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Vocab 9

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abate
to make less in amount , degree , etc. to subside , become less ; to nullify.
adulation
praise or flattery that is excessive
anathema
an object of intense dislike ; a curse or strong strong denunciation often used objectively without the article.
astute
shrewd , crafty , showing practical wisdom
avarice
a greedy desire , particularly for wealth
culpable
deserving blame, worthy of condemnation
dilatory
tending to delay or procrastinate, not prompt, ; intended to delay or postpone
egregious
conspicuous , standing out from the crowd or the mass ( in an unfavorable manner)
equivocate
to speak or act in a way that allows for more than one interpretation ; to be deliberately vague or ambiguous
evanescent
vanishing , soon passing away ; light and airy
irresolute
unable to make up one's mind , hesitating
nebulous
cloud like , resembling a cloud; cloudy in color , not transparent ; vague , confused , indistinct
novice
one who is just a beginner at some activity requiring skill and experience
penury
extreme poverty; bareness, insufficiency
pretentious
done for show, striving to make big impressions; claiming merit or position unjustifiably ; making demands on one's skill or abilities , ambitious
recapitulate
to review a series of facts ; to sum up
resuscitate
to revive , bring back to consciousness or existence.
slovenly
untidy, dirty, careless
supposition
something that is assumed or taken for granted without conclusive evidence.
torpid
inactive, sluggish , dull