Difficult Words : Perfunctory and Peremptory

Difficult Words : Perfunctory and Peremptory

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Peremptory (puh REMP tuh ree) adj: final, categorical, dictatorial

• Someone who is peremptory says or does something without giving anyone a chance to dispute it.

• Frank's father peremptorily banished him to his room.

Perfunctory (pur FUNGK tuh ree) adj: unenthusiastic, careless

• Larry made a couple of perfunctory attempts at answering the questions on the test, but then he put down his pencil and his head and slept until the end of the period.

• Sandra's lawn mowing was perfunctory at best. She skipped all the difficult parts and didn’t rake up any of the clippings.

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