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Vocab Unit 2-2

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hindrance
an obstacle; impediment
cognizant
aware; conscious
expedient
self-serving; convenient
lavish
extravagant; overly luxurious
negligent
careless
scrutinize
to examine; to inspect
kindle
to stir up; arouse
appall
to horrify; dismay
ludicrous
laughable; ridiculous
commiserate
to sympathize; express compassion
duplicity
deliberate deceptiveness; deceit
equivocal
open to more than one interpretation and often intended to mislead
uniform
all or always the same; without variety
contract
to reduce in size; become compressed
clamor
a loud outcry; hubbub
untenable
unable to be held or defended; unsupportable
stagnant
not moving; not flowing; motionless
vilify
to make abusive statements about
rescind
to repeal; take back
irresolute
uncertain how to think or act; undecided
apocryphal
of doubtful authenticity; not genuine
desultory
moving from one thing to another in an unplanned way
loquacious
very talkative
affable
friendly; easy to get along with
irascible
easily angered; irritable
opaque
difficult to understand or explain; obscure; incomprehensible
recapitulate
to summarize or repeat briefly
obtuse
slow to understand; dull
paucity
a scarcity; an insufficiency
garbled
mixed up to such an extent as to be misleading or incomprehensible
accolade
praise
edifice
a building, especially of large, imposing size
infraction
a breaking of a law or rule
diatribe
a bitter, abusively critical speech or piece of writing
assuage
to relieve; lessen
somber
solemn; sad and depressing; melancholy
censure
blame; a rebuke
gravity
severity; weighty importance
profane
showing disrespect or contempt for sacred things
cacophony
harsh, discordant sounds
enmity
hatred; hostility
peruse
to examine; read with great care
erroneous
mistaken; in error
recluse
a person who leads a solitary life; someone who withdraws from others
blasphemy
disrespect toward something sacred or important; irreverence
renounce
to reject; give up; cast off
languish
to lose strength; fail in health; be weak
incite
to stir up
heretic
a person who holds unpopular or unaccepted beliefs; dissenter; nonconformist
garner
to collect; to gather