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20 terms

Vocab Chapter 11 [level f]

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abstemious
(adj.) moderate, sparing (as in eating and drinking); characterized by abstinence and self-discipline
censurable
(adj.) deserving of blame or correction
contingent
(adj.) likely but not certain to happen, possible; dependent on uncertain events or conditions; happening by chance; (n.) a representative group forming part of a larger body
corroborate
(v.) to confirm, make more certain, bolster, substantiate, verify
denizen
(n.) an inhabitant, resident; one who frequents a place
discursive
(adj.) passing aimlessly from one place or subject to another, rambling, roving, nomadic
disseminate
(v.) to scatter or spread widely.
dowdy
(adj.) poorly dressed, shabby; lacking smartness and good taste
florid
(adj.) highly colored, reddish; excessively ornate, showy
foist
(v.) to impose by fraud; to pass off as worthy or genuine; to bring about by stealth, dishonesty, or coercion.
gauche
(adj.) awkward, lacking in social graces, tactless, clumsy
heresy
(n.) an opinion different from accepted belief; the denial of an idea that is generally held sacred.
inculcate
(v.) to impress on the mind by repetition, teach persistently and earnestly.
palpable
(adj.) capable of being touched or felt; easily seen, heard, or recognized.
perceptive
(adj.) having sympathetic insight or understanding, capable of keen appreciation
pernicious
(adj.) extremely harmful; deadly, fatal.
salient
(adj.) leaping, jumping, or springing forth; prominent, standing out conspicuous; (n.) a projection or buldge, a land form that projects upward or outward.
satiate
(v.) to satisfy completely; to fill to excess; (adj.) full, satisfied
sear
(v.) to make or become dry and withered; to char or scorch the surface of; to harden or make unfeeling; to patch, dessicate, singe.
specious
(adj.) deceptive, apparently good or valid but lacking real merit