Vocab A 101-149

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habitat

the place where a particular type of animal or plant is normally found

paradox

a statement containing opposite ideas that make it seem absurd or unlikely, although it is or may be true

inhabit

1. to make someone too nervous or embarrassed to do something
2. to hold back or prevent a process or action

obsolete

no longer used because something new has been invented

optimism

to look at things in a more positive way

underscore

to emphasize

subjective

based on personal experience or feeling and not from external evidence

elusive

difficult to find, define, or achieve

tentative

done or said without certainty that it is right, definite, or final; not confident

exemplify

to illustrate by example

criterion

a standard or principle by which something is judged, or with the help of which a decision is made

transmit

1. to send something from one person or place to another
2. to allow heat, light, sound, ect. to pass through

apathy

lack of emotion, enthusiasm, or concern

precede

to happen or come before something or someone in order

stimulus

1. something that encourages better or faster development
2. something that causes a reaction in a living organism

solitude

the state of being alone, esp. when this is desirable

induce

to persuade or influence

erroneous

not correct; wrong

somber

1. dark in color; dull and gloomy
2. sad and serious

scope

1. the opportunity or ability to do or achieve something
2. the range of things that a subject, an organization, an activity, ect. deals with

reprehensible

morally wrong and deserving criticism

erratic

not happening at regular times; irregular

chaos

complete disorder or confusion

methodology

a set of methods and principles used to perform a particular activity

mundane

not interesting or exciting

disparage

to speak in a disapproving or slighting manner

pragmatic

treating things realistically; practical

substantiate

to provide proof that something is true

artifact

an object produced by human work, esp. one of historical or archaeological interest

capricious

changing suddenly and quickly, esp. in attitude or behavior

dubious

not certain and slightly suspicious about something; not knowing whether something is good or bad

augment

to increase

relieve

to remore or reduce an unpleasant feeling or pain

perpetuate

to make something continue for a long time

nurture

to care for and protect someone or something during growth and development

meticulous

paying careful attention to every detail

spite

a feeling of wanting to hurt or upset someone

encompass

1. to include a large number or range of things
2. to surround or cover something completely

ruthless

hard and cruel; showing no pity

devastate

1. to completely destroy a place or an area
2. to make someone feel very shocked and sad

eccentric

(of people or their behavior) unusual; unconventional; odd

sacred

1. connected with God or a god; considered to be holy
2. very important and treated with great respect

extract

to remove, esp. with effort

attain

to succeed in getting something; to achieve something, esp. with effort

accommodate

1. to help someone by doing what he or she wants
2. to change behavior in order to deal with a new situation better

coherent

1. logical and well organized; easy to understand and clear
2. able to talk and express oneself clearly

spontaneous

done suddenly, without prior planning or outside influence

concise

giving only the information that is necessary and important; using few words

ambiguous

having more than one possible interpretation

subdue

to bring someone or something under control, esp. by force

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