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Vocabulary Unit 16
Exodus: Noun- A departure, usually of large numbers of people.
When war came to the mainland, the native people quickly organized a large exodus.
Exotic: Adjective- Foreign; charmingly unfamiliar or strikingly unusual.
Australia is a fascinating continent full of strange and exotic wildlife.
Expedient: Adjective- advantageous to one’s interest or purpose. Noun- An emergency course of action; a means to an end.
Adj: We must find the most expedient way to finance our project. Noun: Cutting back on staff to save money is not the only expedient open to us.
Verb: People often exploit children for their own needs. Noun: Because he took such pride in his war exploits, we buried him in his uniform.
Expound: Verb- To explain in detail.
The professor expounded on the virtues of modern medicine.
John fabricated a story to cover the fact that he had not done his research paper.
Facetious: Adjective- Not meant seriously; playful or humorous.
When everyone remarked on how good my cooking was, I knew they were being facetious.
Facsimile: Noun- An exact copy. Adjective- Reproduced exactly.
N: Art books often carry accurate facsimiles of paintings. Adj: Usually, a photocopy is a facsimile of the original.
It is a fallacy to assume that all dogs are aggressive.
Fathom: Noun- A unit of length used to measure marine depths (6 feet) Verb: To get to the bottom of; to understand.
N: The Titanic lies beneath hundreds of fathoms of water. V: I cannot fathom why some people like caviar.
The coach made a fatuous error in judgment on that play.
Feasible: Adjective- Possible; both doable and workable.
It is definitely feasible to finish the basement by Christmas.
Feign: Verb- To pretend or give a false appearance of.
The boy feigned illness to get out of school.
Felicitous: Adjective- Agreeably suited to the purpose or occasion; aptly or gracefully expressed.
The clothes she wore were not exactly felicitous to the somber nature of the meeting.
Fetish: Noun- An object believed among primitive peoples to have magical powers. An object of unreasonably excessive attention or reverence.
Jason has a fetish for spicy foods.
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