Chatfield Intensive English 2 Vocabulary

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adulterate

to corrupt or contaminate

ambidextrous

able to use both hands; versatile

augment

to enlarge or increase

bereft

deprived of; made unhappy through a loss

deploy

to position or arrange; to send out (as in troops)

dour

stern, unyielding, gloomy

fortitude

courage in facing difficulties; emotional strength

gape

to stare or gawk at

gibe

to mock; an expression of scorn

guise

a mask or cover

insidious

intended to deceive or entrap

intimation

an indirect suggestion; a hint

opulent

wealthy, luxurious, lavish

pliable

easily bent, flexible

reiterate

to repeat or restate

stolid

not easily moved mentally or emotionally

tentative

hesitant; experimental in nature

unkempt

untidy, sloppy

verbatim

word for word

warily

cautiously, with great care

adroit

skillful; expert in the use of the hands or mind

amicable

peaceable and friendly

averse

opposed, disinclined, or unwilling

belligerent

given to fighting; warlike; pugnacious

benevolent

kindly, charitable

cursory

hasty or perfunctory; not thorough

duplicity

treachery or fraud

extol

to praise extravagantly

feasible

possible or practicable

grimace

a wry face or pained expression

holocaust

a large-scale destruction, especially by fire; a vast slaughter

impervious

not affected or hurt by; impenetrable

impetus

an impulse or incentive

jeopardy

danger

meticulous

particular about details; fastidious

nostalgia

a longing for something in the past

quintessence

the purest essence or form of something

retrogress

to return to an earlier condition; revert

scrutinize

to examine closely; inspect

tepid

lukewarm; unenthusiastic

adversary

enemy, antagonist

alienate

to drive away or estrange

artifice

a clever tric; a ruse; something that is false

coerce

to compel or pressure someone into doing something

craven

cowardly

culinary

of or related to cooking or the kitchen

delete

to erase or cut out; to remove

demise

the end of something; a death

exhilarate

to enliven or stimulate; to give spirit to

fallow

plowed but not seeded; unproductive or dormant

harass

to disturb or hassle by repeated attacks

inclement

stormy, harsh; severe in attitude or action

muse

to meditate, contemplate or daydream

negligible

trivial, inconsequential

perpetuate

to continue or preserve

precedent

an example that serves as a basis for imitation or later action

punitive

inflicting punishment

redress

to set right or remedy; rectify

sojourn

a temporary stay or visit

urbane

refined in manner or style; elegant

affiliated

associated with or connected to

ascertain

to find out or discover

attainment

an accomplishment, the act of achieving

bequeath

to give or pass on as an inheritance; bestow

cogent

relevant, convincing, forceful

converge

to come together; gather

disperse

to scatter or spread far and wide

esteem

to regard or admire highly

expunge

to erase, obliterate, or destroy

finite

having limits; bounded

invulnerable

not able to be wounded or hurt; impregnable

malevolent

spiteful; evil

nonchalant

cool and confident; unconcerned

omniscient

all-knowing

panacea

a remedy for all ills; a cure-all

scrupulous

exact; attending thoroughly to details; having high minor standards

skulk

to lurk, slink, or prowl; to lie in hiding

supercilious

proud and contemptuous; snobbish

uncanny

strange or eeries

venial

excusable; minor

altruistic

unselfish; concerned with the welfare of others

assent

to express agreement

benefactor

one who does good to others; a patron

chivalrous

marked by honor or courtesy; gallant

clemency

mercy or leniency

dearth

a lack, scarcity; inadequate supply

diffident

shy, lacking in self-confidence

discrepancy

a disagreement or inconsistency

embark

to make a start or launch; commence

facile

easily done or attained; superficial; effortless

indomitable

unconquerable or unbeatable

infallible

free from error; incapable of committing wrong

plod

to walk heavily or slowly; to trudge along

pungent

sharp or spicy, especially in scent

remiss

neglectful in performance of one's duty; negligent

repose

to rest or sleep; a state of tranquility or peace

temerity

rashness or boldness; recklessness

truculent

fierce or cruel; aggressive; brutal or savage

unfeigned

sincere or real; without pretense; not faked (as in feeling)

virulent

full of malice; spiteful; venomous

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