Comp Vocab List 4

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Arcane

mysterious

Atrophy

to waste away; become useless

Authoritarian

marked by absolute obedience

Aversion

intense dislike to authority

Avert

to turn away, prevent

Balm

something that calms or soothes

Bereft

deprived of

Bleak

gloomy, cold, unsheltered

Buttress

a support

Cantakerous

quarrelsome

Censure

criticize sharply

Charisma

appeal

Charlatan

a fake

Contrite

sorrowful

Cordial

warm, friendly

Debillitate

to weaken

Deference

courteous respect

Derivative

coming from another source

Discordant

harsh sounding, disagreement

Disputatious

argumentative

Dissent

to disagree

Doctrine

a set of beliefs

Elicit

to call forth

Eloquent

convincing or forceful in speech

Elucidate

to make clear

Elusive

difficult to grasp

Emaciated

very thin, esp. from starvation

Embellish

decorate

Emend

to improve by editing

Enmity

Hatred

Epitome

summarize, embody

Exhilarating

stimulating, uplifting

Incontrovertible

unquestionable, impossible to disprove

Indict

to accuse of wrongdoing

Indiscriminate

haphazard, unselective

Induce

to move to action

Inherent

part of the essential nature of something

Innate

inborn, possessed at birth

Innovate

to introduce a new idea or method

Insolvent

bankrupt, unable to pay debt

Integrity

honesty

Largess

giving generously

Lavish

extravagant

Lithe

graceful, flexible

Melange

a mixture

Nefarious

wicked

Nonchalant

unconcerned, casual

Norm

a standard

Obdurate

stubborn

Bequeath

to hand down

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