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ABSTEMIOUS (Adj.)

Meaning: Not eating and drinking too much

Use: Emily’s mother was known as an abstemious eater and drinker who always had healthy meals for her family.

ABSTENTIOUS (Adj.)

Meaning: 1) Choosing not to do or have something

2) Choosing not to vote

Use: Diana’s midlife heart attack made her realize the importance of taking care of her body and so it turned her towards a more abstentious and healthful lifestyle.

 

 

CELIBACY (Noun)

Meaning: A state or condition of being unmarried or not having sex.

Use: David decided that he could not live a life of celibacy and so he left the priesthood so he could marry the woman he loved.

 

 

TEMPERANCE (Noun)

Meaning: 1) Not eating and drinking too much

2) Practice or quality of always controlling your anger, action or feelings to deal with every situation.

Use: The minister preached about temperance.

FORBEARANCE (Noun)

Meaning: Practice or quality of always controlling your anger, action or feelings to deal with every situation.

Use: We must use forbearance in dealing with him because he is still weak from his illness.

UNFLAPPABLE (Adj.)

Meaning: Not easily upset or unusually calm in difficult situations.

Use: The unflappable teacher never even blinked when the wall map came crashing down.

 

 

 

Explanation: Stoic (Noun) deviates slightly. Stoic (Noun) means a person who accepts what happens without complaining or showing emotion.

APATHETIC (Adj.)

Meaning: Not having or showing much emotion or interest

Use: Dr. Diedrich thought that Nora’s apathetic behavior was the beginning of a significant form of depression.

CALLOUS (Adj.)

Meaning: Not feeling or showing any concern about the problems or suffering of other people

Use: When Margery read the poetry that she had created to her English class, some of the students laughed in a very callous or insensitive manner.

INDIFFERENT (Adj.)

Meaning: Not interested in or concerned about something

Use: There are too many indifferent people who ignore the terror and destruction that is taking place in other countries because such problems don’t exist where they live.

IMPASSIVE (Adj.)

Meaning: Not showing emotion

Use: I was about as confused as him, but I did not let it show, keeping an impassive expression plastered to my face.

PHLEGMATIC (Adj.)

Meaning: calm and unemotional

Use: The nurse was a cheerful but phlegmatic person, unexcited in the face of sudden emergencies.

PACHYDERMATOUS (Adj.)

Meaning: Not feeling or showing any concern about the problems or suffering of other people

Use: A pachydermatous pop Diva with little regard for punctuality or other people’ schedules.

STOLID (Adj.)

Meaning: Showing little or no emotion

Use: When she was angry, her face assumed a stolid expression and it was difficult to know what she was thinking.

STOIC (Noun)

Meaning: a person who accepts what happens without complaining or showing emotion

Use: In general, the prominent characteristic of stoic philosophy is moral heroism, often verging on asceticism.

 

 

 

PLACID (Adj.)

Meaning: Not easily upset or excited

Use: After his vacation in this placid section, he felt soothed and rested.

STANDOFFISH (Adj.)

Meaning: Not friendly toward other people

Use: She tends to be a bit standoffish with strangers.

GLACIAL (Adj.)

Meaning: 1) Very cold

2) Not friendly or lacking emotional

Use: The congressional progress on the bill has been glacial.

FRIGID (Adj.)

Meaning: 1) Very cold

2) Not friendly or loving

3) Unable to be sexually aroused

Use: Henry opened the elevator door for the couple with a frigid stare.

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