Impeccable

Flawless

He was impeccably dressed in the latest fashion without a single crease or stain.

Boast

To speak with excessive pride

Augment

Increase

ideally, the restaurant's augmented menu will expand its clientele and increase its profits.

Inarticulate

Not speaking clearly

Although a brilliant economist, Professor Black was completely inarticulate, a terrible lecturer.

Apathy

Absence of emotion

widespread apathy among voters led to a very small turnout on election day.

Sporadic

At irregular intervals

The signals were at first sporadic, but now we detect a clear, consistent pattern of electromagnetic radiation emanating from deep space.

Aesthetic

Relating to beauty

The director, not known for his aesthetic sensibilities, decided not to use costumes at all, and put on the play in everyday clothing.

Malevolent

Evil minded

Villains are known for their malevolent nature, oftentimes inflicting cruelty on others just for enjoyment.

Zenith

Highest point

At the zenith of his artistic career, Elvis was outselling any other artist on the charts.

Impede

Slow down

Since the police sergeant had to train the pair of new hires, progress in his own case was impeded.

Enumerate

Determine number of

The survey enumerate the number of happy workers and the number of unhappy workers.

Empiricism

Action based on practice

Empiricism does not always lead to knowledge; an experience or experiment may raise more questions than it answers.

Erratic

Highly irregular

It came as no surprise to pundits that the President's attempt at re-election floundered; even during his term, support for his policies was erratic, with an approval rating jumping anywhere from 30 to 60 percents.

Diminutive

Small

He prefers to be called a diminutive of his name; Bill instead of John William.