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Def: to steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take improperly for ones own use
Syn: Embezzle, defraud, misappropriate
Ety: Latin Peculatus
MA: If you are "late" you may try to steal a pass
S: People go to jail for trying to peculate companies.
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Def:existing in name only, not real, too small to be considered or taken seriously
Syn:titular, token, triffling
Ant:real, actual, excessive
Ety:from L.
"pertaining to a name or names," from
) "name," Meaning "of the nature of names" (in distinction to things) is from 1610s. Meaning "being so in name only"
Memory Aid: sometimes when the band members are on the field, they aren't actually playing, they're nomially band members
Sentence: Because so many pf its patients were having finacial troubles, the health clinic charged only nominal fees.
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Isabella Perry-Moore

Word: ferment
Definition: (n.) a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence; (v.) to be in or work to such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical action
Synonyms: (n.) commotion, turmoil, unrest
Antonyms: (n.) peace and quiet, tranquility, placidity
Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < L fermentum yeast (n.), fermentāre to cause to rise (v.); akin to barm, L fervēre to boil
Memory Aid: Beer, wine, and champagne, have bubbles that rise to the top, which is like excitement or commotion rising to the surface.
Sentence: When the riot broke out in Bakersville, the National Guard was called in to pacify the ferment.
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Harry Konangi

adventitiousresulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential; (medicine) acquired, not congenitalextrinsic, incidental, fortuitousessential, intrinsic, inherent, congenitalfrom the Latin adventicius, first used in 1603memory aid: winning the lottery is an "adventure", "ad" is like adding a head on a snake (like the picture below) Out of the 18 million tickets bought, Frank's lottery ticket was adventitious winner.

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Lydia Bednarski

Definition: to make easy, cause to progress faster
Synonyms: accelerate, facilitate, speed up, advance
Antonyms: hinder, hamper, impede, obstruct
Etymology: Latin expeditus, past participle of expedire
Memory-Aid: You can think of Expedited mail which is a delivery option for the purpose of making your mail arrive faster.
Expedite reminds me of Expedia, an online website to get airline tickets. That reminds me of airplanes, which go really fast, so think EXPEDITE – EXPEDIA – AIRPLANES GO FAST.
Sentence: I want to expedite the boring U.S. History period.

Saida Gjinatori

Word: Ascribe
Definition: (v). to assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute
Synonyms: impute, credit, attribute
Antonyms: N/A
Etymology: mid-14c., ascrive , from O.Fr. ascrivre "to attribute, inscribe," from L. ascribere "to write in, to add to in a writing," from ad- "to" + scribere "to write" (see
__script__). Spelling restored 16c.
Memory Aid: The two first letters in the word ascribe, as, are the first two in the word assign and assign is in the definition of ascribe
Sentence: The cause for the disaster on September eleventh was attributed to the terrorists.
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Sierra Burleson
noncommittaldef: not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or nosyn: titular, token, trifling, inconsequentialant: positive, definite, committed
et: 1820–30, Americanism ; non- + committal
memory aid: non means not and committal sounds like committed so it means not committed
sentence: The noncommittal woman could not decide to decline nor accept the proposal, so she ran away.
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(adj.) Bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)
withering, acerbic, mordant
bland, saccharine, honeyed, sugary
Middle English, from Anglo-French vitriole, from Medieval Latin vitriolum, alteration of Late Latin vitreolum, neuter of vitreolus glassy, from Latin vitreus vitreous
First Known Use: 14th century
  1. The first two letters are VI, which reminds me of the word VIPER so I just think that if a viper bites you it will make u very vitriolic.
  2. The word vitriolic just sounds like it would be a name of a coercive acid so I think of vitriolic acid being pored on someone would make them very vitriolic.
The angered politician used very language in order to properly express his opinion on the unconstitutional bill.

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Blake Williams
Commiserate(v.) to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress.feel sorry for, empathizefeel no sympathy for1585–95; < L commiserātus (ptp. of commiserārī ), equiv. to com- com- + miser pitiable ( see misery) + -ātus -ateThis one is pretty obvious. The prefix "co" is 2, while "miserate" sounds like miserySally commiserated with Sue after her dog ate her homework.external image moz-screenshot-22.png
Definition- (adj.) resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental
Synonyms- accidental, unconsidered
Antonyms- deliberate, intentional, premeditiated
Etymology- 1650s, ultimately from inadvertently. 1670s, lit. "inattentively," hence "unintentionally;"
Memory Aid- the prefix "in" means not and the suffix "ent" descirbes an action....so an action is not meant to be done
Sentence- Hitting Bambi with my car at night was completely inadvertent and luckily he, as well as the hood of my car, was unhurt.
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-NaTaLiE LaWsOn

Definition: (Adj.) Thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness. Of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis; poorly supported.
Synonyms: flimsy, insubstantial, vague, hazy.
Antonyms: strong, solid, substantial, valid.
Etymology: Latin tenuis thin, slight, tenuous, First Known Use: 1597
Memory Aid: If you have a tenuous grip, you might not be using all ten of your finger.
Sentence: The debater's arguments were very tenuous, he could not show a single source for his information.

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Alec Temes
Word: seditious (adj.)

Defnition: resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government

Syn: flimsy, insubstantial, valid
Ant: suportive, loyal, faithful, allegiant

Etymology: mid-15c., from O.Fr.
, from L.
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Memory Aid: seditious sounds like vicious, and when people are overthrowing government, they are usually vicious and violent

Sentence: The king had been tyrannical for too long, so the newly seditious peasents knocked his fat booty off his throne.

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Claire Stemen

Word: Sangfroid
Definition: (n.) composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
Synonyms: poise, self-assurance, equanimity
Antonyms: excitability, hysteria, flappability
< F:
lit., cold
Memory aid: it has the word sang in it, and someone who can sing on stage has composure
Sentence: The candidate gave his speech with sangfroid.
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Adam Smith

Enjoin (v)
Def-To direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit.
Syn-charge, bid, command, require, adjure
Ant-allow, permit
Ety-1175–1225; ME enjoi ( g ) nen < OF enjoindre < L injungere to fasten to, bring upon.
Memory- if you JOIN two things, you are forcing one onto the other, like legos.
Sent- WWII propaganda posters enjoin people to support America in multiple ways.
Oriana Fleming:)

Word: Circuitous (adj.)

Definition: roundabout, not direct

Synonyms: Indirect, meandering, winding

Antonyms: Straight, direct, as the crow flies

Etymology: circuit 1382, from O.Fr. circuit, from L. circuitus "a going around," from stem of circuire, circumire "go around," from circum "around" + -ire "to go."

Memory Aid: In the word circuitous, you will find "circ" which is also located in the word "circle" which is a shape that is round and is the meaning of the vocab word.

Sentence: The man walked in such a circuitous manner, the police suspected he was drunk.

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