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Week 32

1

medieval

referring to the Middle Ages, old-fashioned

His ideas about fashion were positively medieval; he thought that a man should always wear a coat and tie and a woman should always wear a dress.

2

obsolete

no longer in use; old-fashioned

Eight-track tape players are obsolete because music isn’t recorded in that format anymore.

3

austere

without decoration; strict

The gray walls and bare floors provided a very austere setting.

4

mediocrity

the state or quality of being average; of moderate to low quality

Salieri said that he was the patron saint of mediocrity because his work could never measure p to Mozart’s.

5

mundane

commonplace; ordinary

We hated going to class every day because it was so mundane; we never did anything interesting.

6

ponderous

extremely dull

The 700-page book on the anatomy of the flea was so ponderous that I could not read more than one paragraph.

7

prosaic

unimaginative; dull

Rebecca made a prosaic mosaic—it consisted of only one tile.

8

sedentary

not migratory; settled

Galatea led a sedentary existence; she never even left her home unless she had to.