Vocab Master Day – 37

1.Rhetoric

Meaning: the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing

Synonyms: oratory, eloquence

Sentence: “he was considered to excel in this form of rhetoric”

2.Vestige

Meaning: a trace, mark, or visible sign left by something

Synonyms: vanished, lost

Sentence: “There was not a vestige of doubt in the Jews’ minds”

3.Fete

Meaning: honor or entertain (someone) lavishly.

Synonyms: Binge, bash

Sentence: “she was an instant celebrity, feted by the media”
4.Persecution

Meaning: hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs

Synonyms: oppression, maltreatment

Sentence: “her family fled religious persecution”

5.Placated

Meaning: make (someone) less angry or hostile.

Synonyms: pacify, mollify

Sentence: “The angry customer was not placated by the clerk’s apology.”

6.Fleeing

Meaning: to run away from danger

Synonyms: dematerialize, evanesce

Sentence: “Many people fled the city to escape the fighting.”

7.Sidestepping

Meaning: a step taken sideways, typically to avoid someone or something.

Synonyms: escape

Sentence: “She wanted to free herself from the suspicion, so she preferred to take a sidestep.”

8.Fastidious

Meaning: very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail.

Synonyms: scrupulous, painstaking

Sentence: “she dressed with fastidious care”

9.Purge

Meaning: rid (someone) of an unwanted feeling, memory, or condition.

Synonyms: cleanse, sanctify

Sentence: “Bob had helped Martha of the terrible guilt that had haunted her”

10.Innuendo

Meaning: an allusive or oblique remark or hint, typically a suggestive or disparaging one.

Synonyms: insinuation, suggestion

Sentence: “His reputation has been damaged by innuendo.”


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