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20 terms

Eng 10 Vocab unit 10 defs

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askance
with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval
attenuate
to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
benign
gentle, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effect; not malignant
cavil
to find fault in a petty way, carp; a trivial objection or criticism
charlatan
one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor, or quack
decimate
to kill or destroy a large part of
foible
a weak point, failing, minor flaw
forgo
to do without, abstain from, give up
fraught
full of or loaded with; accompanied by
inure
to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
luminous
emitting or reflecting light, glowing; illuminating
obsequious
marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
obtuse
(adj.) blunt, not coming to a point; slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90 and 180 degrees; not causing a sharp impression
oscillate
to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver
penitent
regretful for one's sins or mistakes; one who is sorry for wrongdoing
peremptory
having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial; determined, resolute
rebuff
to snub; to repel, drive away; a curt rejection, a check
reconnoiter
(v.) to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection
shambles
a slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion, mess
sporadic
Occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time