Definition: an indirect reference Part of Speech: noun Derivatives: allusions Link: Cowardly Lion Sentence: When someone is described as a Cowardly Lion they could be referring to The Wizard of Oz or just making an allusion to someone being scared of their own shadow. Definition: unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others; unselfish Part of Speech: adjective Derivatives: altruistic, altruism, altruistically Link: big hearted Sentence: Mary was considered altruistic, or big hearted, because she gave up her Thanksgiving every year to help feed the homeless. Definition: to calm, especially by giving in to the demands of Part of Speech: verb Derivatives: appeases, appeased, appeasing, appeasable Sentence: Sometimes we have to appease people by making peace and making compromises. Link: make peace Definition: determined by personal judgment, not rule or reason; based on impulse Part of Speech: adjective Derivative: arbitrarily Link: my way or the highway Sentence: I bought her a mug that said, “My way or the Highway” because she always made arbitrary decisions without listening to my ideas. Definition: to attack physically or verbally Part of Speech: verb Derivatives: assails, assailed, assailing, assailer Link: attacked by a whale Sentence: Little did we know when we went out for a sail, that we would be assailed by a whale. Definition: lacking originality; overused; commonplace Part of Speech: adjective Derivative: banality Link: not original Sentence: When people dress twins in the same outfit, this is banal, because it is not original. Definition: a mild or vague term used as a substitute for one considered offensive or unpleasant Part of Speech: noun Derivative: euphemisms Link: pre-owned vehicle Sentence: A euphemism for a used car is a “preowned vehicle.” Definition: motivated only by financial gain; greedy Part of Speech: adjective Derivative: mercenaries Link: greedy exploited the needy Sentence: The mercenaries were so greedy that they exploited the needy. Definition: a group of symptoms typical of a particular disease or condition Part of Speech: noun Derivative: syndromes Link: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Sentence: Diarrhea, bloating, and excessive gas are symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Definition: to stain the honor of someone or something Part of Speech: verb Derivatives: taints, tainted, tainting Link: black paint Sentence: Putting black paint on the map of the United States tends to taint its reputation.