Difficult Words : Placate and Pivotal

Difficult Words : Placate and Pivotal

Pivotal (PIV uh tul) adj: crucial

Pivotal is the adjective form of the verb to pivot. To pivot is to turn on a single point or shaft. A basketball player pivots when he turns while leaving one foot planted in the same place on the floor.

• A
pivotal comment is a comment that turns on a discussion. It is a very important comment.

• A
pivotal member of a committee is crucial or extremely important member of a committee.

• Harry's contribution was
pivotal. Without it, we would have failed.



Placate (PLAY kate) v: to pacify, to appease, to soothe

• The tribe
placated the angry volcano by tossing a few teenagers into the raging crater.

• The beleaguered general tried to
placate his fierce attacker by sending him a pleasant flower arrangement.

• His duplicitous enemy decided to attack anyway. He was
implacable.


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