Vocabulary Log Plus (Entry #10)

1- perfidy: the state of not being loyal

The penguin could not forgive his wife’s perfidy towards him.

2- proclivity: a tendency to do something

He has a proclivity for hard work even when credit is given for minimal effort.

3- extricate: to free or remove from something

Several survivors were extricated from the wreckage a few hours later.

4- peregrinate: to travel, especially on foot

A couple of college students decided to peregrinate around Ireland.

5- restive: feeling bored or impatient while waiting for something to happen

The spent a restive night worrying about the next day’s exam.

 

Vocabulary Log Plus (Entry #9)

1- brook: to allow to exist or happen

I will not brook insults from my own employees.

2- probity: complete honesty

The defense attorney questioned the probity of the witness.

3- effrontery: shameless boldness

The kid had the effrontery to deny eating any cookies, even with crumbs on his lips.

4- vituperate: to abuse or censure severely or abusively

Every week the minister would vituperate the parishioners for a litany of vices.

5- curmudgeon: a person who is easily annoyed or angered and who often complains

Only a curmudgeon would object to the nursing home’s holiday decorations.

Vocabulary Log Plus (Entry #8)

1- forbearance: patience

We thank you for your forbearance while we attend to the technical difficulties.

2- invective: of, relating to, or characterized by insult or abuse

He is a boss who is fond of sending invective e-mails to his assistants.

3- recidivism: the act of relapsing into criminal behavior

One may advance in life but must beware of situations that encourage recidivism.

4- trenchant: very strong, clear, and effective

Even the most trenchant sword could not sever the bonds of loyalty between them.

5- refractory: difficult to control or deal with

Believing that the rules are only for others, he’s been refractory virtually his entire life.

Vocabulary Log Plus (Entry #7)

1- simper: smile or say in a way that is not sincere or natural

He simpered and smirked while he talked to the boss.

2- castigate: to criticize harshly

The author castigated the prime minister as an ineffective leader.

3- coeval: of the same age, antiquity, or duration

These two stars were thought to be coeval because they have nearly the same mass.

4- craven: very cowardly

He made a craven refusal to deliver the unwelcome news personally.

5- contrite: feeling or showing regret for bad behavior

Being contrite is not enough to spare you an arrest if you’re caught breaking the law.

Vocabulary Log Plus (Entry #6)

1- terse: brief and direct in a way that may seem rude or unfriendly

She gave me a few terse instructions and promptly left the room.

2- abrade: to damage by rubbing, grinding, or scraping

Ropes abraded by rocks were a huge danger to the climbers.

3- intransigent: completely unwilling to change

He has remained intransigent in his opposition to the proposal.

4- petulant: childishly sulky or bad-tempered

He is a petulant man who always blames everyone else for his problems.

5- Upbraid: to speak in an angry or critical way

His wife upbraided him for his irresponsible handling of the family finances.

Vocabulary Log Plus (Entry #5)

1- exigency: something that is necessary in a particular situation

A leader must act exceptionally quick in responding to any sudden exigency.

2- splenetic: very angry and annoyed

The newspaper publisher’s splenetic editorials often struck fear into local politicians.

3- clamor:

i. a loud continuous noise

ii. a loud or strong demand by many people

i. A clamor outside woke them in the night.

ii. There was a public clamor for an arrest in the case.

4- inured: to cause to be less affected by something unpleasant

The hardship of army training inured her to the rigors of desert warfare.

5- minatory: having a menacing quality

The novel’s protagonist is haunted by a minatory black specter.

Vocabulary Log Plus (Entry #4)

1- denigrate: criticize unfairly

There is no need to denigrate the importance of a good education.

2- portent: a sign or warning that something usually bad or unpleasant is going to happen

A red sky in the morning can be a portent of a coming storm.

3- demur: an act of disagreeing about something

We accepted his offer to pay for our dinners without demur.

4- profligate: carelessly and foolishly wasting resources

She was very profligate in her spending but she later learnt to manage it well.

5- purvey: to supply usually as a matter of business

There were many shops purveying handmade merchandise.