Vocabulary Unit 6 If you don’t have a vocabulary book, get out your warm-ups to copy down the following words. Condone Condone (Kun doen) - v. to forgive or overlook an offense syn: pardon; excuse ant: condemn Nuance Nuance (new ahns) – n. a slight or subtle degree of difference syn: gradation; shade Connoisseur Connoisseur (con eh surr) – n. an expert in matters of culture, food, or wine ant: tyro; novice; neophyte Enigma Enigma ( ih nig mah) - n. a mystery; something seemingly inexplicable syn: riddle; puzzle Apathy (ap uh thee) - n. lack of interest; state of not caring syn: indifference ant: interest; eagerness Officious Officious (eh fish ehs) -adj. excessively eager to deliver unasked-for or unwanted help syn: meddlesome; interfering Credence Credence (creed ns) - n. belief or trust syn: faith; confidence ant: disbelief I’m soooo I’m sooooo great. great. Jaunty Jaunty (jon tee) - adj. having a buoyant, self–confident air; brisk and crisp syn: confident; poised I’m soooo great. Dilettante Dilettante (dil ih taunt) – n. one who merely dabbles in an art or science syn: amateur; trifler ant: expert; professional Cult Cult (kult) - n. an organized group of people with an obsessive devotion to a person or a set of principles syn: sect Exercise 1A condone nuance connoisseur apathy officious cult credence dilettante The chef, tuck away in the kitchen, nervously awaited the report from the latest critic. Knowing that Mr. Tahoma was a[n] ____ of Peruvian cuisine and a weekly newspaper columnist with a[n] ____ following, the chef hoped that the waiters refrained from the ____ behavior that well-known critics must often endure from servers. The chef had run the restaurant for twenty-eight years; he was certainly not a[n] ____ in matters or cooking, but owing to a decline in customers, he worried about the fate of the business. He could only hope that Mr. Tahoma would rave about the many subtle ____ of flavor in the meal. A positive review, combined with the ____ accorded to the column, might be all that the chef needed to save the restaurant. Exercise 1B credence condone nuance enigma apathy jaunty Though she was a hostess at the restaurant, Rolinda remained seated even as customers entered the waiting area. Quietly expressing her ____ about hungry suburbanites, Rolinda confined herself to a sigh and let younger servers greet the new potential tippers at the door. She knew that no manager could be expected to ____ such behavior. Rolinda also wondered why, even though she hadn’t been sick, she had been so tired for the last month. If she didn’t solve this ____ soon, she would more than likely lose her job. For another day, she would just have to put on a fake smile and affect a[n] ____ manner until the end of her shift.
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