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Lesson Fifteen. English II. orifice. Definition. Example. The cavity in his tooth felt like a giant orifice , but it actually was quite small. (n) mouth; opening. hallow. Definition. Example. We cannot hallow this field, for the men who died here made it holy. (v) to make holy

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lesson fifteen

Lesson Fifteen

English II

orifice
orifice

Definition

Example

The cavity in his tooth felt like a giant orifice, but it actually was quite small.

  • (n) mouth; opening
hallow
hallow

Definition

Example

We cannot hallow this field, for the men who died here made it holy.

  • (v) to make holy
  • Syn: bless; consecrate
  • Ant: desecrate
perdition
perdition

Definition

Example

The sermon was about the sins which lead to perdition.

  • (n) damnation; ruin; hell
chaff
chaff

Definition

Example

“Give me just the facts,” the professor said. “Separate the wheat from the chaff.”

  • (n) worthless matter
  • Syn: rubbish
aesthetic
aesthetic

Definition

Example

The house was cheap, but it lacked any aesthetic qualities.

  • (adj) pertaining to beauty
  • Syn: artistic
  • Ant: displeasing; unattractive
empirical
empirical

Definition

Example

Her theory sounded logical, but the empirical data did not support it.

  • (adj) based on practical experience rather than theory
  • Syn: observable
  • Ant: thoeretical
germane
germane

Definition

Example

Make sure that all of your answers are germaneto the questions.

  • (adj) relevant; fitting
  • Syn: appropriate; pertinent; suitable
  • Ant: irrelevant
hermetic
hermetic

Definition

Example

That medicine should be packed in hermetic containers.

  • (adj) tightly sealed
  • Syn: airtight
meretricious
meretricious

Definition

Example

She was naturally beautiful, so no one knew why she wore such meretriciouslooking clothing.

  • (adj) attractive in a cheap, flashy way
  • Syn: gaudy; showy; tawdry
  • Ant: restrained; tasteful
querulous
querulous

Definition

Example

The querulous child on the plane annoyed the other passengers.

  • (adj) complaining; grumbling
  • Syn: fretful; peevish
  • Ant: complacent; satisfied
flaccid
flaccid

Definition

Example

The retired athlete’s muscles became flaccid after years without exercise.

  • (adj) flabby
  • Syn: weak; feeble
  • Ant: solid; taut
hospice
hospice

Definition

Example

The new hospice for cancer patients opened in July.

  • (n) a shelter for travelers, orphans, or the ill or destitute
egregious
egregious

Definition

Example

His remark was so egregious that it shocked everyone at the party.

  • (adj) remarkably bad; outrageous
  • Syn: flagrant; gross
  • Ant: moderate
ratiocinate
ratiocinate

Definition

Example

Because alcohol had dulled his mind, he was no longer able to ratiocinate clearly.

  • (v) to reason; to think
foment
foment

Definition

Example

At the convention, people were hired to foment disruptions during the senator’s speech.

  • (v) to stir up; to incite
  • Syn: instigate; arouse
  • Ant: quell; curb