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Vocabulary Workshop Level D Unit 10-12

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Adept
(adj.) thoroughly skilled; (n.) an expert
Aspire
(v.) to have ambitious hopes or plans, strive toward a higher goal, desire earnestly; to ascend
Bleak
(adj.) bare, dreary, dismal
Chide
(v.) to blame; scold
Despicable
(adj.) worthy of scorn, contemptible
Diminutive
(adj.) small, smaller than most others of the same type
Emancipate
(v.) to free from slavery; to release or liberate
Erroneous
(adj.) incorrect, containing mistakes
Exploit
(v.) to make use of, develop; to make improper use of for personal profit; (n.) a feat, deed
Extemporaneous
(adj.) made or delivered on the spur of the moment
Impair
(v.) to mak imperfect, damage, harm
Invincible
(adj.) not able to be defeated, unbeatable
Languid
(adj.) drooping; without energy, sluggish
Mire
(n.) mud; wet, swampy ground; a tough situation; (v.) to get stuck
Obtrusive
(adj.) forward; undesirably prominent; thrust out
Preamble
(n.) an introduction to a speech or piece of writing
Render
(v.) to cause to become; to performed; to deliver officially; to process, extract
Rugged
(adj.) rough, irregular; severe, stern; strong; stormy
Skeptical
(adj.) inclined to doubt; slow to accept something as true
Slipshod
(adj.) untidy in dress, personal habits, etc.; careless, sloppy
brevity
(n.) shortness
comport
(v.) to conduct or bear oneself, behave; to be in agreement
concise
(adj.) expressing much in a few words
demure
(adj.) sober or serious in manner, modest
depreciation
(n.) a lessening in value; a belittling
deteriorate
(v.) to lower in quality or value; to wear away
divulge
(v.) to tell, reveal; to make public
enlightened
(adj.) free from ignorance and false ideas; possessing sound understanding
forestall
(v.) to prevent by acting first
garble
(v.) to distort in such a way as to make unintelligible
proponent
(n.) one who puts forward a proposal; one who supports a cause or belief
quaver
(v.) to shake, tremble; to trill
recoil
(v.) to spring back, shrink; (n.) the act of springing back
recoup
(v.) to make up for, regain
reek
(n.) an unpleasant smell; (v.) to give off unpleasant smells; to give a strong impression
relentless
(adj.) unyielding, harsh, without pity
rivulet
(n.) a small stream
squander
(v.) to spend foolishly, waste
staccato
(adj.) detached or disconnected in sound or style
statute
(n.) a law
appreciable
(adj.) sufficient to be noticed or measured
autocratic
(adj.) absolute in power or authority
blanch
(v.) to remove the color from; to make or turn pale; to parboil
blasphemy
(n.) an act, utterance, or writing showing contempt for something sacred
brawny
(adj.) strong, muscular
concerted
(adj.) planned or performed in cooperation with others
contend
(v.) to fight, struggle; to compete, argue
humane
(adj.) kind, merciful
illustrious
(adj.) very famous, distinguished
intolerable
(adj.) unbearable
irreverent
(adj.) disrespectful
laborious
(adj.) not easy, requiring hard work; hardworking
lithe
(adj.) bending easily, limber
maltreat
(v.) to abuse, use roughly or crudely
ponder
(v.) to consider carefully, reflect on
subversive
(adj.) intended to undermine or overthrow (n.) one who advocates or attempts to undermine a political system
synthetic
(adj.) made or put together by people (n.) something artificial
temperate
(adj.) mild, moderate
venomous
(adj.) poisonous; spiteful, mean
wily
(adj.) sly, shrewd, cunning