Vocab Unit 4

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affable

courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to. SYNONYMS: genial, amicable, agreeable, cordial. ANTONYMS: surly, cantankerous, dour, inhospitable

eggrandize

to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intesify; tomake appear greater. SYNONYMS: augment, amplify, enhance, exalt. ANTONYMS: reduce, decrease, diminish

amorphous

having no definite form or distinct shape. SYNONYMS: formless, unstructured, nebulous, inchoate. ANTONYMS: definite, well-defined, clear-cut

aura

that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality SYNONYMS: ambience, atmosphere

contraband

illegal traffic, smuggled goods; illegal, prohibited. SYNONMYS: ilicit, bootleg, unlawful. ANTONYMS: legal, lawful, licit.

erudite

scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
SYNONYMS: profoundly educated, well-read. ANTONYMS: ignorant uneducated, illiterate.

gossamer

thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; a very thin, light cloth. SYNONYMS: filmy, diaphanous, sheer, airy, leathery, gauzy. ANTONYMS: thick, dense, solid, massive.

infer

to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply. SYNONYMS: gather, deduce, presume, guess, speculate.

inscrutable

incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically. SYNONYMS: narrow-minded, parochial, provincial. ANTONYMS: comprehensible, intelligible, penetrable.

insular

relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island. SYNONYMS: gather, deduce, presume, presume, guess, speculate.

irrevocable

incapable of being changed or called back. SYNONYMS: irreversible, unrecallable, unalterable. ANTONYMS: reversible, changeable.

propensity

a natural inclination or predilection toward. SYNONYMS: natural bent, proclivity, penchant. ANTONYMS: natural incapacity or inability.

querulous

peevish, complaining, fretful. SYNONYMS: petulant, touchy, cranky, irritable.

remonstrate

to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to. SYNONYMS: reason against, expostulate.

repudiate

to disown, reject, or deny the validity of. SYNONYMS: disavow, abjure, renounce. ANTONYMS: avow, affirm, aver, avouch.

reverberate

to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly. SYNONYMS: rumble, thunder, boom, echo.

scurrilous

coarsely abusive; vulgar. SYNONYMS: obscene, filthy, abusive, viltuperative. ANTONYMS: decorous, seemly, tasteful, dignified.

sedulous

persistent, showing industry and determination. SYNONYMS: assiduous, tireless, indelatigable. ANTONYMS: lackaiscal, listless, indolent, otlose.

sleezy

thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy, or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disruputable. SYNONYMS: inferior, cheesy, tawdry, tatty. ANTONYMS: superior, first-rate, quality, sturdy.

resilient

able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly. SYNONYMS: springy, elastic, buoyant, bouncy. ANTONYMS: rigid, stiff, inflexible, unyielding.

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