10 terms

Vocabulary Test #4: High School Review

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Decorum
noun: Proper and polite behavior; propriety in manners and conduct.
Synonym: politeness
Obscure
adj/verb: Not clearly understood or expressed; or difficult to find; AND to make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
Synonyms: arcane, vague, OR camouflage, block-out, blur
Protégé
noun: a person who receives support and protection from an influential patron who furthers his or her career
Synonyms: apprentice, star student
Discern
verb: to detect with the senses; AND to recognize or identify as separate or distinct (to discern right from wrong)
Synonyms: detect, figure out, ascertain
Disparage
verb: to express a negative opinion of; to belittle or degrade a person or idea
Synonym: belittle, malign, discredit
Precocious
adj: characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity
Synonyms: bright, intelligent, mature
Pensive
noun: deeply or seriously thoughtful; showing pensive sadness
Synonyms: Broody, reflective, meditative, or wistful, sad
Cantankerous
adj: stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate; having a difficult and contrary disposition
Synonyms: disagreeable, crabby, crotchety
Subversive
adj: intending to overthrow, destroy, or undermine an existing system, especially a government or set of beliefs
Synonyms: traitorous, destructive, insurgent
Exacerbate
verb: to make worse; to aggravate or irritate
Synonyms: worsen, aggravate, irritate