High-Frequency Vocabulary List 7 1. Adroit: (adj.) Skillful and adept under pressing conditions.
It was important at the steel factory to be highly adroit in order to prevent accidents and injuries.
2. Contend: (v.) To strive in opposition or against difficulties.
The firefighters had to contend with the easterly wind which drove flames even closer to the town.
3. Elusive: (adj.) Tending to elude capture, perception, comprehension, or memory.
There was an elusive quality to Mr. Walters, whom people just couldn't figure out.
4. Heresy: (n.) A controversial or unorthodox opinion or doctrine, as in politics, philosophy, or science.
The Catholic church declared Descartes' doctrine heresy despite his introduction which attempted to explain how his ideas were not against the church.
5. Laud: (v.) To give praise to; glorify.
With all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name.
6. Profane: (adj., v.) 1. Marked by contempt or irreverence for what is sacred.
2. To treat with irreverence.
The children's profane attitude towards going to church lessened as they grew older and appreciated the sermons more. Alice profaned her English teacher because she did not respect her.
7. Relevancy: (n.) Having a bearing on or connection with the matter at hand.
The relevancy of his argument was not clear since he was talking about two issues which had nothing to do with each other.
8. Scrupulous: (adj.) Conscientious and exact; painstaking.
His scrupulous efforts were not appreciated by those who couldn't understand his art.
9. Superfluous: (adj.) Being beyond what is required or sufficient.
The architect was fired for being more concerned with superfluous details of dÃÂ©cor rather than construction.
10. Unprecedented: (adj.) Having no previous example.
The unprecedented voter turn out was a sign that the people were not happy with their present leader.