Difficult Words :

Mortify, Morose, Moribund and Mundane

Difficult Words : Mortify, Morose, Moribund and Mundane

Moribund (MAWR uh BUND) adj: dying

The steel industry in this country was moribund a few years ago, but now it seems to be reviving somewhat.

The senator's political ideas were moribund. No one thinks that way anymore.

A dying creature could be said to be moribund too, although this word is usually used in connection with things that die only figuratively.

Morose (muh ROHS) adj: gloomy, sullen

Loutise was always so morose about everything that she was never any fun to be with.

New Yorkers always seemed morose to the writer who lived in the country. They seemed beaten down by the vast, unfriendly city in which they lived.

Mortify (MAWR tuch FYE) v: to humiliate

I was mortified when my father asked my girlfriend whether she thought I was a dumb, pathetic wimp.

We had a mortifying experience at the opera; when Stanley sneezed, the entire orchestra stopped playing and stared at him for several minutes.

Mundane (mun DANE) adj: ordinary, pretty boring, not heavenly and eternal

My day was filled with mundane chores. I mowed the lawn, did the laundry, fed the dog and fed the dog to the gorilla.

Dee's job was so mundane that she sometimes had trouble remembering whether she was at work or asleep.

The monk's thoughts were far removed from mundane concerns. He was contemplating all the fun he was going to have in heaven.
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