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Lesson 20- Building and Destroying . deleterious despoil effectual jettison obviate. 6. pinnacle 7. raze 8. stultify 9. surmount 10. wrest. 1. deleterious (adv). Having a harmful effect. Related Words: deleteriously; deleteriousness.

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lesson 20 building and destroying
Lesson 20- Building and Destroying
  • deleterious
  • despoil
  • effectual
  • jettison
  • obviate

6. pinnacle

7. raze

8. stultify

9. surmount

10. wrest

1 deleterious adv
1. deleterious (adv)
  • Having a harmful effect.

Related Words: deleteriously; deleteriousness.

Ex: When the pesticide DDT was found to be deleterious to humans, it was removed from the market

2 despoil verb
2. despoil (verb)
  • To deprive of possessions or property by force; plunder; rob.

Related Word: despoliation

Ex: Alexander the Great’s army despoiled the ancient city of Tyre.

3 effectual adj
3. effectual (adj)
  • Producing or sufficient to produce a desired result; fully effectual.

Rel. Word: effectually

Ex: Ms. Sung knew that her methods of encouraging students to do research were effectual.

4 jettison verb
4. jettison (verb)
  • To discard as unwanted or burdensome.
  • To cast off or overboard.

Ex: After listening to her staff’s objections, the manager jettisoned the marketing plan.

5 obviate verb
5. obviate (verb)
  • To prevent by anticipating; make unnecessary.

Rel. Word: obviation.

Ex: By careful planning, the operators of the new business obviated many of the difficulties often encountered by young entrpreneurs.

6 pinnacle noun
6. pinnacle (noun)
  • The highest point; summit; acme.
  • A tall, pointed formation, such as a mountain peak.
  • A small turret or spire on a roof or buttress.

Ex: The pinnacle of achievement for many dramatic actors is to perform the role of Hamlet.

7 raze verb
7. raze (verb)
  • To tear down or demolish; level to the ground.
  • To scrape or shave off.

Ex: During WWII, bombs razed many buildings.

8 stultify verb
8. stultify (verb)
  • To render useless or inadequate; cripple.
  • To cause to appear stupid, inconsistent, or ridiculous.

Rel. Word: stultification

Ex: Forcing a reluctant piano student to practice may stultify a natural interest in music.

9 surmount verb
9. surmount (verb)
  • To overcome; conquer.
  • To ascend to the top of; climb.

Rel. Word: surmount

Ex: In the poem “Invictus,” William Ernest Hensley wrote of his determination to surmount all difficulties.

10 wrest verb
10. wrest (verb)
  • To obtain by or as by pulling with violent twisting movements.
  • To usurp forcefully.
  • To extract by force, guile, or persistent effort. Wring.

Ex: In North America, the British eventually wrested Canada from French control.

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