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Vocabulary Workshop Level F Units 10-12

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accrue
(v.) to grow or accumulate over time; to happen as a natural result
annotation
(n.) a critical or explanatory note or comment, especially for a literary work
bedlam
(n.) a state or scene of uproar and confusion
covert
(adj.) hidden, disguised, purposefully kept secret; sheltered secluded; (n.) a sheltered place, a hiding place
debonair
(adj.) pleasant, courteous, lighthearted; smooth and polished in manner and appearance
dun
(v.) to demand insistently, especially in payment of a debt; (n.) a creditor; (adj.) dark, dull, drab, dingy
efficacious
(adj.) effective, producing results
equanimity
(n.) calmness, composure, refusal to panic
fortuitous
(adj.) accidental, occurring by a happy chance
gist
(n.) the essential part, main point, or essence
gratuitous
(adj.) freely given; not called for by circumstances, unwarranted
imperious
(adj.) overbearing, arrogant, seeking to dominate; pressing, compelling
invective
(n.) a strong denunciation or condemnation; abusive language; (adj.) abusive, vituperative
motley
(adj.) showing great variety; composed of different elements or many colors; (n.) a jester's costume; a jester
munificent
(adj.) extremely generous, lavish
procrastinate
(v.) to delay, put off until later
provocative
(adj.) tending to producing a strong feeling or response arousing desire or appetite; irritating, annoying
recondite
(adj.) exceeding ordinary knowledge and understanding
reprobate
(n.) a depraved, vicious, or unprincipled person, scoundrel; (adj.) wicked, corrupt, or unprincipled; (v.) to disapprove of, condemn
sedentary
(adj.) characterized by or calling for continued sitting; remaining in one place
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 bulge, a land form that projects upward or outward
satiate
(v.) to satisfy completely; to fill to excess; (adj.) fully satisfied
sear
(v.) to make or become dry and withered; to char and scorch the surface of; to harden or make unfeeling; to parch, desiccate, singe
specious
(adj.) deceptive, apparently good or valid but lacking real merit
absolve
(v.) to clear from blame, responsibility or guilt
caricature
(n.) a representation (especially a drawing) in which the subject's characteristic features are deliberately exaggerated; (v.) to present someone or something in a deliberately distorted way
clangor
(n.) a loud ringing sound; (v.) to make a loud ringing noise
contiguous
(adj.) side by side, touching; near; adjacent in time
cupidity
(n.) an eager desire for something; greed
deleterious
(adj.) harmful, injurious
enhance
(v.) to raise to a higher degree; to increase the value or desirability of
enthrall
(v.) to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to impression
extenuate
(v.) to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses
implicit
(adj.) implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in
incisive
(adj.) sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness)
ostentatious
(adj.) marked by conspicuous or pretentious display, showy
paragon
(n.) a model of excellence or perfection
paraphrase
(v.) to restate in other words; (n.) a statement that presets a given idea in a new language
politic
(adj.) prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed; artful, expedient
prosaic
(adj.) dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic of prose, not poetic
redundant
(adj.) extra, excess, more than is needed; wordy, repetitive; profuse, lush
sanctimonious
(adj) making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous, canting, holier-than-thou
scintillating
(adj., part.) sparking, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities)
winsome
(adj.) charming, attractive, pleasing (often suggesting a childlike charm and innocence)