1100 Words You Need to Know Week 38 Day 1

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 Week 38 Day 1

1100 Words You Need to Know Week 38 Day 1

New Words


Words in Context

The Enigma* of
Of all the pressures young people face, the most pernicious* is that of fashion. By this is meant the current vogue* in dress. The teenagers, who are so glib when they speak of “individuality,” are turned into a homogeneous mass by the latest craze in fashion. How can youngsters who vehemently* resist advice from the become so malleable those who “make” fashion? Perhaps the sudden shifts in fashion occur fortuitously*. Or is there some group who, through legerdemain, switches styles and customs on us right before our eyes? Today’s teenagers seem to be quite gullible* embracing the in fashions. But then, they have their elders as sage* examples to follow.

Sample Sentences

Insert the new words in these sentences.
1. The charlatan* was able to wheedle* money out of the naive* audience with a glib talk on the medicine that would expunge* pain.
2. They could not follow the trend of his ideas, but his verbal dexterity* galvanized* the gullible* listeners.
3. They were engrossed* as an ill man was “cured” before their eyes; some of the more urbane* said it was legerdemain.
4. He ingratiated* himself into their confidence, and the malleable crowd was shaped into a subjugated* mass.
5. While they started out as individuals, they became a homogeneous group whom he could motivate as he willed.


Match the new words with their definitions.
6. glib: smooth of speech
7. homogeneous: same or uniform
8. malleable: capable of being shaped or formed, flexible
9. legerdemain: sleight of hand, deceptive adroitness
10. trend: general direction

Today’s Idiom

: any way at all, at any cost
He had bought the * without rhyme or reason*; now he had to get rid of it by hook or by crook.

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