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Vocab Workshop Ch. 12

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Aesthetic
(adj.) pertaining to beauty; sensitive or responsive to beauty, artistic
Defunct
(adj.) no longer in existence or functioning, dead (de=un; funct=functional)
Discomfit
(v.) to frustrate, thwart, or defeat; to confuse, perplex or embarrass (made uncomfortable)
Espouse
(v.) to take up and support; to become attached to, adopt; to marry ("wed" - dedicate to)
Fetish
(n.) an object believed to have magical powers; an object of unreasoning devotion or reverence (an obsession-lucky rabbit's foot)
Gregarious
(adj.) living together in a herd or group; sociable, seeking the company of others (congregate)
Hapless
(adj.) marked by persistent absence of good luck ("hap-" happy; "-less" none)
Impeccable
(adj.) faultless, beyond criticism or blame
Importune
(v.) to trouble with demands; to beg for insistently
Interpolate
(v.) to insert between other parts or things; to present as an addition or correction
Irreparable
(adj.) incapable of being repaired or rectified
Laconic
(adj.) concise, using few words
Languish
(v.) to become weak, feeble or dull; to droop; to be depressed or dispirited; to suffer neglect (not thriving)
Mendacious
(adj.) given to lying or deception; untrue
Nadir
(n.) the lowest point (Ralph Nader was always at the bottom)
Omnipresent
(adj.) present in all places at all times
Perfunctory
(adj.) done in a superficial or halfhearted manner; without interest or enthusiasm
Plaintive
(adj.) expressive of sorrow or woe, melancholy (whiny)
Requite
(v.) to make suitable repayment, as for a kindness, service or favor; to make retaliation, as for an injury or wrong; to reciprocate (unfulfilled)
Tantamount
(adj.) equivalent, having the same meaning, value or effect (the same)