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Meritorious means deserving of honor or esteem.
For example, “Keith received a plaque for his meritorious leadership during the PR crisis that almost closed the company.”
Rectitude means the quality or state of being correct in judgement or procedure; moral integrity.
For example, “Keith’s insistence on fiscal rectitude saved the company from financial ruin.”
Aegis means protection; shield.
For example, “Keith hated the fact that the incompetent COO was under the aegis of the CEO, and could never be fired.”
Sacrosanct means treated as if holy; immune from criticism; inviolable.
For example, “Keith considered his quarterly reports sacrosanct and never allowed anyone to edit them.”
Menagerie means a place where animals are kept; a varied mixture.
For example, “When Keith passed the interns’ cubicle, he lost his temper when he saw the menagerie of overturned boxes, scattered file folders, and fast food wrappers that filled the space.”
Redolent means evocative, suggestive; exuding fragrance, aromatic.
For example, “Keith felt that the CEO’s speech was redolent of combat and infighting and, therefore, totally inappropriate.”
Homogeneous means the same or similar in kind or nature; uniform structure.
For example, “Keith was struck by the homogeneous blend of personalities of his new sales team.”
Maladroit means inept, lacking skill or cleverness especially in handling situations.
For example, “Keith’s maladroit management of the tradeshow caused a lot of hurt feelings.”
Cursory means rapidly and often superficially performed or produced.
For example, “Because of Keith’s cursory inspection of the supply room, he failed to notice they were out of Post-It Notes.”
Anathema means someone or something intensely disliked or loathed.
After taking credit for the record-breaking sales quarter, Keith was anathema to the sales team.