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Vocab Level F Unit 15

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adamant
firm in purpose or opinion, unyielding, obdurate, implacable, inflexible; an extremely hard substance
brouhaha
a confused hodgepodge of sounds, hubbub; an uproar or commotion that goes far beyond what is justified
bulwark
a strong defense or protection, a solid wall-like structure for defense; to provide such defense or protection
choleric
easily made angry, bad-tempered
cloy
to spoil or destroy an appetite by too much indulgence, especially in sweet or rich things; to glut, satiate, surfeit
curtail
to cut short, bring to a halt or end sooner than expected; to reduce
deference
courteous yielding to the wishes and ideas of another person; great respect marked by submission, as to a superior
definitive
conclusive, final, representing the limit of what can be done
demeanor
the way a person behaves, overall impression made by comportment manner, etc.; facial appearance, mien
enigmatic
puzzling, perplexing, inexplicable, not easily understood
impromptu
without preparation, offhand, suddenly or hastily done; an extemporaneous composition or remark; a minimal piece suggestive of improvisation
mawkish
excessively and objectionably sentimental; having a mildly sickening flavor
mollify
to soften, make gentle, pacify; to clam, allay (as an emotion), assuage, appease, placate; to reduce in intensity
onus
something that is heavy or burdensome (especially an unwelcome responsibility); a stigma, blame
presentiment
a vague sense or approaching misfortune
profligate
given over to dissipation and self-indulgence, immoral; recklessly extravagant; a person given to self-indulgent and wild spending
remit
to send or hand in (as money); to cancel (as a penalty or punishment), forgive, pardon; to lessen, diminish; to put off, postpone, defer
requisite
needed, necessary, regarded as essential or indispensable
sartorial
of or pertaining to a tailor or his work; having to do with clothes or dress (especially men's)
thwart
to oppose successfully; to prevent, frustrate