Vocab 11 9 Honors - kingphilip.org

Vocab 11 9 Honors - kingphilip.org

VOCAB 11 9 HONORS Alacrity Strife ALACRITY N Cheerful readiness or eagerness to respond

Synonym: preparedness Adam approached the problem with alacrity. ARISTOCRATIC Adj Of noble birth; snobbish Synonym: noble The aristocratic man believed that he was

better than the rest of the town. BURGEON V To expand; to flourish Synonym: to thrive After enrolling in several art classes, Patricias talent for watercolors burgeoned, and she

won several awards. COMPELLING Adj Forceful; causing to yield Synonym: captivating The lawyers compelling evidence caused the jury to rule that the defendant was not guilty.

CURSORY Adj Hasty; superficial Synonym: casual After giving the article a cursory glance, the teacher attempted to tell the students about it; however, she was not prepared to discuss it at

length. DISTEND V To swell; to expand a great deal Synonym: to swell The balloon distended when the child filled it with water.

EXISTENTIAL Adj Having to do with existence Synonym: experiential Simon joked that choosing what kind of pizza toppings he wanted was an existential crisis.

GRATUITOUS Adj Unjustified; unprovoked; uncalled for Synonym: unwarranted The gratuitous violence in the film interfered with the storyline. INERT

Adj Inactive; sluggish Synonym: unmoving Peters inert body indicated that he was still fast asleep. LUCID Adj

Clear; easy to understand Synonym: apparent The students lucid remark helped the class to better understand the difficult text. NEBULOUS Adj Vague; hazy

Synonym: indistinct The nebulous details of the plan were hard to figure out. PENCHANT N A strong liking for something Synonym: fondness

Michaelas penchant for Italian food caused her to pick pasta for dinner. PROPONENT N An advocate for a cause Synonym: a supporter Many celebrities are proponents of charities

and dedicate their time and effort to support a cause. RHETORIC N The art of formal speaking or writing Synonym: discourse The presenter excelled at rhetoric and was

able to speak eloquently to a large group of people. STRIFE N A bitter conflict; discord Synonym: a struggle In an effort to avoid further strife, Monica and

Alecia attempted to make up before their fight got any worse.

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