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Week 33

1

apprehension

anxiety or fear about the future

My grandmother felt apprehension about nuclear war in the 1960s, so my grandfather built a bomb shelter in the backyard to calm her fears.

2

harbinger

something that indicates what is to come; a forerunner

When it is going to rain, insects fly lower, so cows lie down to get away from the insects; therefore, the sight of cows lying down is a harbinger of rain.

3

ominous

menacing; threatening

The rattling under the hood sounded ominous because we were miles from the nearest town and would have been stranded if the car had broken down.

4

premonition

a feeling about the future.

Luckily, my premonition that I would break my neck skiing was unfounded; unluckily, I broke my leg.

5

timorous

timid; fearful about the future.

Tiny Tim was timorous; he was afraid that one day he would be crushed by a giant.

6

trepidation

uncertainty; apprehension

We approached Mrs. Fielding with trepidation because we didn’t know how she would react our request for a field trip.

7

innovative

introducing something new

The shop on the corner has become known for its innovative use of fruit on its pizzas.

8

naïve

lacking sophistication

It was naïve of him to think that he could write a novel in one afternoon.