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45 terms

Power Plus book4 lesson 8-10

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provocative
tending to excite or stimulate
bumpkin
an unsophisticated, awkward person
toady
a person who flatters for personal gain
culpable
deserving blame or condemnation; guilty
horatory
encouraging; inciting
penultimate
next to last
orotund
full and rich in sound (in speech)
blithe
carefree and lighthearted
soporific
tending to induce sleep
pervasive
permeating; spreading throughout
benign
beneficial; favorable
frenetic
wildly excited
recrimination
a counteraccusation
indecorous
lacking good taste; improper
corroborate
to strengthen by adding evidence
major-domo
a chief butler or assistant
untenable
impossible to defend or justify
perambulate
to walk about; to stroll
veneer
a thin, attractive layer than conceals something common or coarse
timorous
timid
luminous
emitting light
circuitous
indirect; roundabout
perquisite
a tip or payment in addition to regular wages
probity
integrity; respectability
polemical
relating to controversy or argument
tacit
indicated but not expressed; implied silently
largesse
generosity
indolent
lazy
circumlocution
unnecessarily wordy or evasive language
depredate
to plunder and pillage
pander
to exploit weaknesses of others; to cater to the vices of others
otiose
useless; futile
puerile
childish; juvenile
aleatory
dependent on luck or chance
asperity
roughness or harshness; severity
renunciation
rejection; refusal to acknowledge
unimpeachable
unquestionable; beyond doubt
inveigh
to disapprove angrily; to protest
lionize
to assign great social importance to; to treat as a celebrity
allay
to relieve; to alleviate
vitiate
to corrupt morally; to contaminate
recalcitrant
stubbornly resistant; showing opposition
exegesis
an explanation of a text; a critical interpretation
ameliorate
to make better; to improve
profligate
wasteful and immoral