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Vocabulary

Vocab, Unit 6
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abashed
embarrassed, ashamed, or nonplussed
A:unembarrassed, unashamed
aloof
(adj.) withdrawn, standing apart from others (usually as a matter of choice)
S: distant, cold, standoffish
A:involved, sociable
anguish
(n.) great mental suffering, distress, or pain; (v.) to be deeply tormented by pain or sorrow
S:misery, woe, torment
A:joy, delight, peace of mind
articulate
(v.) To pronounce distinctly; to express well in words; to fit together into a system; (adj.) able to use language effectively; expressed clearly and forcefully
S:enunciate, expound, glib, eloquent
A: tongue-tied, mumbled, incoherent
bask
(v.) to be in, or expose oneself to, pleasant warmth; to take pleasure in or derive enjoyment from
S: wallow, revel
defect
(n.) An imperfection, flaw, or blemish of some kind; (v.) to desert a cause or organization
finesse
(n.) delicate skill; tact and cleverness; (v.) to accomplish something by cleverness, good judgment, or skillful evasion
S:delicacy, subtlety
A: clumsiness, awkwardness
flaunt
(v.) to wave or flutter showily; to display in a conceited, offensive way
S:show off, parade
A:hide, downplay
forthright
(adj.) Frank, direct, straightforward
S:candid, blunt
A:indirect, evasive, deceitful, two-faced
genial
(adj.) cordial, pleasantly cheerful or warm
S:friendly, amiable
A:cold, unfriendly, unsociable
instill
(v.) to add gradually; to introduce or cause to be taken in
S:implant, infuse, inculcate
A:root out, eradicate, extirpate
ostracize
to exclude from a group, banish, send away
S:cast out, expel, blackball, snub
A:fraternize with, associate with
premonition
(n.) Forewarning or foreboding of a future event
S:presentiment
pseudonym
(n.) a pen name, name assumed by a writer
S:nom de plume
purge
(v.) to wash away impurities, clean up; (n.) the process of getting rid of something or someone decisively
S:cleanse, purify
A:pollute, contaminate, defile
rehabilitate
(v.) To make over in good form; to restore to good condition or to a former position
S:reclaim, rebuild, reform
repercussion
(n.) an effect or consequence of some action or event, result; an echo or reverberation
A:cause, source
resolute
(adj.) bold, determined; firm
S:steadfast, unflinching
A:weak, spineless, indecisive
retentive
able to hold, keep, or recall; retaining knowledge easily
A:porous, forgetful
scapegoat
(n.) A person or thing carrying the blame for others
S:fall guy, whipping boy