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english final vocab ch5-8

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contemporary
n. A person living during the same period as another adj. Existing or occurring at the same time
cynical
adj. Doubtful of the sincerity of others' motives, skeptical
impediment
n. Anything that gets in the way; an obstacle
impoverish
v.1. To make poor 2. To take away
indolent
adj. Indulging ease; avoiding exertion; lazy
venerate
v. To show great respect for
voracious
adj.1. Ravenous; desiring and eating a large amount of food 2. greatly eager
wane
v. To get smaller, dimmer, or weaker; to near an end
embody
v.1. To put an idea into a form that can be seen 2. To make part of a system; incorporate
proponent
n. Someone who proposes or supports an idea; an advocate
rudimentary
adj.1. not yet fully developed 2. elementary
sojourn
n. A visit or temporary stay v. To stay for a while
vociferous
adj. Making one's feelings known in a loud way
censure
v. To blame or find fault with n. A severe criticism or harsh judgement
deem
v. To consider; to believe
divulge
v. To make known something secret; to reveal
moribund
adj. Close to death; in a dying state
motif
n.1. A theme or idea in a work of art or literature that is developed or repeated 2. A figure or design repeated in the decoration of something, such as building or textile
subsidize
v. To support by giving financial aid
voluble
adj. Characterized by a ready flow of words, talkative
adroit
adj. Clever at dealing with difficult situations; adept; skillful
affront
v. To insult or to offend deliberately n. A deliberate insult or offensive act
avocation
n. An activity pursued for pleasure; a hobby
erudite
adj. Having or demonstrating extensive knowledge; learned
lapse
v.1. To fall or slip from a certain level of conduct or accomplishment. 2. To come to an end; to expire
militant
adj. Ready to fight, especially for a cause n. One who is ready to fight for a cause
pariah
n. A social outcast