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Diagnostic 5 Vocabulary

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cosmopolitan
(adj) worldly; relating to worldwide rather than provincial scopes; composed of elements from all or many parts of the world; sophisticated
coddle
(v) to treat with extreme or excessive care or kindness; pamper
chide
(v) to speak out in angry or displeased rebuke; to voice disapproval; scold; reprove
digression
(n) the act of digressing in a work; tangent; aside; excursion
placid
(adj) serenely free of interruption; calm; complacent; tranquil; serene
benign
(adj) of gentle disposition; gracious; favorable, wholesome; showing kindness and gentleness; harmless
complacent
(adj) self-satisfied; marked by complacency; nonchalant; apathetic; casual; insouciant; complaisant
reticent
(adj) inclined to be silent; reserved; reluctant; silent; aloof; restrained
clairvoyant
(adj) having clairvoyance, or the ability to see beyond the range of ordinary perception
deferential
(adj) showing or reflecting respect and esteem that is due; respectful; dutiful
discriminating
(adj) distinguishing; discerning, judicious
sanctimonious
(adj) hypocritically pious or devout
equivocal
(adj) subject to two or more interpretations; confusing; ambiguous; of an uncertain disposition
propulsion
(n) the action or process of propelling; something that propels
obliterate
(v) to remove utterly from existence, recognition, or memory
deterrent
(n) serving to turn aside, discourage, or prevent from acting; inhibitor
panacea
(n) a remedy for all ills or difficulties; cure-all; elixir
mitigate
(v) to cause to become less harsh or hostile; mollify; alleviate; extenuate
conducive
(adj) tending to promote or assist; facilitative; helpful; advantageous
bereft
(adj) deprived or robbed of something; bereaved
miscreant
(adj) unbelieving; heretical; villainous; OR (n) one who behaves criminally or viciously
pacifist
(adj) relating to pacifism (peace); strongly opposed to war and conflict
revisionist
(n) a movement in socialism favoring evolution over revolution; an advocate of revision to a doctrine, policy, analysis, etc
impetuous
(adj) marked by impulsive vehemence or passion; marked by force and violence of movement
fervent
(adj) very hot; glowing; zealous; marked by intensity; impassioned; ardent; emotional; feverish; fervid
levity
(n) excessive or unseemly frivolity; lack of steadiness; facetiousness; flippancy; frivolousness; light-mindedness
haughty
(adj) blatantly and disdainfully proud; lofty; pompous; pretentious; supercilious
impudent
(adj) marked by cocky boldness or disregard for others; insolent; brazen; impertinent
insolent
(adj) insultingly contemptuous; impudent; exhibiting effrontery
loquacious
(adj) full of excessive talk; wordy; garrulous; talkative
reverential
(adj) expressing or having a quality of reverence; inspiring reverence
presumptuous
(adj) overstepping due bounds; overfamiliar; immodest
irresolute
(adj) uncertain how to act or proceed; hesitating; vacillating
antipode
(n) the parts of the earth diametrically opposite; the exact opposite or contrary; antithesis; reverse
bifurcation
(n) the point at which one thing divides into two branches or parts; an instance where one object or idea branches into two
dichotomy
(n) a system of repeated branching or bifurcations; OR (n) something with seemingly contradictory qualities; OR (n) a division into two especially contradictory groups
filial
(adj) of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter; OR (adj) having the relation of a child or offspring
avuncular
(adj) suggestive of an uncle in terms of kindliness or geniality
convivial
(adj) relating to feasting, drinking, and good company
diffident
(adj) hesitant in acting or speaking because of a lack of self-confidence; unassertive
mollify
(v) to soothe in temper or disposition; assuage, temper, appease
extenuate
(v) to lessen or try to lessen the seriousness of; mitigate
supercilious
(adj) patronizingly haughty; proud
laconic
(adj) using a minimum of words; concise to the point of seeming rude
vacillate
(v) fluctuate, oscillate; to waver in mind or feeling
effrontery
(n) shameless boldness; insolence
temerity
(n) unreasonable contempt of danger or the opposition; rashness or recklessness; OR (n) a rash or reckless act
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