20 terms

Vocabulary Workshop (G) - Unit 7

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allay
(v) to calm or pacify, set to rest; to lessen or relieve

reduce, alleviate, moderate
bestial
(adj) beastlike; beastly, brutal, subhuman in intelligence & sensibility

animal, depraved, loathsome
convivial
(adj) festive, sociable, having fun together, genial

fun-loving, jovial, merry
coterie
(n) a circle of acquaintances; a close-knit, often exclusive group of people with a common interest

clique, set
counterpart
(n) a person or thing closely resembling or corresponding to another; a complement

match
demur
(v) to rank or take exception to

protest, object to

(n) an objection
effrontery
(n) shameless boldness, impudence

gall, chutzpah, nerve, impertinence, cheek
embellish
(v) to decorate, adorn, touch up; to improve by adding details

ornament, garnish
ephemeral
(adj) lasting only a short time, short-lived

fleeting, transient, evanescent, transitory
felicitous
(adj) appropriate, apt, well chosen; marked by well-being or good fortune, happy

fortunate, well-put
furtive
(adj) done slyly or stealthily, sneaky, secret, shifty; stolen

clandestine, covert, surreptitious
garish
(adj) glaring; tastelessly showy or overdecorated in a vulgar or offensive wat

gaudy, flashy, tawdry
illusory
(adj) misleading, deceptive; lacking in or not based on reality

specious, spurious, fanciful, imaginary
indigent
(adj) needy, impoverish

penniless, poverty-stricken, destitute
inordinate
(adj) far too great, exceeding reasonable limits, excessive

exorbitant, extravagant
jettison
(v) to cast overboard, get rid of as unnecessary or burdensome

cast off, discard, dump, junk, abandon
misanthrope
(n) a person who hates or despises people

people-hater
pertinacious
(adj) 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

stubborn, dogged, determined
picayune
(adj) of little value or importance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifling matters, small-minded

inconsequential, piddling, trifling
raiment
(n) clothing, garments

apparel, attire