Vocabulary Workshop Level C Units 1-12

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The With-it Group is back, creating sets for Vocabulary Workshop and WordMasters. This is for Vocabulary Workshop, Level C, Units 1-12.

adage

(n.) a proverb, wise saying

bonanza

(n.) a rich mass of ore in a mine; something very valuable, profitable, or rewarding; a source of wealth or prosperity; a very large amount; sudden profit or gain

churlish

(adj.) lacking politeness or good manners; lacking sensitivity; difficult to work with or deal with; rude

citadel

(n.) a fortress that overlooks and protects a city; any strong or commanding place

collaborate

(v.) to work with, work together

decree

(n.) an order having the force of law; (v.) to issue such an order; to command firmly or forcefully

discordant

(adj.) disagreeable in sound, jarring; lacking in harmony, conflicting

evolve

(v.) to develop gradually; to rise to a higher level

excerpt

(n.) a passage taken from a book, article, etc.; (v.) to take such a passage; to quote

grope

(v.) to feel about hesitantly with the hands; to search blindly and uncertainly

hover

(v.) to float or hang suspended over; to move back and forth uncertainly over or around

jostle

(v.) to make or force one's way by pushing or elbowing; to bump, shove, brush against; to compete for

laggard

(n.) a person who moves slowly or falls behind; (adj.) falling behind, slow to move, act, or respond

plaudits

(n. pl.) applause; enthusiastic praise or approval

preclude

(v.) to make impossible, prevent, shut out

revert

(v.) to return, go back

rubble

(n.) broken stone or bricks; ruins

servile

(adj.) of or relating to a slave; behaving like or suitable for a slave or a servant, menial; lacking spirit or independence, abjectly submissive

vigil

(n.) a watch, especially at night; any period of watchful attention

wrangle

(v.) to quarrel or argue in a noisy, angry way; to obtain by argument; to herd; (n.) a noisy quarrel

antics

(n. pl.) ridiculous and unpredictable behavior or actions

avowed

(adj., part.) declared openly and without shame, acknowledged

banter

(v.) to exchange playful remarks, tease; (n.) talk that is playful and teasing

bountiful

(adj.) giving freely, generous; plentiful, given abundantly

congested

(adj., part.) overcrowded, filled or occupied to excess

detriment

(n.) harm or loss; injury, damage; a disadvantage; a cause of harm, injury, loss, or damage

durable

(adj.) sturdy, not easily worn out or destroyed; lasting for a long time; (n. pl.) consumer goods used repeatedly over a series of years

enterprising

(adj.) energetic, willing and able to start something new; showing boldness and imagination

frugal

(adj.) economical, avoiding waste and luxury; scanty, poor, meager

gingerly

(adj., adv.) with extreme care or caution

glut

(v.) to provide more than is needed or wanted; to feed or fill to the point of overstuffing; (n.) an oversupply

incognito

(adj., adv.) in a disguised state, under an assumed name or identity; (n.) the state of being disguised; a person in disguise

invalidate

(v.) to make valueless, take away all force or effect

legendary

(adj.) described in well-known stories (legends) rather than in real life

maim

(v.) to cripple, disable, injure, mar, disfigure, mutilate

minimize

(v.) to make as small as possible, make the least of; to make smaller than before

oblique

(adj.) slanting or sloping; not straightforward or direct

veer

(v.) to change direction or course suddenly, turn aside, shift, swerve

venerate

(v.) to regard with reverence, look up to with great respect

wanton

(adj.) reckless; heartless, unjustifiable; loose in morals; (n.) a spoiled, pampered person; one with low morals

allot

(v.) to assign or distribute in shares or portions

amass

(v.) to bring together, collect, gather, especially for oneself; to come together, assemble

audacious

(adj.) bold, adventurous, recklessly daring

comply

(v.) to yield to a request or command

devoid

(adj.) not having or using, lacking

elite

(n.) the choice part of a group of people or things; (adj.) superior

grapple

(n.) an iron hook used to grab and hold; (v.) to come to grips with, wrestle or fight with

incapacitate

(v.) to deprive of strength or ability; to make legally ineligible

instigate

(v.) to urge on; to stir up, provoke, start, incite

longevity

(n.) long life, long duration, length of life

myriad

(adj.) in very great numbers; (n.) a very great number

perspective

(n.) a point of view or general standpoint from which different things are viewed, physically or mentally; the appearance to the eye of various objects at a given time, place, or distance

perturb

(v.) to trouble, make uneasy; to disturb greatly; to throw into confusion

prodigious

(adj.) immense; extraordinary in bulk, size, or degree

relevant

(adj.) connected with or related to the matter at hand

skittish

(adj.) extremely nervous and easily frightened; shy or timid; extremely cautious; unstable, undependable

tether

(n.) a rope or chain used to fasten something to a fixed object; the outer limit of strength or resources; (v.) to fasten with a rope or chain

unison

(v.) a sounding together; agreement or accord

vie

(v.) to compete; to strive for victory or superiority

willful

(adj.) stubbornly self-willed; done on purpose, deliberate

annul

(v.) to reduce to nothing; to make ineffective or inoperative; to declare legally invalid or void

blasé

(adj.) indifferent, bored as a result of having enjoyed many pleasures; apathetic

bolster

(v.) to support, give a boost to; (n.) a long pillow or cushion; a supporting post

deplore

(v.) to feel or express regret or disapproval

frivolous

(adj.) of little importance, not worthy of serious attention; not meant seriously

muster

(v.) to bring together for service or battle; to gather or summon; to amount to, comprise, include; (n.) a list of men for military service; a gathering, accumulation

nonentity

(n.) a person or thing of no importance

obsess

(v.) to trouble, haunt, or fill the mind

ornate

(adj.) elaborately decorated; showily splendid

oust

(v.) to remove, drive out of a position or place

peruse

(v.) to read thoroughly and carefully

porous

(adj.) full of tiny holes; able to be penetrated by air or water

promontory

(n.) a high point of land extending into water

prone

(adj.) lying face down; inclined, likely

qualm

(n.) a pang of conscience, uneasiness, misgiving, or doubt; a feeling of faintness or nausea

recourse

(n.) a person or thing turned to for help or advice; the act of seeking help or protection

residue

(n.) a remainder, that which remains when a part has been used up or removed

solicitous

(adj.) showing concern or care; fearful or anxious about someone or something

staid

(adj.) serious and dignified; quiet or subdued in character or conduct

sustain

(v.) to support, nourish, keep up; to suffer, undergo; to bear up under, withstand; to affirm the validity of

aghast

(adj.) filled with amazement, disgust, fear, or terror

ample

(adj.) more than enough, large, spacious

apparition

(n.) a ghost or ghostly figure; an unexplained or unusual appearance

assert

(v.) to declare or state as truth, maintain or defend, put forward forcefully

cower

(v.) to crouch or shrink away from in fear or shame

disdain

(v.) to look upon with scorn; to refuse scornfully; (n.) a feeling of contempt

epitaph

(n.) a brief statement written on a tomb or gravestone

ethical

(adj.) having to do with morals, values, right and wrong; in accordance with standards of right conduct; requiring a prescription for purchase

facetious

(adj.) humorous, not meant seriously

inaudible

(adj.) not able to be heard

indiscriminate

(adj.) without restraint or control; unselective

intrigue

(n.) crafty dealings, underhanded plotting; (v.) to form and carry out plots; to puzzle or excite the curiosity

jurisdiction

(n.) an area of authority or control; the right to administer justice

plausible

(adj.) appearing true, reasonable, or fair

plebeian

(adj.) common, vulgar; belonging to the lower class; (n.) a common person, member of the lower class

prodigal

(adj.) wastefully extravagant; lavishly or generously abundant; (n.) one who is wasteful and self-indulgent

proximity

(n.) nearness, closeness

pulverize

(v.) to ground or pound to a powder or dust; to destroy or overcome (as though by smashing into fragments)

sequel

(n.) that which follows, a result; a literary work or film continuing the story of one written or made earlier

volatile

(adj.) highly changeable, fickle; tending to become violent or explosive; changing readily from the liquid to the gaseous state

abashed

(adj., part.) embarrassed, ashamed, or nonplussed

aloof

(adj.) withdrawn, standing apart from others (usually as a matter of choice)

anguish

(n.) great mental suffering, distress, or pain; (v.) to be deeply tormented by pain or sorrow

articulate

(v.) to pronounce distinctly; to express well in words; to fit together into a system; (adj.) able to use language effectively; expressed clearly and forcefully

bask

(v.) to be in, or expose oneself to, pleasant warmth; to take pleasure in or derive enjoyment from

defect

(n.) an imperfection, flaw, or blemish of some kind; (v.) to desert a cause or organization

finesse

(n.) delicate skill; tact and cleverness; (v.) to accomplish something by cleverness, good judgment, or skillful evasion

flaunt

(v.) to wave or flutter showily; to display in a conceited, offensive way

forthright

(adj.) frank, direct, straightforward

genial

(adj.) cordial, pleasantly cheerful or warm

instill

(v.) to add gradually; to introduce or cause to be taken in

ostracize

(v.) to exclude from a group, banish, send away

premonition

(n.) forewarning or foreboding of a future event

pseudonym

(n.) a pen name, name assumed by a writer

purge

(v.) to wash away impurities, clean up; (n.) the process of getting rid of something or someone decisively

rehabilitate

(v.) to make over in good form; to restore to good condition or to a former position

repercussion

(n.) an effect or consequence of some action or event, result; an echo or reverberation

resolute

(adj.) bold, determined; firm

retentive

(adj.) able to hold, keep, or recall; retaining knowledge easily

scapegoat

(n.) a person or thing carrying the blame for others

acme

(n.) the highest point

attribute

(n.) a quality or characteristic belonging to or associated with someone or something; (v.) to assign to, credit with; to regard as caused by or resulting from

belittle

(v.) to make something appear smaller than it is; to refer to in a way that suggests lack of importance or value

convey

(v.) to transport; to transmit; to communicate, make known; to transfer ownership or title to

doctrine

(n.) a belief, principle, or teaching; a system of such beliefs or principles; a formulation of such beliefs or principles

excise

(v.) to remove by cutting; (n.) an indirect tax on the manufacture, sale, or distribution of a commodity or service

exotic

(adj.) foreign; charmingly unfamiliar or strikingly unusual

haggard

(adj.) thin, pale, and careworn as a result of worry or suffering; wild-looking

jaunty

(adj.) lively, easy, and carefree in manner; smart or trim in appearance

juncture

(n.) a joining together; the point at which two things are joined; any important point in time

menial

(adj.) lowly, humble, lacking importance or dignity; (n.) a person who does the humble and unpleasant tasks

parry

(v.) to ward of, fend off, deflect, evade, avoid; (n.) a defensive movement in fencing and other sports

predatory

(adj.) preying on, plundering, or piratical

ravage

(v.) to destroy, lay waste, ruin; (n.) ruinous damage, destruction

stance

(n.) a way of holding the body; an attitude or position on an issue

tawdry

(adj.) showy and flashy but lacking in good taste

turncoat

(n.) a person who switches to an opposing side or party

unassuming

(adj.) not putting on airs, unpretentious; modest

wallow

(v.) to roll about in a lazy, clumsy, or helpless way; to overindulge in; to have in abundance; (n.) a wet, muddy, or dusty area used by animals as a sort of bath; a state of moral or physical collapse

waver

(v.) to move to and fro, become unsteady; to show lack of firmness or decision

abut

(v.) to join at one end or be next to; to support, prop up

attire

(n.) clothes, apparel, garb; (v.) to dress, adorn, or bedeck

avail

(v.) to be of use or benefit to; to make use of; to take advantage of; to profit or benefit; (n.) use, benefit, or value

crony

(n.) a very close friend, pal, chum, buddy

cryptic

(adj.) puzzling, mystifying, or enigmatic

divergent

(adj.) going in different directions; different from each other; departing from conversation, deviant

enmity

(n.) hatred, ill-will

fervent

(adj.) very earnest, emotional, passionate; extremely hot

gaunt

(adj.) thin and bony, starved looking; bare, barren

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