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Unit 8 vocab

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compatible
It is surprising how often people with very different personalities turn out to be compatible when they get to know one another.
suave
It was difficult for us to believe that such a suave and cultured gentleman was a member of a gang of international jewel thieves.
apprehensive
In spite of all the elaborate safety precautions, I couldn't help feeling a little apprehensive as I set out for my first skydiving lesson.
deride
.Political candidates who do nothing but deride their opponents' character and abilities may alienate voters.
multifarious
The multifarious problems that will face America's Presidents in the
twenty-first century will make their job one of the most demanding in the world.
quandary
So there I was, having accepted invitations to two different parties on the same evening. What a quandary to be in!
apathy
Simple apathy seems to be the main reason such a large percentage of those eligible to vote fail to cast ballots in any election.
decrepid
think that the phrase "on its last legs" is an apt description of that decrepit old house down the block.
recalcitrant
I trust you will never have the experience of trying to cross the desert with a recalcitrant mule that wants to remain where it is.
animosity
From all his growling and snapping, you would think our beagle felt a personal animosity toward every other dog on the block.
condolences
Although I was unable to visit my old friend's widow in person, I offered my condolences in a heartfelt letter.
omnivorous
If you think of all the different kinds of food that human beings are able to consume, you will realize that we are truly an omnivorous species.
parsimonious
to overcome her parsimonious inclinations, she finally reached into her pocket and handed me one thin dime!
commend
The board of directors voted to commend him for the skill and enthusiasm with which he had managed the charity drive.
consecrate
"Today," said the speaker, "we consecrate this monument to the memory of all those who fought and died in defense of their country."
ingenuous
Now that I am a senior, it is hard to believe that I was ever as innocent and ingenuous as the members of the new freshman class.
obsolete
Technology changes so rapidly that a particular computer may be state-of-the-art one day and obsolete the next.
reprisal
If we increase our tariff rates on the goods of other countries, we can be sure that they will raise their own rates in reprisal.
reveled
Throughout the hot, dusty journey, we reveled in the thought that soon we would be swimming in the cool lake.
stultify
In totalitarian regimes, censorship and violence are often employed to suppress criticism and stultify dissent.
omnivorous
an all-devouring sense of curiosity
reprisal
cruel acts of revenge
commended
entrusted to the care of friends
quandary
caught in a hopeless predicament
condolence
welcome expressions of sympathy
derided
jeered at by the protesters
compatible
by like-minded friend
ingenuous
too naive to question others' motives
obsolete
rejected the author's outmoded theories
aimosity
a shocking display of rancor