Circumvent

Circumvent Correct pronunciation: /ˌsərkəmˈvent/ Definition: 1. To find a way around an obstacle 2. To overcome a problem or difficulty, typically in a clever and surreptitious way 3. To deceive; to outwit This verb means to avoid — if you circumvent an undesirable task, you are witty enough to make someone else do the work. …

Audacious

Audacious Correct pronunciation: ȯ-ˈdā-shəs  Definition: 1. showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks 2. not restrained by a sense of shame or propriety; rudely bold; brazen 3. Showing willingness to take bold risks; recklessly daring 4. contemptuous of law, religion, or decorum: INSOLENT 5. recklessly bold in defiance of convention, propriety, law, or the like; insolent; brazen This adjective is very bold — if you are audacious, you are daring…

Sedulous

Sedulous Correct pronunciation:ˈse-jə-ləs Definition: 1. showing effort and determination 2. (of a person or action) showing dedication and diligence 3. involving or accomplished with careful perseverance A sedulous person is someone who works hard and doesn’t give up easily. – Vocabulary Dictionary Part of Speech (POS): adjective Why is it important to know a word’s…

Tendentious

Tendentious Correct pronunciation:ten-ˈden(t)-shəs Definition: 1. Someone that is tendentious expresses a particular opinion or point of view very strongly, especially one that many people disagree with. 2. expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, especially a controversial one. 3. marked by a tendency in favor of a particular point of…

Munificent

Munificent Definition: 1. extremely liberal in giving; very generous 2. very generous with money 3. showing great generosity If you give your best friend a bracelet for her birthday, then you’re a good friend. If you give her a diamond bracelet, a racehorse, and an oil well, then you’re a munificent friend, meaning you are…

Egregious

Egregious Definition: 1. Outstandingly bad; shocking. 2. Extraordinary in some bad way Use the adjective egregious to describe someone or something that has gone horribly wrong, like the cheating scandal that took place in Atlanta public schools. – Vocabulary Dictionary Part of Speech (POS): adjective Why is it important to know a word’s part of…

Parsimonious

Parsimonious Definition: 1. frugal to the point of stinginess 2. extremely unwilling to spend money 3. not willing to spend money or to give or use a lot of something Use the adjective parsimonious to describe someone who is ungenerous and cheap to the extent that it damages their relationships with friends and family. –…

Sapient

Sapient Definition: 1. wise, or attempting to appear wise 2. intelligent; able to think 3. having or showing great wisdom or sound judgment Use the adjective sapient to describe someone who always gives the smartest advice, like your brilliant, insightful teacher or your wise little brother. – Vocabulary Dictionary Part of Speech (POS): adjective Why…

Churlish

 Churlish Definition:  1. rude, selfish or mean person 2. marked by a lack of civility or graciousness 3. difficult to work or deal with  A churlish person is rude. He or she is the one who was never taught to mind their manners and avoid telling vulgar jokes at the dinner table. – Vocabulary Dictionary Part of Speech (POS): adjective  Why is…

Mendacious

Mendacious Definition: 1. given to or characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth 2.  someone who tells lies 3. dishonest, lying; untruthful A mendacious person is one who tells lies habitually and intentionally. – Vocabulary Dictionary Part of Speech (POS): adjective Why is it important to know a word’s part of speech?…