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Week 1

infinitesimal

adj. exceedingly small; minute

variegated

adj. distinctly marked with different colors; diverse

erratic

adj. inconsistent, unpredictable

venial

adj. easily excused or forgiven
NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH VENAL (ABLE TO BE BRIBED)

zeal

n. intense passion or enthusiasm

peer

n. a person or thing of the same rank

olfactory

adj. relating to the sense of smell

divulge

v. to reveal or make known

conducive

adj. tending to bring about

odyssey

n. a long, adventurous journey

negotiate

v. to succeed in going over, coping with, or accomplishing

encumber

v. to burden or weigh down

submissive

adj. willing to obey without resistance; docile

endeavor

n. a serious attempt or effort

inextricable

adj. incapable of being solved or untangled

scruple

n. a moral principle that restrains actions

antediluvian

adj. very old; outdated

innate

adj. possessed at birth; inborn

hedonist

n. someone who seeks only pleasure

rote

n. mechanical memorization, often without full understanding

byproduct

n. a side-effect; something produced in the making of something else

egregious

adj. outstanding for undesirable qualities; remarkably bad

liable

adj. legally obligated; likely (w/ reference to an unfavorable outcome)

august

adj. inspiring awe or admiration, esp. because of rank or character

discreet

adj. careful about what one says or does; prudent

improvident

adj. not preparing for the future; incautious

sanguine

adj. optimistic, cheerful

impoverished

adj. without money; deprived of natural resources
HINT: IN POVERTY

diffident

adj. lacking self-confidence; timid; shy
HINT: SHE'S NOT DIFFERENT; SHE'S JUST DIFFIDENT

tenor

n. the general character or meaning of something

excruciating

adj. severely painful

repel

v. to drive or force back; to drive off

surly

adj. sullen and rude

coax

v. to persuade or obtain by pleading or flattery

sinecure

n. a paid position that requires little or no work

venerable

adj. worthy of honor and respect by reason of dignity, age, etc

emulate

v. to copy someone; to imitate

tandem

n. a relationship between two people or things involving cooperative action

sequester

v. to move or set apart; to quarantine

quintessence

n. a pure substance or essence of something

squander

v. to spend wastefully

antiseptic

adj. free from germs; thoroughly clean
n. a substance that inhibits the growth of germs

contrite

adj. feeling sorry for what one has done

edifice

n. a building; architectural monument

antithesis

n. direct contrast; opposition

improvise

v. to do without preparation

deplete

v. to gradually use up (resources, strength, etc)

amorphous

adj. without definite shape; shapeless; unorganized

ubiquitous

adj. present everywhere
HINT: YOU CAN'T QUIT THIS. IT'S UBIQUITOUS.

recur

v. to repeat; to occur again

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