Approbation (ap row BAY shun) Official approval, praise, commendation Root, Prefix, Suffix Ap-away from (prefix) Synonym/Antonym Derivatives disapproval Approbate, approbated, approbatory We initiated the attack with the approbation of the general. Assent (un CENT) To agree or to concur; agreement, to give in Root, Prefix, Suffix Ent- to form (Suffix) Synonym/Antonym Derivatives dissent Assenting, assented, assentive, assentation Assenting to his demands, she did as she was told. Boorish (BOOR ish) Rude or insensitive, ill-mannered Root, Prefix, Suffix Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Sophisticated, well-mannered Boorishly, boor, boorishness How could you get me a date with such a boorish person? Circumlocution (sir kum low KEW shun) Talking around the subject Root, Prefix, Suffix Circum- around (root) Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Terseness; conciseness Circumulatory Politicians are known for their circumlocution. Copious (KO pee us) abundant Root, Prefix, Suffix Co- together (prefix) Synonym/Antonym Derivatives sparse Copiously, copiousness I always take copious notes in my history class. Delineation (deh len ee A shun) An outline, depiction, portrayal Root, Prefix, Suffix De- away from; opposite (prefix) Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Delineate, delineative, delineator The profits of the company were delineated to the board. Dissemble (deh SEM bul) To disguise or pretend Root, Prefix, Suffix Dis- not, opposite, reverse (root) Synonym/Antonym Derivatives To reveal dissembled, dissembling, dissembler Although he tried to dissemble his motive for seeing me, I knew the real reason. Emulate (EM yuh late) To try to equal or to be like (usually through imitation) Root, Prefix, Suffix Em- put into, make, surround with (prefix) Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Emulation, emulative, emulator He has a lot of fine qualities that I try to emulate. Fickle (FIK ul) Likely to change Root, Prefix, Suffix Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Inconstant, unstable, constant Fickler, ficklest, fickleness Because of her fickle behavior, he had little trust that she would continue to love him. Gravity (GRAV eh tee) Seriousness, importance Root, Prefix, Suffix Grav- heavy, weighty (root) Synonym/Antonym Derivatives unimportance Grave, graver, gravely The gravity of the situation was heightened by the death of the president. Dissemble (deh SEM bul) To disguise; to pretend Root, Prefix, Suffix Dis- deprive, opposite, away from (root) Synonym/Antonym Derivatives To reveal Dissembled, dissembling, dissembler Although he tried to dissemble his motive for seeing me, I knew the real reason. Homely (HOME lee) Plain or unattractive in appearance Root, Prefix, Suffix -ly- in the manner of (suffix) Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Pretty; attractive Homeliness, homelier, homeliest The girl was rather homely, but she had a wit and an intellect that could not be matched. Indigence (IN deh juns) poverty Root, Prefix, Suffix In- not (root) Synonym/Antonym Derivatives indigent His ragged clothes are a sign of his indigence. Destitution, want, penury Jingoist (JING go ist) An extreme patriot usually calls for a belligerent foreign policy Root, Prefix, Suffix Synonym/Antonym Derivatives traitor Jingoism, jingoish, jingoistic The jingoist was in the streets, loudly urging the public toward aggression against the foreign power. Migratory (MY gruh tor ee) Moving from place to place Root, Prefix, Suffix Migra- wander (root) Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Stationary, unmoving Migrate, migratory, migrator, migration The migratory whooping cranes always return to Padre Island. Obfuscating (ob FUS kay ting) Confusing, making unclear Root, Prefix, Suffix Synonym/Antonym Derivatives clear Obfuscated, obfuscate, obfuscation, obfuscator His speech was obfuscating because it made people concentrate on irrelevant issues. Proclivity (pro KLIV eh tee) Inclination, tendency Root, Prefix, Suffix Pro- for Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Leaning towards Proclive, proclivities Most immigrants, because they are anxious to succeed, have a proclivity for hard work. Prostration (pros TRAY shun) A stretching out due to lacking vitality and becoming completely overcome. Root, Prefix, Suffix Pro- for Synonym/Antonym Derivatives vitality Prostrate, prostrating During late summer football practices, players sometimes suffer from heat prostration. Recalcitrant (reh KAL she trunt) Very stubborn, refusing to obey, unruly Root, Prefix, Suffix Synonym/Antonym Derivatives compliant Recalcitrance, recalcitration Recalcitrant students are usually tardy, do not complete class assignments, and disrupt class. Resolute (Rez uh loot) Characterized by a decided purpose Root, Prefix, Suffix Sol- cut Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Determined, steadfast, faithful, firm Resoluter, resolutest, resolution The business was run by a resolute man who set his mind on a goal and followed through with it. Sectarian (sek TARE ee un) A member of a sect that is a faction with extreme beliefs Root, Prefix, Suffix Sect- for Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Narrow-minded Sectarianism, sectarnize His sectarian beliefs marked him as being extremely narrow-minded. Stalwart (STAL wurt) One that supports a cause with a firm partnership Root, Prefix, Suffix Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Resolute, strong Stalwartly, stalwartness That justice was known as a stalwart in defending 1st amendment rights. Tacit (TAS it) Understood, silent, not spoken, implicit Root, Prefix, Suffix Tac-silent Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Spoken; verbalized Tacitly, tacitness, taciturn We have a tacit agreement that the goods are delivered only after payment is made. Transcended (tran SEND ed) Surpassed, exceeded Root, Prefix, Suffix Trans- across beyond, change Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Transcend, transcendence, transcendental His actions in the crisis transcended the call of duty. Rise above Virtuous (VIR choo us) Having excellent morals; righteous Root, Prefix, Suffix Vir-worth Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Virtue, virtuousness, virtuously One would expect nuns to be very virtuous. Ethical, noble Whets (HWETS) Stimulates, sharpens Root, Prefix, Suffix Synonym/Antonym Derivatives Stifles, dulls, suppresses Whet, whetted The smell of the fresh bread always whets my appetite.