Vocab Week 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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incumbent

imposed as a duty; obligatory

Since you are the host it is incumbent upon you to see that everyone is having fun.

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malleable

easily shaped or formed; easily influenced

Gold is malleable; it is easy to work with and can be hammered into very thin sheets.

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subdue

to restrain; to hold back

It took four officers to subdue the fugitive because he fought like a madman.

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acquire

developed or learned; not naturally occurring

A love of opera is an acquired taste; almost nobody likes it the first time he or she hears it.

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conception

the ability to form or understand an idea.

Most people have no conception of the enormous amount of genetic information present in a single living cell.

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conviction

a fixed strong belief.

Although he privately held onto his convictions; threats by the church caused Galileo to publicly denounce his theory that the Earth orbited the sun

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dogmatic

stubbornly adhering to unproved beliefs

Doug was dogmatic in his belief that exercising frequently boosts one’s immune system

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enlightening

informative; contributing to one’s awareness

The Rosetta Stone was enlightening because it allowed linguists to begin to translate Egyptian hieroglyphs, which had previously been a mystery.

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