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33 terms

Barrons Critical Reading wrkbk. set2.

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decrepit
old and feeble; worn-out, ruined
sciatica
pain that follows the pathway of the sciatic nerve caused by compression or trauma of the nerve or its roots
virile
manly; having masculine spirit or strength; full of strength
depraved
marked by immorality
leper
a person who has been rejected
lobbed
tossed up in the air
clobbered
hit
desensitize
make insensitive
relinquish
release, as from one's grip
haphazardly
in a random manner
scrounged
to search, to investigate
warped
used especially of timbers or boards
scathing
marked by harshly abusive criticism
nuance
a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
reverent
feeling or showing deep solemn respect
intermittent
stopping and starting at irregular intervals
abate
become less in amount or intensity
anachronism
something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred
abstemious
sparing in consumption of especially food and drink
chary
cautious
cognizant
(usually followed by 'of') having knowledge or understanding
discern
to see clearly, recognize, detect with the senses
dubious
fraught with uncertainty or doubt
garrulous
talkative
irreverent
showing lack of due respect or veneration
peristaltic
wavelike; not steady, sometimes slowly sometimes fast
abate
subside or moderate
aberrant
abnormal or deviant
abrasive
rubbing away, tending to grind down
abridge
condense or shorten
absolute
complete, totally unlimited, uncertain
abstruse
obscure, profound, difficult to understand
acclaim
applaud, announce with great approval