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ignominy (noun): event or situation that makes one feel shamed or embarrassed
The little boy had to face the ignominy of telling his neighbors about breaking their window with a baseball.
One's teenage years are filled with ignominies and self-consciousness!
exacerbate (transitive verb): to make a problem or bad situation even worse
The shrieks and squeals of the children exacerbated their grandfather's headache.
"Not only is privatizing Social Security not the solution to Social Security, it would exacerbate the problem." - Shelley Berkeley, former U.S. Represent…
delineation (noun): explanation; outline; marking
The professor gave a clear delineation of both the republican and democratic viewpoints on issues of economics.
burnish (transitive verb): polish, make shiny by rubbing
The hotel staff burnished the wooden floor in the lobby until it shone under guests' shoes.
Alice asked the jeweler to burnish her silver bracelet.
alacrity (noun): readiness to do something quickly and with a cheerful attitude
The alacrity with which Jane completed her tasks at work impressed her boss so much that he gave her a promotion.
Bobby's unusual alacrity for doing his weekly chores made his mother suspicious.
totter (intransitive verb): to walk slowly and unsteadily
The happy parents took a video of their baby's first steps as he tottered across the carpet.
rife (adjective): very common (and often unpleasant)
Winter storms are often rife with school closings, power outages, and snow ball fights!
"...when suspicion and cruelty were rife, and gaunt Hunger wept beside Bereavement, - in such a case, the work of any instrument of social regeneration was in large part foredoomed to fai…
poseur (noun): a person who pretends to be someone or something he is not; an insincere person
The woman's insincere appreciation of the artwork made it clear she was a poseur and not a true admirer of the artist's paintings.