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30 terms

Vocabulary Lessons 25-27

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acquisition
the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
alleviate
provide physical relief, as from pain
brusque
Abrupt, blunt, with no formalities
debacle
a sudden and violent collapse
microcosm
a miniature world; something that resembles something else on a very small scale
rigorous
demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
tenacity
persistent determination
thwart
hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
ulterior
beyond what is seen or expressed
wily
sly, shrewd, cunning
arduous
difficult to accomplish
deluge
fill quickly beyond capacity
enthrall
to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to imprison
grandiose
grand in an impressive or stately way; marked by pompous affectation or grandeur, absurdly exaggerated
impetuous
characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation
insatiable
impossible to satiate or satisfy
oracular
obscurely prophetic
platitude
n. quality of being dull; an obvious remark uttered as if it were original.
sluice
artificial channel for directing or controlling the flow of water
synchronize
happen at the same time
abate
become less in amount or intensity
contrition
repentance; remorse; penitence
effete
worn out; barren
indolence
idleness; laziness
inure
to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
presumptuous
assuming too much; arrogant
propagate
transmit or cause to broaden or spread
protract
lengthen in time
stint
supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
wrest
to take by force, twist from