1. aesthetic; adjective – showing an appreciation of beauty in nature or art; artistic. Kyra’s
aesthetic qualities were apparent in her early art work.
2. catalyst; noun – someone or something that brings about a change. Our articulate new
principal was the catalyst for school reform.
3. denunciation; noun – expression of strong disapproval made openly or publicly. We were
astonished by the tobacco heir’s denunciation of smoking.
4. embellish; verb – to decorate; to elaborate upon. For $5,000, the decorator promised to
embellish our living room with continental touches.
5. forlorn; adjective – deserted; left alone and neglected; unhappy. Feeling forlorn and full of
self-pity, Eddie was a danger to himself.
6. hypocritical; adjective – insincere; pretending to be what one is not. I found it hypocritical of
the judge to be involved in an illegal activity.
7. implausible; adjective – not having the appearance of truth or reason. Only the most gullible
member of our club would accept the implausible alibi.
8. lethargic; adjective – drowsy; dull; sluggish; indifferent. Eating a heavy meal tends to make
me lethargic, which may explain why I become a couch potato after a big dinner.
9. perceptive; adjective – discerning; observant; sensitive. Having a perceptive nature, Jason
was able to sense the child’s embarrassment even before she uttered a sound.
10. recluse; noun- a person who lives alone, away from others. Every neighborhood has its
recluse about whom mysterious secrets are whispered.
11. sanction; noun – authorized approval or permission; support or encouragement; something
that gives binding force to a law. There is no sanction for murder in human society.
12. tactless; adjective – not having or showing a sense of the right thing to do or say without
causing anger or hurt feelings; without skill in dealing with people. Bringing up the matter of
Grace’s losing her job was just about the most tactless way to start the conversation.
13. unassailable; adjective – undeniable; unquestionable; not able to attack. Brenda’s claim that
she was exempt from taxation because she had earned no money was unassailable.
14. vacillate; verb – to say unsteadily; to totter; to waver; to fluctuate. Brian’s tendency to
vacillate makes him a poor choice for president.
15. waive; verb – to dispense with; to relinquish; to postpone. The coach’s decision to waive the
penalty may have cost us the game.