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504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 2

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 2

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 2

Words in Context

  1. corpse:  a dead body, usually of a person
    a. When given all the data* on the corpse, Charlie Chan was able to solve the murder.
    b. The corpse was laid to rest in the vacant* coffin.
    c. An oath* of revenge was sworn over the corpse by his relatives.
  2. conceal: hide
    a. Tris could not conceal his love for Gloria.
    b. Count Dracula concealed the corpse* in his castle.
    c. The money was so cleverly concealed that we were forced to abandon* our search for it.
  3. dismal: dark and depressing
    a. When the weather is so dismal, I sometimes stay in bed all day.
    b. I am unaccustomed* to this dismal climate.
    c. As the dismal reports of the election came in, the senator’s friends tactfully* made no mention of them.
  4. frigid: very cold
    a. It was a great hardship* for the men to live through the frigid winter at Valley Forge.
    b. The jealous* bachelor* was treated in a frigid manner by his girlfriend.
    c. Inside the butcher’s freezer the temperature was frigid.
  5. inhabit: live in
    a. Eskimos inhabit the frigid* part of Alaska.
    b. Because Sidney qualified,* he was allowed to inhabit the vacant* apartment.
    c. Many crimes are committed each year against those who inhabit the slum area of our city.
  6. numb: without the power of feeling; deadened
    a. My fingers quickly became numb in the frigid* room.
    b. A numb feeling came over Mr. Massey as he read the telegram.
    c. When the nurse stuck a pin in my numb leg, I felt nothing.
  7. peril: danger
    a. The hunter was abandoned* by the natives when he described the peril which lay ahead of them.
    b. There is great peril in trying to climb the mountain.
    c. Our library is filled with stories of perilous adventures.
  8. recline: lie down; stretch out; lean back
    a. Richard likes to recline in front of the television set.
    b. After reclining on her right arm for an hour, Maxine found that it had become numb.*
    c. My dog’s greatest pleasure is to recline by the warm fireplace.
  9. shriek: scream
    a. The maid shrieked when she discovered the corpse.*
    b. With a loud shriek, Ronald fled from the room.
    c. Facing the peril* of the waterfall, the boatman let out a terrible shriek.
  10. sinister: evil; wicked; dishonest; frightening
    a. The sinister plot to cheat the widow was uncovered by the police.
    b. When the bank guard spied the sinister-looking customer, he drew his gun.
    c. I was frightened by the sinister shadow at the bottom of the stairs.
  11. tempt: try to get someone to do something; test; invite
    a. A banana split can tempt me to break my diet.
    b. The sight of beautiful Louise tempted the bachelor* to change his mind about marriage.
    c. Your offer of a job tempts me greatly.
  12. wager: bet
    a. I lost a small wager on the Superbowl.
    b. After winning the wager, Tex treated everyone to free drinks.
    c. It is legal to make a wager in the state of Nevada.

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 2

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 2

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