voc unit 10
|accrue|| to grow or accumulate over time|
we allowed the interest to accrue on the account until it turned into a small fortune.
|annotation|| a critical or explanatory note or comment, especially for a literary work|
Laurence sterns novel Tristram Shandy has almost as many annotations as lines of the text.
|Bedlam|| a state or scene of uproar and confusion|
is this the same band that caused mob scenes and virtual bedlam on their first tour?
|covert|| hidden, disguised, purposefully kept secret; a sheltered place, a hiding place|
the bear made a lunge from her covert.
|debonair|| pleasant, courteous, lighthearted|
quite a few debonair young men asked my cousin to dance.
|dun|| to demand insistently, especially in payment of a dept|
many of Charles Dickens' characters are dune by creditors because of their large debts.
|efficacious|| effective, producing results|
not the most charming of senators, he nevertheless wielded the most efficacious knowledge of statecraft
|equanimity|| calmness, composure, refusal to panic|
injustice always sent him into a rage, but he could endure misfortune with equanimity
|fortuitous|| accidental, occurring by a happily chance|
due to a fortuitous drop in oil prices, the shipping company showed healthy profits.
|gist|| the essential part, main point, or essence|
would the talented fellow who keeps the back row in stitches please repeat the gist of what I just said
|gratuitous|| freely given|
though she had hoped to leave the lecture early, several members of the audience asked gratuitous questions
|imperious|| overbearing, arrogant|
the Wizard of Oz's imperious manner failed him when he was revealed
|invective|| abusive language|
it was his usual hail of invective.
|motley|| showing great variety|
tall and short, thick and thin we share the family name but are a motley bunch indeed
|munificent|| extremely generous, lavish|
nothing the volunteers said could save the program until out anonymous friend donated a munificent sum
|procrastinate|| to delay, put off until later|
we all want to procrastinate when a task is no fun.
|provocative|| tending to produce a strong feeling or response|
the ideas discussed in the film were so provocative that some people got angry and left.
|recondite|| exceeding ordinary knowledge and understanding|
the theories of relativity can seen recondite
|reprobate|| a depraved, vicious, or unprincipled person, scoundrel|
reprobates are usually more charming, funny, or thrilling in fiction than they are in real life
|sedentary|| characterized by or calling for continued sitting|
she exchanged her sedentary job for a position as a swimming instructor.