noun - the willful giving of false testimony under oath or affirmation,
before a competent tribunal, upon a point material to a legal inquiry. When
the witness lied in court she was accused of perjury. The judge told
her that if she did not tell the truth that she could face serious jail
|salvo||['sal-voh] noun - a simultaneous or successive discharge of artillery, bombs, etc. Robert
fired a salvo of arrows at his target, but upon closer inspection he
found that he had not hit it once. After three months of archery lessons
he had not gotten better at all.
|flagrant||['fley-gruhnt] adj - shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring. When
Dominic ran a stop sign, her daughter pointed out that she had
committed a flagrant violation of a traffic law. Such disregard would
eventually land her a ticket for a couple hundred dollars.
noun - a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or
absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth. Living in a
materialist culture, Devon learned the difficult paradox that the more
things he bought, the emptier he felt. Surrounding himself with
beautiful objects did not fill him with joy.
|foremost||['fawr-mohst] adj - first in place, order, rank. The
foremost scholar on Shakespeare is to give a lecture at the George R.
Brown Convention Center in late spring. His brilliant previous articles
have won him universal praise from his peers.
|eminent||['em-uh-nuhnt] adj - high in station, rank, or repute; prominent; distinguished. Dr.
Jonas is an eminent member of the scientific community. His numerous
awards attest to his sustained excellence in a highly competitive field.
|detest||[dih-'test] verb - to feel abhorrence of; hate; dislike intensely. There
is nothing more that Jeffrey detests than getting a phone call from a
telemarketer during dinner. Although he tries to maintain a sunny
disposition, sometimes he gets so angry he yells at them.
|amiss||[uh-'mis] adj - out of the right or proper course, order, or condition; improperly; wrongly; astray. Something
was amiss about the murder that took place in the Sherlock Holmes book
that Angela was reading. She could not put her finger on it but knew she
would understand by the end.
|fluster||['fluhs-ter] noun - nervous excitement or confusion. The
joke Dylan made in class was directed at Bartholomew. Dylan tried to
apologize later, but Bartholomew was already in a fluster and would not
talk to him.