adj. clearly noticed; different
- There was a distinct aroma of coffee in the restaurant.
- The two theories are distinctly different from each other.
adj. primary or principal; having or exercising control over something
- The dominant life forms of the Paleozoic era lived in the water.
- The skyscraper dominated the skyline.
adj. not growing or producing; asleep
- The volcano had been dormant for hundreds of years before the eruption last month.
- The seniors live in the new dormitory.
adj. lacking color; uninteresting, boring
adv. drably syn. colorless
- Their clothing was quite drab.
- The drabness of the desert made driving less interesting.
adj. something that captures the imagination; exciting
- The dramatic finish to the game left us speechless.
- The hurricane dramatically changed the coastline.
adj. to select or represent something chosen from many sources or places
- He has an eclectic taste in music, from hard rock to classical.
- The eclectic group of students came from fifteen different countries.
adj. something with a large number of parts; full of details
- An elaborate head dress indicated rank within the Aztec community.
- His elaboration of the issue was quite thorough.
adj. unusual in a positive way
- The orchestra’s performance was exceptional.
- The North Star is exceptionally bright.
adj. honest or true; real
- She was genuinely concerned about world hunger.
- This is a genuine artifact from the American Civil War.
adj. very risky, unsafe
- Handling flammable liquids is hazardous.
- There are many hazards involved with starting a business.
adj. of little consequence; very small
- The sale of the building had a minuscule effect on the profits of the corporation.
- Some leaves are covered with minute hairs.
v. to make ready;
adj. primed *first in importance or in time
- The directors primed the actors before the performance.
- Mozart passed away in the prime of his life.
adj. simple; not complex
- He has a rudimentary knowledge of computers.
- The rudiments of grammar are taught in all English classes.
adj. to question the truthfulness of information presented as fact; to not trust
- The professor was skeptical about the theories of climate change.
- To answer his skeptics, the scientist presented proof of his conclusions at the conference.
adj. showing no emotion; appearing disinterested
- His stoic reaction to the event surprised his friends.
- His stoicism was unusual, since he is normally an emotional boy.
adj. simple; not deep; near the surface
- The inspector determined that the crack in the bridge was only superficial.
- You should not try to answer the question superficially.
adj. powerful, full of action
- His vigorous defense of the issues impressed everyone.
- He approached his work with vigor.