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Vocab List 3. All 20…. Adj. slow and clumsy because of great weight The rhinoceros may look ponderous , but don’t aggravate one because they run quite fast when provoked!. Ponderous. N. Frustration; disappointment

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vocab list 3

Vocab List 3

All 20…

ponderous

Adj. slow and clumsy because of great weight

The rhinoceros may look ponderous, but don’t aggravate one because they run quite fast when provoked!

Ponderous
discomfiture

N. Frustration; disappointment

My discomfiture showed all over my face when I didn’t win Homecoming Queen. I thought I had it locked in-

Discomfiture
wallow

N. Roll around in mudor water

The expression “to wallow in self-pity” has a vivid visual association.

Wallow
beseech

V. Ask urgently; beg

I beseech you: please don’t chew with your mouth open!!

Beseech
chasten

V. To correct; reprimand;

Shame into correctbehaviour

Lloyd was sufficiently chastened by his day in ISS. He was also mortified to have a discipline record for an act of stupidity.

Chasten
pugnacious

Adj. quick to argue orfight

Not generally used to describe a woman’s anatomy, pugnacious usually modifies a person’s attitude (i.e. hot-tempered).

Pugnacious
promontory

N. High point of land projecting into a body of water

Annie stood on the promontory and enjoyed the view; she could see for miles across the ocean.

Promontory
commiserate

V. express sympathyfor

“While I commiserate with your situation, we need to find a solution so your work doesn’t suffer,” said the oh-so-sympathetic supervisor.

Commiserate
ostentatiously

Adv. In a showy or vulgar manner

He drove around ostentatiously in his new Lamborghini, acting as if he makes millions.

Ostentatiously
lavish

Adj. fancy; luxuriousV. to give generously to

At the beginning of their relationship, Joe Starks lavished compliments and gifts on Janie.

Lavish
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N. aggressive, undesirable dog

If someone calls you a cur, rest assured it’s not a compliment.

Cur
usurper

N. One who seizes power by force

A deposed leader will call his successor a usurper even if he was voted out of office.

Usurper
paunch

N. Large or protruding stomach

The middle-aged man’s bane: the paunch.

Paunch
swagger

V. Walk arrogantlyN. self-assurance

Partly because of her swagger, Lisa has the mien of a confident young lady.

Swagger
temporize

V. Avoid making a decision to gain time

The opening band was obviously temporizing, but we found out later that the Chili Peppers didn’t even arrive at the arena until 11:00.

Temporize
sullen

Adj. sulky; gloomy

My parents would send me away from the dinner table if I acted sullen; they didn’t want to see my pouting face.

Sullen
transfiguration

N. Change in form or appearance

Joan Rivers’ transfiguration due to copious plastic surgery has not been good. Yikes!

Transfiguration
languish

V. Grow weak or feeble

Before central air-conditioning, southern ladies (in all their petticoats) would languish in the afternoon heat.

Languish
phosphorescent

Adj. glowing; emitting

light

There is a natural mineral that has phosphorescent properties; if you chip it, it glows.

Phosphorescent
transient

Adj. lasting only a short

time

When your love is transient, it was likely lust because love endures over time and through trials.

Transient