Vocab 9

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abate

to make less in amount , degree , etc. to subside , become less ; to nullify.

adulation

praise or flattery that is excessive

anathema

an object of intense dislike ; a curse or strong strong denunciation often used objectively without the article.

astute

shrewd , crafty , showing practical wisdom

avarice

a greedy desire , particularly for wealth

culpable

deserving blame, worthy of condemnation

dilatory

tending to delay or procrastinate, not prompt, ; intended to delay or postpone

egregious

conspicuous , standing out from the crowd or the mass ( in an unfavorable manner)

equivocate

to speak or act in a way that allows for more than one interpretation ; to be deliberately vague or ambiguous

evanescent

vanishing , soon passing away ; light and airy

irresolute

unable to make up one's mind , hesitating

nebulous

cloud like , resembling a cloud; cloudy in color , not transparent ; vague , confused , indistinct

novice

one who is just a beginner at some activity requiring skill and experience

penury

extreme poverty; bareness, insufficiency

pretentious

done for show, striving to make big impressions; claiming merit or position unjustifiably ; making demands on one's skill or abilities , ambitious

recapitulate

to review a series of facts ; to sum up

resuscitate

to revive , bring back to consciousness or existence.

slovenly

untidy, dirty, careless

supposition

something that is assumed or taken for granted without conclusive evidence.

torpid

inactive, sluggish , dull

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