Admonitory - Garrett Medlock
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Admonitory, adjective [ədˈm�nəˌt�rē]; [ad-mawn'-ih-toh-ree]
Definition (from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)
Tending or serving to:
a) indicate duties or obligations
b) express warning or disapproval, esp. in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner
c) give friendly advice or encouragement
Example: The instructor's admonitory inflection informed her new students that, while she was always willing to help, her time was not to be wasted.
Memory tip: 'admonitory' contains the word 'monitor' which is someone or something that warns or instructs

Brock Porter
adjective to or having several possible meanings orinterpretations; equivocal: an ambiguous answer.
2.Linguistics . (of an expression) exhibiting constructional homonymity; having two or more structural descriptions, asthe sequence Flying planes can be dangerous.
3.of doubtful or uncertain nature; difficult to comprehend,distinguish, or classify: a rock of ambiguous character.
4.lacking clearness or definiteness; obscure; indistinct: anambiguous shape; an ambiguous future.
Picture meaning: The picture is ambiguous because it can be seen in more than one way. It can be seen as two faces or a vase.
Memory tip: To remember ambiguous think of it like how it sounds A Big U.S.. Now imagine that someone told you that they were going on a trip to the U.S. and you say that ambiguous (unclear) because the U.S. is so big.

Bantering- Haylee Weakly
Bantering \ˈban-tər\; Verb
To exchange light, playful remarks in a teasing manner
Sample Sentence: The teacher was bantering pleasantly, albeit a bit awkwardly, with the students at the school dance.
Memory Tip: banter is a witty debate which sounds kind of like banter

Derisive- Charlie Volz
[dih-rahy-siv] Adjective
Expressing contempt or ridicule
Ex: Derisive comments will not be permitted in this classroom.


Didactic-Alyssa Corbitt
Part of Speech: adjective
intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
didactics, ( used with a singular verb ) the art or science of teaching.

Dictionary Sample Sentence: Some colleges and universities are already being didactic about safe computing.
Image: The duck is teaching a moral lesson
Memory Tip: Didactic teachers direct you to learn the moral lessons and boring things. Didactic sounds similar to direct
Eccentric [ik-sen-trik, ek-]
1. Irregular, erratic, odd, peculiar
Example Sentence:
Perhaps most eccentric of all, a professor in our math departmenttaught his dog the essentials of calculus
Memory Tip: eccentric has two of the same letters and so do Irregular, erratic, and odd.
-Taylor Clayton
Jessica Henderson:
- Noun: A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event
Sample Sentence: To her chagrin, the party ended just as she arrived.
- Transitive Verb: cha�grined, cha�grin�ing, cha�grins: To cause to feel chagrin; mortify or discomfit
Sample Sentence: He was chagrined at the poor sales of his book.


Memory Tip: Chargrined: when someone is in discomfort or embarassed they might grin

Esoteric [es- uh- ter -ic ] adjective (By Ethan Weniger; definitions from
1. A: designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone B: requiring or exhibiting knowledge that is restricted to a small group; difficult to understand
2. A: limited to a small circle B: private, confidential
3. of special, rare, or unusual interest
Example Sentence
The literary jargon of some AP tests appears rather esoteric to many test-takers.
Memory Tip
While most are so generic, the few are esoteric.

Esoteric Law Book
Esoteric Law Book

Facetious- Matias Wolansky
[fəˈsēSHəs]; [Fuh-see-shuhs]
not meant to be taken seriously or literally
Example Sentence: He made a facetious remark that nobody took seriously.


When you think of the word facetious think of the word sarcasm.

Myles Shane
Pompous – Adjective
1: excessively elevated or ornate <pompous rhetoric>
2: having or exhibiting self-importance : arrogant <a pompouspolitician>
3: relating to or suggestive of pomp or splendor : magnificent
Sample Sentence: She found it difficult to talk about her achievements without sounding pompous.
Memory Tip: A person who is pompous is very "puffed up" with self-importance.

Pretentious - Apretentious.jpgdjective
1. characterized by assumption of dignity or importance2. making an exaggerated outward show; ostentatious.3. Urban dictionary definition: Trying to sound by using long, complicated words, even though you don't know what they mean.Sample Sentence:Pete: "hey, listen to this. it's post-hardcore emomathglitch rock. The lyrics really reveal the prerequisite existentialism of the singers inner hades!"
Pete: "um... well, no"
Ed: "you're so pretentious"Memory Tip: if you are pretentious you PRETENd you are better than everyone else.Word presented by Catherine Holland

Prosaic-Rachel Berg
[proh-zey-il] adjective

Dictionary Definition:
1. commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative: a prosaic mind.
2. of or having the character or form of prose rather than poetry.

Sample Sentence:

I've always loved the sight of wind farms, yet to be honest being up this close it seems more prosaic.

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Memory Tip:
Imagine a prosaic mosaic all in one dull shade of grey

Sanguine - Jared Hendren
Sanguine [sang-gwin]
adjective: 1. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident: a sanguine disposition; sanguine expectations
2. reddish; ruddy: a sanguine complexion
3. bloody; sanguinary

Noun: a red iron-oxide crayon used in making drawings
Sample Sentence: He is sanguine about the company's future.
Memory Tip: When you sing you are happy. Sang is like cheerful then because happy and cheerful are synonyms. So remember sanguine as being cheerful.

Sardonic (adjective) (sahr-don-ik) - Jordan Evans

1) Characterized by mockery, irony, or derision.
2) Sneering.
3) Cynical.

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Memory Tip: Sarcastic + Ironic = Sardonic

Sentimental(adjective) [sen-tuh-men-tl]
1. marked or governed by feeling, sensibility, or emotional idealism
2. resulting from feeling rather than reason or thought <a sentimental attachment> <a sentimental favorite>
Example sentence: She saved her wedding dress for sentimental reasons.
Memory tip: Sentimental sounds like sediment (which are deposits of rock). A ring can also be called a rock, and a ring holds sentimental value.
Chloe Hundman


Of or pertaining to Sparta or its people.
suggestive of the ancient Spartans; sternly disciplined andrigorously simple, frugal, or austere.
brave; undaunted.
a native or inhabitant of Sparta.
a person of Spartan characteristics.

His no-frills approach will include spartan interiors and pay-as-you-gorestaurants.

You can remember the meaning of Spartan because of the movie 300. The Spartans were so tough so the word Spartan is for tough people.

Part of Speech: adjective
Pronunciation: ste-id
Definition: 1. of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious.
2.fixed, settled, or permanent.
external image iv-sedation.gif Sample Sentence: Everyone was surprised by the racy joke from the usually staid professor.
Memory Tip: Staid- to stay

Whimsical - Jessica Woodall
Part of speech: adjective
Pronunciation: {hwim-zi-kuhl

1) Erratic, unpredictable

2) of the nature of or proceeding from whimsy, as thoughts or actions

3) fanciful notions

Dictionary sentence: He was too whimsical with regard to his work.

Sample sentence: Scientific discoveries often seem rather whimsical to the layman.
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Memory Tip: When you think of whimsical think of Seussical like Dr. Seuss who is unpredictable