Vocabulary Workshop Level E Units 10-12

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acquiesce

to accept without protest; to agree or submit

allure

to entice, tempt; to be attractive to; a strong attraction; the power to attract, charm

askew

twisted to one side, crooked; disapprovingly

blithe

cheerful, lighthearted; casual, unconcerned

contentious

quarrelsome, inclined to argue

covet

to desire something belonging to another

crestfallen

discouraged, dejected, downcast

disheveled

rumpled, mussed; hanging in disorder

exponent

one who advocates, speaks for, explains, or interprets

garrulous

given to much talking, tediously chatty

insuperable

incapable of being overcome

lamentable

to be regretted or pitied

misnomer

an unsuitable or misleading name

profess

to affirm openly; to state belief in; to claim, pretend

respite

a period of relief or rest

retribution

a repayment; a deserved punishment

sinuous

winding, having many curves; lithe and flexible

sonorous

full, deep, or rich in sound; impressive in style

vanguard

the foremost part of an army; the leading position in any field

wastrel

a wasteful person, spendthrift; a good-for-nothing

allude

to refer to casually or indirectly

clairvoyant

supernaturally perceptive; one who possesses extrasensory powers, seer

conclusive

serving to settle an issue; final

disreputable

not respectable, not esteemed

endemic

native or confined to a particular region or people; characteristic of or prevalent in a field

exemplary

worthy of imitation, commendable; serving as a model

fathom

to understand, get to the bottom of; to determine the depth of; a measure of depth in water

guile

treacherous cunning, deceit

integrity

honesty, high moral standards; an unimpaired condition, completeness, soundness

itinerary

a route of travel; a record of travel; a guidebook

misconstrue

to interpret wrongly, mistake the meaning of

obnoxious

highly offensive, arousing strong dislike

placate

to appease, soothe, pacify

placid

calm, peaceful

plagiarism

passing off or using as one's own the writing (or other materials) of another person

potent

powerful, highly effective

pretext

a false reason, deceptive excuse

protrude

to stick out, thrust forth

stark

harsh, unrelieved, desolate; utterly

superficial

on or near the surface; concerned with or understanding only what is on the surface, shallow

abjure

to renounce, repudiate under oath; to avoid, shun

acrid

harsh in taste or odor; sharp in manner or temper

august

majestic, inspiring admiration and respect

callous

emotionally hardened, unfeeling

clandestine

secret, concealed; underhanded

compunction

remorse, regret

conflagration

a large destructive fire

elated

in high spirits, jubilant; extremely pleased

indelible

not able to be erased or removed; memorable

indulgent

yielding to the wishes or demands of others

inveterate

firmly established, long-standing; habitual

irrelevant

not to the point, not applicable or pertinent

nocturnal

of or occurring in the night; under cover of darkness

platitude

a commonplace, stale, or trite remark

quell

to subdue, put down forcibly

quiescent

inactive; at rest

ruminate

to meditate, think about at length; to chew the cud

tacit

unspoken, silent; implied, inferred

tangible

capable of being touched; real, concrete

trenchant

incisive, keen; forceful, effective; cutting, caustic; distinct, clear-cut

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