Vocabulary, Part II

  1. Enervate (verb) – to weaken; to reduce in vitality
  2. Ennui (noun) – dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
  3. Equivocate (verb) – to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent (adj. form: equivocal)
  4. Erudite (adj.) – very learned; scholarly
  5. Exculpate (verb) – exonerate; to clear of blame
  6. Exigent (adj.) – urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
  7. Extemporaneous (adj.) – improvised; done without preparation
  8. Fulminate (verb) – to loudly attack or denounce
  9. Ingenuous (adj.) – artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
  10. Inured (adj.) – accustomed to accepting something undesirable
  11. Irascible (adj.) – easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
  12. Laud (verb) – to praise highly
  13. Lucid (adj.) – clear; easily understood
  14. Magnanimity (noun) – the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, especially in forgiving
  15. Nascent (adj.) – coming into being; in early developmental stages
  16. Nebulous (adj.) – vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
  17. Neologism (noun) – a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
  18. Noxious (adj.) – harmful, injurious
  19. Obviate (verb) – to anticipate and make unnecessary
  20. Onerous (adj.) – troubling; burdensome

Okay, folks, there you have them: all 20 words. Let’s create a story together this week (you may also use Vocabulary, Part I‘s terms). I’ll start. Let’s each do a paragraph (about 5 or so sentences).

Here goes:

“Mary, are you here? Mary!” Frederick, face flushed the lovely shade of crimson, burst through the front door of his and Mary’s home, almost running to find her, excitement lending a smile he hadn’t been able to stop for a solid twenty minutes now. After searching his wife’s study, the living room, their bedroom, and the kitchen, Fred finally caught a glimpse of her as she was coming in from the backyard. The onerous look on Marianne’s face halted him in his step, his extemporaneous effort to reveal exigent, good news abruptly ending.

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