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25 terms

Mrs. Hustons English Vocab Lesson 1

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altrustic
unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others; generous
ambivalent
having contrary feelings or attitudes; uncertian as to the course of action
angular
lean; sharp cornered; gaunt
arrogant
overbearingly assuming; insolently proud
aversion
strong disinclination; disliking
discern
to differentiate between two or more things
disdain
intense dislike; to treat with scorn or contemp; to reject as unworthy
disparage
to degrade; to speak of someone or something in a derogratory manner
disparity
inequality; condition or fact of being unequal in age, rank, or degree
embellish
to decorate; to make beautiful with ornamentation
engender
to cause; to produce; to create
innocuous
harmless; producing no injury
insipid
boring and stupid
lament
to mourn or express sorrow in a demonstrative manner
laud
to praise; to extol
obscure
difficult to see; vague
ostentatious
showy; pretentious
prodigal
wastelful; a person given to extravagance
repudiate
to reject; to disown; to disavow
reticence
restraint in speech; reluctance to speak
revere
to honnor; to regard with respect
serene
calm; placid
subtle
delicate; elusive; not obvious
superfluous
beyond what is needed or required; an overflow
taciturn
quiet; not verbose