Lesson 7 Abhor to voluble abhor To hate or detest I abhor having to sit in traffic on my way to work. accolade Praise extended to someone; award or prize ascetic One who leads a life of self-denial and contemplation, absent of luxury bequeath To hand down, bestow upon charlatan • A quack---someone who pretends to know something he/she doesn’t; a fake or a phoney conflagration a large fire dearth A scarcity diffidence Shyness; unassertiveness effervescent Bubbly; showing high spirits ethereal Heavenly; not of this world; delicate; elusive; light expunge Erase; wipe out; eradicate implausible I find it implausible that I did not get any mail today…..is it a holiday? incongruity There is an incongruity between what she says and what she really does---we think she is a hypocrite. insularity If we don’t think globally and instead have insularity in our mind-set, it’s as if we are on an island and don’t care about the world around us. morose Don’t be so morose….things will get better…you’ll see…cheer up! placate I tried to placate my baby by giving her the pacifier. poignant Piercing, keen, sentimental Provincial The businesswoman thought the farmer was too provincial for her. reiterate To repeat again and again---I will reiterate my message ONE more time!! spontaneous Acting on impulse; unplanned I prefer not to let the calendar dictate what I do---I am spontaneous. toxic Poisonous; lethal; deadly’ Everyone should have a carbon monoxide detector in their homes to avoid toxic fumes from causing a tragedy. voluble Verbose---very wordy---using words fluently; garrulous He is such a voluble guy that he keeps the conversation flowing. synthesis Combining parts into a whole The final I-Search paper represents the synthesis of all of your research. vigilant Watchful-alert—The dog was vigilant in watching over his master.