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40 terms

Vocabulary Unit 8 & 9

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assurance
(n.) a pledge; freedom from doubt, self-confidence
asylum
(n.) an institution for the care of children, elderly people, etc,; a place of safety
console
(v.) to comfort; (n.) the keyboard of an organ; a control panel for an electrical or mechanical device
dilate
(v.) to make or become larger or wider; to expand upon
dross
(n.) refuse, waste products
dwindle
(v.) to lessen, diminish
flippant
(adj.) lacking in seriousness; disrespectful, saucy
immunity
(n.) resistance to disease; freedom from some charge or obligation
institute
(v.) to establish, set up; (n.) an organization for the promotion of learning
liability
(n.) a debt; something disadvantageous
preposterous
(adj.) ridiculous, senseless
pugnacious
(adj.) quarrelsome, fond of fighting
rabid
(adj.) furious, violently intense, unreasonably extreme; mad; infected with rabies
realm
(n.) a kingdom; a region or field of study
rejuvenate
(v.) to make young again; to make like new
remunerate
(v.) to reward, pay, reimburse
sparse
(adj.) meager, scant; scattered
sterling
(adj.) genuine, excellent; made of silver of standard fineness
venture
(n.) a risky or daring undertaking; (v.) to expose to danger; to dare
warp
(v.) to twist out of shape; (n.) an abnormality
auxiliary
(adj.) giving assistance or support; (n.) a helper, aid
candid
(adj.) frank, sincere; impartial; unposed
cubicle
(n.) a small room or compartment
drudgery
(n.) work that is hard and tiresome
envoy
(n.) a representative or messenger (as of a government)
escalate
(v.) to elevate; to increase in intensity
expedient
(n.) a means to an end; (adj.) advantageous, useful
feign
(v.) to pretend
flair
(n.) a natural quality, talent, or skill; a distinctive style
grievous
(adj.) causing sorrow or pain; serious
heterogeneous
(adj.) composed of different kinds, diverse
horde
(n.) a vast number (as of people); a throng
impel
(v.) to force, drive forward
incredulous
(adj.) disbelieving, skeptical
inscribe
(v.) to write or engrave; to enter a name on a list
monologue
(n.) a speech by one actor; a long talk by one person
prognosis
(n.) a forecast of the probable course and outcome of a disease or situation
rasping
(adj.) with a harsh, grating sound; (n.) a harsh sound
repugnant
(adj.) offensive, disagreeable, distasteful
scuttle
(v.) to sink a ship by cutting holes in it; to get rid of something in a decisive way; to run hastily, scurry; (n.) a pail