120 terms

Vocabulary Workshop Level D Unit 1-6

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Admonish
to caution or advise against something; to scold mildly; to remind of a duty
Breach
(n)an opening, gap, rupture, rift; a violation of infraction;(v) to create an opening
Brigand
a bandit, robber, outlaw, highwayman
Circumspect
careful, cautious
Commandeer
to seize for military or official use
Cumbersome
clumsy, hard to handle; slow-moving
Deadlock
(n) a standstill resulting from the opposition of two equal forces or factions;(v) to bring such a stand still
Debris
scattered fragments, wreckage
Diffuse
(v) to spread or scatter freely or widely;(adj) long-winded, unfocused
Dilemma
a difficult or perplexing situation or problem
Efface
to wipe out; to keep oneself from being noticed
Muddle
(v) to make a mess of, to get by; (n) a hopeless mess
Opinionated
stubborn and often unreasonable in holding to one's own ideas, having a closed mind
Perennial
(adj) lasting for a long time, persistent;(n) a plant that lives for many years
Predispose
to incline to beforehand
Relinquish
to let go, give up
Salvage
(v) to save from fire or shipwreck;(n) property thus saved
Spasmodic
sudden and violent but brief; fitful; intermittent
Unbridled
uncontrolled, lacking in restraint
Adjourn
to stop proceedings temporarily; move to another place
Alien
(n) a citizen of another country;(adj) foreign, strange
Comely
having a pleasing appearance
Compensate
to make up for; to repay for services
Dissolute
loose in one's morals or behavior
Erratic
not regular or consistent; different from what is ordinarily expected; undependable
Expulsion
the process of driving or forcing out
Feint
(n) a deliberately deceptive movement; a pretense;(v) to make a deceptive movement; to make a pretense of
Fodder
food for horses or cattle; raw material for a designated purpose
Fortify
to strengthen; build up
Illegible
difficult or impossible to read
Jeer
(v) to make fun of rudely or unkindly;(n) a rude remark of derision
Lucrative
bringing in money; profitable
Mediocre
average, ordinary, undistinguished
Proliferate
to reproduce, increase, or spread rapidly
Subjugate
to conquer by force, bring under complete control
Sully
to soil, stain, tarnish, defile, besmirch
Tantalize
to tease, torment by teasing
Terse
brief and to the point
Unflinching
firm, showing no signs of fear, not drawing back
Abridge
to make shorter
Adherent
(n) a follower, supporter; (adj) attached, sticking to
Altercation
an angry argument
Cherubic
resembling an angel portrayed as a little child with a beautiful, round, or chubby face; sweet and innocent
Condone
to pardon or overlook
Dissent
(v) to disagree; (n) disagreement
Eminent
famous, outstanding, distinguished, projecting
Exorcise
to drive out by magic; to dispose of something troublesome, menacing, or oppressive
Fabricate
to make, manufacture; to make up, invent
Irate
angry
Marauder
a raider, plunderer
Obesity
excessive fatness
Pauper
an extremely poor person
Pilfer
to steal in small quantities
Rift
a split, break, breach
Semblance
a likeness, an outward appearance, an apparition
Surmount
to overcome, rise above
Terminate
to bring to an end
Trite
commonplace; overused, stale
Usurp
to seize and hold a position by force
Spurious
not genuine, not true not valid
Abscond
to run off and hide
Access
(n) approach or admittance to places, persons, things; an increase; (v) to get at, obtain
Anarchy
a lack of government and law; confusion
Arduous
hard to do, requiring much effort
Auspicious
favorable, fortunate
Biased
favoring one side unduly; prejudiced
Daunt
to overcome with fear, intimidate; to dishearten, discourage
Disentangle
to free of tangles or complications
Fated
determined in advance by destiny or fortune
Hoodwink
to mislead by trick, deceive
Inanimate
not having life; without energy or spirit
Incinerate
to burn to ashes
Intrepid
very brave, fearless, unshakable
Larceny
theft
Pliant
bending readily; easily influenced
Pompous
overly self-important in speech or manner; excessively stately or ceremonious
Precipice
a very steep cliff, the brink or edge of disaster
Rectify
to make right, correct
Reprieve
(n) a temporary relief or delay; (v) to grant a postponement
Revile
to attack with words, call bad names
Accomplice
a person who takes part in a crime
Annihilate
to destroy completely
Arbitrary
unreasonable; based on one's wishes or whims without regard for reason or fairness
Brazen
shameless, impudent; made of brass
Catalyst
a substance that causes or hastens a chemical reaction; any ag
Exodus
a large-scale departure or flight
Facilitate
to make easier; to assist
Incorrigible
not able to be corrected; beyond control
Latent
hidden, present but not realized
Militant
(adj) given to fighting; active and aggressive in support of a cause; (n) an activist
Morose
having a gloomy or sullen manner; not friendly or sociable
Opaque
not letting light through; not clear or lucid; dense, stupid
Paramount
chief in importance, above all others
Prattle
(v) to talk in an aimless, foolish, or simple way; to babble; (n) baby talk, babble
Rebut
to offer arguments or evidence that contradicts an assertion; to refute
Reprimand
(v) to scold; find fault with; (n) a rebuke
Servitude
slavery, forced labor
Slapdash
careless and hasty
Stagnant
not running or flowing; foul from standing still; inactive, sluggish, dull
Succumb
to give way to superior force, yield
Atone
To make up for
Bondage
Slavery; any state of being bound or held down
Credible
Believable
Defray
To pay for
Diligent
Hardworking, industrious, not lazy
Doleful
Sad; dreary
Ghastly
Frightful, horrible; deathly pale
Hamper
To hold back
Hew
To shape or cut down with an ax; to hold to
Impoverished
Poor, in a state of poverty; depleted
Incessant
Never stopping, going an all the time
Intricate
Complicated; difficult to understand
Lucid
Easy to understand, clear; rational, sane
Posthumous
Occurring or published after death
Prim
Overly neat, precise, proper, or formal; prudish
Sardonic
Grimly or scornfully mocking, bitterly sarcastic
Superfluous
Exceeding what is sufficient or required, excess
Supplant
To take the place of, supersede
Taunt
To jeer at, mock; an insulting or mocking remark
Tenacious
Holding fast; holding together firmly; persistent