Unit 1

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acquisitive
(adj.) able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property; syn: greedy, grasping, avaricious, retentive
arrogate
(v.) to claim or take without right; syn: expropriate, usurp, commandeer
banal
(adj.) hackneyed, trite, commonplace; syn: stale, insipid
belabor
(v.) to work on excessively; to thrash soundly; syn: overwork
carping
(adj.) tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way; (n.) petty, nagging criticism; syn: nit-picking, caviling
coherent
(adj.) holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful; syn: connected, unified, consistent, cohesive
congeal
(v.) to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid; syn: harden, jell, coagulate, solidify
emulate
(v.) to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model; syn: copy, mimic, rival, match, measure up to
encomium
(n.) a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute; syn: panegyric, eulogy, commendation
eschew
(v.) to avoid, shun, keep away from; syn: abstain from, steer clear of, forgo
germane
(adj.) relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
insatiable
(adj.) so great or demanding as not to be satisfied; syn: unquenchable, ravenous, voracious
intransigent
(adj.) refusing to compromise, irreconcilable; syn: uncompromising, unyielding, obdurate
invidious
(adj.) offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment
largesse
(n.) generosity in giving, lavish or bountiful contributions; syn: liberality, munificence, bounty
reconnaissance
(n.) a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination; syn: scouting expedition
substantiate
(v.) to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to; syn: verify, confirm, validate, authenticate
taciturn
(adj.) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little; syn: tight-lipped, uncommunicative, laconic
temporize
(v.) to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise; syn: hedge, dillydally, procrastinate
tenable
(adj.) capable of being held or defended; syn: defensible, justifiable, maintainable