41. Adroit (adj)Expert in using the hands or mind; skillful; clever; deft; dexterousOur adroit passing enabled us to score four touchdowns.
52. Ambidextrous (adj) Able to use both hands equally well Ruth is an ambidextrous hitter; she can bat right-handed or left-handed.
63. Apprentice (n)Person learning an art or trade under a skilled worker; learner; beginning; novice; tyroYoung Ben Franklin learned the printing trade by serving as an apprentice to his half brother James.
74. Aptitude (n) Natural tendency to learn or understand; bent; talent Cindy is not clumsy with tools; she has mechanical aptitude.
85. Craftsperson (n) Skilled worker; artisan To build a house, you need the services of carpenters, bricklayers, plumbers, and electricians; each one must be a skilled craftsperson.
96. Dexterity (n)Skill using the hands or mind; deftness; adroitness; expertiseYou can’t expect an apprentice to have the same dexterity as a skilled worker.
107. Maladroit (adj) Clumsy; inept; awkward A maladroit worker banged his thumb with a hammer.
118. Versatile (adj)Capable of doing many things well; many-sided; all-aroundLeonardo da Vinci was remarkably versatile. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, and scientist.
139. Destitute (adj)Not possessing the necessities of life, such as food, shelter, and clothing; needy; indigentThe severe earthquake killed hundreds of persons and left thousands destitute.
1410. Economize (v) Reduce expences; be frugal Consumers can economize by buying their milk in gallon containers.
1511. Frugal (adj) Barely enough; scanty Avoiding waste; economical; sparing; saving; thriftyThe old man had nothing to eat but bread and cheese; yet he offered to share his frugal meal with his visitor.My weekly allowance for lunches and fares isn’t much, but I can get by on it if I am frugal.
1612. Impoverish (v)Make very poor; reduce to poverty; bankrupt; ruin; pauperizeThe increase in dues of only a dollar a year will not impoverish anyone.
1713. Indigence (n) Poverty; penury By hard work, countless thousands of Americans have raised themselves from indigence to wealth.
1914. Affluent (adj) Very wealthy; rich; opulent The new wing to the hospital is a gift from an affluent humanitarian.
2015. Avarice (n) Excessive desire for wealth; greediness; cupidity If manufacturers were to raise prices without justification, they could be accused of avarice.
2116. Avaricious (adj) Greedy; grasping; covetous An avaricious person likes to get and keep, but not to give or share.
2217. Covet (v)Desire; long for; crave, especially something belonging to anotherJorge coveted his neighbor’s farm but could not get her to sell it.
2318. Dowry (n)Money, property, etc., that a bride brings to her husbandThe dowry that his wife brought him enabled the Italian engraver Piranesi to devote himself completely to art.
2419. Financial (adj)Having to do with money matters; monetary; pecuniary; fiscalPeople who keep spending more than they earn usually get into financial difficulties.
2520. Fleece (v)(literally, to remove the wool from sheep or a similar animal)Deprive or strip of money or belongings by fraud; charge excessively for goods or services; rob; cheat; swindleIf your sister paid $9000 for that car, she was fleeced. The mechanic says it was worth $5000.
2621. Hoard (v) Save and conceal; accumulate; amass Aunt Bonnie had a reputation as a miser who hoarded every penny she could get her hands on.
2722. Lavish (adj)Too free in giving, using, or spending; profuse; prodigalGiven or spent too freely; very abundant; extravagant; profuseThe young heir was warned that he would soon have nothing left if he continued to be lavish with money.Vera’s composition is good, but it doesn’t deserve the lavish praise that Linda gave it.
2823. Lucrative (adj) Profitable; moneymaking Because the gift shop did not produce a sufficient profit, the owner decided to go into a more lucrative business.
2924. Means (n. pl) Wealth; property; resources To own an expensive home, a yacht, and a limousine, you have to be a person of means.
3025. Opulence (n) Wealth; riches; affluence Dickens contrasts the opulence of France’s nobility with the indigence of her peasants.
31Sumptuous (adj) Involving large expense; luxurious; costly The car with the leather upholstery and thick rugs is beautiful but a bit sumptuous for my simple tastes.
4134. Audacious (adj) Bold; fearlessly daring Too bold; insolent; impudentThe audacious sea captain set a couse for uncharted waters.After we had waited for about twenty minutes, an audacious latecomer strolled up and tried to get in at the head of our line.
4235. Audacity (n) Nerve; rashness; temerity Oliver Twist, nine-year-old poorhouse inmate, was put into solitary confinement when he had the audacity to ask for a second helping of porridge.
4336. Dauntless (adj) Fearless; intrepid; very brave; valiant The frightened sailors wanted to turn back, but their dauntless captain urged them to sail on.
4437. Exploit (n) Heroic act; daring deed; feat Amelia Earhart won worldwide fame for her expoits as an aviator.
4538. Fortitude (n)Courage in facing danger, hardship or pain; endurance; bravery; pluck; backbone; valorThe officer showed remarkable fortitude in remaining on duty despite a painful wound.
4639. Indomitable (adj)Incapable of being subdued; unconquerable; invincibleThe bronco that would not be broken threw all its riders. It had an indomitable will to be free.
4740. Plucky (adj) Courageous; brave; valiant; valorous After two days on a life raft, the plucky survivors were rescued by a helicopter.
4841. Rash (adj)Overhasty; foolhardy; reckless; impetuous; taking too much riskWhen you lose your temper, you may say or do something rash and regret it afterward.