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118 terms

vocab 7-12

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acme
the highest point
attribute
a quality of someone or something, to assign to, credit with
belittle
to make something appear smaller than it is
convey
to transport, transmit, communicate, or make known
doctrine
a belief, principle, teaching, or system of belief
excise
to remove by cutting an indirect tax
exotic
foreign, charmingly unfamiliar, unusual
haggard
thin, worm
jaunty
lively, carefree, smart or trim in appearance
juncture
a joining together, important point in time
menial
lowly, humble or a person as such
parry
to ward off, deflect, avoid, a defensive move in sports
predatory
preying on, plundering
stance
a way of holding the body, an attitude or position on an issue
tawdry
showy and flashy
turncoat
a person who switches sides
unassuming
modest
wallow
to roll about in a lazy way, to over indulge in, or a muddy area used by animals
waver
to move about, become unsteady, to show lack of decision/firmness
abut
to join at one end, be next to, support
attire
clothes or to dress
avail
to be use or benefit to, or a benefit or value
crony
close friend
cryptic
puzzling
divergent
going in different directions, different
enmity
hatred, ill-will
fervent
earnest, passionate
gaunt
thin and bony
infiltrate
to pass through
nullify
to cancel or make of no value
perceptible
capable of being grasped
plummet
to plunge, a weight fastened to a line
proclaim
to declare
proxy
an agent, substitute
rankle
to cause anger, irritation
scavenger
a person who collects/removes items from waste, animals that feed on dead bodies
stint
to limit, a limit, share or work/duty
stoical
self controlled, not showing feeling
unflagging
tireless, continuing with vigor
apt
suitable, quick to learn
awry
wrong, in a twisted position
bludgeon
a short club, to strike with such, to use force or strong arguments
capitulate
to give up
chafe
to warm by rubbing, a sore or injury caused by such
defile
to make dirty, to march in a line, a narrow passage
dire
dreadful, demanding action
disarming
charming
disgruntled
annoyed
encroach
to trespass, go beyond limits
endow
provide, equip
fend
to ward off, resist
impunity
freedom from punishment
mien
manner
penal
having to do with punishment
pertinent
related to the matter at hand, to the point
predominant
greatest in strength or power, most common
prodigy
something marvelous, a child or young person with an amazing talent
recluse
a person who leads a shut up life
renown
fame, glory
accord
agreement, harmony, to agree, to grant, bestow upon
barter
exchange in trade, to exchange goods
curt
short, rudely brief
devise
to think out a plan
dexterous
skillful, clever
engross
to occupy with complete attention
entail
to put a burden on, require, to restrict ownership by limiting inheritance, such a restriction
ferret
a kind of weasel, to search or torment
habituate
to become used to, to cause to become used to
impending
about to happen, hanging over
personable
pleasing in appearance or personality
rue
to regret, feel sorry for, regret
scoff
to make fun of
transition
a change from one condition to another
trepidation
fear, trembling
upbraid
to blame, scold
veritable
actual, true, real
vex
to annoy, confuse
vitality
strength, liveliness, energy, capacity, to live and develop
whimsical
subject to odd ideas, playful, unpredictable
appease
to sooth, satisfy, yield to
belated
late
calamitous
causing great misfortune
cite
to quote, recommend
conventional
with accepted ideas or standards
decoy
to lure into a trap
delve
to search deeply
ensue
to follow in order
gallantry
courage, respect
impart
to make known, pass something on
judicious
using or showing good judgement
mediate
to bring about an agreement, occupying a middle position
milieu
the surrounding enviornment
outlandish
strange
overbearing
domineering
pert
lively
quirk
a peculiar way of acting
regale
to feast, entertain
shiftless
lazy, inefficient
taint
a stain, mark of dishonor, to stain or contaminate
abdicate
to resign, to disown
bestow
to give as a gift
capacious
able to hold much, roomy
caustic
able to burn or eat away by chemical action, biting, sarcastic
crusade
a strong movement to advance a cause or idea, to campaign or work hard
deface
to injure or destroy, to damage the value, effect of, to face down, outshine
embargo
an order forbidding trade, restrain, to forbid trade with
fallacy
a false notion or belief, error in thinking
levity
lack of seriousness especially about things that should be respected, buoyancy
nauseate
to make sick, to fill with disgust
negate
to nullify, deny, bring to nothing
pivotal
vitally important
recipient
one who receives, receiving
ruse
an action to confuse, to trick
teem
to come to overflowing, to be present in large quantities
tenet
a true opinion, belief, or principle
tractable
easily managed, easily wrought, malleable
ungainly
clumsy, awkward, unwieldy
voracious
having a huge appetite, greedy, excessively eager