vocab 7-12

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acme

the highest point

attribute

a quality of someone or something, to assign to, credit with

belittle

to make something appear smaller than it is

convey

to transport, transmit, communicate, or make known

doctrine

a belief, principle, teaching, or system of belief

excise

to remove by cutting an indirect tax

exotic

foreign, charmingly unfamiliar, unusual

haggard

thin, worm

jaunty

lively, carefree, smart or trim in appearance

juncture

a joining together, important point in time

menial

lowly, humble or a person as such

parry

to ward off, deflect, avoid, a defensive move in sports

predatory

preying on, plundering

stance

a way of holding the body, an attitude or position on an issue

tawdry

showy and flashy

turncoat

a person who switches sides

unassuming

modest

wallow

to roll about in a lazy way, to over indulge in, or a muddy area used by animals

waver

to move about, become unsteady, to show lack of decision/firmness

abut

to join at one end, be next to, support

attire

clothes or to dress

avail

to be use or benefit to, or a benefit or value

crony

close friend

cryptic

puzzling

divergent

going in different directions, different

enmity

hatred, ill-will

fervent

earnest, passionate

gaunt

thin and bony

infiltrate

to pass through

nullify

to cancel or make of no value

perceptible

capable of being grasped

plummet

to plunge, a weight fastened to a line

proclaim

to declare

proxy

an agent, substitute

rankle

to cause anger, irritation

scavenger

a person who collects/removes items from waste, animals that feed on dead bodies

stint

to limit, a limit, share or work/duty

stoical

self controlled, not showing feeling

unflagging

tireless, continuing with vigor

apt

suitable, quick to learn

awry

wrong, in a twisted position

bludgeon

a short club, to strike with such, to use force or strong arguments

capitulate

to give up

chafe

to warm by rubbing, a sore or injury caused by such

defile

to make dirty, to march in a line, a narrow passage

dire

dreadful, demanding action

disarming

charming

disgruntled

annoyed

encroach

to trespass, go beyond limits

endow

provide, equip

fend

to ward off, resist

impunity

freedom from punishment

mien

manner

penal

having to do with punishment

pertinent

related to the matter at hand, to the point

predominant

greatest in strength or power, most common

prodigy

something marvelous, a child or young person with an amazing talent

recluse

a person who leads a shut up life

renown

fame, glory

accord

agreement, harmony, to agree, to grant, bestow upon

barter

exchange in trade, to exchange goods

curt

short, rudely brief

devise

to think out a plan

dexterous

skillful, clever

engross

to occupy with complete attention

entail

to put a burden on, require, to restrict ownership by limiting inheritance, such a restriction

ferret

a kind of weasel, to search or torment

habituate

to become used to, to cause to become used to

impending

about to happen, hanging over

personable

pleasing in appearance or personality

rue

to regret, feel sorry for, regret

scoff

to make fun of

transition

a change from one condition to another

trepidation

fear, trembling

upbraid

to blame, scold

veritable

actual, true, real

vex

to annoy, confuse

vitality

strength, liveliness, energy, capacity, to live and develop

whimsical

subject to odd ideas, playful, unpredictable

appease

to sooth, satisfy, yield to

belated

late

calamitous

causing great misfortune

cite

to quote, recommend

conventional

with accepted ideas or standards

decoy

to lure into a trap

delve

to search deeply

ensue

to follow in order

gallantry

courage, respect

impart

to make known, pass something on

judicious

using or showing good judgement

mediate

to bring about an agreement, occupying a middle position

milieu

the surrounding enviornment

outlandish

strange

overbearing

domineering

pert

lively

quirk

a peculiar way of acting

regale

to feast, entertain

shiftless

lazy, inefficient

taint

a stain, mark of dishonor, to stain or contaminate

abdicate

to resign, to disown

bestow

to give as a gift

capacious

able to hold much, roomy

caustic

able to burn or eat away by chemical action, biting, sarcastic

crusade

a strong movement to advance a cause or idea, to campaign or work hard

deface

to injure or destroy, to damage the value, effect of, to face down, outshine

embargo

an order forbidding trade, restrain, to forbid trade with

fallacy

a false notion or belief, error in thinking

levity

lack of seriousness especially about things that should be respected, buoyancy

nauseate

to make sick, to fill with disgust

negate

to nullify, deny, bring to nothing

pivotal

vitally important

recipient

one who receives, receiving

ruse

an action to confuse, to trick

teem

to come to overflowing, to be present in large quantities

tenet

a true opinion, belief, or principle

tractable

easily managed, easily wrought, malleable

ungainly

clumsy, awkward, unwieldy

voracious

having a huge appetite, greedy, excessively eager

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