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ELI Core Vocabulary Level 6 All Weeks

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abate
to become less strong or decrease
chastise
to criticize someone severely
frugal
careful to buy only what is necessary [≠ extravagant]
elicit
to succeed in getting information or a reaction from someone, especially when this is difficult
mediate
to try to end a quarrel between two people, groups, countries etc.
extrapolate
to form an opinion or to make an estimate about something from known facts
compile
to make a book, list, record etc, using different pieces of information, music etc.
inclination
a feeling that makes you want to do something
exploit
to treat someone unfairly by asking them to do things for you, but giving them very little in return. (This word is negative and is often used to show disapproval.)
demeanor
the way someone behaves, dresses, speaks that shows what their character is like
controversy
a dispute, especially a public one, between sides holding opposing views
ambivalent
having simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (for example, attraction and revulsion) toward an object, person, or action
coincide
to happen at the same time as something else, especially by chance
disparate
different from each other, diverse
qualitative
relating to the quality or standard of something rather than the quantity
feasible
a plan, idea, or method that is possible and is likely to work
passive
used to describe someone who allows things to happen or who accepts what other people do or decide without trying to change anything
catalyst
a person or event that quickly causes change or action
demographic
a part of the population that is considered as a group for some kind of scientific analysis or business study. Examples: men aged 18 to 25; families earning less than $30,000 per year; women who do not smoke
pensive
thinking a lot about something, especially because you are worried or sad
tenacious
determined to do something and unwilling to stop trying even when the situation becomes difficult
mediocre
of only moderate quality; not very good
contradict
assert the opposite of a statement made by (someone)
compelling
strong and forceful : causing you to feel that you must do something
waver
to not make a decision because you have doubts
exude
if you ______ a particular quality, it is easy to see that you have a lot of it
mandate
to tell someone that they must do a particular thing
analogy
something that seems similar between two situations, processes
scrutiny
careful and thorough examination of someone or something
advocate
a person who argues for or supports a cause or policy
partial
liking or supporting something very much
poignant
making you feel sad or full of pity
unilateral
a(n) ______ action or decision is done by only one of the groups involved in a situation
adversity
a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune
diminish
to make less or cause to appear less
stringent
very strict or severe
somber
sad and serious [= grave]
prudent
sensible and careful, especially by trying to avoid unnecessary risks
timid
not having courage or confidence [= shy; ≠ confident]
instigate
to urge, provoke, or incite to some action or course
divulge
to make known something private or secret
mundane
dull and ordinary; relating to ordinary life on earth rather than to spiritual things
uproar
a lot of noise or angry protest about something
prodigious
very large or great in a surprising or impressive way
veneer
an outer appearance of a particular quality that hides the true nature of someone or something
concurrent
happening at the same time
presume
to think that (something) is true without knowing that it is true
contingent
depending on something else that might or might not happen
volatile
a(n) ______ situation is likely to change suddenly and without warning
satire
a way of criticizing something such as a group of people or a system, in which you deliberately make them seem funny so that people will see their faults
eradicate
to remove or completely destroy
devote (something) to
to decide that (something) will be used for (a special purpose); to use (time, money, energy, attention, etc.) for (something)
coerce
to make (someone) do something by using force or threats
consensus
a general agreement about something : an idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group
wit
the ability to say things that are clever and amusing
impervious
not affected or influenced by something and seeming not to notice it
jargon
specific words and expressions used in a particular profession or by a particular group of people. These words are difficult for other people to understand. (This word is negative and is often used to show disapproval.)
suspend
to stop (something), usually for a short period of time
waive
to officially say that you will not use or require something that you are allowed to have or that is usually required
encompass
to include (something) as a part