Difficult Words : Husbandry, Homogeneous, Hyperbole and Hypothetical

Difficult Words: Husbandry, Homogeneous, Hyperbole and Hypothetical

Homogeneous (HOH muh JEE nee us) adj: uniform, made entirely of one thing

Homogenized milk is milk in which the cream, which usually floats on top, has been permanently mixed with the rest of the milk. Skim milk is milk from which the layer of cream has been skimmed off. When milk is homogenized, it becomes a homogeneous substance-that is, it's same throughout, or uniform.

The kindergarten class was extremely homogeneous: all the children had blond hair, blue eyes, red shoes, and the same last name.

To be heterogeneous is to be mixed or varied. On Halloween the children amassed a heterogeneous collection of candy, chewing gum, popcorn, cookies, and razor blades.

Husbandry (HUZ bun dree) n: thrifty management of resources, livestock farming

Husbandry is the practice of conserving money or resources.

To husband is to economize.

Everyone husbanded oil and electricity during the energy crisis of the seventies.

Hyperbole (hye PUR buh lee) n: an exaggeration used as a figure of speech, exaggeration

When Joe said, I'm so hungry I could eat a horse, he was using a hyperbole to convey the extent of his hunger.

The candidate was guilty of hyperbole. All the facts in his speech were exaggerated.

Hypothetical (hye puh THET I kul) adj: uncertain, unproven

Ernie's skill as a baseball player was entirely hypothetical, since he had never played the game.

There were several hypothetical explanations for the strange phenomenon, but no one could say for certain what had caused it.

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