19 terms

vocab f unit 9 Mr. Gallucci with pictures

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abate
to make less in amount; to subside, become less
syn: diminish, subside
adulation
flattery that is excessive
syn: adoration, idolization, hero-worship
anathema
intense dislike; a curse or strong denunciation
syn: abomination
astute
shrewd, crafty, showing practical wisdom
syn: acute, judicious, wily
avarice
a greedy desire, particularly for wealth
syn: cupidity
culpable
deserving blame, worthy of condemnation
syn: guilty, delinquent, blameworthy
dilatory
tending to delay or procrastinate; to delay or postpone
syn: stalling, slow, tardy
egregious
conspicuous, standing out from the mass
syn: glaring, flagrant, blatant
equivocate
to speak or act in a way that allows for more than one interpretation; to be deliberately vague or ambiguous (to flip-flop)
syn: to talk out of both sides of one's mouth
evanescent
vanishing; light and airy
syn: ephemeral, transient
irresolute
unable to make up one's mind; hesitating
syn: indecisive, vacillating, wavering
nebulous
cloud like, not transparent; vague, confused
syn: hazy, fuzzy, cloudy, opaque
novice
one who is just a beginner; requiring skill and experience
syn: neophyte, trainee, apprentice
pretentious
done for show, striving to make a big impression
syn: ostentatious, inflated
recapitulate
to review a series of facts; to sum up
syn: review, summarize, go over
resuscitate
to revive, bring back to consciousness
syn: revitalize, reanimate, restore, reactivate
slovenly
unity, dirty, careless
syn: unkempt, lax
supposition
something that is assumed or taken for granted without evidence
syn: assumption, presumption, hypothesis
torpid
inactive, sluggish, dull
syn: lethargic, languid

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