Vocabulary Word Meanings: From Appease, Arcane to Astute, Avarice

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Appease

verb- calm; pacify

Also used as: Appeasement- noun

Management tried to appease the strikers with a small salary increase.

Arcane

adj- secret; mysterious

The walls of the pyramid were covered with arcane symbols.

Archaic

adj- antiquated

Many words and expressions used in the nineteenth century seem archaic to us now.

Ascendance

noun- domination; controlling power

Also used as: Ascendant- adj; ascendancy- noun

The dictator’s ascendance to power was sudden and unstoppable.

Ariculate

adj- able to speak Cleary and effectively

Also used as: Articulation- noun, articulate- verb

To be effective a preacher must be articulate.

Ascetic

noun- person who rejects physical comfort and luxury for self discipline.

Also used as: Ascetic- adj; asceticism- noun; ascetically- adv

Some religious leaders of the past believed the life of an ascetic led to spiritual growth.

Asperity

adj- roughness; harshness; irritability

Also used as: Aspersion- noun- a defaming remark

No, matter how comfortable everyone encounters asperity at some time.

Assail

verb- attack with words or force

Also used as: Assailable-adj; assailant- noun

The university president was assailed for his apparently racist remarks.

Assiduous

adj- persistent; hard working; diligent; attentive to detail

Also used as: Assiduousness- noun; assiduously- adv

Re-opening an old murder case requires the investigator to be assiduous.

Assuage

verb- relieve; ease; pacify

Also used as: Assuagement- noun

Marvin bought his wife a DVD player to assuage her anger over his remark about to cake.

Astute

adj- wise; insightfully clever; shrewd

Also used as: Astutely- adv; astuteness- noun

Carol has an astute business sense.

Avarice

noun- greed

Also used as: Avaricious- adj

Success can lead to either great generosity or avarice.

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