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cumulative test units 1-9 level c vocab

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acme
highest peak or point,
anguish
(n.) Great mental suffering, distress, or pain; (v.) to be deeply tormented by pain or sorrow
audacious
(adj.) bold, adventurous, recklessly daring
belittle
to make something appear smaller than it is; to refer to in a way that suggests lack of importance or value
bludgeon
a short club used as a weapon
bolster
support and strengthen
churlish
lacking politeness or good manners; lacking sensitivity; difficult to work with or deal with; rude
congested
overcrowded, filled or occupied to excess
cronies
friends
detriment
a damage or loss
discordent
(adj) disagreeable in sound
encroaching
trespassing
enterprising
(adj.) energetic, willing and able to start something new; showing boldness and imagination
epitaph
an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there
excise
remove by cutting
gingerly
with extreme care or caution
haggard
(adj.) thin, pale, and careworn as a result of worry or suffering; wild-looking
hovering
hanging low above something as if floating in air
infiltrate
(v.) to pass through or gain entrance to gradually or stealthily
instigate
(v.) to urge on; to stir up, provoke, start, incite
instill
to add gradually; to introduce or cause to be taken in
impuntity
freedom from being punished or harmed
jostle
to make or force one's way by pushing or elbowing; to bump, shove, brush against; to compete for
maim
(v.) to cripple, disable, injure, mar, disfigure, mutilate
myriad
(adj.) in very great numbers; (n.) a very great number
nonentity
a person or thing of little or no importance
perceptible
capable of being grasped by the senses or mind
pertinent
(adj.) related to the matter at hand, to the point
peruse
to read thoroughly and carefully
plaudits
applause; enthusiastic praise or approval
plausible
appearing true, reasonable, or fair
predatory
preying on, plundering, or piratical
proclaim
(v.) to declare publicly or officially
prone
lying face down
pseudonym
(n.) A pen name, name assumed by a writer
renown
fame, glory
revert
to return, go back
scapegoat
(n.) A person or thing carrying the blame for others
sequel
that which follows, a result; a literary work or film continuing the story of one written or made earlier
skittish
extremely nervous and easily frightened; shy or timid; extremely cautious; unstable, undependable
sustained
consistent
tawdry
showy and flashy but lacking in good taste
unison
a sounding together; agreement or accord
volatile
(adj.) highly changeable, fickle; tending to become violent or explosive; changing readily from the liquid to the gaseous state