Definition: pertaining to the pursuit of pleasure or blatant self-gratification
Example: The Lonely Island’s parody “I’m on a Boat” is a commentary on the hedonistic lifestyle glamorized by many modern music videos.
Definition: flawless; free from or incapable of fault or blame
Example: While he liked Kyle’s more adventurous designs, the boss decided to put Kaylie, whose impeccable code is more reliable, in charge of the website.
Definition: penetrating, biting or remarkably clear (tone, words, etc.)
Example: Dan tried to counter the damaging points made by the defense attorney, but in the end, her points were too incisive and the jury sided with the defendant.
Definition: lacking in manners or good taste; tactless
Example: Juno indelicately remarked to the obese woman, “you shouldn’t be drinking if you’re pregnant!”
Definition: so small it can’t be measured
Example: The effect of the change to the cheaper formula was so infinitesimal, it was hardly worth mentioning.
Definition: treacherous or deceitful (often related to entrapment)
Example: Email spammers who attempt to impersonate your friends are particularly insidious.
Definition: place two items close together and side by side (often referring to objects that may at first seem to be in opposition or contrast)
Example: To illustrate her point about how far the company had come, Mary juxtaposed the image of the company’s original product with the modern version.
Definition: to stop something
Example: Mom quickly put the kibosh on Bobbie’s plans to wear a skimpy dress to prom.
Definition: to exert influence on to gain the desired effect (in business)
Example: A buyer can limit the leverage of the seller if she doesn’t seem desperate.
Definition: a long list or recital (of excuses, reasons, etc.)
Example: Meagan had a litany of excuses for her miscalculation — many were valid, some were not.
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