Improving Vocabulary Skills. Chapter 26 . 1. c ondone (verb) - ___________ I cannot condone Barb’s smoking in public. It threatens other people’s health. c ondone means :. to excuse to recall C. to punish. 2 . contemplate (verb) - ___________
1. condone (verb) - ___________
I cannot condone Barb’s smoking in public. It threatens other people’s health.
2. contemplate (verb) - ___________
Because Ben hadn’t studied for the test, he contemplated cheating. He quickly realized, however, that the eagle-eyed teacher would spot him.
3. feasible (adj.) - ___________
It isn’t feasible for me to work full time and keep the house clean unless someone helps me with the cleaning chores.
4. feign (verb) - ___________
Since I had heard about my surprise party, I had to feign shock when everyone yelled, “Surprise!”
5. fiscal (adj.) - ___________
The gift shop closed because of fiscal problems. It simply didn’t make enough money to cover costs.
6. furtive (adj.) - ___________
According to experts, teenagers who are furtive about where they are going and with whom may be involved with drugs.
7. gape(verb) - ___________
Because drivers slowed down to gape at an accident in the southbound lanes, northbound traffic was backed up for miles.
8. pathetic (adj.) - ___________
Health care in some areas of the world is pathetic. People are dying of diseases that are easily treatable with modern medicine.
9. precedent (noun) - ___________
When Jean’s employer gave her three months off after her baby was born, a precedent was set for any other woman in the firm who became pregnant.
10. punitive (adj.) - ___________
Many parents find that reward is a better basis for teaching children than punitive action is.