Classical roots 1-2
The sharp striking of one thing against another.
In the symphony, there are percussion instruments like the drum in which they play.
Lasting for an indefinitely long time.
World War 2 had a perennial effect on history.
To penetrate through spaces; to spread throughout.
The rain permeated through the cracks in the sidewalk.
To continue in a course of action even in the face of
difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.
Bob persevered in school, even though it was hard.
To postpone; to delay.
Jimbo deferred from doing his work.
Tending to delay or to postpone.
Kevin is a very dilatory person because he never turns in his work on time.
Excited feelings of pride, triumph, happiness.
I became elated when I heard that I got an A+ on homework.
To use available evidence to form a conclusion.
Mr. Jimbonana inferred that his pet died of old age.
To engage in a quarrel, a struggle, or rivalry.
The professor began to contend with the student over a homework problem.
King Arthur's intent was to find the holy grail.
To upset; to overthrow; to ruin.
In 1789-1799, the French people subverted the monarchy they had.
Excessively willing to yield; submissive.
African-Americans used to be forced to be subservient.
To twist or bend out of shape.
Some of the acts in Cirque de Soleil had people contorting their bodies.
To change something to make it false.
The picture of Stalin sitting next to Lenin was a distorted picture.
Transitive and Intransitive Verb
To reply quickly and sharply, often as if in reply to an accusation.
Bob retorted to answer he thought was incorrect.
Having many twists and turns.
The road to the Lonely Mountain from the Shire is very tortuous.
Gregory had to face huge adversities getting into a good university.
To turn away (one's eyes).
To make sure your eyes are safe, avert your eyes from the sun at all times.
A person whose thoughts and interests are directly inward.
Kim is very introverted since she has journals full of memories.
Stubbornly doing something other than what is reasonable or required.
Instead of drinking soup with a spoon, Bobby drank his very perversely by drinking it like a dog.
Ordinary speech or writing without rhyme or meter.
We all talk and write in prose unless we are told to write a poem.