Vocabulary List 11

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ambivalence

lack of clarity; wavering; being undecided

ameliorate

improve

cantankerous

bad-tempered; quarrelsome

capitulate

surrender

carping

constant criticism

derogatory

uncomplimentary

desecrate

to damage or pollute a holy place

desist

stop; discontinue; cease

exorcism

getting free/rid of; eliminating (especially demons)

impecunious

having no money

impromptu

unrehearsed; spontaneous

inadvertent

not intentional

lucid

clear

ludicrous

ridiculous; silly

lummox

clumsy person

ornate

marked by or fond of conspicuous and pretentious display

ossify

1. turn to bone
2. become fixed or rigid

ostentatious

showy

precipice

steep slope

precipitous

done in a hurry

preclude

prevent or make impossible

precocious

developing early

relegate

dismiss to a lower position

salubrious

favorable to or promoting health or well-being

salutary

producing a beneficial effect

sanctimonious

hypocritically holy

sanction

give approval to

sycophant

bootlicker; flatterer

truncate

to shorten by or as if by cutting off

turpitude

conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice

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