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Vocabulary Week 16. Campagna. menial. During the great depression, people were thankful to have work of any kind, no matter how menial. menial. Adj. lowly, humble, lacking importance or dignity. parry. An effective press secretary can parry almost any question a reporter asks. parry.

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menial
menial
  • During the great depression, people were thankful to have work of any kind, no matter how menial.
menial1
menial
  • Adj. lowly, humble, lacking importance or dignity
parry
parry
  • An effective press secretary can parry almost any question a reporter asks.
parry1
parry
  • V. to ward off, fend off, deflect, evade, avoid
predatory
predatory
  • Owls and other predatory birds play an important role in maintaining the balance of nature.
predatory1
predatory
  • Adj. preying on, plundering
ravage
ravage
  • Swarms of locusts ravage the farmer’s fields and orchards.
ravage1
ravage
  • V. to destroy, lay waste, ruin
stance
stance
  • A fashion model’s stance is calculated to show off a designer’s clothing to the best advantage.
stance1
stance
  • N. a way of holding the body; an attitude or position on an issue
tawdry
tawdry
  • An excess of gold braid and glittery beads gave the costumes a tawdry look.
tawdry1
tawdry
  • Adj. showy and flashy but lacking in good taste
turncoat
turncoat
  • Strikers generally consider those workers who cross the picket lines to be turncoat.
turncoat1
turncoat
  • N. a person who switches to an opposing side or party
unassuming
unassuming
  • Many celebrities remain unassuming despite their fame and wealth
unassuming1
unassuming
  • Adj. not putting on a show; modest
wallow
wallow
  • After a strenuous hike, I was too tired to do anything but wallow blissfully in a hot bath.
wallow1
wallow
  • V. to roll about in a lazy, clumsy, or helpless way
waver
waver
  • The committee wavered for several days before choosing the winner of the essay contest.
waver1
waver
  • V. to move to and fro, become unsteady; to show lack of firmness or decision