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TPS English 12 S2 81-100 Unit 10
From Vocabulary Workshop Level G Unit 10
Terms in this set (20)
"The English teacher looked ASKANCE at the suggestion that students read compendiums of Dickens's novels."
with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval
"After making sure the wound was clean, the doctor took steps to ATTENUATE the victims pain.
to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
"Abraham Lincoln's sensitive stepmother had a ATTENUATE influence on the lonely boy who had lost his mother."
gently, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effect; not malignant
"suggest you do not CAVIL over small things but instead focus on what is important."
to find fault in a petty way, carp; a trivial objection or criticism
"The reporter expressed the real estate agent as a CHARLATAN who routinely decided her customers."
one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor or quack
"Again and again, Napoleon was able to DECIMATE the armies of his enemies and lead his men to further victories."
to kill or destroy a large part of
"Backbiting is one human FOIBLE not likely to be eradicated."
a weak-point, failing, minor flaw
"One of the best, if not easiest, ways to lose weight is to FORGO dessert."
to do without, abstain from, give up
"Even with the most advanced equipment, expeditions to the top of Mt. Everest are still FRAUGHT with danger."
full of or loaded with; accompanied by
"The inuit have become INURE to the hardships of the long Arctic winters through years of experience."
to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
"Walking under that LUMINOUS night sky induced in me weighty thoughts not often pondered."
emitting or reflecting light, glowing; illuminating
"Jane Austen ridiculed characters who were OBSEQUIES to the aristocracy but condescending to their social inferiors."
marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
"The lieutenant was too OBTUSE to see the danger and led his company right into the hands of the enemy."
blunt, not coming to a point; slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90 degrees and 180 degrees; not causing a sharp impression
"The terrified narrator in Poe's story "The Pit and the Pendulum" watches the dreaded instrument OSCILLATE as it slowly moves toward him."
to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver
"The thief was sincerely PENITENT after committing the crime."
regretful for one's sins or mistakes; one who is sorry for wrongdoing
"The board members resented the director's PEREMPTORY tone of voice."
having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial, determined, resolute
"The old man REBUFFED his neighbors by refusing all offers of friendship."
to snub; to repel, drive away; a curt rejection, a check
"Infantry officers often ask for volunteers to RECONNOITER the terrain ahead before ordering their soldiers to advance."
to engage in reconaissance; to make a preliminary inspection
"The burglars made a complete SHAMBLES of the apartment in their search for money and jewelry."
a slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion, mess
"The soldiers heard SPORADIC gunfire from the other side of the river."
occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order
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