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15 vocabulary words in the novel, their meaning and examples.
1) Sanguine: cheerful and confident; optimistic, helpful.
a) Deborah’s sanguine complexion becomes even more pronounced when she is embarrassed.
b) Although the economy is looking better, we should not be too sanguine about the future.
2) Sporadic: occurring at regular intervals or only a few places; scatter or isolated.
a) The doctor decided to hospitalize my mother because of her sporadic heartbeat.
b) After the tornado, there were sporadic power outages in our town.
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3) Meticulous: showing great attention to details, very careful and precise. Examples
a) This accounting job requires a meticulous person.
b) The government records were meticulous and well-organized.
4) Encomium: speech or piece of writing that warmly praises someone or something; tribute.
a) Mrs. Okafor was surprised and delighted on the last day of school when the students in her most difficult class presented here with an encomium they had written, praising her work as a teacher.
b) Chika finds painting so therapeutic that she has written an encomium celebrating the art form.
5) Nefarious: Very evil and wicked.
a) Racism in the 21st century is still a nefarious reality in the world, but we have come a long way in mere decades.
b) Okoye played a nefarious prank on the lecturer today.
6) Conscientious: Working hard and careful to do things well
a) Amina is a conscientious worker who completes every task.
b) At times, my friend is so conscientious that he will spend the entire day on a single project.
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7) Lackadaisical: Feeling or showing a lack of interest or enthusiasm
a) If I receive a lackadaisical service in a restaurant, I generally will not return to that establishment.
b) Mrs. Eze cares about her students therefore she normally makes sure none of them feel lackadaisical when she is teaching.
8) Incorrigible: Not capable of being reformed.
a) Even after spending years in prison, James remains incorrigible and unafraid of the law.
b) As punishment, the lecturer sent the incorrigible student to the disciplinary committee.
9) Infinitesimal: Very small
a) As a matter of fact, so many of our problems are quite infinitesimal and you shouldn’t waste energy worrying about them.
b) There are some careers where you can’t afford to make even the most infinitesimal mistake without disastrous consequences.
10) Colossal: Extremely large in size
a) When the colossal catfish was placed on the scale, it registered at two hundred pounds.
b) From the far Hindu valley, you can be able to see the colossal mountain peak without using binoculars.
11) Daunting: a task that appears challenging.
a) As I looked up the mountain, I knew it would be a daunting feat to reach the peak.
b) If you have never been skating, it might appear somewhat daunting to you.
12) Opprobrious: conveying shame or contempt
a) Mary was offended by her friends’ opprobrious remarks about her drunken behavior.
b) The student is sure to be rusticated out of the university or directing opprobrious remarks to the vice-chancellor.
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13) Elated: very happy and excited
a) The students were elated to wake up to yet another departmental get together day.
b) When Cynthia was declared the winner of the beauty contest, she was elated.
14) Tranquil: Peaceful
a) The doctor says I need to be in a tranquil place so I can relax.
b) In the emergency room, the doctor gave the agitated man a sedative to help him become tranquil.
15) Audacity: a confident and daring quality that is often seen as shocking or rude.
a) Only Frank had the audacity to call our boss a bully.
b) The terrorists had the audacity to try and hijack the presidential jet.
16) Sagacity: ability to make good judgements and decisions.
a) The coach’s sagacity enabled the team to win.
b) While many people believed he was stupid, the politician’s sagacity allowed him to realize he would not be elected again.
17) Haphazard: random, chaotic and incomplete
a) The haphazard arrangement of different types of flowers created a surprisingly beautiful bouquet.
b) Her haphazard method of arranging the furniture made the house look cluttered and somewhat disturbing.