Vocabulary Unit 4

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affable

courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to

aggrandize

to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater

amorphous

having no definite form or distinct shape

aura

that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality

contraband

goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law

erudite

scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic

gossamer

thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; a very thin, light cloth

infer

to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply

inscrutable

(adj.) incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically

insular

relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience

irrevocable

incapable of being changed or called back

propensity

a natural inclination or predilection toward

querulous

peevish, complaining, fretful

remonstrate

to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to

repudiate

(v.) to disown, reject, or deny the validity of

resilient

able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly

reverberate

to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly

scurrilous

coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed

sedulous

persistent, showing industry and determination

sleazy

thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable

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