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Vocabulary Workshop Level E Units 10-12

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acquiesce
to accept without protest; to agree or submit
allure
to entice, tempt; to be attractive to; a strong attraction; the power to attract, charm
askew
twisted to one side, crooked; disapprovingly
blithe
cheerful, lighthearted; casual, unconcerned
contentious
quarrelsome, inclined to argue
covet
to desire something belonging to another
crestfallen
discouraged, dejected, downcast
disheveled
rumpled, mussed; hanging in disorder
exponent
one who advocates, speaks for, explains, or interprets
garrulous
given to much talking, tediously chatty
insuperable
incapable of being overcome
lamentable
to be regretted or pitied
misnomer
an unsuitable or misleading name
profess
to affirm openly; to state belief in; to claim, pretend
respite
a period of relief or rest
retribution
a repayment; a deserved punishment
sinuous
winding, having many curves; lithe and flexible
sonorous
full, deep, or rich in sound; impressive in style
vanguard
the foremost part of an army; the leading position in any field
wastrel
a wasteful person, spendthrift; a good-for-nothing
allude
to refer to casually or indirectly
clairvoyant
supernaturally perceptive; one who possesses extrasensory powers, seer
conclusive
serving to settle an issue; final
disreputable
not respectable, not esteemed
endemic
native or confined to a particular region or people; characteristic of or prevalent in a field
exemplary
worthy of imitation, commendable; serving as a model
fathom
to understand, get to the bottom of; to determine the depth of; a measure of depth in water
guile
treacherous cunning, deceit
integrity
honesty, high moral standards; an unimpaired condition, completeness, soundness
itinerary
a route of travel; a record of travel; a guidebook
misconstrue
to interpret wrongly, mistake the meaning of
obnoxious
highly offensive, arousing strong dislike
placate
to appease, soothe, pacify
placid
calm, peaceful
plagiarism
passing off or using as one's own the writing (or other materials) of another person
potent
powerful, highly effective
pretext
a false reason, deceptive excuse
protrude
to stick out, thrust forth
stark
harsh, unrelieved, desolate; utterly
superficial
on or near the surface; concerned with or understanding only what is on the surface, shallow
abjure
to renounce, repudiate under oath; to avoid, shun
acrid
harsh in taste or odor; sharp in manner or temper
august
majestic, inspiring admiration and respect
callous
emotionally hardened, unfeeling
clandestine
secret, concealed; underhanded
compunction
remorse, regret
conflagration
a large destructive fire
elated
in high spirits, jubilant; extremely pleased
indelible
not able to be erased or removed; memorable
indulgent
yielding to the wishes or demands of others
inveterate
firmly established, long-standing; habitual
irrelevant
not to the point, not applicable or pertinent
nocturnal
of or occurring in the night; under cover of darkness
platitude
a commonplace, stale, or trite remark
quell
to subdue, put down forcibly
quiescent
inactive; at rest
ruminate
to meditate, think about at length; to chew the cud
tacit
unspoken, silent; implied, inferred
tangible
capable of being touched; real, concrete
trenchant
incisive, keen; forceful, effective; cutting, caustic; distinct, clear-cut