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Unformatted text preview: owledge. The study of prehistoric ﬁsh is quite an esoteric ﬁeld, but one that is truly fascinating. 4. feminist. Refers to the philosophy or political doctrine that holds that social, political, and all other rights of women should be equal to those of men. The feminist movement has continued its struggle over the past 150 years to gain equal rights for women. 5. glib. Said of speaking or writing that is ﬂuent and smooth, but is also superﬁcial and shows little preparation or sincere concern. The candidate’s glib responses to all the reporter’s questions made me suspicious about her real qualiﬁcations for ofﬁce. 6. ironic. Seeking to communicate a meaning that is actually the opposite of its literal meaning; a contradiction between what is said and what is meant. The story’s title, A Happy Ending, was clearly ironic since almost all the characters were disappointed or dead by the end. 7. obsequious. Acting submissive and ﬂattering to someone perceived to be more powerful. In my math class, there is one obsequious boy who is always trying to win favor with the teacher; he ﬁgures he can do less work if he becomes the teacher’s pet. words with extra power 213 8. ominous. Threatening, or seeming to promise evil or h...
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