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1100 Words, Week 5, Day 41100 Words, Week 5, Day 4

  • English Vocabulary Class on 1100 Words, Week 5, Day 4
  • Coursebook: 1100 Words You Need to Know
  • Date of Class: June 5, 2016, from 9:00 to 10:00 pm (Iran)
  • Use the audio player below to listen to the podcast of this vocabulary class which is based on the text below.

New Words

elicit – pernicious – tolerate – construe – impunity

Our Pyrrhic Victory
Mr. Dorsey summoned a representative group of teachers and student leaders to his office in order to elicit their reactions to the suspension of the football captain. He told them that cheating was a pernicious disease that could not be tolerated at our school. He loathed having to discipline Art Krause so severely, but unless strict measures were taken, the student body would construe the incident as an open invitation to cheat with impunity. “We may lose a football game,” the principal said, “but we can salvage our self-respect.”

Sample Sentences
Use the new words in the following sentences.
1. The border guards allowed the doctor to cross the frontier with __________.
2. It isn’t easy to __________ answers from a sleepy class on Monday morning.
3. Dentists appreciate patients who can __________ pain.
4. She hoped that we would not __________ her decision to run for office as a thirst for power.
5. The dictator’s __________ rules failed to intimidate* the leaders of the underground.

Place the letter of the correct definition in the blank next to the new vocabulary word.
6. elicit ____ a. freedom from punishment
7. pernicious ____ b. to make a deduction, to infer
8. tolerate ____ c. to put up with, to bear
9. construe ____ d. to draw forth
10. impunity ____ e. harmful, causing injury

Today’s Idiom
to lionize a person: to make a big fuss over someone (the lions at the Tower of London were considered its main attraction)
When the famous poet Dylan Thomas visited the United States, he was lionized wherever he lectured.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. 1. Why is ‘Pyrrhic Victory’ the title of this short passage?

  2. 2. Why do students usually feel sleepy on Monday morning?

    1. Because it is the first day of the week.

      1. Exactly, thank you.

  3. 3. What was the principal’s reaction to cheating at his school?

    1. He suspended the football captain.

      1. And he could not tolerate cheating, as he was totally against it.

  4. 4. Did the headmaster willingly punish the football captain?

    1. Yes, he wanted to show he is so strict about cheating rules.

      1. The answer is NO, because he ‘loathed’ having to discipline Art Krause so severely. Therefore, he didn’t really like punishing him.

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