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  1. #20

  2. clandestine • definition • secret (usually illegal or immoral) • Sentence • At the time he was in charge of all CIA clandestine operations.

  3. convert • Definition • not openly acknowledged or displayed • Sentence • Heat is used to convert water to vapor.

  4. Furtive • Definition • trying not to be noticed due to guilt • Sentence • They are the heads of our furtive scheme.

  5. Inconspicuous • Definition • not noticeable (things) • Sentence • he pushed the string through an inconspicuous hole.

  6. sly • Definition • deceitful; sneaky with intelligence • Sentence • She is also sly and sneaky with a knack for slipping in and out of places unnoticed.

  7. Stealthy • Definition • behaving in a way to avoid being seen/heard • Sentence • stealthy step passing my room.

  8. Surreptitious • Definition • kept secret • Sentence • surreptitious glances at the audience, they were totally involved all the time.

  9. Unobtrusive • Definition • not to attract attention (person) • Sentence • The principal tried to be unobtrusive as she quietly entered the classroom to observe the class.

  10. Advocate • Definition • someone who is helping you • Sentence • advocates a holistic approach in teaching skills to children with special needs.

  11. Artisan • Definition • worker; makes thing by hand • Sentence • We need an economy which can unleash the creative powers of hi-tech artisans

  12. Aesthetic • Definition • practices self denial; doesn’t have fun • Sentence • aesthetic investigation of cutting edge technologies might have created an entirely different esthetic for the vehicle.

  13. Charlatan • Definition • fake; pretending to be someone/something you’re not • Sentence • Let's get these charlatans for what they deserve!

  14. Hedonist • Definition • life devoted to pleasurable things • Sentence • In class we discussed the Greek's doctrine of hedonism, which held that happiness or pleasure was the sole good in life.

  15. Orator • Definition • public speaker • Sentence • The orator at the Assembly took his time speaking about the need of coexistence with other races.

  16. Adversary • Definition • Opponent • Sentence • adversary information capabilities information systems.

  17. pariah • Definition • Outcast • Sentence • The new student felt like a pariah at her new school.

  18. Raconteur • Definition • tells stories; entertainer • Sentence • He is a born raconteur, lover of life, communicator

  19. Virtuoso • Definition • highly skilled in something • Sentence • See yourself in your mind's eye becoming a guitar virtuoso.

  20. Frivolous • Definition • not having any serious purpose or value • Sentence • From this point on the rather frivolous debate of " Is it cool to watch this?

  21. Extraneous • Definition • irrelevant or unrelated to the subject . • Sentence • extraneous variables for the findings of either to be applied rigidly across the board.

  22. Incidental • Definition • not a major part of something • Sentence • The private benefits to the members were legitimately incidental.

  23. Inconsequential • Definition • not important or significant • Sentence • inconsequential chatter and gossip

  24. Irrelevant • Definition • unrelated to something • Sentence • The label is completely irrelevant in helping me decide whether I do or will like something.

  25. Negligible • definition • small or unimportant as to be not worth considering (things) • Sentence • negligible effect on the number of deaths from smoking

  26. Peripheral • Definition • relating to or situated on the edge • Sentence • The training and education needs and aspirations of these people are seen as somewhat peripheral to the education agenda.

  27. Petty • Definition • of little importance (person) • Sentence • Annoyances There are only a few things that I really dislike, and some of them are rather petty.

  28. Superficial • Definition • existing/occurring at/on the surface • Sentence • Life speeds up and mobility increases making even familial relationships more superficial and brief.

  29. Trifling • Definition • unimportant/trivial • Sentence • Not at all something comparatively trifling, something of a temporal and material nature.

  30. Acute • Definition • present to a severe degree; sharp • Sentence • As her questions get more acute, Kurt begins to tell her the whole truth.

  31. Astute • Definition • showing ability to assess situations. • Sentence • astute in business matters as others of their sex.

  32. Discerning • Definition • showing good judgment. • Sentence • Some students have difficulty discerning what is important from detail.

  33. Erudite • Definition • showing great knowledge • Sentence • erudite books which some of us find unreadable.

  34. Incisive • Definition • cutting straight to the point . • Sentence • Both sides had their chances but the visitors looked more incisive in attack.

  35. Trivial • Definition • of unimportance • Sentence • trivial pursuits without danger to their rule.

  36. Ingenious • Definition • clever/original • Sentence • But as criminals become more sophisticated we need to become more ingenious at outwitting them.

  37. Judicious • Definition • done with good judgment and sense . • Sentence • Work procedures should be very judicious about how much they do.

  38. Perspicacious • Definition • having a ready insight into an understanding . • Sentence • perspicacious mind has gone to the nub of the situation. ' ' The man is a genius!

  39. Prudent • Definition • showing thought for the future • Sentence • prudent to assume that this tide can be held back.

  40. Sagacious • Definition • wise • Sentence • sagacious animals that the danger was past.

  41. Savvy • Definition • practical knowledge (business or politics) • Sentence • Backed off a those games will most technologically savvy.

  42. Acrid • Definition • extremely sharp or bitter • Sentence • acrid stench of the remedy Hangs in the air; the night skies Are lit with it; the animals Burning.

  43. Arid • Definition • extremely dry • Sentence • Farming in these extremely arid conditions is made possible only with forced irrigation.

  44. Aesthetic • Definition • concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty. • Sentence • aesthetic investigation of cutting edge technologies might have created an entirely different esthetic for the vehicle.

  45. Ascetic • Definition • characterized by or suggesting the practice of severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, usually religious. • Sentence • He became a very famous ascetic, with a large following of fans.

  46. Atheistic • Definition • someone who believes that god does not exist • Sentence • Im Christian and he’s atheistic

  47. Ambiguous • Definition • open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning. • Sentence • Like many modern pop idols he was sexually ambiguous.

  48. Ambivalent • Definition • having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone. • Sentence • Getting into a relationship you are very ambivalent.

  49. Coalesce • Definition • come together and form one mass or whole • Sentence • coalesce around a local vision for children then better outcomes and life chances for children.

  50. Convalesce • Definition • recover one’s health and strength over a period of time after an illness or operation. Sentence convalesce few months into the course, he was diagnosed with meningitis which left him convalescing for many months.