1. ABATE verb To become less; decrease; diminish; let up Make less; reduce; moderate The water shortage is abating, but it is still a matter of some concern. Abatement Noun Slackening; letup
2. ACCORD noun Agreement; understanding If both sides to the dispute can be brought to the conference table, perhaps they can come to an accord. Accord Verb Agree; correspond
3. AGGRAVATE Verb Make worse; worsen; intensify If your sunburn itches, don’t scratch; that will only aggravate it.
4. BELLIGERENT adjective Fond of fighting; warlike; combative Bert still has a tendency to settle his arguments with his fists. When will he learn that it’s childish to be so belligerent?
5. CONSPICUOUS Adjective Noticeable; easily seen; prominent; striking Among Manhattan’s skyscrapers, the World Trade Center was conspicuous for its superior height.
6. CRAFT Noun Skill; art; trade The weavers of Oriental rugs are famous for their remarkable craft. Skill or art in a bas sense; guile The Greeks took Troy by craft; they used the trick of the wooden horse. Crafty Adjective Sly; cunning
7. CRAVEN adjective Cowardly; dastardly; pusillanimous; gutless Henry Fleming thought he would be a hero, but as the fighting began he fled from the field in craven fear. Craven Noun Coward; dastard
8. CURRENCY noun Something in circulation as a medium of exchange; money; coin; bank notes Some New England tribes used beads as currency.
9. DETER Verb Turn aside through fear; discourage; hinder; keep back The heavy rain did not deter people from coming to the play. Nearly every seat was occupied.
10. DUPLICATE noun One of two things exactly alike; copy; reproduction If I had had carbon paper, I could have made a duplicate of my history notes for my friend who was absent.
11. FICTITIOUS adjective Made up; imaginary; not real In JOHNNY TREMAIN, there are fictitious characters like Johnny and Rab, as well as real ones, like Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. False; pretended; assumed for the purpose of deceiving. The suspect said she lived at 423 Green Street, but she later admitted it was a fictitious address.
12. IMMACULATE adjective Spotless; without a stain; absolutely clean; unblemished The curtains were spotless; the tablecloth was immaculate too.
13. INTERVENE Verb Occur between; be between; come between More than two months intervene between a President’s election and the day he takes office. Come between to help settle a quarrel; intercede; interfere Ralph is unhappy that I stepped into the dispute between him and his brother. He did not want me to intervene. Intervention Noun Interference; interposition
14. MINIATURE Adjective Small; tiny John has a miniature stapler in her knapsack. It takes up very little room.
15. QUINTET noun Group of five A basketball team, because if has five players, if often call a quintet.
16. RECONCILE verb Cause to be friends again; restore to friendship or harmony Surprisingly, Alison and Jerry are friends again. I wonder who reconciled them. Settle; resolve We are friends again; we have reconciled our differences.
17. RURAL adjective Having to do with the country (as distinguished from the city or town) Six inches of snow fell in the city and up to fourteen inches in the rural areas upstate.
18. SECURITY Noun Safety; protection Guests are advised to deposit their valuables in the hotel’s vault for greater security. Measures taken to assure protection against attack, crime, sabotage, et cetera Security has been tightened at airports.
19. STAMINA Noun Strength; vigor; endurance Swimming in English Channel is a feat that requires considerable stamina.
20.VOLITION Noun Act of willing or choosing; will’ choice Did the employer dismiss him, or did he leave of his own volition?
DIRECTIONS: Fill each blank with the lesson word that best fits the meaning of the sentence.
1. Only when the United Nations ***d did the two *** nations agree to stop fighting. 2. It is almost certain that the bitter rivals would not have reached a(n) *** of their own ***. 3. Geraldine still lacks the *** to go on a ski trip; her miserable cold has not ***d. 4. Since the assassination attempt, the *** surrounding the prime minister has been particularly ***.
5. The two singers should *** their differences; they made much better music together than they now do apart. 6. The jazz *** has a drummer, a saxophonist, a bassist, a trumpeter, and a pianist. 7. At auction, the 1856 British Guiana one- penny postage stamp will command a huge price because it has no ***.
8. The *** of stained glass painting flourished during the thirteenth century. 9. I fear that my intervention will only *** an already difficult situation. 10. Residents of the farming county insist that the construction of a large airport will not *** with the *** life they are determined to preserve.
GROUP 7 – VOCABULARY FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS 1. ABATE 2. ACCORD 3. AGGRAVATE 4. BELLIGERENT 5. CONSPICUOUS 6. CRAFT 7. CRAVEN 8. CURRENCY 9. DETER 10. DUPLICATE 11. FICTITIOUS 12. IMMACULATE 13. INTERVENE 14. MINIATURE 15. QUINTET 16. RECONCILE 17. RURAL 18. SECURITY 19. STAMINA 20. VOLITION