Review Units 13-15

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abase

to lower in esteem, degrade; to humble

actuate

to move to action; to impel

avert

to turn aside, turn away; to prevent, avoid

boorish

rude, unrefined; clumsy

brunt

the main impact, force, or burden

combatant

a fighter; engaged in fighting

dormant

inactive; in a state of suspension; sleeping

dubious

causing uncertainty or suspicion; in a doubtful or uncertain state of mind, hesitant

harangue

to deliver a loud, ranting speech, a loud speech

harry

to make a destructive raid on; to torment, harass

impenitent

not feeling remorse or sorrow for errors or offenses

knave

a tricky, unprincipled, or deceitful fellow

legion

a large military force; any large group or number, many, numerous

liberality

generosity, generous act; breadth of mind or outlook

plaintiff

one who begins a lawsuit

probe

to examine, investigate thoroughly; an investigation; a device used to explore or examine

protract

to draw out or lengthen in space or time

quarry

to cut or take from (or as if from) a quarry; a place from which stone is taken; something that is hunted or pursued

spurn

to refuse with scorn, disdain

subterfuge

an excuse or trick for excaping or hiding something

annex

(v) to add, attach; to incorporate; (n) an attachment or addition

cleave

(v) to cut or split open; to cling to

cordial

(adj) in a friendly manner, hearty: cherry (n) a liqueur

cornerstone

(n) the starting point of a building; a fundamental principle or element

debacle

(n) an overwhelming defeat, rout; a complete collapse or failure

devitalize

(v) to make weak or lifeless

embroil

(v) to involve in a conflict or difficulty; to throw into confusion

exonerate

(v) to clear from a charge or accusation

glib

(adj) ready and influent in speech; thoughtless; insincere

haphazard

(adj) by chance, not planned, lacking order

improvise

(v) to compose or perform without preparation: to construct from available materials

incite

(v) to rouse, stir up, urge on

influx

(n) a coming in, inflow

pallor

(n) an extreme or unnatural paleness

pedigree

(n) a list of ancestors, family tree; the history or origins of simething

precipitous

(adj) very steep

profuse

(adj) very abundant; given or flowing freely

reconcile

(v) to restore to friendship; to settle; to resign(onself)

shackle

(v) to put into chains; (n) a chain, fetter

threadbare

(adj) shabby, old and worn

ad infinitum

(adv.) endlessly

apportion

(v.) to divide and give out in shares

bona fide

(adj.) genuine, sincere

buoyant

(adj.) able to float easily; able to hold things up; cheerful, hopeful

clique

(n.) a small, exclusive group of people

concede

(v.) to admit as true; to yield, submit

congenial

(adj.) getting on well with others; agreeable, pleasant

lofty

(adj.) very high, noble

migration

(n.) a movement from one country or region to another

perceive

(v.) to be aware of through the senses, observe; to grasp mentally

perverse

(adj.) inclined to go against what is expected; stubborn; turned away from what is good and proper

prelude

(n.) an introduction; that which comes before or leads off

rancid

(adj.) stale, spoiled

rustic

(adj.) country-like; simple, plain; awkward (n.) one who lives in the country

sever

(v.)to separate, divide in parts

sordid

(adj.) wretchedly poor; run-down; mean or selfish

untenable

(adj.) not capable of being held or defended; impossible to maintain

versatile

(adj.) able to do many things well; capable of many uses

vindicate

(v.) to clear from hint or charge of wrongdoing; to defend successfully against opposition, to justify

wane

(v.) to loose size, strength, or power

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