Hunter Test Prep: Vocabulary

forlorn
Adjective
Pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely: “forlorn figures at bus stops”.
(of an aim or endeavor) Unlikely to succeed or be fulfilled; hopeless: “a forlorn attempt to escape”.
static
adjective
1. pertaining to or characterized by a fixed or stationary condition.
2. showing little or no change: a static concept; a static relationship.
3. lacking movement, development, or vitality: The novel was marred by static characterizations, especially in its central figures.
humane
adjective
1.characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed: humane treatment of horses.
2.of or pertaining to humanistic studies.
eviscerating
verb (used with object)
1.to remove the entrails from; disembowel: to eviscerate a chicken.
2.to deprive of vital or essential parts: The censors eviscerated the book to make it inoffensive to the leaders of the party.
smug
Adj.
1.contentedly confident of one’s ability, superiority, or correctness; complacent.
2.trim; spruce; smooth; sleek.
surplus
Noun
1. a quantity much larger than is needed
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mantra
noun
1.Hinduism. a word or formula, as from the Veda, chanted or sung as an incantation or prayer.
2.an often repeated word, formula, or phrase, often a truism: If I hear the “less is more” mantra one more time, I’ll scream.