Chapter 7 Vocab. 1. curtail: (v.) shorten, reduce, lessen. “Curtail” comes from an English word no longer used—“curtal”—meaning a “horse with its tail cut short.” Ex. When I asked Judy for a date, she curtly replied “No!” and hung up the phone. Synonyms: cut, decrease, diminish
Monotonous (adj.): tiresome because lacking variety; repetitiously dull
Monopoly (n.): total control of a product or service; company that has this total control; exclusive control or possession of anything.