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Units 13-15 VocabulaRY Workshop Level D

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ad infinitum
(adv) endlessly
apportion
(v) to divide and give out in shares, distribute
bona fide
(adj) genuine, sincere, authentic
buoyant
(adj) able to float easily; able to hold things up; cheerful or hopeful
clique
(n) a small, exclusive group of people
concede
(v) to admit as true; to yield, submit, to allow
congenial
(adj) getting along with others, agreeable, pleasant
lofty
(adj) very high, noble, elevated
migration
(n) a movement from one contry or region to another
perceive
(v) to observe or notice; to grasp mentally
perverse
(adj) inclined to go against what is expected, stubborn, contrary
prelude
(n) an introduction
rancid
(adj) stale, spoiled, foul, rotten
rustic
(adj) country-like; plain, unsophisticated
sever
(v) to seperate, divide into parts, cut off
sordid
(adj) wretchedly poor; run-down, mean or selfish
untenable
(adj) not capable of being held or defended; indefensible
versatile
(adj) able to do many things well, capable of many uses
vindicate
(v) to clear from charges of wrongdoing; to defend
wane
(v) to lose size, strength, or power
Annex
(v.) To add to, attach: to incorporate;(n.) An attachment or addition
Cleave
(v.) To cut or split open; to cling to
Cordial
(adj.) in a friendly manner, hearty; cheery; (n.) A liqueur
Cornerstone
(n)the starting point of a building; a fundmental principle or element
Debacle
(n.) an overwelming defeat, rout; a completecollapse or failure
Devitalize
(v.) to make weak or lifeless
Embroil
(v.) to involve in a conflict or difficulty; to throw into confusion
Exonerate
(v.) to clear from a charge or accusation
Glib
(adj.) Ready and fluent in speech; thoughtless, insincere
Haphazard
(adj.) by chance; not planned; lacking order
Improvise
(v.) to compose or perform without preparation; to construct from available materials
Incite
(v.) to rouse or stir up; urge on
Influx
(n.) a coming in, inflow
Pallor
(n.) an extreme or unnatural paleness
Pedigree
(n.) a list of ancestors, family tree, the history or origins of something
Precipitous
(adj.) very steep
Profuse
(adj.) very abundant; given or flowing freely
Reconcile
(v.) to restore to friendship; to settle; to resign (oneself)
Shackle
(v.) to put into chains; (n., usually pl.) a chain, fetter
Threadbare
(adj.) shabby, old and worn
abase
(v) to lower in esteem, humiliate
actuate
(v) to move to action; to impel
avert
(v) to turn aside, turn away, to prevent
boorish
(adj) rude, unrefined, clumsy
brunt
(n) the main impact, force, or blow
combatant
(n) a fighter; (adj) engaged in fighting
dormant
(adj) inactive; in a state of suspension, resting
dubious
(adj) causing suspicion, in a doubtful state of mind, undecided
harangue
(v) to deliver a loud, ranting speech; (n) a loud speech
harry
(v) to make a destructive raid on; to torment or harrass
impenitent
(adj) not feeling remorse or sorrow for errors or offenses
knave
(n) a tricky, unprincipled, or deceitful person
legion
(n) a large military force; a large number of people; (adj) many
liberality
(n) generosity
plaintiff
(n) one who begins a lawsuit, accuser
probe
(v) to examine or investigate; (n) an investigation or device used to examine
protract
(v) to draw out or lengthen in space or time; extend
quarry
(v) to cut or take from; (n) a place stone is taken from or prey
spurn
(v) to refuse with scorn, reject, turn down
subterfuge
(n) an excuse or trick for escaping or hiding something