adumbrate- to outline; give a faint indication of
• Dr. Preston adumbrated the necessity of learn our vocabulary.
apotheosis- the highest point in the development of something, culmination or climax.
• Overtime in the championship game was the apotheosis of the tournament.
ascetic- a person who leads an austerely simple life, especially one who abstains from the normal pleasures of life or denies himself or herself material satisfaction.
• The missionaries lived an ascetic life of prayer, fasting, and manual labor.
bauble- a small, showy trinket or decoration.
• The first place metals the team received were nothing but a bauble compared to the trophy the coach was given.
beguile- charm or enchant; sometimes in a deceptive way
• The head of the company beguiled her way to the top.
burgeon- begin to grow or increase rapidly
• Manufacturers are keen to cash in the burgeoning demand of products such as i Phones.
complement- a thing that competes or brings to perfect
• The blue jeans really complement the orange shirt.
contumacious- stubbornly or willfully disobedient to authority
• The student contumaciously took his phone out after he was told not to.
curmudgeon- a bad tempered person
• Most people are curmudgeons in the morning before coffee.
didactic- intended to teach
• The didactic selection exposed why the Amboseli Natural Reserve is no longer a woodland area.
disingenuous- not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.
• The disingenuous man pretended that he couldn't hear the woman asking for help.
exculpate- to show that someone is not guilty of wrongdoings
• The article exculpated the mayor.
faux pas- made in imitation; artificial
• The knock off shoes were so faux pas.
fulminate- express vehement protest
• The students fulminated the idea of shortening summer.
fustian- pompous or pretentious speech or writing
• The characters at the melodrama had fustian roles.
hauteur- haughtiness of manner; disdainful pride
• If the hauteur athlete had a better attitude he would get more playing time.
inhibit- hinder, restrain, or prevent
• The cold weather hindered new plant growth.
jeremiad- a long mournful complaint or list of woes
• The frustrated renter created a jeremiad for his land lord.
opportunist- a person who exploits circumstances to gain advantage rather than being guided by consistent principles or plans.
• The opportunist took advantage of the failing stock market.
unconscionable- not right or reasonable
• His unconscionable behavior earned him a trip to the principals office.