504 ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL WORDS | LESSON 24

504 Absolutely Essential Words LELB Society

| Lesson 24

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 24


Words in Context

  1. fierce: savage; wild
    a. Barry was so fiercely angry that he thrust* his hand through the glass.
    b. One must take appropriate* precautions* when approaching* fierce dogs.
    c. He took one look at his fierce opponent* and ran.
  2. detest: dislike very much; hate
    a. The world detests people who aren’t valiant.*
    b. Wally was certain that his girlfriend’s parents would detest him because he had been a delinquent.*
    c. I detest Chinese food but I won’t deprive* you of the chance to eat it.
  3. sneer: show scorn or contempt by looks or words; a scornful look or remark
    a. The journalists* were cautious* about sneering at the Secretary of Defense.
    b. “Wipe that sneer off your face!” the dean told the delinquent.*
    c. When offered a dime as a tip, the taxi driver sneered at his rider.
  4. scowl: look angry by lowering the eyebrows; frown
    a. Laverne scowled at her mother when she was prohibited* from going out.
    b. I dread* seeing my father scowl when he gets my report card.
    c. Because of a defect* in her vision,* it always appeared that Polly was scowling.
  5. encourage: give courage to; increase the confidence of
    a. We encouraged the coach to devise* a plan for beating Jefferson High.
    b. Some unstable* persons need to be encouraged to find a vocation.*
    c. A valiant* person rarely* needs to be encouraged.
  6. consider: think about in order to decide
    a. Jon considered whether a comprehensive* report was necessary.
    b. Do you consider that dress to be a bargain at the wholesale* price?
    c. The wrestler was always considered to be the underdog* in every match.
  7. vermin: small animals that are troublesome or destructive; fleas, bedbugs, lice, rats, and mice are vermin
    a. One should try to eliminate* all vermin from his or her house.
    b. Some reptiles* eat vermin as their food.
    c. Although vermin are not always visible,* they probably inhabit* every house in the city.
  8. wail: cry loud and long because of grief or pain
    a. When tragedy* struck, the old people began to wail.
    b. In some countries the women are expected to wail loudly after their husbands die.
    c. When the Yankees lost the World Series, there was much wailing in New York.
  9. symbol: something that stands for or represents something else
    a. The statue outside the court building is considered* a symbol of justice.*
    b. Symbols for God are prohibited* in the Jewish religion.
    c. An olive branch is a symbol of peace.
  10. authority: the right to command or enforce obedience; power delegated to another; an author or volume that may be appealed to in support of an action or belief
    a. No one should have the authority to dictate our career choice.
    b. Today a monarch* does not have the authority he once enjoyed.
    c. The Supreme Court is entrusted with the authority to interpret our
    Constitution.
  11. neutral: on neither side of a quarrel or war
    a. It is logical* to remain neutral in a violent* argument between spouses.*
    b. Switzerland was a neutral country in World War II.
    c. Adolph did not reject* the idea but remained neutral about it.
  12. trifle: a small amount; little bit; something of little value
    a. I ate a trifle for dinner rather than a vast* meal.
    b. Walter spends only a trifle of his time in studying French.
    c. At our meetings Alex always raises trifling objections to any new plan.

504 ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL WORDS | LESSON 24

504 ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL WORDS | LESSON 24

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