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30 terms

Vocabulary List 11

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ambivalence
lack of clarity; wavering; being undecided
ameliorate
improve
cantankerous
bad-tempered; quarrelsome
capitulate
surrender
carping
constant criticism
derogatory
uncomplimentary
desecrate
to damage or pollute a holy place
desist
stop; discontinue; cease
exorcism
getting free/rid of; eliminating (especially demons)
impecunious
having no money
impromptu
unrehearsed; spontaneous
inadvertent
not intentional
lucid
clear
ludicrous
ridiculous; silly
lummox
clumsy person
ornate
marked by or fond of conspicuous and pretentious display
ossify
1. turn to bone
2. become fixed or rigid
ostentatious
showy
precipice
steep slope
precipitous
done in a hurry
preclude
prevent or make impossible
precocious
developing early
relegate
dismiss to a lower position
salubrious
favorable to or promoting health or well-being
salutary
producing a beneficial effect
sanctimonious
hypocritically holy
sanction
give approval to
sycophant
bootlicker; flatterer
truncate
to shorten by or as if by cutting off
turpitude
conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice