Vocabulary Lessons 25-27

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acquisition

the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something

alleviate

provide physical relief, as from pain

brusque

Abrupt, blunt, with no formalities

debacle

a sudden and violent collapse

microcosm

a miniature world; something that resembles something else on a very small scale

rigorous

demanding strict attention to rules and procedures

tenacity

persistent determination

thwart

hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

ulterior

beyond what is seen or expressed

wily

sly, shrewd, cunning

arduous

difficult to accomplish

deluge

fill quickly beyond capacity

enthrall

to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to imprison

grandiose

grand in an impressive or stately way; marked by pompous affectation or grandeur, absurdly exaggerated

impetuous

characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation

insatiable

impossible to satiate or satisfy

oracular

obscurely prophetic

platitude

n. quality of being dull; an obvious remark uttered as if it were original.

sluice

artificial channel for directing or controlling the flow of water

synchronize

happen at the same time

abate

become less in amount or intensity

contrition

repentance; remorse; penitence

effete

worn out; barren

indolence

idleness; laziness

inure

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

presumptuous

assuming too much; arrogant

propagate

transmit or cause to broaden or spread

protract

lengthen in time

stint

supply sparingly and with restricted quantities

wrest

to take by force, twist from

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