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21 terms

Vocab Review Units 7-9

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Allay
to calm or pacify, set to rest; to lessen or relieve
Convivial
festive, sociable, having fun together, genial
Demur
to object or take exception to; an objection
Ephemeral
lasting only a short time, short-lived
Furtive
done slyly or stealthily, sneaky, secret, shifty; stolen
Pertinacious
very persistent; holding firmly to a course of action or a set of beliefs; hard to get rid of, refusing to be put off or denied
Picayune
of little value or importance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifiling matters, small-minded
Arrant
to assert without proof or confirmation
Conciliate
to overcome the distrust of, win over; to appease, pacify; to reconcile, make consistent
Exacerbate
to make more violent, severe, bitter, or painful
Lackadaisical
lacking spirit or interest, halfhearted
Portend
to indicate beforehand that something is about to happen; to give advance warning of
Recant
to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract
Saturnine
of a gloomy or surly dispossition; cold or sluggish in mood
Bucolic
characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to sheerds and cowherds, pastoral
Collusion
secret agreement or cooperation
Imperturbable
not easily excited; emotionally steady
Pedantry
a pretentious display of knowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details
Redolent
fragrant, smelling strongly; tending to arouse memories or create an aura
Vacillate
to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will
Vituperative
harshly abusive, servely scolding