Eng 10 Vocab unit 10 defs

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askance

with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval

attenuate

to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value

benign

gentle, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effect; not malignant

cavil

to find fault in a petty way, carp; a trivial objection or criticism

charlatan

one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor, or quack

decimate

to kill or destroy a large part of

foible

a weak point, failing, minor flaw

forgo

to do without, abstain from, give up

fraught

full of or loaded with; accompanied by

inure

to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure

luminous

emitting or reflecting light, glowing; illuminating

obsequious

marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons

obtuse

(adj.) blunt, not coming to a point; slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90 and 180 degrees; not causing a sharp impression

oscillate

to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver

penitent

regretful for one's sins or mistakes; one who is sorry for wrongdoing

peremptory

having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial; determined, resolute

rebuff

to snub; to repel, drive away; a curt rejection, a check

reconnoiter

(v.) to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection

shambles

a slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion, mess

sporadic

Occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time

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