9 of the 303,387 Words Mastered at Chavez HS in 2014-2015 Vocab Bowl

In coverage of the 2014-2015 Vocabulary Bowl, Mental Floss called out these nine humdingers from the 303,387 words mastered by Bowl champs Chavez HS.

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  1. antecedent
    a preceding occurrence or cause or event
    Any time a show tries something vaguely avant-garde, there’s a good chance that there is an antecedent involving David Letterman.New York Times (May 12, 2015)
  2. vilify
    spread negative information about
    This story has been updated with comments from Ted Wells denying the NFL was trying to  vilify Tom Brady.Los Angeles Times (May 12, 2015)
  3. symbiotic
    of organisms living together, especially to mutual advantage
    It's a symbiotic relationship: North Star cleans the fish for free, with the fisherman's agreement that the roe gets left behind to make caviar.Reuters (May 12, 2015)
  4. didactic
    instructive, especially excessively
    Neither, he added, is the game meant to be scolding or didactic.The New Yorker (Mar 22, 2015)
  5. prodigious
    great in size, force, extent, or degree
    Abraham’s 9-year-old sister Tiara is on a similarly prodigious path: She’s also a member of Mensa and started taking college classes at age 7, too.Time (May 21, 2015)
  6. anomie
    lack of moral standards in a society
    The result is like some set of forgotten Brothers Grimm tales translated into the jolting anomie of modern life.Washington Post
  7. burgeon
    grow and flourish
    Assawoman Bay Brewing Company is the latest entry to Ocean City's burgeoning beer scene.Washington Post (May 21, 2015)
  8. taciturn
    habitually reserved and uncommunicative
    Kamble is ordinarily taciturn, but onstage, after he has been introduced as a “people’s poet,” he is electric with fury.The New Yorker (May 5, 2015)
  9. clamorous
    conspicuously and offensively loud
    And what, precisely, has prepared the Chicagoan for a clamorous crowd of 2,600 revelers noted for thin skin, drive and hubris?Washington Post (Apr 24, 2015)

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