Lesson 167 — Academic Word List: Lesson 17

Part 1: Watch the video 2-3 times

Part 2: Match the Words with their Definitions

a. deny the truth of a statement by asserting the opposite
b. a written or spoken agreement between two parties that is enforceable by law
c. belonging to the present time; modern or current in style
d. the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea
e. the state of being strikingly different from something else
f. prolonged public disagreement or heated discussion
g. engage in conversation or dialogue with someone
h. opposite in nature, direction, or meaning
i. come or bring together for a meeting or activity
j. give something in order to help achieve or provide something


  1. convene
  2. contrast
  3. contribute
  4. contract
  5. converse
  6. contrary
  7. context
  8. contemporary
  9. controversy
  10. contradict

Correct matches:

  1. i
  2. e
  3. j
  4. b
  5. g
  6. h
  7. d
  8. c
  9. f
  10. a

Part 3: Vocabulary in Context: Sentences

  1. The museum features contemporary artwork from emerging artists.
  2. In order to fully understand the novel, you need to consider the context in which it was written.
  3. Before signing the contract, make sure to carefully review all the terms and conditions.
  4. His statement seemed to contradict everything he had said previously.
  5. Contrary to popular belief, she actually enjoys spending time alone.
  6. The author used a clever contrast between light and dark to highlight the themes of the story.
  7. As an experienced researcher, she was able to contribute valuable insights to the team.
  8. The controversy surrounding the new policy led to heated debates among the students.
  9. The committee will convene next week to discuss the proposed changes.
  10. The seminar focused on how technology has changed the way we converse with others.

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