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Week 5

1

egregious

conspicuously bad or offensive

Forgetting to sterilize surgical tools before an operation would be an egregious error.

2

flagrant

extremely or deliberately shocking or noticeable

His throwing the pie at his teacher was a flagrant sign of disrespect.

3

frenetic

wildly excited or active

The pace at the busy office was frenetic; Megan never had a moment to catch her breath.

4

gratuitous

given freely; unearned; unwarranted

The film was full of gratuitous sex and violence that was not essential to the story.

5

superfluous

extra; unnecessary

If there is sugar in your tea, adding honey would be superfluous.

6

alleviate

to ease a pain or burden

John took aspirin to alleviate the pain from the headache he got after taking the SAT.

7

asylum

a place of retreat or security

The soldiers sought asylum from the bombs in the underground shelter.

8

auspicious

favorable, promising

Our trip to the beach had an auspicious start; the rain stopped just as we started the car.