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Vocabulary Level G Unit 6: Definitions

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abject
(adj.) degraded; base, contemptible; cringing, servile; complete and unrelieved
agnostic
(n.) one who believes that nothing can be known about God; a skeptic; (adj.) without faith, skeptical
complicity
(n.) involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice
derelict
(n.) someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; (adj.) left abandoned; neglectful of duty
diatribe
(n.) a bitter and prolonged verbal attack
effigy
(n.) a crude image of a despised person
equity
(n.) the state or quality of being just, fair, or impartial; fair and equal treatment; something t hat is fair; the money value of a property above and beyond any mortgage or other claim
inane
(adj.) silly, empty of meaning or value
indictment
(n.) the act of accusing; a formal accusation
indubitable
(adj.) certain, not to be doubted or denied
intermittent
(adj.) stopping and beginning again, sporadic
moot
(adj.) open to discussion and debate, unresolved; (v.) to bring up for discussion; (n.) a hypothetical law case argued by students
motif
(n.) a principal idea, feature, theme, or element; a repeated or dominant figure in a design
neophyte
(n.) a new convert, beginner, novice
perspicacity
(n.) keenness in observing and understanding
plenary
(adj.) complete in all aspects or essentials; absolute; attended by all qualified members
surveillance
(n.) a watch kept over a person; careful, close, and disciplined observation
sylvan
(adj.) pertaining to or characteristic of forests; living or located in a forest; wooded, woody
testy
(adj.) easily irritated; characterized by impatience and exasperation
travesty
(n.) a grotesque or grossly inferior imitation; a disguise, especially the clothing of the opposite sex; (v.) to ridicule by imitating in a broad or burlesque fashion