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20 terms

Vocab. Lesson 13

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abet'
(v.) to encourage, assist, aid, support (especially in something wrong or unworthy)
aver'
(v.) to affirm, declare confidently
blat'ant
(adj.) noisy in a coarse, offensive way; obvious or conspicuous, especially in an unfavorable sense
broach
(v.) to bring up or begin to talk about (a subject); to announce, introduce; to break the surface of the water; to turn sideways to the wind and waves; to pierce (a keg or cask) in order to draw off liquid; (n.) a spit for roasting; a tool for tapping casks
bu'ttress
(v.) to support, prop up, strengthen; (n.) a supporting structure
carou'sal
(n.) noisy revelry or merry making (often with a suggestion of heavy drinking)
co'llate
(v.) to compare critically in order to note differences, similarities, etc.; to arrange in order for some specific purpose
conn'oisseur
(n.) an expert, one who is well qualified to pass critical judgments, especially in one of the fine arts
discon'solate
(adj.) deeply unhappy or dejected; without hope, beyond consolation
encum'ber
(v.) to weight down or burden (with difficulties, cares, debt, etc.); to fill up, block up, hinder
foment'
(v.) to promote trouble or rebellion; to apply warm liquids to, warm
gris'ly
(adj.) frightful, horrible, ghastly
hercule'an
(adj.) characterized by great strength; very hard to do in the sense of requiring unusual strength
impass'ive
(adj.) showing no feeling or emotion; inanimate; motionless
inauspic'ious
(adj.) unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting bad luck for the future
incontrover'tible
(adj.) unquestionable, beyond dispute
nonplussed'
(adj., part,) puzzled, not knowing what to do, at a loss
opportune'
(adj.) suitable or convenient for a particular purpose; occurring at an appropriate time
prolif'ic
(adj.) abundantly productive; abundant, profuse
rejoin'der
(n.) a reply to a reply, especially from the defendant in a legal suit