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  1. Therapeutic Having or exhibiting healing powers Sounds like therapy, which is where people go to get healed

  2. Variegated Having patches of different color or colors; varicolored Painters have to use various different colors, and they paint pictures of gates

  3. Verdant Green with vegetation; covered with green growth Ants live in places that are very green like parks or gardens

  4. Vicarious Felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another Ex: the phrase that parents are living “vicariously through their children”

  5. Vindictive Disposed to seek revenge; spiteful Vindictive = revengeful

  6. Reclusive Seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation A recluse is someone who does not like other people and likes to be alone

  7. Redouble To become twice as great A stunt double re- does the actor’s scene to make it twice as great

  8. Rhetoric The art of using language persuasively and effectively When someone asks a rhetorical question it is usually very persuasive

  9. Scrupulous Having a strong sense of right and wrong; principled “Scrup” sounds like “Scrubs” and doctors wear scrubs and have to have a very clear sense of right and wrong

  10. Sonorous Producing a deep and full sound The prefix “Sono” means sound

  11. Squelch To crush by trampling Sounds like “squashed” which also means to crush

  12. Synergy The interaction of two or more forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects “Syn” reminds me of syncing and “nergy” sounds like energy, so “the syncing of energy”

  13. Tending to engage in lawsuits Used as an adjective, someone who disagrees, or argues… LITIGIOUS

  14. The state of being various or manifold A large number or variety of something Take the first root, multi, which means more than one MULTIPLICITY

  15. Stubbornly adhering to an opinion or a course of action Sounds like abstain, which means to hold back from, mix the two meanings and its to hold back from changing your opinion, stubborn OBSTINATE

  16. Relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure There are palliative drugs and medicines used around the world today. PALLIATIVE

  17. Smallness of number; fewness Due to the paucity of evidence some criminal cases will remain unsolved forever. PAUCITY

  18. Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly Think about World War II, and the fact that a bomb can do serve damage to a city, or murder individuals within it. PERNICIOUS

  19. Practical Traveling by airplane these days is pragmatic to people throughout The United States. The root Pra-gmatic is the same root as pra-tical When the marble is dropped in the water it will be followed by a splash, cause and effect. Its what's practical PRAGMATIC

  20. Tenacity • Definition: persistence

  21. Def.: passing away with time; passing from one place to another Trans-transfer from one place to another Transient

  22. Def.: to annoy or bother; to perplex Vex=Perplex Vex

  23. Definition: subject to erratic behavior; unpredictable A baby’s emotions are random and unpredictable Whimsical

  24. Definition: to lower in rank, prestige, or esteem Abase is like basement, which is the lowest floor Abase

  25. Definition: to ease a pain or a burden Allev- in alleviate sounds like Aleve, the medicine that takes pain away Alleviate

  26. Altruism • Definition: unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness

  27. PRECOCIOUS • Manifesting or characterized by unusually early development or maturity, especially in mental aptitude A premature baby

  28. PRESCIENCE • Knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foresight The prefix pre is in the word which makes me think before and in science class you learn things so you become knowledgeable.

  29. RECTITUDE • Moral uprightness; righteousness In the last part of rectitude is tude which reminds me of attitude and you can have certain morals that effect your attitude.

  30. REDUNDANT • Needlessly wordy or repetitive in expression Repetitive

  31. REMISS • Lax in attending to duty; negligent Remiss reminds me of dismiss. For example you could be dismissed from class when you misbehave.

  32. RETICENT • Inclined to keep one’s thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself This word reminds me of recluse because a recluse is very reserved and quiet.

  33. RUDIMENTARY • Of or relating to basic facts or principles; elementary, being in the earliest stages of development Rud reminds me of mud and mud is a very basic.

  34. Ambiguous – open to more than one interpretation Use: His intended meaning was impossible to determine because of the ambiguous nature of his description. Example: duck (animal) /v/ duck (to bow down away from something); bear (animal) /v/ bear (to put up with); The police officers shot the rioters with guns (did the police officers use guns to shoot or did the police officers shoot rioters who possessed guns?)

  35. Arcane – known or understood by only a few Use: Sanskrit is an arcane language. Tip – generally used to refer to something mysterious or ancienct

  36. Assimilate – to incorporate and absorb into the mind; make similar; cause to resemble Use: Some indigenous tribes are being assimilated into modern day culture. Hint: as-simiIa-te contains a phrase that sounds like similar, and assimilate means to make similar

  37. Aural – of, relating to, or perceived by the ear Use: He prefers aural learning. Hint: different from oral, but based on the same idea

  38. Autonomy – independence; self-determination; self-government or the right to self-government Use: Native Americans in the Canadian territory Nunavut, which has it’s own independent government, are autonomous. Hint: autonomy ends in the phrase my, which can imply possession or independence, such as in my rights

  39. Fabricate • To make in order to deceive • A replica of the Mona Lisa would be a forgery.

  40. Hackneyed • Worn-out through overuse: trite • In today’s generation the word “like” is hackneyed.

  41. Insinuate • To introduce or otherwise convey gradually and insidiously • When someone asks if you like their shirt and you say its interesting

  42. Insipid • Uninteresting; unchallenging • Cooked noodles are insipid.

  43. Inundate • To overwhelm as if with a flood; to swamp • A flood inundate with water.

  44. Jaded • Worn out or wearied • After the musical all the cast members were jaded.

  45. Juxtapose • To place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast

  46. Didactic (adj.) Intended to instruct

  47. Diligent (adj.) marked by painstaking effort; hard-working

  48. Ebullience (n.) intense enthusiasm

  49. Eclectic (adj.) made up of a variety of sources or styles A multi-designed quilt

  50. Enigma (n.) one that is puzzling, ambiguous, or inexplicable; a riddle Optical illusions