1. A close careful examination or study; a critical, sustained look  2. Close observation or surveillance
“She was under such severe scrutiny by the review team that she became quite nervous.”


noun  1. A false belief held in spite of invalidating evidence; false belief held without reservation as a result of self-deception.
“She suffers from delusions of being better than others, because her family is wealthy.”


adj. 1. Belonging to a much earlier time; ancient  2. No longer current; antiquated 3. Words or language no longer common
“Smartphone advancements are moving so swiftly that today’s technology is already archaic.”


1. To reprove mildly or kindly, but seriously  2. To counsel against something; caution or warn.

“We admonish you to take cover upon receiving a tornado warning.”


noun 1. An exaggeration or extravagant statement used as a figure of speech (i.e. I’m so tired that I could sleep an entire year.)

“His mother always speaks in hyperbole, which makes it hard to know when a situation is truly tragic.”


adj. 1. (of a remark, opinion, or idea) overused and consequently of little import; lacking originality or freshness.

“Jack’s comments were obvious and trite, because he makes the same argument every week.”


verb 1. To clear of blame or to absolve
“Although the students who ran to see the fight should not have done so, the principal says she will exonerate them from wrongdoing.”


noun  1. a spiritual power or personal quality that gives an individual influence or authority over large numbers of people.

“Nathan’s charisma pretty much guarantees that he’ll win the best personality award.”


noun 1. Someone who is opposed or resistant to new technologies or technological change.
“Although she struggled with the new smartphones, she is definitely not a luddite like Mary who refuses to upgrade.”


adj.  1. Violently agitated or disturbed; tumultuous  2. Having a chaotic or restless character or tendency
“Unfortunately, their turbulent marriage ended in divorce.”