Vocabulary Word Meanings: From Paucity, Pecuniary to Perspicacity

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Paucity

noun- too few; scarcity

In many of the poorer nations of Africa there is a dangerous paucity of food and medicine.

Pecuniary

adj- having to do with money; financial

A corporate leader must often consider the pecuniary aspect of decisions.

Pompous

adj- arrogant: obnoxiously proud, filled with self-importance:

Also used as: Pomposity (noun); pompously (adv)

The new manager seemed like a pompous jerk who wasn’t interested in anyone else’s ideas.

Paltry

adj- worthless; insignificant, petty,

Also used as: Paltriness (noun)

Bill could barely survive on his paltry wages.

Partisan

adj – blindly devoted to a cause or organization

Also used as: Partisan, partisanship (noun)

It’s easy for members of a club or political group to see things from & partisan perspective.

Pernicious

adj- destructive

Also used as: Perniciousness (noun); perniciously (adv)

He was a pernicious boy who broke all his toys.

Primordial

adj- formed long ago; primitive

What amazing creatures must have lived in the primordial forests?

Protract

verb- extend in time or space

Also used as: Protraction- noun; protractive -adj

The meeting was protracted, and she had to cancel her plans for the evening.

Provoke

verb- to anger to stir up or arouse

Also used as: Provocative (adj); provokingly (adv); provocation (noun)

People involved in a long running feud often don’t even know what provoked it

Pacifist

noun- person who refuses to fight

Also used as: Pacify-verb

Pacific, pacifier, peaceful

It was hard for Einstein, a pacifist to support the war against Germany.

Perfunctory

adj- without enthusiasm or thoroughness; routine.

Also used as: Perfunctoriness- noun; perfunctorily- adv

He’d been teaching the course for so long; it had become a perfunctory exercise.

Perspicacity

noun- mental sharpness; keen insight; shrewdness

Also used as: Perspicacious- adj; perspicaciously- adv

Curly was normally perspicacious but the high altitude was clouding her mind.

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