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Chapters 15-19

analogy

a comparison of an unfamiliar idea or object to a simple, familiar one

analogous

characterized by a parallel similarity that permits the drawing of an analogy

elusive

hard to pin down; skillful at eluding capture; EVASIVE

futile

ineffectual; producing no result; vain

chaotic

disorganized; lacking visible order or organization

obsolete

no longer produced or used; ANTIQUATED; out of date

disparity

the condition of being unequal; a noticeable difference in age, income, or rank

antecedent

an event or occurence that precedes something similar in time; a forerunner

somber

characterized by being dark, gloomy, and depressed

augment

to make something greater; to increase

stodgy

dull, boring, and unimaginative

abstemious

characterized by moderation in eating and drinking

digress

to stray from a topic in writing, speaking, or thinking; to go off on a TANGENT

misnomer

an incorrect or inappropriate name

anguish

characterized by great mental and emotional distress

solicitous

characterized by being overly attentive and caring; excessively concerned

intrepid

fearless and daring; bold

affable

friendly and pleasant; gracious

fundamental

a belief, skill or component that is essential and basic

scenario

a sequence of possible events that may occur

empathy

great understanding of another person's feelings; great sympathy

plausible

believable; a reasonable chance of something happening

heyday

the peak of popularity and success of a movement, organization or person

ingenious

a clever mix of creativity and inventiveness

conspicuous

attracting attention by being unusual or very noticeable

hierarchy

any system of persons, animals, or things that are ranked one above another

exasperate

to irritate; annoy; frustrate

prescient

perceiving the significance of events before they occur; showing foresight

mundane

ordinary and commonplace

slovenly

characterized by being untidy in dress or appearance; messy and sloppy

dispel

to drive away or scatter; to remove

adhere

to hold closely; to stick to a policy or plan of action

fortitude

strength in the face of adversity

negligent

characterized by neglect and a careless lack of concern

adept

demonstrating great skill in accomplishing a task or in achieving a goal

embellish

to enhance; to make more attractive ornamentation

instill

to gradually impart new values, attitudes, or skills

exacerbate

to make worse; to aggravate a situation

impassioned

filled with passion and zeal; fervent

rampant

unrestrained and out of control; marked by unchecked growth

adulation

characterized by great and even exaggerated flattery

credible

apparently reasonable; believable

divisive

creating disunity and dissension

herald

to praise or enthusiastically greet the arrival of someone or something

devour

to eat voraciously; consume greedily

shirk

to avoid or neglect one's assigned duties or responsibilities

tenacious

stubborn, unyielding

feasible

possible; capable of being achieved

appall

to shock and outrage

feign

to pretend with the intent to deceive

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