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Vocabulary #8

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assuage
softening or sweetening what is harsh or disagreeable
coalesce
to unite for a common end; join forces
dissuade
to advise (a person) against something; to turn from something by persuasion
latent
present and capable of becoming though not now visible, obvious, or active
mettle
quality of temperament or disposition
nebulous
indistinct, vague
perspicacious
of acute mental vision or discernment; keen, sharp
scurrilous
containing obscenities, abuse, or slander
tumult
violent agitation of mind or feelings; a violent outburst
alacrity
promptness in response; cheerful readiness
vagary
stresses the erratic, irresponsible character of the notion or desire
eschew
to avoid habitually especially on moral or practical grounds
fatuous
complacently or inanely foolish; silly
inanely
vacuously or complacently and unconsciously foolish
misconstrue
to mistake the meaning of; misinterpret
preclude
to make impossible by necessary consequence: rule out in advance
pummel
to pound, to beat
wry
cleverly and often ironically or grimly humorous
grimly
in a cruel and pitiless manner; sternly; harshly
atrophy
a wasting away or progressive decline; degeneration
castigate
to subject to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism
reproof
an act or expression of criticism and censure
encumber
to impede or hamper the function or activity of; to hinder
fortuitous
occurring by chance; fortunate; lucky; inadvertent
inadvertent
without intention (especially resulting from heedless action)
heinous
hatefully or shockingly evil; abominable
proselytize
to recruit or convert especially to a new faith, institution, or cause
renege
to go back on a promise or commitment
vacillate
to waver in mind, will, or feeling: hesitate in choice of opinions or courses
waver
pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness