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Vocab A 101-149

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habitat
the place where a particular type of animal or plant is normally found
paradox
a statement containing opposite ideas that make it seem absurd or unlikely, although it is or may be true
inhabit
1. to make someone too nervous or embarrassed to do something
2. to hold back or prevent a process or action
obsolete
no longer used because something new has been invented
optimism
to look at things in a more positive way
underscore
to emphasize
subjective
based on personal experience or feeling and not from external evidence
elusive
difficult to find, define, or achieve
tentative
done or said without certainty that it is right, definite, or final; not confident
exemplify
to illustrate by example
criterion
a standard or principle by which something is judged, or with the help of which a decision is made
transmit
1. to send something from one person or place to another
2. to allow heat, light, sound, ect. to pass through
apathy
lack of emotion, enthusiasm, or concern
precede
to happen or come before something or someone in order
stimulus
1. something that encourages better or faster development
2. something that causes a reaction in a living organism
solitude
the state of being alone, esp. when this is desirable
induce
to persuade or influence
erroneous
not correct; wrong
somber
1. dark in color; dull and gloomy
2. sad and serious
scope
1. the opportunity or ability to do or achieve something
2. the range of things that a subject, an organization, an activity, ect. deals with
reprehensible
morally wrong and deserving criticism
erratic
not happening at regular times; irregular
chaos
complete disorder or confusion
methodology
a set of methods and principles used to perform a particular activity
mundane
not interesting or exciting
disparage
to speak in a disapproving or slighting manner
pragmatic
treating things realistically; practical
substantiate
to provide proof that something is true
artifact
an object produced by human work, esp. one of historical or archaeological interest
capricious
changing suddenly and quickly, esp. in attitude or behavior
dubious
not certain and slightly suspicious about something; not knowing whether something is good or bad
augment
to increase
relieve
to remore or reduce an unpleasant feeling or pain
perpetuate
to make something continue for a long time
nurture
to care for and protect someone or something during growth and development
meticulous
paying careful attention to every detail
spite
a feeling of wanting to hurt or upset someone
encompass
1. to include a large number or range of things
2. to surround or cover something completely
ruthless
hard and cruel; showing no pity
devastate
1. to completely destroy a place or an area
2. to make someone feel very shocked and sad
eccentric
(of people or their behavior) unusual; unconventional; odd
sacred
1. connected with God or a god; considered to be holy
2. very important and treated with great respect
extract
to remove, esp. with effort
attain
to succeed in getting something; to achieve something, esp. with effort
accommodate
1. to help someone by doing what he or she wants
2. to change behavior in order to deal with a new situation better
coherent
1. logical and well organized; easy to understand and clear
2. able to talk and express oneself clearly
spontaneous
done suddenly, without prior planning or outside influence
concise
giving only the information that is necessary and important; using few words
ambiguous
having more than one possible interpretation
subdue
to bring someone or something under control, esp. by force