Wordly Wise Lesson 11
• V. To increase in size, amount or degree
• Sentence- The price of the game was
augmented after it became so popular.
• Adj. Kind; gracious; gentle
• Sentence- Restaurants with benign
waiters make people want to eat at them.
• Favorable; not threatening
• Sentence- Sailors hope for benign weather
when they set sail.
• N. A person with extensive knowledge,
especially of the fine arts; a person of
• Sentence- A connoisseur of history would
make a great tour guide at historical
• V. To detect with the eyes.
• Sentence- In some spots in New Jersey, people could discern the
• To understand or comprehend.
• Sentence- After the movie was over, John discerned the theme of
• To recognize as separate or different
• Sentecne- In an airport, before people check their bags, some
people put something on their bag so they can discern it from the
rest on the baggage carousel.
• ADJ. Having good judgment; perceptive
• Sentence- Simon Cowell’s discerning comments on American Idol
are true, but are often very harsh
• V. To make beautiful by adding decorative
• Sentence- The boring picture of a prairie
was embellished with flowers.
• To add fictitious details to
• Sentence- The Wave was based on a true
story, but was embellish by stretching the
• V. To carry out; to perform
• Sentence- When I was asked to carry bags upstairs, I
successfully executed the request by doing what I was
• To create as a work of art
• Sentence- Michelangelo executed one of his most
famous pieces of work in the Sistine Chapel.
• To put to death as a legal penalty
• Sentence- If you receive the death penalty and are
executed, you must have committed a hideous crime.
• ADJ. To illustrate by being an example of
• Sentence- The mind set of a depressive
person is exemplified by Edgar Allen Poe’s
• ADJ. So distorted or strange as to appear
bizarre or comical
• Sentence- When cultures go to other
countries, they may be considered
grotesque; this used to be true of
Americans when they went to foreign
countries and formed lines automatically;
many cultures simply push and shove.
• ADJ. Greatly respected; holy; sacred
• Sentence- There is no fooling around
allowed in church because it is a hallowed
• V. To assume the character or
• Sentence- Many toddlers impersonate
their favorite TV characters; this is a
problem when they act like cartoon
characters and try to fly.
• To mimic
• Sentence- My cousin always impersonates
SpongeBob when he sees me because he
knows that I will laugh at him.
• ADJ. Showing ill will or hatred; producing harm or
• Sentence- Kevin clearly had malevolent intent
when he went to the Weight Watchers meeting
with a gigantic cake.
• N. An expression of ill will
• Sentence- When two people don’t like each other,
they might give malevolence looks at each other
• ADJ. Not safe or secure; dangerously
• Sentence- When drunk drivers are on the
road it is a precarious situation.
• ADJ. Heavily or elaborately decorated
• Sentence- Some people during Christmas
season have ornate displays their yards
with lights and other catchy decorations.
• ADJ. Having to do with shepherds and
• Sentence- In colonial times, there were
many more pastoral people then there are
• Relating to country life, and often
presented as charmingly simple.
• Sentence- A picture of a Ohio farm land
might be considered pastoral.
• N. Fame; Honor
• Sentence- Notre Dame football has
achieved renown; it even has its own
national TV contract.
• Famous; Honored
• Sentence- Bruce Springsteen is a
renowned signer and performer.