English Vocab 11

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ambivalence

(n.) the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes

astute

(adj.) shrewd, crafty, showing practical wisdom

calculated

(adj.) deliberately planned; likely

conscientious

(adj.) meticulous; careful; painstaking; particular

denounce

(v.) to condemn openly; to accuse formally

dissent

(v.) to disagree; (n.) disagreement

emulate

(v.) to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model

facetious

(adj.) humorous, not meant seriously

gregarious

(adj.) living together in a herd or group; sociable, seeking the company of others

incisive

(adj.) sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness)

jurisprudence

(n.) the philosophy or science of law

mollify

(v.) to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity

ornate

(adj.) elaborately decorated; showily splendid

philanthropist

(n.) a person (usually wealthy) who gives money to charity

propriety

(n.) correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs

restraint

(n.) moderation or self-control; controlling force; restriction

sonorous

(adj.) full, deep, or rich in sound; impressive in style

tenacity

(n.) firmness; persistence

urbane

(adj.) refined in manner or style, suave

zealot

(n.) someone passionately devoted to a cause

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