|Ameliorate (Verb)||Make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better.||
by sending a letter.
|Iridescent (Adjective)||Showing luminous colors that seem to change when seen from different angles.||
at the iridescent
gems, he was made speechless
by their brilliant colors.
|Prune (Verb)||Trim (a tree, shrub, or bush) by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to encourage growth.||
your tree to limit
its size before
it reaches full size.
|Purportedly (Adverb)||As appears or is stated to be true, though not necessarily so; allegedly.||
||The woman found a letter
signed by the Prime Minister.
|Skirmish (Noun)||An episode of irregular or unpremeditated fighting, especially between small or outlying parts of armies or fleets.||
||Right before the game’s results were announced, the fans got into a skirmish over whose team was the greatest.|
|Stodgy (Adjective)||Dull and uninspired; lacking originality or excitement.||
||Most of my students used informal,
asymmetrical balance, as formal
balance can seem stodgy and dull.
|Stride (Noun)||A long step or stage in making progress.||
||In two bounding strides the woman was in the street, kneeling over her friend.|
|Throwaway (Adjective)||Denoting or relating to products that are intended to be discarded after being used once or a few times.||
||She was very upset at what to him was just a throwaway remark.|
|Touchstone (Noun)||A criterion by which something is judged||
||An Understanding of grammar is often considered a touchstone by which all language skills are compared to.|
|Vexatious (Adjective)||Causing or tending to cause annoyance, frustration, or worry.||
by civil war and secession.