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English Vocab 11

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ambivalence
(n.) the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
astute
(adj.) shrewd, crafty, showing practical wisdom
calculated
(adj.) deliberately planned; likely
conscientious
(adj.) meticulous; careful; painstaking; particular
denounce
(v.) to condemn openly; to accuse formally
dissent
(v.) to disagree; (n.) disagreement
emulate
(v.) to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
facetious
(adj.) humorous, not meant seriously
gregarious
(adj.) living together in a herd or group; sociable, seeking the company of others
incisive
(adj.) sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness)
jurisprudence
(n.) the philosophy or science of law
mollify
(v.) to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
ornate
(adj.) elaborately decorated; showily splendid
philanthropist
(n.) a person (usually wealthy) who gives money to charity
propriety
(n.) correct behavior; obedience to rules and customs
restraint
(n.) moderation or self-control; controlling force; restriction
sonorous
(adj.) full, deep, or rich in sound; impressive in style
tenacity
(n.) firmness; persistence
urbane
(adj.) refined in manner or style, suave
zealot
(n.) someone passionately devoted to a cause