Adulterate (v.): To corrupt, make worse by the addition of something of lesser value
· When sewers flow straight into a lake or stream, it adulterates the water.

Altruistic (adj.): Unselfish, concerned with the welfare of others

· A true altruistic person is not selfish, but cares about the welfare of others.

Ambidextrous (adj.): Able to use both hands equally well; very skillful; deceitful, hypocritical

· My friend Greg is ambidextrous and his handwriting is always very neat.

Brandish (v.): To wave or flourish in a menacing or vigorous fashion

· She was so excited to meet Josh Groban that when she finally did, she shook his hand in a brandish manner.

Comprise (v.): To include or contain; to be made up of

· My essay was comprised of a cover page, introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Culinary (adj.): Of or related to cooking or the kitchen

· If you enjoy cooking, a culinary school may be a good career path for you to take.

Dearth (n.): A lack, scarcity, inadequate supply; a famine

· He had a dearth of teaching experience, and was not qualified for the job because of his insufficiency.

Delete (v.): To erase, wipe out, cut out

· After writing my entire essay on the wrong topic, I had to delete it and start over.

Demise (n.): Death, especially of a person in a lofty position

· In honor of his demise, a funeral was held for him and his family.

Discrepancy (n.): A difference; a lack of agreement

· My dad and I have a discrepancy on our favorite Pittsburgh Steelers players; my favorite player is Ben Roethlisberger and my dad’s favorite player is Troy Polamalu.

Embark (v.): To go aboard; to make start; to invest

· Every January, the boats on “Deadliest Catch: embark on an adventure to the Bering Sea in hopes of catching large amounts of opilio crab.

Exhilarate (v.): To enliven, cheer, give spirit or liveliness to

· She felt great exhilaration when she was basking in the beauty of the Grand Canyon.

Guise (n.): An external appearance, cover, mask

· On Halloween night, children of all ages will dress up in guises and costumes.

Holocaust (n.): A large-scale destruction, especially by fire; a vast slaughter; a burnt offering

· Many Jews had perished during the time of the holocaust.

Ironic (adj.): Suggesting an incongruity between what might be expected and what actually happens; given to irony, sarcastic

· He asked the teacher if he had to do his homework, and the teacher replied to his question in an ironic tone.

Jeopardy (v.): Danger

· When the boy scouts got lost in the dense woods, their live were in jeopardy.

Pinnacle (n.): A high peak or point

· People are able to climb to the pinnacle of Mount Everest, for a large fee.

Pliable (adj.): Easily bent, flexible; easily influenced

· In order to learn how to do a split, a gymnast must be pliable.

Turbulent (adj.): Disorderly, riotous, violent; stormy

· When a hurricane hits the mainland, it brings turbulent winds, rain, and flooding.

Verbatim (adj., adv.): Word for word; exactly as written or spoken

· When you go to college, it is important to write all of the professor’s notes verbatim