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Vocabulary in Action Level H Chapter 2

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absurd
(adj.) 1. ridiculous or unreasonable; 2. not true
astound
(v.) 1. to fill with wonder; 2. to surprise
calamity
(n.) 1. a disaster; 2. great distress or misfortune
decelerate
(v.) to decrease the speed of
dialect
(n.) a variation of pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary by a group within a language or region
dishonor
(n.) 1. loss of one's good name; 2. shame
(v.) 1. to deprive of one's good name; 2. to shame; 3. to disgrace
efficient
(adj.) operating well, without wasted time, energy, or material
exert
(v.) 1. to put into action; 2. to exercise or use
finite
(adj.) 1. having an end; 2. having bounds or limits; 3. measurable
glutton
(n.) a person or animal that eats too much
hypothesis
(n.) an unproved theory, statement, or guess that is based on facts
inundate
(v.) 1. to overwhelm; 2. to overflow
luminous
(adj.) 1. giving light; 2. full of light; 3. bright
niche
(n.) 1. a hollow space within a wall, rock, or hill; 2. a place or position well-suited to the person in it
persuasive
(adj.) having the ability to convince
prohibit
(v.) to forbid an action by rule or law
retort
(v.) 1. to answer quickly; 2. to reply with a prompt argument
(n.) a fast or witty response
snare
(n.) 1. a trap, usually with a noose, for catching animals; 2. any trap
(v.) to trap
synchronize
(v.) 1. to make agree in time; 2. to match the rate of movement of two things
upheaval
(n.) 1. the act of being thrown upward; 2. an uprising or a violent upset
admonish
(v.) to criticize or scold someone in a mild way
exacerbate
(v.) 1. to make something worse than it is; 2. to aggravate
expedient
(adj.) 1. useful for creating a desired result; 2. based on self-interest
superfluous
(adj.) in excess of what is called for or necessary
versatile
(adj.) 1. able to do a number of things right; 2. useful for many functions