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Unit 4

annul

(v.) to reduce to nothing; to make ineffective or inoperative; to declare legally invalid or void
S:cancel, abolish, invalidate, nullify
A:validate, authorize, ratify

blase

(adj.) indifferent, bored as a result of having enjoyed many pleasures; apathetic
A:enthusiastic

bolster

(v.) to support, give a boost to; (n.) a long pillow or cushion; a supporting post
S:strengthen, reinforce, buttress, validate
A:undermine, weaken, impair

deplore

To feel or express regret or disapproval
S:lament, bemoan, bewail
A:approve, commend, extol

frivolous

(adj.) of little importance, not worthy of serious attention; not meant seriously
S:silly, foolish, inane, petty, trifling
A:serious, important, significant

muster

(v.) to bring together for service or battle; to gather or summon; to amount to, comprise, include; (n.) a list of men for military service; a gathering, accumulation
S:mobilize, marshal, roster, inventory
A:disband, dismiss, disperse

nonentity

a person or thing of no importance
S:nobody
A:celebrity, superstar

obsess

(v.) to trouble, haunt, or fill the mind
S:preoccupy

ornate

(adj.) elaborately decorated; showily splendid
S:fancy, elaborate, flashy, flamboyant
A: simple, plain, stark, austere

oust

to remove, drive out of a position or place
S:expel, eject
A:admit, welcome

peruse

To read thoroughly and carefully
S:study, pore over, scrutinize

porous

(adj.) full of tiny holes; able to be penetrated by air or water
S:leaky, permeable
A:airtight, waterproof, impermeable

promontory

A high point of land extending into water
S:cliff, headland

prone

(adj.) lying face down; inclined, likely
S:prostrate, liable, apt
A:standing, upright, unlikely

qualm

(n.) a pang of conscience, uneasiness, misgiving, or doubt; a feeling of faintness or nausea
S:regret, second thought, scruple

recourse

(n.) a person or thing turned to for help or advice; the act of seeking help or protection
S:redress, remedy, resort

residue

(n.) a remainder, that which remains when a part has been used up or removed
S:remnant, remains, leavings

solicitous

(adj.) showing concern or care; fearful or anxious about someone or something
S:concerned
A:unconcerned, indifferent, apathetic

staid

Serious and dignified; quiet or subdued in character or conduct
S:sedate, sober, prim
A:gaudy, jaunty, unconventional

sustain

(v.) to support, nourish, keep up; to suffer, undergo; to bear up under, withstand; to affirm the validity of
S;foster, maintain

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