VCR Lesson 7 Presentation

Maura Boerio

USE THE BEST WORD FROM LESSON 7 TO FILL IN THE BLANK:

The geocentric model of the solar system reached its ______ when the sun was actually found to be at the center, proving this model wrong.
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THE VOCAB WORD:

demise (n.)


death, or the end of existence or operation of something


Example Sentence: "The practice of bloodletting with leeches, thought to be a cure-all, finally came to its demise in the 1850s when it proved to be either harmful or useless."


Why it Works: because bloodletting was proven harmful or useless, it can be assumed to have been taken out of practice; therefore, its existence in the medical world ended


*demise, as a noun, is the primary part of speech


*fun fact: demise has no plural form!

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ITS ROOTS:

Latin word: "mitto, mittere, misi, missum"

-means "to send"


Latin preposition: "de"

-means "away from"


*makes sense because when something reaches its demise, it is sent away in the sense that it either dies or is no longer used

-when a person reaches his demise, he has died

-when a thing reaches its demise, it has been placed out of practice

SYNONYMS

-downfall

-extinction

-termination

ANTONYMS

-rise

-success

-creation

FAMOUS FICTIONAL DEMISES:

CHOOSE THE SENTENCE IN WHICH THE WORD IN BOLD-FACED TYPE IS USED INCORRECTLY

A: The little girl yelled as her sled flew down the icy demise.

B: In the Harry Potter series, the demise of two of the main characters always leave audiences in shock (characters left unnamed so as not to spoil the series for anyone:)).

C: After it was realized that the federal government was not able to tax its citizens, the Articles of Confederation reached its demise and was replaced by the Constitution.

D: After the Industrial Revolution, non-mechanized agricultural tools met their demise.

THE ANSWER

A!

The correct vocabulary word here would be declivity.