20 terms

Vocab Unit 13

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abet
to encourage, assist, aid, support (especially in something wrong or unworthy); hamper, hinder, impede, frustrate
aver
to affirm, declare confidently; assert, asseverate, avouch
blatant
noisy in a coarse, offensive way; obvious or conspicuous, especially in an unfavorable sense; flagrant, glaring, egregious, disagreeably loud
broach
to bring up or begin to talk about (a subject); to announce, introduce; to break the surface of the water, to turn sideways to the wind and waves; to pierce (a keg or cask) in order to draw off liquid; a spit for roasting; a tool for tapping casks
buttress
to support, prop up, strengthen; a supporting structure; bolster, reinforce, brace, shore up
carousal
noisy revelry or merrymaking (often with a suggestion of heavy drinking); drinking bout, drunken revel, binge
collate
to compare critically in order to note differences, similarities, etc... to arrange in order for some specific purpose; sort out, cross-check, rearrange
connoisseur
an expert; one who is well qualified to pass critical judgments, especially in one of the fine arts; authority, savant, pundit
disconsolate
deeply unhappy or dejected; without hope, beyond consolation; grief-stricken, inconsolable, comfort less
encumber
to weigh down or burden (with difficulties, cares, debt, etc...) to fill up, block up, hinder; overload, saddle, hamper, clog
foment
to promote trouble or rebellion; to apply warm liquids to, warm; instigate, incite, stir up
grisly
frightful, horrible, ghastly; gruesome, gory, hideous
herculean
relating to Hercules; characterized by great strength; very hard to do in the sense of requiring unusual strength; mighty, powerful, arduous, onerous, colossal
impassive
showing no feeling or emotion; inanimate, motionless; motionless; stoical, unemotional, insensible
inauspicious
unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting bad luck for the future; unpropitious, unpromising, untimely
incontrovertible
unquestionable, beyond dispute; incontestable, indisputable, indubitable
nonplussed
puzzled, not knowing what to do, at a loss; perplexed, baffled, stumped, flabbergasted
opportune
suitable or convenient for a particular purpose; occurring at an appropriate time; timely, appropriate, felicitous
prolific
abundantly productive; abundant, profuse; fruitful, fecund, proliferous
rejoinder
a reply to a reply, especially from the defendant in a legal suit; answer, reply, response, riposte, retort