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Week 29

1

heinous

hatefully evil; abominable

To murder someone in cold blood is a heinous crime.

2

malfeasance

wrongdoing, misconduct

The senator was accused of malfeasance after he was caught sneaking out of a local brothel.

3

malice

extreme ill-will or spite

It was clear that he was acting with malice when he disconnected the brakes in his business partner’s car.

4

putrid

rotten

He threw his lunch in the bottom of his locker every day and it was a putrid mess by the end of the year—rotten bananas, moldy sandwiches, and curdled milk were some of the more disgusting ingredients.

5

rancorous

hateful; marked by deep-seated ill-will

They had such a rancorous relationship that no one could believe that they had ever gotten along.

6

toxic

poisonous

Since many chemicals are toxic, drinking from random flasks in the chemistry lab could be hazardous to your health.

7

archaic

characteristic of an earlier period; old-fashioned.

“How dost thou?” is an archaic way of saying, “How are you?”

8

hackneyed

worn out through overuse; trite

All my mom could offer in the way of advice were these hackneyed old phrases that I’d heard a hundred times before.