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Vocabulary Week 16 Campagna
menial During the great depression, people were thankful to have work of any kind, no matter how menial.
menial Adj. lowly, humble, lacking importance or dignity
parry An effective press secretary can parry almost any question a reporter asks.
parry V. to ward off, fend off, deflect, evade, avoid
predatory Owls and other predatory birds play an important role in maintaining the balance of nature.
predatory Adj. preying on, plundering
ravage Swarms of locusts ravage the farmer’s fields and orchards.
ravage V. to destroy, lay waste, ruin
stance A fashion model’s stance is calculated to show off a designer’s clothing to the best advantage.
stance N. a way of holding the body; an attitude or position on an issue
tawdry An excess of gold braid and glittery beads gave the costumes a tawdry look.
tawdry Adj. showy and flashy but lacking in good taste
turncoat Strikers generally consider those workers who cross the picket lines to be turncoat.
turncoat N. a person who switches to an opposing side or party
unassuming Many celebrities remain unassuming despite their fame and wealth
unassuming Adj. not putting on a show; modest
wallow After a strenuous hike, I was too tired to do anything but wallow blissfully in a hot bath.
wallow V. to roll about in a lazy, clumsy, or helpless way
waver The committee wavered for several days before choosing the winner of the essay contest.
waver V. to move to and fro, become unsteady; to show lack of firmness or decision
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