a deviation from the normal
A bear as small as a rat is a
deviation from the normal.
A bettor on a 100-to-1 shot will shout encouragement
to the horse and jockey.
a temporary suspension
When she didn't obey her aunt's curfew,
her punishment was a temporary suspension of privileges.
The long-winded candidate was such a bore that all the
voters despised him.
Abe Lincoln objected to the wretched state of the slaves.
to renounce under oath
As a young lawyer defending an accused
murderer, Abe Lincoln declared to the jury that his client had
renounced all claims to his victim's estate.
Abnegate (adam nagged ate)
Adam was nagged by Eve until he ate the fruit and
relinquished happiness in Eden.
Abominate (a bomb a minute)
When a bomb a minute hit the city, London learned to
detest the Nazis.
In an abortion, pregnancy is terminated prematurely.
The state built a bridge across the river to shorten
the trip to the town.
In a thick brogue, the Irish Revolutionary Army leader
called for the people to abolish British rule.
to run off
Not able to resist the forces of Genghis Khan, the
soldiers ran off in retreat.
He gave a salute to show unqualified loyalty to his country.
Abe Lincoln tried to solve our great national
problems by forgiving the South after the Civil War.
He was able to stem his desire for excesses, was
temperate in all things.
Abstinent (abbey stand it)
refraining from doing something
I don't know how the monks in
the abbey can stand it, refraining from worldly pleasures their whole lives.
conceptual, not concrete
Abe Lincoln struck the concept of two
separate nations off his list of possibilities.
difficult to understand
Abe's plan to make a truce with the
South after the Civil War was difficult for some Yankees to understand.
to border on
The obese boy was made a butt of the children's
jokes so often, he bordered on committing violence.
Entering a busy mall during the Christmas season is
like falling into a bottomless pit.
The child made a claim that he never told a lie, to win
praise from his teacher.
to adjust to
Florida has a climate that is easy to adjust to.
A cliff was formed by the sharp upward slope of
award of merit
Because of the knight's heroic act, the king
laid a bag of gold coins at his feet as an award of merit.
The great orator always struck a chord of agreement
with his audience.
At a cost of many lives, the Allied forces
A scooter owned by the rich kid was equipped with all
options, including air conditioning and power windows.
From the time of creation, the number of
humans on earth has increased constantly.
to come about by addition
The crew of the pirate ship was
formed by the addition of thugs at every port.
A bit of syrup on a pickle won't take away the sour taste.
A seat at the ikky restaurant is always available as
the wine tastes like vinegar.
Acidulous (acid you lose)
If you drink sulfuric acid, you will lose your
life, as it's one of the most caustic of all substances.
Most of us still had acne at the time of our peak athletic condition.
science of sound
A coo of a pigeon and the beat of drumsticks
were recorded by the student of the science of sound.
A quest for Aztec treasure can be conducted only with
the consent of the Mexican government.
sharp, bitter to taste or smell
The children acted nauseated
and cried when given the bitter medicine.
Whenever anyone came near his acre of money trees,
the miser would assail them with angry, harsh language.
Actuarial (actual aerial)
pertaining to insurance statistics
The actual cost of an aerial
disaster in terms of human grief is not reflected in insurance statistics.
to put into action
Okay men, act like you ate your Wheaties
this morning and get into action!
A human is superior to all other animals in
A cute girl with a sharp intellect is a great combination.
It would add years to my age if the old saying,
You're only as old as you feel, were true, said the cranky old man.
When Adam saw the first ant, he never dreamed that
such a little creature would become such an unyielding adversary to
the human race.
offer as proof
The losing player pulled a deuce out of Doc's
sleeve, and offered it as proof of cheating.
Reverend Jones' TV ad is so persuasive that anyone who
hears it will be a follower.
Verda wouldn't let her husband add a pose of her in a
bikini to the family album, because she was too fat.
Adjuration (add your ration)
When we were school children, Butch would try to
add your ration of food to his own plate, despite the solemn urging of
our teacher that he resist temptation.
to speak spontaneously
The First Amendment added the liberty
to speak spontaneously to the Constitution.
When the coach added money to the college player's
account, the NCAA officials reproved him.
The view is so beautiful that I would draw it, if I
were skillful enough.
Adulation (a dull lady shun)
Only a dull lady would not shun the gigolo,
but fall for his excessive flattery.
to make impure
The minister preached that adultery made a
person impure in the eyes of God.
Adumbration (a dumb brat)
He seemed like such a dumb brat in elementary
school that nothing foreshadowed his great achievements later.
In the adventurous sport of sky diving, you cannot
afford a single accident.
The TV ad with silly verse received an unfavorable
response from the viewers.
to speak in favor of
In the TV ad, the vocal cat spoke in
favor of Kitty Yums Yums.
Aesthetic (a set of ticks)
relating to beauty
Her reason for collecting antique clocks
was not just to have a set of ticks but was related to the beauty of
Only after winning the election was the senator able
to be cordial to his opponent.
Affectation (affect the nation)
An insincere candidate tries to affect
the nation in his favor with artificial mannerisms.
Edward VIII abdicated, giving up an infinity of
power for his relationship with the woman he loved.
to declare as true
The witness made such a firm statement
declaring the allegation to be true that the jury convicted the defendant.
A flu bug ain't concerned about how wealthy it's
That blacks could not ride in a front seat of buses
before the Civil Rights Bill offended many people.
open mouthed in surprise
His mouth formed a wide gap as he
stood open mouthed in surprise.
The aging process was the topic of the medical program.
Aggrandize (a grand dice)
In a grand casino, the dice players seek to increase
It aggravated me when I got a different sum total
every time I added the figures.
The gangster will make your wife into a grieving
widow if you offend him.
A guest in the Bates Motel would be horror
struck to know that ghastly murders had occurred there.
Agnostic (Agnes knows tick)
one who neither believes nor disbelieves in God)
how to tick off her father by claiming she doesn't believe in God, but
then she calms him down by stating she doesn't disbelieve either.
When they told her she won the lottery as a gag, she
got so excited she dropped dead.
Agrarian (agriculture rain)
related to farming
A knowledge of agriculture and the effects
of rain are essential to successful farming.
Although fast food restaurants have a lack of
atmosphere, they make up for it in promptness of service. A
a recess in a room
During prohibition, my grandfather served
alcohol from a hidden recess in his store.
to make hostile
When the alien from outer space ate the Statue
of Libery, it made America hostile to him.
I lay on the beach where a balmy breeze calms me.
All the defendants were on the edge of the seats as
the prosecutor declared them guilty.
Alleviate (alligator leave he ate)
Before the alligator would leave, he ate everything
in sight, relieving his hunger, and relieving us all our food.
The alley cats were distributed bowls of food by
A lewd exploit of my Aunt Chastity is referred
to only indirectly by the family.
From the instant they left the alter, the couple
fought like cats and dogs getting into angry disputes every day of
It's hard to believe but it's all true how unselfish
your saintly mother is.
The animal called the al-ham is a mixture of an
alligator and a pig.
A mass of junk accumulates in a teenager's room.
Ambiguous (am bigger you us)
having more than one meaning
I am bigger than you, our
300-pound boss told us, not realizing the double meaning.
moving at an easy pace
When Stinky aimed his slingshot at the
bull, we kids sure didn't move out of that field at an easy pace.
food of the gods
If you serve my grandma rum cake she will
embrace ya', as she calls it "food of the gods."
Ambulatory (ambulance carry)
capable of walking
Ambulances don't carry people who are
capable of walking.
to make better
At every meal, he ate all his food because his
mother told him it would make better the plight of the poor starving
open to suggestion
Men are able to accomplish more if they are
open to suggestion from others.
Reginald was invited to many teas because of
his agreeable manners.
Vickie's aim is to give as much help as she
is able. She is a likable person.
The diplomat's aim in sending the cable to
Transylvania was to establish friendly relations.
We should aim to tie the bonds of friendship between people.
Our mother dished out so much more for us than we
needed that we became shapeless blobs.
Even a stubborn mule will let you work him if
you use this magic charm.
The nasty witch Ma Hatfield put a solemn curse on
the boys for stealing apples from her tree.
metal support for fireplace logs
Steel and iron are used to
support fireplace logs.
Animadversion (animal adverse)
Even the animals were targets of the reviewers'
adverse critical remarks about the Noah's Ark play.
The animals were mated in captivity to keep their
Of all animals, the mouse was the only on my
mother had an active dislike for.
Annual updates were published to keep the
historical records current.
Annihilate (annual nile late)
to destroy completely)
When the annual Nile flooding was late,
the corps were destroyed completely.
make written commentary on
A note the spy ate when caught had
contained his written commentary on our military installations.
A normal lie is one thing, but Henry's whopper was
so irregular it even shocked the member's of the Liar's Club.
Antediluvian (aunt delusion)
My old aunt clung to the delusion that she was a
spring chicken despite her antiquated appearance.
Aunty Em chose another path than the Yellow
Brick Road because of a strong dislike for wicked witches.
Antiseptic (ain't it picky)
free from bacteria
Ain't it too picky to wear a surgical mask
all the time to be free from bacteria.
The general's son wrote an anti-war thesis
which directly opposed his father's view.
Apathetic (a path attack)
lacking emotion or interest
The battle-weary soldier stood in a
path of enemy attack, so lacking was he in interest in fighting.
The great ape took a tour of the city after escaping
through an opening he made by bending the bars of his cage.
The French president gave the U.S. president a peck on
each cheek at the summit meeting.
a concise statement of a principle
A four-man committee isn't
what we need to draft a concise statement of our principles.
The ballerina who danced the Sugar Plum Fairy showed
It is false humility to apologize to those you
surpassed when you reach the highest point of your career.
Benjamin Franklin always found the apt thing to
comment in the pithy sayings of Poor Richard's Almanac.
Apotheosis (a path to the oasis)
deification, perfect example
When the mysterious stranger
showed the lost desert travelers a path to the oasis, their gratitude
was so great they deified him and worshiped his memory as the perfect
example of benevolence.
Apparition (appearance shun)
The appearance of the headless horseman caused the
villagers to shun the road at night, as they were afraid of ghosts.
She gave the child a piece of candy to pacify him.
Appellation (apple ate one)
When she offered him apples, he ate one even though her
name was Eve.
You are apt to sight whales off the New England
coast as that is an appropriate place for them.
For a price, the traitor informed on his comrades.
His probation officer praised the ex-convict for his
to the point
In explaining a proposal to your boss, you must
get to the point without wasting time.
fit for plowing
Even from an airplane, an expert farmer is able
to tell when soil is fit for plowing.
person appointed to judge a dispute
The workers are bitter
because the person appointed to judge the dispute sided with the company.
Suddenly a wild boar ran out of the trees and charged us.
Penny arcades with no video games are old fashioned.
an original model
The architect's original model illustrated
how the building would look.
Grandpa jumped up in the air and dented the
ceiling, he was so enthusiastic about his exercises.
It would be hard to do us justice for doing that
incredibly difficult job.
The airy outdoor arena in Florence is a
spectacular place for great operatic solos.
Arrid deodorant keeps you dry.
a fleet of warships
In the old days, the nation that already
had an army only needed to add a fleet of warships to have a complete military.
to bring before court to answer charges
It was a reign of
terror in which all dissidents were brought to court to answer charges
I don't care how much hot air he blows
as he rants and raves, he is a downright liar.
When he saw the enemy soldiers using arrows against his
guns, the general laughed haughtily.
speaking clearly and well
The art of the late Daniel Webster
was simply to speak clearly and well.
He was a master of the art of keeping an innocent face
when plotting trickery.
His beautifully crafted art was less liked by
critics than the pretentious junk because it was supple and without guile.
The energetic leader rapidly ascended into a position
of dominance over his fellows.
He disposed of all his material assets
as he began a life of self-denial in the monastery.
with a sideways glance of disapproval
When Rodney asked his
elderly aunts if they minded his cigar smoke, they said they didn't,
but glanced at him sideways with disapproval.
If Sylvia asks you if her nose is crooked,
change the subject.
sharpness of temper
A spirit got teed off when the priest tried
to exorcise it, as it was a sharp-tempered demon.
A fancy movie cowboy with silver spurs was
shunned by the real cowpokes and slanderous remarks were made about him.
to have an ambition
When he saw a spire of the great cathedral
against the sky, he formed his ambition to be an architect.
In his famous essays, Montaigne analyzed and
evaluated a remarkable variety of human issues.
Asseverate (ass ever rate)
to assert earnestly
Senator Bluster said of the President,
"How did that ass ever rate to be Chief Executive?" and
asserted earnestly that he would unseat him in the coming election.
Assiduous (on side you us)
A person we would want working on the side of you and
us would have to be diligent.
Biff wore a suede leather jacket to ease the effects of
the icy wind.
across, in opposition
As Christopher walked through the
desolate area, he suddenly saw a man with a large wart on his nose
watching from across the street.
to make amends
In a conciliatory tone of voice he tried to
make amends for his insult.
deterioration from disuse
I won a trophy in weightlifting in my
youth, but now my muscles have undergone deterioration from disuse.
Attenuate (attend you ate)
to make thinner
If you attended to what you ate you could
Attrition (a trick shown)
A rick was shown to us by the old woodsman of how to
start a fire by wearing away a log with a rapidly rotating stick.
boldness or insolence
The Odyssey is a tale of the boldness of
a mighty hero and his insolence toward the supernatural powers that
a tool for boring wood
The carpentered argued over what was the
easiest tool to use for obring wood.
to foretell from omens
I argued that the future was unknown
but the fortune teller claimed she could forteel it from omens.
Despite the sweltering August weather the Queen
looked dignified in the parade.
Auspicious (aussie suspicious)
having promise of success
The Aussies were suspicious of the
yacht salesman who promised them success in winning America's Cup.
The Aussie cried a tear at the severely
The author of the diet book was so thin it was believed
that her weight-loss program was genuine.