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Griffin vocab week of 2/20/13 easy words 27-50

impecunious

having little or no money

advent

arrival; beginning

abusive

insulting

corroborate

to make more certain; to support (usually evidence)

digression

turning away from the main subject

discredit

to cast doubt upon, to ruin the reputation of

determinate

fixed; definite

estrange

to make unfriendly/alienate the affections of; to turn away

impetuous

impulsive, hasty, careless

incongruous

out of place; not appropriate or fitting

insular

standing alone like an island; isolated

assent

to agree or concur; to give in/yield

plenitude

plentiful; abundance

stalwart

strong/brave/valiant; firm/uncompromising

circuitous

not direct, roundabout

euphonious

pleasing to the ear; sounding agreeable

inter

to bury

imperturbable

not easily excited; calm

cajole

to persuade or coax

clandestine

secret; concealed

decorum

proper behavior

acuity

keenness; sharpness

didactic

educational; teacher-like; intended for instruction

amenable

willing to follow advice or suggestion

certitude

certainty

degenerate

to grow worse or deteriorate

fiasco

a complete or ridiculous failure

alter

to change

alienate

to turn away the affection of

snare

to trap

fanaticism

excessive or unreasonable enthusiasm

giddy

never serious; flighty (delirious/light-headed); frivolous

gouge

to dig out, tear out, or force out

pivotal

very important

authoritarian

requiring full obedience to authority

soothe

to calm or comfort; to ease or relieve

myth

legend, flase belief

adhere

to stick to or follow closely

detrimental

causing loss of damage; harmful

contaminate

to make impure

finesse

graceful skill

warrant

to justify, call for, or deserve

sloth

laziness

suffrage

the right to vote

benevolent

kind; charitable

spectator

one who looks on without taking part

chaos

complete disorder

blueprint

a detailed plan; a model to be followed

mingle

to mix together

synthesis

a combination of parts into a whole

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