Tuesday, August 14, 2012

< V > TOEFL Vocabulary (158)

Perish (verb) 
to cease living
At least 80 and perhaps hundreds of people perished in the deadliest historical eruption
to occur in what is now Hawaii. 

Permeate (verb) 
to diffuse through or penetrate something
Hot, humid weather permeated the East on Thursday, and many areas of the central
United States received rain. 

Perpendicular to (adjective) 
at right angles to the horizon or to level ground
Since lift always occurs perpendicular to the surface of the wing, the lift acts at an
angle and the plane turns accordingly.

Persecution (noun) 
very painful punishment
Some people with mental disorders have a tendency toward self-persecution, self-
sabotage, and even violence.

Persistent (adjective) 
insistently continuous; of long duration
After persistent rumors of a deep underground lake somewhere in a cave in East
Tennessee, a large body of water now named the Lost Sea was discovered in 1905.

Persnickety (adjective) 
fussy about small details: fastidious 
Some common complaints about usage strike me as too persnickety, but I'm just
discussing mistakes in English that happen to bother me. 

Personalize (verb) 
to make personal, which is characterized by a close and thorough acquaintance
To personalize a business relationship can be effective in many cultures.

Perspective (noun) 
that which is or can be seen; mental view of the relative importance of things
Although few occupations include "sociologist" in their title at the bachelor's level, the
sociological perspective is excellent preparation for a wide variety of occupations.

Pervasive (adjective) 
widespread; occurring quite often
Over one half million people in the U.S. today have autism or some form of pervasive
developmental disorder.

Pest (noun)
something resembling a pest in destructiveness; especially: a plant or animal detrimental 
to humans or human concerns (as agriculture or livestock production)

"Disgusting," "dirty," and "pest" are just some of the words we associate with the very 
unpopular insect, the cockroach. 

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