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vocabulary workshop level d units 1-5

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Admonish
to caution or advise against something; to scold mildly; to remind of a duty
Breach
an opening, gap, rupture, rift; a violation of infraction; to create an opening
Brigand
a bandit, robber, outlaw, highwayman
Circumspect
careful, cautious
Commandeer
to seize for military or official use
Cumbersome
clumsy, hard to handle; slow-moving
deadlock
a standstill resulting from the opposition of two equal forces or factions; to bring such a stand still
Debris
scattered fragments, wreckage
Diffuse
to spread or scatter freely or widely; long-winded, unfocused
Dilemma
a difficlut or perplexing situation or problem
Efface
to wipe out; to keep oneself from being noticed
Muddle
to make a mess of, to get by; a hopless mess
Opinionated
stubborn and often unreasonalbe in holding to one's own ideas, having a closed mind
Perennial
lasting for a long time, persistent; a plant that lives for many years
Predispose
to incline to beforehand
Relinquish
to let go, give up
Salvage
to save from fire or shipwreck; property thus saved
Spasmodic
sudden and violent but brief; fitful; intermittent
Spurious
not genuine, not true not valid
Unbridled
uncontrolled, lacking in restraint
adjourn
to stop proceedings temporarily; move to another place
alien
a citizen of another country; foreign, strange
comely
having a pleasing appearance
compensate
to make up for; to repay for services
dissolute
loose in one's morals or behavior
erratic
not regular or consistent; different from what is ordinarily expected; undependable
expulsion
the process of driving or forcing out
feint
a deliberately deceptive movement; a pretense; to make a deceptive movement; to make a pretense of
fodder
food for horses or cattle; raw material for a designated purpose
fortify
to strengthen; build up
illegible
difficult or impossible to read
jeer
to make fun of rudely or unkindly; a rude remark of derision
lucrative
bringing in money; profitable
mediocre
average, ordinary, undistinguised
proliferate
to reproduce, increase, or spread rapidly
subjugate
to conquer by force, bring under complete control
sully
to soil, stain, tarnish, defile, besmirch
tantalize
to tease, torment by teasing
terse
brief and to the point
unflinching
firm, showing no signs of fear, not drawing back
abridge
(v) to make shorter
adherent
(n) a follower, supporter; (adj) attached, sticking to
altercation
(n) an angry argument
cherubic
(adj) resembling an angel portrayed as a little child with a beautiful, round, or chubby face; sweet and innocent
condone
(v) to pardon or overlook
dissent
(v) to disagree; (n) disagrement
eminent
(adj) famous, outstanding, distinguished; projecting
exorcise
(v) to drive out by magic; to dispose of something troublesome, menacing, or oppressive
fabricate
(v) to make, manufacture; to make up, invent
irate
(adj) angry
marauder
(n) a raider, plunderer
obesity
(n) excessive fatness
pauper
(n) an extremely poor person
pilfer
(v) to steal in small quantities
rift
(n) a split, break, breach
semblance
(n) a likeness; an outward appearance; an apparition
surmount
(v) to overcome, rise above
terminate
(v) to bring to an end
trite
(adj) commonplace; overused, stale
usurp
(v) to seize and hold a position by force or without right
Abscond
(v) to run off and hide
Access
(n) approach or admittance to places, persons, things; an increase; (v) to get at, obtain
Anarchy
(n) a lack of government and law; confusion
Arduous
(adj) hard to do, requiring much effort
Auspicious
(adj) favorable, fortunate
Biased
(adj) favoring one side unduly; prejudiced
Daunt
(v) to overcome with fear, intimidate; to dishearten, discourage
Disentangle
(v) to free of tangles or complications
Fated
(adj) determined in advance by destiny or fortune
Hoodwink
(v) to mislead by trick, deceive
Inanimate
(adj) not having life; without energy or spirit
Incinerate
(v) to burn to ashes
Intrepid
(adj) very brave, fearless, unshakable
Larceny
(n) theft
Pliant
(adj) bending readily; easily influenced
Pompous
(adj) overly self-important in speech or manner; excessively stately or ceremonious
Precipice
(n) a very steep cliff, the brink or edge of disaster
Rectify
(v) to make right, correct
Reprieve
(n) a temporary relief or delay; (v) to grant a postponement
Revile
(v) to attack with words, call bad names
Accomplice
a person who takes part in a crime
Annihilate
to destroy completely
Arbitrary
unreasonable; based on one's wishes or whims without regard for reason or fairness
Brazen
shameless, impudent; made of brass
Catalyst
a substance that causes or hastens a chemical reaction; any ag
Exodus
a large-scale departure or flight
Facilitate
to make easier; to assist
Incorrigible
not able to be corrected; beyond control
Latent
hidden, present but not realized
Militant
(adj) given to fighting; active and aggressive in support of a cause; (n) an activist
Morose
having a gloomy or sullen manner; not friendly or sociable
Opaque
not letting light through; not clear or lucid; dense, stupid
Paramount
chief in importance, above all others
Prattle
(v) to talk in an aimless, foolish, or simple way; to babble; (n) baby talk, babble
Rebut
to offer arguments or evidence that contradicts an assertion; to refute
Reprimand
(v) to scold; find fault with; (n) a rebuke
Servitude
slavery, forced labor
Slapdash
careless and hasty
Stagnant
not running or flowing; foul from standing still; inactive, sluggish, dull
Succumb
to give way to superior force, yield