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the aim of your discipline should be to produce a self-governing being, not to produce a being to be governed by others. Were your children fated to pass their lives as slaves, you could not too much accustom them to slavery during their childhood; but, as they are by and by to be free men, with no one to control their daily conduct, you can not too much accustom them to self-control while they are still under your eye.
7. Carefully note the following phrases. Make similar lists of your own, gathered from your reading and observation.
8. Note three special words each day in your reading or in the conversation of others, and employ them in your speech that day. Keep a record of such words for frequent review. If this practise is faithfully carried out your vocabulary will be surprizingly increased in a short time.
9. Write in your note-book, daily, at least seven words from the following lists, in the order given. Then after each word write a sentence illustrating its idiomatic use. Afterward compare with your dictionary.
WORD LIST-I. ABSTRACT RELATIONS
Essence, subjectiveness, pith, principle, quintessence, incarnation, soul.
Circumstance, phase, attitude, occasion, situation, juncture, place. Contrary, opposed, antithetical, contrasted, conflicting, hostile, antipodean.
Agreement, accordance, unison, harmony, conformity, consonance, concord.
Equality, parity, balance, poise, evenness, symmetry, level. Greatness, magnitude, immensity, enormity, infinity, largeness, might.
Vast, towering, stupendous, prodigious, astonishing, incredible, marvelous.
Supreme, paramount, preeminent, crowning, inimitable, superlative, incomparable.
Increase, exalt, strengthen, intensify, raise, augment, enlarge. Disperse, scatter, dispel, apportion, sow, disseminate, spread. Infinite, exhaustless, incomprehensible, perpetual, measureless, incalculable, boundless.
Continual, endless, interminable, unceasing, eternal, incessant, uninterrupted.
Previous, prior, preceding, antecedent, former, aforesaid, foregoing.
Venerable, superannuated, decrepit, antiquated, declining, patriarchal, waning.
Capricious, desultory, fitful, uncertain, whimsical, unsteady, spasmodic.
Variation, modification, change, alteration, permutation, qualification, deviation.
Fluctuate, waver, vacillate, oscillate, vary, flutter, scruple.
Extent, expanse, scope, range, latitude, compass, field. Diminish, compress, dwarf, circumscribe, contract, condense, lessen.
Proximity, nearness, propinquity, vicinity, adjacency, contiguity, neighborhood.
Abridge, curtail, shorten, reduce, abbreviate, prune, epitomize. Height, eminence, elevation, altitude, loftiness, pitch, sublimity. Encompass, surround, enclose, circumvent, gird, beset, encircle. Rotund, round, cylindrical, spherical, bulbous, circular, complete. Smooth, polished, slippery, velvety, lubricous, glabrous, glossy. Velocity, swiftness, speed, expedition, celerity, rapidity, ac
Gentle, easy, leisurely, imperceptible, gradual, deliberate, slow. Discursive, devious, vagrant, circuitous, rambling, erratic, desultory.
Entrance, introgression, intrusion, incursive, invasion, admission,
Expansion, enlargement, increase, augmentation, amplification,
Emaciated, lean, gaunt, lanky, skinny, starved, meager. Symmetry, shapeliness, finish, beauty, proportion, uniformity,
Involved, intricate, complicated, labyrinthine, winding, convoluted, twisted.
Protuberance, swelling, projection, protrusion, bulge, convexity, prominence.
Pointed, conical, tapering, pyramidal, sharp, keen, acute.
Propel, throw, pitch, project, fling, cast, toss.
Subtile, weightless, ethereal, sublimated, volatile, buoyant, floating.
Congeal, coagulate, crystallize, petrify, solidify, consolidate, fix. Flexible, supple, pliant, limber, plastic, tractable, malleable. Powdery, granular, mealy, impalpable, efflorescent, sabulous, flocculent.
Ferment, effervesce, bubble, gurgle, foam, froth, boil.
Heat, caloric, fervor, warmth, incandescence, glow, hectic.
Melodious, musical, tuneful, sweet, dulcet, mellifluous, eu
Luminous, vivid, lucid, lambent, lustrous, scintillant, bright. Turbid, muddy, obfuscated, cloudy, thick, fuliginous, muggy. Behold, discern, perceive, descry, distinguish, recognize, see. Visible, palpable, perceptible,, discernible, apparent, obvious, plain.
Variegated, kaleidoscope, iridescent, opalescent, prismatic, diversified, tesselated.
Black, swarthy, sable, somber, dark, jetty, ebon.
Conception, thought, apprehension, perception, impression, idea, notion.
Alertness, vigilance, attention, prudence, forethought, precaution, watchfulness.
Discrimination, distinction, nicety, differentiation, distinguishing, estimation, discernment.
Reasonable, credible, probable, plausible, presumable, ostensible, likely.
Absolute, positive, definite, unequivocal, unmistakable, decisive, clear.
Sophistry, perversion, casuistry, equivocation, evasion, chicanery, speciousness.
Refute, disprove, invalidate, demolish, rebut, parry, expose. Belief, credence, assurance, faith, confidence, dependence, credit. Incredulous, supsicious, scrupulous, distrustful, skeptical, incon
Dissent, demur, differ, protest, repudiate, contradict, disagree. Exact, definite, precise, literal, unerring, rigid, scrupulous. Twaddle, jargon, moonshine, vagary, fustian, stuff, tomfoolery. Acumen, subtlety, perspicacity, sagacity, acuteness, comprehen
Foolish, unwise, ridiculous, stupid, asinine, irrational, injudicious. Madness, delirium, frenzy, lunacy, aberration, delusion, hallucination.
Portend, signify, augur, typify, presage, herald, foreshadow. Conjecture, surmise, suspect, suppose, presume, divine, speculate. Fabulous, legendary, chimerical, fantastical, imaginary, mytho
Unreasonable, inconsistent, untenable, fallacious. groundless, illogical, invalid.
Ambiguous, equivocal, vague, indefinite, questionable, doubtful, dubious.
Persevering, unfaltering, industrious, persisting, unflinching, strenuous, unwavering.
Tergiversation, recantation, retraction, withdrawal, disavowal, renunciation, defection.
Attraction, allurement, enticement, cajolery, inducement, tempta
Adequacy, abundance, copiousness, amplitude, profusion, luxuriance, plentitude.