vocabulary workshop level d units 1-4

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admonish
to caution or advice against something
breach
an opening, a gap
to create an opening
brigand
robber, highwayman
circumspect
careful, cautious
commandeer
to seize for military or official use
cumbersome
clumsy, slow moving
deadlock
a standstill resulting from the opposition of two equal forces or fractions
to bring to a standstill
debris
scattered fragments, wreckage
diffuse
to spread
dilema
a difficult situation
efface
to wipe out, keep yourself from being noticed
muddle
to make a mess of
opinionated
stubborn, having a closed mind
perennial
lasting for a long time
a plant that lives for many years
predispose
to incline to beforehand
relinquish
to give up
salvage
to save from a fire or shipwreck
spasmodic
sudden and violent but brief
spurious
not true, not valid
unbridled
uncontrolled, unrestrained
adjourn
to move from one place to another
alien
strange, foreign
comely
pleasing appearance
compensate
to repay for services
dissolute
loose in one's morals or behavior
erratic
not regular or consistent, different
expulsion
forcing out
feint
to "fake" something, to trick
fodder
food for horses or cattle, raw material
fortify
build up
illegible
impossible to read
jeer
to make fun of
lucrative
bringing in money, moneymaking
mediocre
ordinary, normal, average
proliferate
to spread rapidly, to reproduce
subjugate
to conquer by force, to bring under complete control
sully
to soil, to stain
tantalize
torment by teasing
terse
brief and to the point
unflinching
showing no signs of fear
abridge
to make shorter
adherent
a follower, supporter
altercation
an angry argument
cherubic
resembling an angel portrayed as a little child with a perfect face,
condone
to pardon or overlook
dissent
a disagreement
eminent
famous, outstanding
exorcise
dispose of something troublesome, expel
fabricate
to make, manufacture
irate
angry
marauder
a raider, a pirate
obesity
excessive fatness
pauper
extremely poor person
pilfer
to steal in small quantities
rift
a break, a split
semblance
a likeness, an appearance
surmount
to overcome
terminate
to bring to an end
trite
commonplace, overused
usurp
to seize and hold position by force without right
abscond
run off and hide
access
admittance to places, persons, things
to get at
anarchy
a lack of government and law
arduous
hard to do, requires much effort
auspicious
favorable, fortunate
biased
prejudiced, favoring one side over the other
daunt
to overcome with fear
disentangle
free from tangles or complications
fated
determine in advance by destiny
hoodwink
to trick, to mislead
inanimate
without energy or spirit, lifeless
incinerate
to burn to ashes
intrepid
very brave
larceny
stealing, theft
pliant
easily influenced
pompous
"preppy", manner excessively
precipice
a very steep cliff, edge of disaster
rectify
to make right, correct
reprieve
a temporary relief
revile
to attack with words