30 terms

List for Vocabulary Assessment #4

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Elfin
small and sprightly; mischievous, fairylike
Tether
a rope or chain that allows limited movement; the limit of one's resources or strength; to keep in place by tying
Ensemble
a coordinated outfit or costume; a musical group
Aggrandize
to exaggerate, to cause to appear greater in power, influence
Also-ran
one who is defeated in a race, election, or other competition; loser
Claimant
a person making a claim
Wane
to decrease gradually
Fraught
teeming with; laden; full; involving; accompanied by
Chasm
a deep opening in the earth's surface; a gorge; differences of opinion, interests, loyalties
Erudite
deeply learned, scholarly
Badger
to tease, annoy, harass persistently
Countenance
a person's face, especially the expression
Alternative
the choice between two mutually exclusive possibilities; a situation presenting such a choice; following nontraditional methods
Divine
to foretell a prophecy; to infer, to guess
Balm
something that soothes, heals, or comforts; an oil or ointment
Hovel
a small, miserable dwelling; an open, low shed
Docile
easily taught or controlled; obedient, easy to handle
Fathom
to understand fully; to penetrate the meaning of
Torque
a turning or twisting force
Denounce
to condemn; to expose critically
Forage
to search or hunt for food and provision
Precarious
unsafe, unsteady, unstable
Criterion
a standard or rule by which something can be judged; a basis for judgment
Guise
an appearance or semblance
Lesion
a wound or injury, especially one created by a disease
Gird
to encircle as with a belt; to prepare for action
Fetish
an object of unreasonable obsessive reverence or attention
Disperse
to scatter in various directions; to distribute widely
Dissolution
the breaking up into parts; termination of a legal bond or contract
Amenable
agreeable, responsible to authority, pleasant, willing to give in to the wishes of another