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95 terms

McGraw-Hill Vocab Unit 2

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Spurious
Fake; counterfeit
Guile
Trickery; deceit
Beguile
To deceive with charm
Stratagem
A deceitful scheme
Surreptitious
Deceptive; sneaky
Clandestine
Secret; hidden
Stealth
Sneakiness; ability to avoid detection
Duplicity
Deceit; hypocritical deception
Specious
False, but plausible
Furtive
Secretive; sneaky
Pseudonym
Pen name
Fallacious
Deceptive; false
Rapacious
Greedy; ravenous
Transient
Fleeting; short-lived
Ephemeral
Short-lived
Sporadic
Irregular or unpredictable; infrequent
Capricious
Whimsical; impulsive
Evanescent
Likely to vanish
Extemporaneous
Done with little or no practice
Anachronism
Something out of place in time
Transitory
Lasting for a short time
Expedite
To speed up
Influx
A flowing in
Superfluous
Beyond what is necessary or sufficient
Contemporaneous
Existing or occurring at about the same time
Interminable
Never ending
Protracted
Prolonged; extended in time
Censure
Official condemnation; harsh criticism
Calumny
Slander; false accusation
Diatribe
Malicious criticism or abuse
Caustic
Corrosive; sarcastic
Repudiate
To cast off publicly
Derogatory
Disparaging; belittling
Admonish
To reprimand mildly
Disparage
To belittle; to demean
Impugn
To attack as untrue; to refute by argument
Malediction
A curse
Denigrate
To attack the character of; to disparage
Harangue
A long, critical, and pompous speech
Pejorative
Tending to make worse
Slander
False comments that injure another's reputation
Sanctimonious
Falsely pious or self-righteous
Sacrosanct
Profoundly sacred
Sanctuary
A place of refuge; a sacred place
Sacrilegious
Grossly irreverent; disrespectful or something sacred
Revere
To regard with honor and devotion
Pious
Showing religious reverence
Deference
Respect for the wishes of others
Sacrament
A formal religious act or oath
Venerable
Worthy of respect
Venerate
To regard with reverence or respect
Consecrate
To declare to be holy
Talisman
An object with magical powers
Lionize
To treat as a celebrity
Formidable
Awesome; hard to overcome; dreadful
Potent
Strong and effective
Bulwark
A strong defense
Indomitable
Unable to be conquered
Redoubtable
Arousing fear; formidable; awesome
Robust
Full of vigor
Impervious
Incapable of being penetrated or affected
Efficacious
Capable of producing a desired effect
Stalwart
Physically or morally strong person; strong supporter
Impotent
Lacking strength or power
Predominant
Most important
Impregnable
Unable to be entered by force
Brawn
Muscular strength
Bastion
Stronghold, fortress
Coalesce
To blend or fuse together
Anthology
A collection of works
Convoke
To call together
Synchronize
To arrange events to occur simultaneously
Synthesis
A fusion; a bringing together
Eclectic
made up of parts from many different sources
Yoke
To join different things
Amalgam
A combination of different substances into one mass
Amass
To gather; to pile up
Invoke
To call on for help or inspiration
Compatible
Capable of living together harmoniously
Contemporary
Living or occurring during the same time period
Predilection
Disposition in favor of something
Ruthless
Cruel; merciless
Contempt
Scorn; disrespect
Callous
Hardened; insensitive
Sadistic
Taking pleasure in the pain of others
Supercilious
Full of haughty arrogance
Idiosyncrasy
A peculiar trait or habit
Anomaly
Unusual event
Incongruous
Inappropriate; not in keeping with a pattern
Fetter
To tie up; to chain
Notorious
Famous for bad things
Decry
To speak out against
Vilify
To slander; to defame
Heinous
Cruel and unusual
Revile
To denounce abusively