Theme – Verbs
1. descant (verb: des-KANT, dis-, noun: DES-kant)
verb intr.: 1. To talk tediously. 2. To sing or play a descant.
noun: 1. A comment on a subject. 2. An ornamental melody sung or played above a basic melody.
“These disappointments were descanted on, bitterly and frequently.”
2. hebetate (HEB-i-tayt)
verb tr.: To make dull or obtuse.
“Habit then while it hebetates our sentiments, improves our judgments of things.”
[obtuse – adj -annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand]
verb intr.: To coax with flattery.
“In his first speech in the Parliament, Mussolini insulted and blandished the legislature by turns.”
4. importune (im-pawr-TOON, im-pawr-TYOON, im-PAWR-chuhn)
verb tr.: To ask someone, repeatedly or annoyingly, to do something.
“José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spain’s prime minister, has cast dignity aside and importuned all and sundry with a request to be invited to a conference.”
5. colligate (KOL-i-gayt)
verb tr. To bind or group together.
“Chizz made a quick overview of the situation, attempting to colligate the loose ends of a somewhat fragmented movie.”
[kindred – noun – one’s family and relations.]