Set 3 – Five New Words for Nov 3

1. measly (MEE-zlee, MEEZ-lee)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Ridiculously small or bad.
2. Infected with measles.

USAGE:
“This summer inmates in Argentina decided they would no longer accept measly payment for the jobs they do in prison.”

2. anemic (uh-NEEM-ik)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Lacking vitality, strength, or colorfulness.
2. Suffering from anemia.

USAGE:
“You don’t have much of a life … you have to admit your social life is a bit anemic.”

3. sclerotic (skluh-ROT-ik)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Hard, rigid, slow to adapt or respond.
2. Relating to or affected with sclerosis, an abnormal hardening of a tissue or part.
3. Of or relating to the sclera, the white fibrous outer layer of the eyeball.

USAGE:

“It was getting to be late in the afternoon, and the traffic was crabby and sclerotic.”

“This group decided that if the government bureaucracy had grown so sclerotic, it was time for a small, professional group of private citizens to give attention to delicate problems of the world.”

4. cancerous

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Having a harmful, uncontrolled growth.
2. Of or relating to cancer: a malignant growth or tumor.

USAGE:
“The hope implicit in technology’s potential to improve the world is balanced here by a cancerous downside that eats holes in the fabric of modern relationships.”

5. pestilent (PES-tl-uhnt)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Deadly.
2. Infectious.
3. Harming peace, morals, etc.
4. Annoying.

USAGE:
“Heroism by order, senseless violence, and all the pestilent nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how I hate them!”
Albert Einstein; The World As I See It; 1949.

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