Review all the words we have studied this trimester.

Week 26


quiet or humble in manner or appearance

Although Mr. Phillips is well-off financially, he lives in a modest, simple home.


appropriateness of behavior

Anyone who blows his nose on the tablecloth has no sense of propriety.


exercising good judgment or common sense

It wouldn’t be prudent to act until you’ve considered every possible outcome.



The quiet seaside resort provided a much-needed vacation in a serene locale.


unemotional; serious

Mr. Carver had such a staid demeanor that he remained calm while everyone else celebrated the team’s amazing victory.


indifferent to pleasure or pain; impassive

Not one to complain, Jason was stoic in accepting his punishment.


to express strong disapproval of; denounce

Homer Simpson condemned Mayor Quimby for allowing the schoolchildren to drink spoiled milk; he was outraged and let the mayor know it.


to cause to be doubted

The claim that pi is exactly equal to 3 can be discredited simply by careful measurement.


Week 27


to speak of in a slighting way or negatively; to belittle

Glen disparaged Wanda’s work as being careless and unoriginal.


describing words or phrases that belittle or speak negatively of someone

Teachers should refrain from using such pejorative terms as numbskull when dealing with students who need encouragement.


the act of passing off the ideas of writing of another as one’s own.

The author was accused of plagiarism when an older manuscript was discovered that contained passages that she had used, word for word, in her own book.


to make vicious statements about

Chad issued a series of pamphlets that did nothing but vilify his opponent, but his cruel accusations were not enough to win him the election.


rudely abrupt

Mr. Weird was a brusque teacher who didn’t take time to talk to or listen to his students.


bitingly sarcastic or witty

He had a very caustic wit, and he seldom told a joke without offending someone.


quarrelsome; unruly

Leonard was a fractious child who disagreed with everything and refused to listen.


unable to be reformed

She is absolutely incorrigible; no matter how many times you punish her, she goes right ahead and misbehaves.