Vocabulary Level F Unit 2 Part A

Vocabulary Level F Unit 2 Part A

Vocabulary List 3 ameliorate epitome aplomb bombastic callow

drivel exhort ex officio infringe ingratiate

ameliorate To improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming Syn: amend, better

ameliorate A hot meal can ameliorate the discomforts of even the coldest day. aplomb

Poise, assurance, great selfconfidence Syn: composure, levelheadedness aplomb Considering the familys tense

mood, you handled the situation with aplomb. bombastic

Pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas Syn: inflated, pretentious

Bombastic He delivered a bombastic speech that did not even address the problem. Callow

Without experience; immature, not fully developed Syn: green, raw, unfledged, inexperienced callow They entered the army as callow

recruits and left as seasoned veterans. Drivel Saliva or mucas flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless

talk or thinking; nonsense Syn: balderdash, hogwash Drivel To me, my dream of becoming an astronaut made perfect sense, but

when I told it to my friend, it sounded like drivel. Epitome A summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a

larger reality Syn: model, archetype Epitome Admitting when you have been fairly defeated is the epitome of

sportsmanship. Oprah is the epitome of a TV star. Exhort

To urge strongly, advise earnestly Syn: entreat, implore exhort With dramatic gestures, our captain vigorously exhorted the

team to play harder. Ex officio By virtue of holding a certain office Ex officio

The President is the ex officio commander in chief of the armed forces in time of war. The President of the college is an ex officio member of the Board

of Trustees. Infringe To violate, trespass, go beyond recognized bounds Syn: encroach, intrude

Infringe If you continue to infringe on my responsibilities, will you also take the blame for any mistakes? Many feel surveillance

Cameras infringe on Peoples rights. Ingratiate To make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by

others (sometimes used in a critical or derogatory sense) Syn: cozy up to, curry favor with Ingratiate

It is not a good idea to ingratiate oneself by paying insincere compliments.

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