CHAPTER 44 on Word Groups

LACONIC (Adj.) Meaning: Using few words in speech or writing Use: When Shawn asked Betty why she didn’t come to the project meeting, she gave him a laconic answer that she wasn’t feeling well. PITHY (Adj.) Meaning: Using few words in a clear and effective way Use: Fighting for the future, for all its provocative arguments and […]

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CHAPTER 43 on Word Groups

FELON (Noun) Meaning: A criminal who has committed a serious crime Use: The convicted felon was imprisoned for 10 years before his case was reviewed. MISCREANT (Noun) Meaning: A person who does something that is illegal or morally wrong Use: A miscreant robbed an elderly lady after she got off the bus and was walking to her apartment. […]

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CHAPTER 42 on Word Groups

Explanation: Demure (Adj.) means polite and not showy or flashy. Prim (Adj.) means formal and proper. It has second meaning also. It also means easily shocked or upset by rude behavior. Propriety (Noun) means proper behavior. DECOROUS (Adj.) Meaning: Correct and polite in a particular situation Use: Jacob has always been considered a polite and decorous neighbor […]

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CHAPTER 41 on Word Groups

FRUGAL (Adj.) Meaning: 1) having prudence in avoiding waste. 2) people who find ways of making things useful that others just throw away. Use: Frugal people try to avoid wasting things by reusing items that most people throw away, their frugality save their money. THRIFTY (Adj.) Meaning: 1) having prudence in avoiding waste. 2) people […]

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CHAPTER 40 on Word Groups

Explanation: Tarnish means thin layer on the surface of the metal which makes metal look dull. Defile (Noun) means narrow passage through the mountain. Blemish (Verb), Taint (Verb), Tarnish (Verb) and Defile (Verb) implies damaging the quality of something. Debase (Verb), Sully (Verb) and Besmirch (Verb) implies ruining the reputation of someone. BLEMISH (Verb) Meaning: […]

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CHAPTER 39 on Word Groups

ASTRAY (Adj.) Meaning: Ofthe right path or route Use: Damian and Sherie went astray in town and arrived late for their appointment. AWRY (Adj.) Meaning: Not working correctly or happening in an expected way Use: The awry wig that Mary was wearing looked funny with the back part in the front! ASKEW (Adj.) Meaning: Not straight or level Use: […]

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CHAPTER 38 on Word Groups

Explanation:  Corroborate (Verb) deviates slightly. It means to support or help prove (a statement, theory etc.). Bolster (Noun) means a long, firm pillow. BOLSTER (Verb) Meaning: To give support to (something) Use: More wooden structures are needed to bolster the roof of the building. BOLSTER (Noun) Meaning: A long, firm pillow. BUTTRESS (Verb) Meaning: To support, strengthen […]

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CHAPTER 37 on Word Groups

Explanation:  Founder (Noun) means one who founds something. Founder (Verb) means to start experiencing failure or (of a boat or ship) to sink. FALTER (Verb) Meaning: 1) To stop being strong or successful. 2) To move or speak hesitantly. Use: Jones was weak from hunger and his footsteps were faltering as he walked home. FOUNDER (Verb) Meaning: […]

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CHAPTER 36 on Word Groups

Explanation:  Evict (Verb) means to force someone (especially a tenant) to leave a place or property. EXPEL (Verb) Meaning: 1) To force (someone) to leave a place or organization 2) To push or force (something) out Use: “The university will be expelling students who refused to attend their classes and to complete their assignments.” EJECT […]

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CHAPTER 35 on Word Groups

Explanation:  Surmise (Or conjecture) (Noun) means thought, idea or opinion. Surmise (Or conjecture) (Verb), Deduce (Verb), Extrapolate (Verb) and Reckon (Verb) means to guess, infer or to form an opinion. SURMISE (Verb) Meaning: to guess, infer or to form an opinion. Use: Greg stated, “Do not surmise that Walter can swim just because he likes to exercise […]

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