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Wordly Wise 3000 Book 9 Lesson 1-10 Review

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Adroit
Clever at dealing with difficult situations; adept; skillful.
Affront
To insult or to offend deliberately.
Avocation
An activity pursued for pleasure; a hobby.
Crusade
A prolonged, impassioned struggle for what is believed to be a just cause.
Definitive
Supplying a final answer; conclusive.
Demeanor
Behavior; bearing.
Erudite
Having or demonstrating extensive knowledge; learned.
Induct
To install in office, sometimes with a formal ceremony.
Lapse
To fall or slip from a certain level of conduct or accomplishment.
Militant
Ready to fight, especially for a cause.
Pariah
A social outcast.
Prodigy
A person who shows remarkable talent at an early age.
Protégé
One whose training or career is helped along by another.
Raucous
Rough and unpleasant to the ear.
Tacit
Expressed without words; implied.
Alacrity
1. Promptness in responding. 2. Eagerness.
Array
1. A large group of people or things. 2. An orderly arrangement or display. 3. To place in order. 4. To dress up.
Deduce
To draw conclusion from given facts.
Encumber
1. To weigh down or burden. 2. To impede the action of.
Fraught
Full of or accompanied by (usually followed by with).
Haphazard
Marked by a lack of plan, order, or direction.
Incontrovertible
Impossible to dispute; unquestionable.
Inexplicable
Hard to exlain or impossible to understand.
Ingenious
Marked by imagination, resourcefulness, or cleverness.
Laggard
One who falls behind others because of moving slowly or loitering; a straggler.
Sustenance
Something that provides nourishment; food needed to live.
Torrid
1. Intensley hot and dry. 2. Burning with passion.
Traverse
To pass over, across, or through.
Ubiquitous
Appearing to be present in large numbers or in many different places.
Zenith
1. The highest point; the peak. 2. The point in the sky directly above the observer.
Allude
v. To refer to in an indirect way (used with to).
Consecrate
v. 1. To set apart as holy. 2. To dedicate a cause; to devote.
Disseminate
v. To scatter or spread widely.
Dote
v. To show excessive fondess for (used with on or upon).
Exhort
v. To urge strongly; to warn or appeal.
Feckless
adj. Careless or irresponsible.
Implicate
v. To show to be involved with something, especially something dishonest or illegal.
Lament
v. To feel or express grief.
Monetary
adj. Of or relating to money or currency.
Pensive
adj. Deep in thought; dreamily thoughtful.
Pomp
n. A showy or dignified display.
Stilted
adj. Artificially stiff or formal in manner.
Subjugate
v. To bring under control; to conquer.
Trauma
n. 1. A severe bodily injury. 2. Emotional shock.
Wanton
adj. 1. Ignoring what is right. 2. Excessive or unrestrained. 3. Playful or frolicsome.
bewail
to express deep regret or sorrow over.
destitute
1. Without resources or possessions, especially the necessities of life. 2. Lacking; devoid of.
detract
to take away, especially from the value, beauty, or importance of
emancipate
to free from slavery; to release or liberate
extol
to praise highly
flamboyant
excessively showy; unrestrained
impetus
1. A driving force; anything that causes an action. 2. Increased activity resulting from a driving force.
insuperable
Incapable of being overcome or defeated
intermittent
not continuous; happening at intervals
maxim
a general truth or rule of conduct; a short saying
obligatory
Required or demanded
plumb
v.1. To measure the depth of water. 2. To reach the deepest part of. 3. To understand by examining closely; to solve. abj. Straight up and down; vertical.
vagabond
a person who wanders from place to place
visage
A face, especially one that expresses feelings.
wheedle
v.1. To coax by using sly persuasion or insincere praise. 2. To gain by using sly persuasion or insincere praise.
adage
n. An old saying that has come to be accepted as true; a proverb.
camaraderie
n. Good will and warm feelings among friends.
contend
v. 1. To struggle with.
2. To maintain or assert.
n. 1. A conflict or struggle.
2. A point made in an argument.
extraneous
adj. Not necessary; irrelevant.
hubbub
n. Noisy confusion; uproar.
meander
v. 1. To follow a winding course.
2. To wander aimlessly.
odoriferous
adj. Having or giving off a smell.
paraphernalia
n. 1. Personal belongings.
2. Equipment associated with a particular activity.
punctilious
adj. Careful of and attentive to details, especially ones relating to good manners and behavior.
recuperate
v. To regain health or strength.
regale
v. To entertain or delight.
sedentary
adj. Doing or requiring a lot of sitting.
Spartan
adj. Marked by simplicity and the lack of luxury.
temporal
adj. Relating to the everyday world as opposed to that which is spiritual or eternal.
wry
adj. 1. Turned or bent to one side in distaste or humor.
2. Amusing in a quiet but sharp way.
callow
adj. Young and inexperienced; immature.
contemporary
n. A person living during the same period as another.
adj. Existing or occurring at the same time.
cynical
adj. Doubtfull of the sincerity of others' motives; skeptical.
despot
n. A ruler with absolute power or tyrannical control over a group of people.
enunciate
v. 1. To pronounce clearly.
2. To state; to announce.
impediment
n. Anything that gets in the way; an obstacle.
impoverish
v. 1. To make poor.
2. To take away.
indolent
adj. indulging in ease; avoiding exertion; lazy.
sagacious
adj. Showing sound judgment; wise.
secular
adj. Wordly; not connected with a church or religion.
speculate
v. 1. To think about or make guesses.
2. To engage in a risky business venture.
strife
n. Conflict or struggle.
venerate
v. To show great respect for.
voracious
adj. 1. Ravenous; desiring and eating a large amount of food.
2. Greatly eager.
wane
v. To get smaller, dimmer, or weaker; to near an end.
apropos
Fitting the occasion; suitable or apt.
ascendancy
Controlling influence; domination.
assess
To analyze and determine the nature, value, or importance of.
aver
To declare positively; to state as the truth.
concede
1.v. To admit to be true, often reluctantly.
2. To grant or let have.
deficient
Lacking
dogma
An unproven principle or belief held to be true.
embody
1.v. To put an idea into a form that can be seen.
2. To make part of a system; incorporate.
impart
1.v. To make known; disclose.
2. To bestow.
oratory
The art of public speaking.
propagate
1.v. To reproduce.
2. To cause to reproduce.
3. To foster the spread of.
proponent
Someone who proposes or supports an idea; an advocate.
rudimentary
1.adj. Not yet fully developed.
2. Elementary.
sojourn
1.n. A visit or temporary stay.
2.v. To stay for a while.
vociferous
Making one's feelings known in a loud way.
amorous
Expressing love or the state of being in love.
belittle
To present or speak of as unimportant or of little value.
censure
1.v. To blame or find fault with.
2.n. A severe criticism or harsh judgment.
deem
To consider; to believe.
divulge
To make known something secret; to reveal.
exorbitant
Exceeding normal bounds; greater or more than seems reasonable.
expostulate
To argue earnestly in an attempt to dissuade or show strong disapproval.
fateful
Having great or significant consequences.
ingrate
An ungrateful person.
injunction
1.n. An order or command.
2. A court order prohibiting someone from doing something.
moribund
Close to death; in a dying state.
motif
1.n. A theme or idea in a work of art or literature that is developed or repeated.
2. A figure or design repeated in the decoration of something, such as a building or textile.
subsidize
To support by giving financial aid.
sumptuous
Extravagantly splendid or costly; luxurious.
voluble
Characterized by a ready flow of words; talkative.
allure
The power to attract or charm.
antiquity
1.n. The ancient world, especially before the Middle Ages.
2. The quality of great age.
appraise
1.v. To estimate the value of.
2. To form a judgment of; to evaluate.
cleave
1.v. To cling to or be faithful to.
2. To split with force or a sharp instrument.
depreciate
1.v. To make or become less in value.
2. To represent as of little value; to belittle.
facet
1.n. Any of the many small, flat surfaces on a precious stone made by cutting.
2. One of many sides or aspects of something.
facsimile
An exact copy.
impervious
1.adj. Incapable of being penetrated.
2. Not affected or disturbed by.
nondescript
Hard to describe because of a lack of distinctive qualities or features.
quandary
A state of being in doubt about what to do.
repose
1.v. To lie at rest.
2.To place (power, etc.) in some person or group.
1.n. A state of rest or relaxation.
scintillate
1.v. To flash or sparkle.
2. To be lively and witty.
scrutinize
To examine with great care.
synthetic
Not naturally produced; made by artificial processes.
transmute
To change the form or appearance of.
amputate
To cut off a body part, especially by surgery.
aptitude
A natural talent.
beneficiary
One who benefits or gains an advantage from something.
boon
A welcome gift or blessing.
commiserate
To feel or express sorrow or compassion for; to sympathize.
garner
To collect or gather; to acquire or obtain.
gratis
Without payment; free of charge.
incapacitate
To make helpless or incapable.
inception
The beginning of an action or process.
magnanimous
abj. Generous, unselfish, or forgiving.
n. Quality of being above meanness or spite; generosity of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly.
myriad
n. A very large number.
adj. Very many.
practicable
1. adj. Capable of being done; feasible.
2. Usable.
remunerate
To pay or reward.
solicit
To ask for in a formal way.
trite
Used so much that it is no longer fresh or new.