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Week 8

1

benevolent

well-meaning; generous

She was a kind and benevolent queen who was concerned about her subjects’ well-being.

2

benign

kind and gentle

Uncle Charlie is a benign and friendly man who is always willing to help.

3

mollify

to calm or soothe

Anna’s apology for scaring her brother did not mollify him; he was mad at her all day.

4

reclamation

the act of making something useful again

Thanks to the reclamation project, the once unusable land became a productive farm.

5

sanction

to give official authorization or approval

The students were happy when the principal agreed to sanction the use of calculators in math classes.

6

dubious

doubtful; of unlikely authenticity

Jerry’s claim that he could fly like Superman seemed dubious—we didn’t believe it

7

fabricated

made; concocted to deceive

Fabio fabricated the story that he used to play drums for Metallica; he had never actually held drumsticks in his life.

8

hypocrisy

the practice of pretending to be something one is not; insincerity

People who claim to be vegetarian but eat chicken and fish are guilty of hypocrisy.