Vocabulary Workshop Level D Unit 10-12

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Adept

(adj.) thoroughly skilled; (n.) an expert

Aspire

(v.) to have ambitious hopes or plans, strive toward a higher goal, desire earnestly; to ascend

Bleak

(adj.) bare, dreary, dismal

Chide

(v.) to blame; scold

Despicable

(adj.) worthy of scorn, contemptible

Diminutive

(adj.) small, smaller than most others of the same type

Emancipate

(v.) to free from slavery; to release or liberate

Erroneous

(adj.) incorrect, containing mistakes

Exploit

(v.) to make use of, develop; to make improper use of for personal profit; (n.) a feat, deed

Extemporaneous

(adj.) made or delivered on the spur of the moment

Impair

(v.) to mak imperfect, damage, harm

Invincible

(adj.) not able to be defeated, unbeatable

Languid

(adj.) drooping; without energy, sluggish

Mire

(n.) mud; wet, swampy ground; a tough situation; (v.) to get stuck

Obtrusive

(adj.) forward; undesirably prominent; thrust out

Preamble

(n.) an introduction to a speech or piece of writing

Render

(v.) to cause to become; to performed; to deliver officially; to process, extract

Rugged

(adj.) rough, irregular; severe, stern; strong; stormy

Skeptical

(adj.) inclined to doubt; slow to accept something as true

Slipshod

(adj.) untidy in dress, personal habits, etc.; careless, sloppy

brevity

(n.) shortness

comport

(v.) to conduct or bear oneself, behave; to be in agreement

concise

(adj.) expressing much in a few words

demure

(adj.) sober or serious in manner, modest

depreciation

(n.) a lessening in value; a belittling

deteriorate

(v.) to lower in quality or value; to wear away

divulge

(v.) to tell, reveal; to make public

enlightened

(adj.) free from ignorance and false ideas; possessing sound understanding

forestall

(v.) to prevent by acting first

garble

(v.) to distort in such a way as to make unintelligible

proponent

(n.) one who puts forward a proposal; one who supports a cause or belief

quaver

(v.) to shake, tremble; to trill

recoil

(v.) to spring back, shrink; (n.) the act of springing back

recoup

(v.) to make up for, regain

reek

(n.) an unpleasant smell; (v.) to give off unpleasant smells; to give a strong impression

relentless

(adj.) unyielding, harsh, without pity

rivulet

(n.) a small stream

squander

(v.) to spend foolishly, waste

staccato

(adj.) detached or disconnected in sound or style

statute

(n.) a law

appreciable

(adj.) sufficient to be noticed or measured

autocratic

(adj.) absolute in power or authority

blanch

(v.) to remove the color from; to make or turn pale; to parboil

blasphemy

(n.) an act, utterance, or writing showing contempt for something sacred

brawny

(adj.) strong, muscular

concerted

(adj.) planned or performed in cooperation with others

contend

(v.) to fight, struggle; to compete, argue

humane

(adj.) kind, merciful

illustrious

(adj.) very famous, distinguished

intolerable

(adj.) unbearable

irreverent

(adj.) disrespectful

laborious

(adj.) not easy, requiring hard work; hardworking

lithe

(adj.) bending easily, limber

maltreat

(v.) to abuse, use roughly or crudely

ponder

(v.) to consider carefully, reflect on

subversive

(adj.) intended to undermine or overthrow (n.) one who advocates or attempts to undermine a political system

synthetic

(adj.) made or put together by people (n.) something artificial

temperate

(adj.) mild, moderate

venomous

(adj.) poisonous; spiteful, mean

wily

(adj.) sly, shrewd, cunning

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