Meaning: Very small
Use: Mildred was wearing exiguous clothing which was not sufficient for the cold weather she was being exposed to.
Meaning: Small in quantity
Use: Beatrice arrived in the foreign country with a meager knowledge of the language, but she has been learning more words every day.
Meaning: Small and weak
Use: “Puny generally includes the significance of both smallness and feebleness; such as a puny animal, a puny subject, a puny power, a puny mind, or a puny excuse.”
Meaning: Very small in size or amount
Use: Any woman now seems to be able to make such a complaint and to be believed, with incredibly scanty evidence.
Meaning: Very small in size or amount
Use: The judge declared that the evidence presented by the prosecutor in the trial was much too skimpy to convict anyone.
Meaning: Present only in small amount
Use: The information about what really happened is still rather sparse.
Meaning: A small amount
Use: Although his history is based on a modicum of truth, most of the events he describes are fictitious.
Meaning: A very small amount
Use: She had not an iota of common sense.
Explanation: Contract (Noun) means a legal agreement between people, companies etc.
Meaning: 1) To cut short
2) Alter the accents in music so that strong beats become weak and vice versa.
Use: You can syncopate the word “building” as “bldg..”
Meaning: 1) To make something short
2) To omit a sound or syllable when speaking
Use: Some unnecessary verbiage will need to be elided, but otherwise the article is publishable.
Meaning: To make (something) shorter
Use: Television coverage of the soccer match was truncated by a technical fault.
Meaning: To make (something) shorter especially to reduce (a word or name) to a shorter form
Use: Jonathan decided he would be abbreviating his name to “Jon”.
Meaning: To shorten (a book, a play etc.) by leaving out some parts
Use: Patricia wants to abridge the long essay into a shortened, easily read format.
Meaning: 1) To make (something) smaller or shorter
2) To become ill with (a disease)
Use: He was able to contract his lips into a thin line, a grimace, etc.
Meaning: A legally binding agreement
Use: They will make a legal contract for the marriage to take place in June.
Meaning: To reduce or limit something
Use: The new laws passed by the legislature were an effort to curtail the use of illegal drugs.
Meaning: To make (something) narrower, smaller or tighter
Use: Many lives are constricted by poverty and illness.
Meaning: Having good luck or happening because of good luck
Use: Keith and Jaime were fortunate that they got home before the storm hit their neighborhood.
Use: Mr. Samee experienced the unfortunate experience of losing a lot of money at the racetrack at the beginning of the racing season.
Meaning: Having no luck
Use: The hapless student has found no reliable sources of information that can help him complete his research assignment.
Meaning: Happening by chance
Use: It was most fortuitous that Mr. Charles missed his train and arrived at the dock too late to sail on the Titanic which sank in the ocean.
Meaning: 1) Accidental
2) Happening or carried on according to chance rather than design or inherent nature.
Use: The point of view that art should be for art’ s sake and that moral considerations are adventitious to the study of art.
Meaning: Obtained or characterized by luck
Use: “There have been many serendipitous discoveries in science.”
Meaning: Said in a very strong, clear and definite way
Use: Though the captain claimed he was never, never sick at sea, he finally qualified his categorical denial: he was “hardly ever” sick at sea.
Meaning: Showing that something is certainly true
Use: The Archaeological department has conclusive proof that this temple was destroyed by radical forces in 1500 A.D.
Meaning: Certainly true
Use: If this is so, no judgment, however modest, is absolutely indubitable.
Meaning: Not able to be proved wrong
Use: The prosecutor, Mr. Biggs, told the jury at the trial that there was irrefutable evidence that the accused committed the crime as charged.
Meaning: Impossible to refute
Use: The prosecutor painstakingly built an irrefragable case.
Meaning: Not able to be doubted or questioned
Use: The video provided incontrovertible proof that the official was smoking marijuana at the party despite his claims of innocence.
Meaning: Said or done in a forceful or definite way
Use: They were emphatic about their political differences.
Meaning: 1) The feeling of being sure that what you believe or say is true.
2) The act of proving that a person is guilty of a crime in a court of law.
Use: Jane’s mother had a conviction that girls and women should always wear dresses or skirts, but not trousers, jeans, or slacks.
Meaning: State of feeling certain
Use: Because Greg’s certitude that war is so very wrong, he has decided never to join any military group.1….. 28 29 30 …………………………………………………………44