Composition Weekly Vocabulary
Absurd (adj.) • The idea that Samantha would fail her test was absurd; she had studied through the night.
Acute (adj.) • The acute pain in Jodi’s neck kept her from performing in the talent show.
Conjure (v) • The poem’s vivid language conjured up feelings of sadness in Lily.
Frugal (adj.) • My mother has always been very frugal, spending less money on food in a month than I spend on clothes.
Lavish (adj.) • The party was very lavish, with crystal stemware and $100 bottles of champagne.
Melancholy (n.) • Neither George nor his psychiatrist could pinpoint the source of his melancholy.
Week #2 Quiz: Friday, September 20
Concede (v) • The presidential candidate decided to concede defeat based upon the latest poll results.
Diligent (adj) • Ben is very diligent about getting his homework turned-in on time.
Envision (v) • Please envision yourself on a sandy beach in Maui.
Fickle (adj) • Bob decided to replace his fickle coffee machine with one that works better.
Meticulous (adj) • Janine was meticulous about her appearance and refused to be seen in public without makeup.
Reluctant (adj) • The student was reluctant to reveal his poor grades to his mother.
Correlate (v) • Researchers attempted to correlate the length of time a student studies and the grades he/she recieves.
Emulate (v) • Lisa attempted to emulate her sister Emily’s success by taking the same classes Emily did in high school.
Forgo (v) • I am going to forgo dessert because I am so full from dinner.
Aversion (n) • Kelly has such an aversion to strenuous exercise. She would rather eat worms than to consider going to the gym.
Imply (v) • Your bad breath impliesthat you had something garlicky for lunch.
Reciprocate (v) • After Bob bought Angelica’s groceries, she reciprocated the favor by cooking him dinner.
Accommodate (v) • The Johnsons built a spare bedroom to accommodate their growing family.
Bereave (v) • A car accident bereaved John of his best friend, whose funeral is tomorrow.
Demise (n) • The demise of last night’s game can be attributed to the poor health of most of the players.
Enrich (v) • The goal of education is enrich minds and promote positive relationships.
Jeopardize (v) • My chances of going to college were jeopardized when I let my grades slip.
Versatile (adj) • I often buy clothes that are versatile, so that I can wear them at work and home.
Conscience (n) • While all of Abby’s friends wanted her to attend the party, her conscience told her that it was a bad idea.
Deterrent (n) • Car alarms have a questionable history as deterrents to thieves.
Improvise (v) • Since she forgot her script at home, Karen had to improvise during her speech.
Remedial (adj) • Josh will have to take a remedial math class until he can pass the college basic math test.
Prowess (n) • Chandler’s athletic prowess was overshadowed by his legendary older brother.
Tenuous (adj) • My sister has a tenuous grasp of physics.
Week #6 Quiz: Friday, October 18
Commendable (adj.) • After saving the child’s life, Harry was given a medal for his commendable actions.
Crucial (adj.) • To be accepted into MSU, it is crucial that Bonnie score well on the ACT.
Nostalgia (n) • High school reunions are often full of feelings of nostalgia.
Plausible (adj.) • Although it sounds like a lie, your argument may actually be plausible.
Stoic (adj.) • Kevin’s stoic expression gave nothing away during the poker game.
Suppress (v) • Miranda found it difficult to suppress a gleeful scream when the company manager called to offer her the job.
Week 7 Quiz: Friday, October 25
Competence (n) • Margaret’s experience and knowledge of the product increased her competence as a salesperson.
Enigmatic (adj) • The man in the window stood with an enigmatic smile.
Juxtapose (v) • The student’s essay juxtaposed his first essay with his last, in order to look for growth.
Peculiar (adj) • He is a peculiar man. His clothes never match, and he hates wearing pants.
Procure (v) • Sandy managed, somehow, to procure two tickets to the sold-out concert.
Subjective (adj) • Most mothers think that their kids are perfect, but their opinions are very subjective.