Vocabulary for Achievement Lesson 11-15

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Audacious

1. Fearlessly daring; bold 2. Not held back by what others consider acceptable; showing willingness to offend others

Contumacy

A scornful resistance to authority; a stubborn rebelliousness

Dour

1. Marked by sternness, harshness, ill temper or gloom 2. Sternly unyielding or stubborn

Éclat

Brilliance in performance and achievement; conspicuous success

Indefatigable

Tireless, incapable of wearing out or becoming fatigued

Irresolute

Undecided or uncertain about what to do; wavering

Obdurate

1. Hardhearted; stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing 2. Not giving into persuasion

Obsequious

Excessively eager to serve, obey, or win the favor of another; fawning

Pertinacity

The quality of holding firmly or stubbornly to a purpose, an intention, or a belief; stubborness

Stoic

1. Seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain; determined not to complain or show feeling 2. A person who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain

Austere

1. Severe or stern in personality or appearance; somber and grave 2. Bare, without adornment

Avarice

Greed, or an extreme desire for wealth

Florid

1. Flushed with rosy color 2. Very ornate; flowery

Insatiable

Not capable of being fully satisfied

inundate

1. To flood or cover over with water 2. To overwhelm as if with a flood

Myriad

1. Referring to a large but undetermined number 2. Made up of many diverse elements or facets 3. A huge number

Parsimony

Displaying extreme stinginess or cheapness

Prodigal

1. Carelessly or wastefully extravagant; lavish 2. Giving or given in abundance

Replete

Plentifully supplied; abounding

Voluminous

1. Having great fullness, size, or number 2. Ample or lengthy in speech or writing

Abscond

To leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution

Bilk

To cheat or swindle out of money

Clemency

1. Mercy, especially toward a criminal or an enemy 2. Mildness, especially of weather

Contrite

Feeling regret and sorrow for things one has done wrong

Impute

1. To attribute the fault or responsibility to; to relate to a particular cause or source 2. To assign as a characteristic

Iniquity

Wickedness; immorality; a wicked or an immoral act; a sin

Redress

1. To right a wrong; to make up for 2. Satisfaction for a wrong or injury; a correction

Reprehensible

Deserving of blame or criticism

Restitution

1. The act of restoring something to its proper owner or to is original, undamaged state 2. The act of compensating for loss, damage, or injury

Vindicate

1. The clear of blame, suspicion, or doubt, with supporting arguments or proof 2. To justify or prove the worth of something

Adduce

To cite as an example or means of proof in an argument

Confound

1. To cause to become confused or perplexed 2. To fail to distinguish; to mix up 3. To make something bad become even worse

Construe

1. To interpret; to explain the meaning of 2. To translate, especially to do so aloud

Conundrum

1. A difficult, unsolvable, or self-contradictory problem; a dilemma 2. A riddle which is answered by a pun

Cryptic

1. Having hidden meaning; mysterious 2. Using or based on code

Equivocate

To use language that is evasive or ambiguous, often in an attempt to mislead; to avoid making an explicit or a straightforward statement

Paradox

1. A seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true 2. something exhibiting inexplicable or contradictory aspects

Patent

1. Obvious; plain; apparent 2. A grant made by a government that confers upon the creator of an invention the sole right to make, use, and sell that invention

Perspicacity

An acuteness of perception, observation, or understanding; a sharpness

Rudimentary

1. Of or relating to basic facts or principles; elementary 2. In the earliest stages of development

Aberrant

Deviating from the proper or expected course; abnormal

Anomaly

A departure from the normal or ordinary form, order, or rule

Eccentricity

The quality of straying from what is conventional or customary; a deviation form the normal, expected or established

Endemic

Common in or unique to a certain location or population

Incongruous

1. Lacking in harmony; incompatible 2. No tin agreement; inconsistent 3. Not in keeping with what is proper, logical or correct

Mundane

Commonplace; ordinary

Outlandish

Strikingly bizarre or unfamiliar

Paragon

A model of perfection or excellence of a kind; an unparalleled example

Ubiquitous

Being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time

Unwonted

Not habitual or ordinary; unusual

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