ac • cen • tu • a • tion n., emphasis; clear pronunciation. He pronounced each word with very clear accentuation to give emphasis.
in • quis • i • to • ri • al adj., prying. The interviewer’s questions about my personal life seemed inquisitorial.
in • de • ter • mi • nate adj., unspecific; unsettled. The source of the sounds was indeterminate: they could have been coming from almost any direction.
writhe vi., twist as if in pain or struggling. He tried to writhe his way free of the ropes that entangled him.
lo • cu • tion n., word; phrase. She spoke with the locutions of her southern upbringing.
su • per • vene vi., happen unexpectedly. The rain supervened and ruined the picnic.
ca • dence n., rhythmic flow of sound or tone. The marching band kept time with the cadence of the drums.
ear • nest adj., serious; intense. The student made an earnest attempt to pass the test.
con • jure vt., call up. Certain words conjure pleasant images.
in • ter • mi • na • ble adj., without, or seemingly without, end. It seemed that the interminable lecture would never end.
en • com • pass vt., surround. The darkness was all around him; it encompassed him like a blanket.
im • pede vt., obstruct; hinder. The deep snow in the road impeded the progress of the car.
in • su • per • a • ble adj., insurmountable. The difficult tasks ahead seemed insuperable.
a • vid • i • ty n., eagerness; enthusiasm. The greedy lawyer overcharged his clients with avidity.
a • byss n., bottomless hole. The explosion formed an abyss in the earth that seemed to go on forever.
con • vo • lu • tion n., twist; coil; fold. The package was securely bound with many convolutions of twine.
pun • gent • ly adv., sharply; strongly. The air was sharp with the fragrance of the pungently scented candle.
in • ge • nu • i • ty n., cleverness. The escape artist displayed his ingenuity by freeing himself within seconds.
cog • ni • zance n., knowledge. The novice climbers had no cognizance of the danger they could be facing.
in • a • ni • tion n., lack of strength due to lack of food. Having not eaten for days, the patient felt weak from the inanition.
per • ti • nac • i • ty n., stubbornness. She stubbornly refused to help, showing us her usual pertinacity.
moi • e • ty n., half. He divided the portion in half and shared the moiety with his friend.
ver • min n., small animals regarded as pests. Mice are considered to be vermin by most people.
vi • and n., article of food, especially a tasty dish. He relished eating the last viand of his meal.
ces • sa • tion n., ceasing or stopping. We were relieved with the cessation of the shrill sound.
vo • rac • i • ty n., greediness. The hungry dogs lunged at the food with voracity.
a • noint vt., rub with oil. The cook anointed the meat with a spicy sesame oil.
ab • strac • tion n., mental withdrawal; absent-mindedness. She could not concentrate because her mind was in a state of abstraction.
con • jec • ture n., speculation. Based on the evidence, his conjecture was that the defendant was innocent.
fis • sure n., deep crack. The earthquake caused a deep fissure in the ground.
ap • er • ture n., opening; hole. A ray of sunlight came in through the aperture in the wall.
dif • fuse vt., spread out; pour out. The light was diffused by the filter.
im • pend vi., be about to happen. There was no escaping the disaster that was impending.
balm n., anything healing or soothing. The nurse applied the soothing balm to her rough, dry skin.
venge • ance n., revenge. The victim sought vengeance for the wrong that was done to him.
dal • ly vi., waste time. The students were wasting time dallying in the halls.
a • vert vt., turn away. He avoided looking at me by averting his eyes.
dis • cord • ant adj., disagreeing; conflicting. The boy heard the discordant voices of his parents arguing.