EngIII Unit I Vocabulary Words

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Facetious

Humorous; playfully joking

Ostentatious

Meant to impress others; flashy

Optimum

Best possible

Detriment

Something that causes harm or damage

Vicarious

Experienced through the imagination; not experienced directly

Dexterous

Skillful in using the hands or body

Scrupulous

Careful about moral standards

Gregarious

Sociable; outgoing

Discretion

Good judgment or tact in actions or speaking

Sensory

Having to do with the senses

Instigate

To bring about by moving other to action

Rudimentary

Fundamental; necessary to learn first

Resilient

Able to recover quickly from harm or misfortune

Collaborate

To work together on a project

Zealot

A person totally devoted to a purpose or cause

Squelch

To silence or suppress; crush

Venerate

To honor or deeply respect

Despondent

Downhearted; hopeless; overwhelmed with sadness

Retrospect

Reviewing the past; considering past events

Scoff

To make fun of

Juxtapose

To place close together, especially in order to compare or contrast

Lethargy

A great lack of energy

Ambiguous

Able to be interpreted in more than one way

Inane

Without sense or meaning; foolish

Dissident

A person opposed to established ideas or beliefs

Embellish

To decorate; beautify with details

Subsidize

To support financially

Fritter

To spend or waste a little at a time

Inadvertent

Unintentional; accidental

Sporadic

Happening now and then; occasional

Relinquish

To surrender (something); give (something) up

Impetuous

Done or acting in a hurry, with little thought

Maudlin

Tearfully sentimental; overly emotional

Berate

To criticize or scold harshly

Ubiquitous

Existing everywhere at the same time

Zenith

The highest point or condition

Estrange

To make unsympathetic or unfriendly; alienate

Infallible

Not capable of error or failure

Euphoric

Overjoyed; having an intense feeling of well-being

Regress

To return to an earlier, generally worse, condition or behavior

Propensity

A natural preference or tendency

Reprehensible

Deserving of blame or disapproval

Fortuitous

Happening by chance, by accident, or at random

Solace

Comfort in sorrow or misfortune; consolation

Liaison

A person who serves as a connection between individuals or groups

Equivocate

To be unclear in order to mislead

Impeccable

Faultless; perfect

Solicitous

Showing or expressing concern, care, or attention

Predisposed

Tending toward or open to something beforehand

Sham

A pretense or counterfeit; something meant to deceive

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