cumulative test units 1-9 level c vocab

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acme

highest peak or point,

anguish

(n.) Great mental suffering, distress, or pain; (v.) to be deeply tormented by pain or sorrow

audacious

(adj.) bold, adventurous, recklessly daring

belittle

to make something appear smaller than it is; to refer to in a way that suggests lack of importance or value

bludgeon

a short club used as a weapon

bolster

support and strengthen

churlish

lacking politeness or good manners; lacking sensitivity; difficult to work with or deal with; rude

congested

overcrowded, filled or occupied to excess

cronies

friends

detriment

a damage or loss

discordent

(adj) disagreeable in sound

encroaching

trespassing

enterprising

(adj.) energetic, willing and able to start something new; showing boldness and imagination

epitaph

an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there

excise

remove by cutting

gingerly

with extreme care or caution

haggard

(adj.) thin, pale, and careworn as a result of worry or suffering; wild-looking

hovering

hanging low above something as if floating in air

infiltrate

(v.) to pass through or gain entrance to gradually or stealthily

instigate

(v.) to urge on; to stir up, provoke, start, incite

instill

to add gradually; to introduce or cause to be taken in

impuntity

freedom from being punished or harmed

jostle

to make or force one's way by pushing or elbowing; to bump, shove, brush against; to compete for

maim

(v.) to cripple, disable, injure, mar, disfigure, mutilate

myriad

(adj.) in very great numbers; (n.) a very great number

nonentity

a person or thing of little or no importance

perceptible

capable of being grasped by the senses or mind

pertinent

(adj.) related to the matter at hand, to the point

peruse

to read thoroughly and carefully

plaudits

applause; enthusiastic praise or approval

plausible

appearing true, reasonable, or fair

predatory

preying on, plundering, or piratical

proclaim

(v.) to declare publicly or officially

prone

lying face down

pseudonym

(n.) A pen name, name assumed by a writer

renown

fame, glory

revert

to return, go back

scapegoat

(n.) A person or thing carrying the blame for others

sequel

that which follows, a result; a literary work or film continuing the story of one written or made earlier

skittish

extremely nervous and easily frightened; shy or timid; extremely cautious; unstable, undependable

sustained

consistent

tawdry

showy and flashy but lacking in good taste

unison

a sounding together; agreement or accord

volatile

(adj.) highly changeable, fickle; tending to become violent or explosive; changing readily from the liquid to the gaseous state

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