Vocabulary List #10 English 1 English 1 Honors
BEN “well, good”
BENEVOLENT • Adjective • Kindly; favorable towards • A benevolent neighbor put the runaway boy up for the night.
BENEFACTOR • Noun • A person who gives friendly aid • When the artist began to paint in a strange, new style, her usual benefactor withdrew all financial support.
BENIGN • Adjective • Causing no harm • Although police initially thought the substance was a deadly chemical, they soon discovered it was totally benign.
ACCORD • Noun • Sameness of opinion; agreement • The leaders of the nation were in accord on the necessity of a new budget, but no one could agree on how the money should be spent.
DISCORD • Noun • Lack of agreement; disharmony • Although they tried to hide their disagreement, the discord between the two teammates was obvious.
CORDIAL • Adjective • Warmly friendly and polite • If Leon can’t be cordial towards his ex-girlfriend, he shouldn’t go to her party.
ANIMOSITY • Noun • Anger or hostility • Despite all the insults he had received, Aaron expressed no animosity towards anyone.
EQUANIMITY • Noun • Evenness of mind or spirit; calm • After her father reassured her, the small girl was able to face the bully with equanimity.
MAGNANIMOUS • Adjective • Generous in spirit • It was quite magnanimous of Stewart to shake hands with Neil, even after Neil tried to trip him at the track meet.
DISMAL • Adjective • Causing great sadness or pessimism • My first attempt to build a birdhouse was a dismal failure; nails stuck out everywhere, and the paint collected in messy clumps.
MALEVOLENT • Adjective • Wishing harm towards; hostile • Erin says putting a “Kick Me” sign on Reggie’s back was an innocent practical joke, but I think it was a malevolent gesture.
MALICIOUS • Adjective • Intended to hurt or harm • When Laurie forgot to give April an important phone message, April accused her of being malicious.