Assuage- to make something unpleasant less severe
To assuage the pain I experience when receiving Gardisil shots, I swear as the nurse injects me. For some reason, it helps.
Enervate- to reduce in strength
Make sure to tell your doctor that you take birth control pills, otherwise he may prescribe you a medication that could enervate them.
Erudite- learned, scholarly, bookish
I think erudite guys are sexy.
Exponent- one who champions or advocates
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an exponent for civil rights.
Fractious- unruly, rebellious
He was so overwhelmed by the freedom he experienced at college that he became fractious. He thought attending parties were more important than attending classes.
Inquest- an investigation, an inquiry
After the hackers sent an e-mail out to all of students saying that class was cancelled for the day, the college launched an inquest to find out how the system was breached.
Misanthrope- a person who dislikes others
I’m pretty sure misanthropes lead lonely lives.
Mollify- to calm or make less severe
The mother mollified the fight between her two children by saying that if they stopped screaming at each other, they could have ice cream.
I can’t hang out with Timmy, he’s so orotund. All he talks about is his furniture made out of the finest mahogany and his rich leather bound books.
Parry- to ward off or deflect, especially by a quick-witted answer
Earlier this year, Charlie Sheen gained notoriety by parrying every question he was asked by the Good Morning America interviewer.
Rococo- very highly ornamented; relating to an 18th century artistic style of elaborate ornamentation.
I don’t even know how to use rococo in a sentence and I believe that this word was better for the old GRE because it was probably used in the analogies section.
Sybarite- a person devoted to pleasure and luxury
Paris Hilton is a sybarite.
Torpor- extreme mental and physical sluggishness
She experienced torpor after her 23 hour flight to China.
Viscous- thick and adhesive, like a slow-flowing fluid
Honey is very viscous.
Wanton- undisciplined; unrestrained; reckless
I can’t stand it when the wanton teens graffiti the neighborhood.