Vocabulary Unit 6

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abortive

unsuccessful

bruit

tell or spread rumors

contumelious

insolent or rude in speech or behavior; insultingly abusive; humiliating

dictum

an authoritative declaration

ensconce

to settle comfortably and firmly in position; to put or hide in a safe place

iconoclastic

attacking cherished traditions

in medias res

in or into the middle of a plot; into the middle of things

internecine

destructive to both sides in a conflict

maladroit

clumsy; not skillful; awkward; bungling

maudlin

self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness

modulate

exert or modify the controlling influence on

portentous

of momentous or ominous significance

prescience

the power to foresee the future

quid pro quo

something for something (a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something)

salubrious

promoting health, healthy

saturnalian

characterized by riotous or unrestrained revelry or licentiousness

touchstone

a basis for comparison, a means of testing worth or genuineness

traumatic

causing physical or especially psychological injury

vitiate

spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of

waggish

witty or joking

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