Vocabulary Workshop, Level F, Lesson 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

Shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type of character; without organization, unity, or cohesion.

Aura

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

Contraband

(n.) Illegal traffic, smuggled goods. (adj.) Illegal, prohibited.

Erudite

Scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic.

Gossamer

Thin, light, delicate, insubstantial. (n.) 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

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

To disown, reject, or deny the validity of.

Reverberate

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

Resilient

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

Scurrilous

Abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed.

Sedulous

Persistent, showing industry and determination.

Sleazy

Thin of flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy of inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable.

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