toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

Into Thin Air

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

instructions
acrimony
1 use
Relying on bottled oxygen as an aid to ascent is a practice that's sparked acrimonious debate ever since the British first took experimental oxygen rigs to Everest in 1921.
acrimonious = angry and bitter
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
atrophy
1 use
Over the weeks that followed he languished in the hospital, staring blankly at the ceiling, arms curled tightly at his sides, muscles atrophying, his weight dropping below eighty pounds.
atrophying = withered or weakened
DefinitionGenerally atrophy means:
to wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
capacious
1 use
Glancing around the helicopter's capacious interior, I tried to fix the names of my teammates in my memory.
capacious = large in capacity
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
censure
1 use
How can it be explained, not only to loved ones left behind, but to a censorious public?
censorious = critical
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
Web Links
claustrophobia
2 uses
Unable to grasp the benefits of the inflatable chamber and terrified of it, Ngawang asked that a Buddhist lama be summoned, and before consenting to being zipped into its claustrophobic interior, he requested that prayer books be placed in the bag with him.
claustrophobic = causing fear of being closed in a confined space
DefinitionGenerally claustrophobia means:
abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
deride
1 use
...was loudly derided by knowledgeable mountaineers...
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
diligent
1 use
Now I dream of ... the smell of soil crumbling between my fingers, and the brilliant green of plants that I diligently nurture.
diligently = with hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useEpil.
Web Links
disparage
1 use
Her eminent companions on the 1994 attempt said nothing disparaging about Pittman, at least not in public.
disparaging = critical and disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
dissent
1 use
"I will tolerate no dissension up there."
dissension = disagreement

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
engender
1 use
The crowds of novices being escorted to the top for a fee, huffed Sir Edmund, were engendering disrespect for the mountain.
engendering = causing
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
expedient
1 use
In the Icefall, though, expediency dictated that each of us climb independently, without being physically connected to one another in any way.
expediency = the need to be practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
fastidious
1 use
If the name of Hall's business, Adventure Consultants, mirrored his methodical, fastidious approach to climbing, style, Mountain Madness was an even more accurate reflection of Scott's personal style.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
guile
1 use
People were drawn to Fischer's energy and generosity, his absence of guile, his almost childlike enthusiasm.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
lucid
2 uses
In pondering how this disaster could have occurred, it is imperative to remember that lucid thought is all but impossible at 29,000 feet.
lucid = clear thinking
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
Web Links
orthodox
3 uses
Experienced guides would later question his decision to descend so far ahead of his clients—extremely unorthodox behavior for a guide.
unorthodox = unusual

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unorthodox means not and reverses the meaning of orthodox. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
normal (describing thinking or behavior as commonly or traditionally accepted)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
perpetrator
2 uses
The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator's colleagues as the perpetrator.
perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
DefinitionGenerally perpetrator means:
someone who has does something wrong — usually something illegal
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
repudiate
1 use
And now you have repudiated the character of Lopsang with your "tattle tale" accounts of him.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useEpil.
Web Links
somber
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a somber mood
In a New Zealand television interview following the expedition, Hall somberly described how he took their favorite climbing rope and lowered Ball's body into the depths of the glacier.
somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
transpire
4 uses
I say "probably" because of what transpired four days after Norton's summit assault.
transpired = happened
DefinitionGenerally transpire means:
to happen; or to become known
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
zeal
2 uses
Above 26,000 feet, moreover, the line between appropriate zeal and reckless summit fever becomes grievously thin.
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
Go to Book Menu
Take Pre-Reading Quiz
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.