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504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 27

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 27

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 27

  Words in Context

  1. despite: in spite of
    a. The player continued in the game despite his injuries.
    b. Despite his size, Ted put up a good fight.
    c. We won the game by a shutout despite the fact that our team got only three
  2. disrupt: upset; cause to break down
    a. Pam’s clowning disrupted the class every day.
    b. The storm disrupted the telephone lines throughout the area.
    c. The collapse* of the government disrupted the services we took for granted, such as mail delivery.
  3. rash: a breaking out with many small red spots on the skin; outbreak of many instances within a short time; too hasty or careless
    a. The report of a rash of burglaries in the neighborhood was exaggerated.*
    b. Poison ivy causes a rash.
    c. It is rash to threaten an action you cannot carry out.
  4. rapid: very quick; swift
    a. We took a rapid walk around the camp before breakfast.
    b. If you work rapidly you can complete the test in twenty minutes.
    c. The response* to the surprise attack was a rapid retreat.
  5. exhaust: empty completely; use up; tire out
    a. To exhaust the city’s water supply would be a calamity*
    b. The long climb to the top of the mountain exhausted our strength.
    c. If we continue to squander* our money recklessly,* our treasury will soon be exhausted.
  6. severity: strictness; harshness; plainness; violence
    a. The severity of the teacher was not appreciated by the pupils until they reached the final examinations
    b. The severity of the Black Plague can be imagined from the fact that thirty percent of the population* died.
    c. Rosita complained to the principal about the severity of the punishment which the Student Court gave to her.
  7. feeble: weak
    a. We heard a feeble cry from the exhausted* child.
    b. The guide* made a feeble attempt to explain why he had taken the wrong turn.
    c. The feeble old man collapsed* on the sidewalk.
  8. unite: join together; become one
    a. The thirteen colonies united to form one country.
    b. Matrimony* united two famous Virginia families.
    c. America and Russia were united against a common enemy in World War II.
  9. cease: stop
    a. Cease trying to do more than you can.
    b. The whispering in the audience ceased when the curtain went up.
    c. When you cease making war, you can then begin to pacify* the small villages which the enemy controls.
  10. thrifty: saving; careful in spending; thriving
    a. By being thrifty, Miss Benson managed to get along on her small income.
    b. A thrifty person knows that squandering* money can lead to financial* calamity.*
    c. By thrifty use of their supplies, the shipwrecked sailors were able to survive* for weeks.
  11. miserly: stingy; like a miser
    a. Being miserly with our natural resources will help us to live longer on this earth.
    b. A miserly person rarely* has any friends.
    c. Silas Marner abandoned* his miserly habits when Eppie came into his life.
  12. monarch: king or queen; ruler
    a. There are few modern nations which are governed by monarchs.
    b. The monarchs of ancient Rome considered themselves descendants* of the gods.
    c. Men sometimes believe that they are monarchs in their own homes.

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 27

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 26


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