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Danforth Vocab 1-12

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commiserate
to sympathize with, to show pity
allay
to calm, to soothe, to make less severe
ineffable
unable to be put into words, indescribable
fetid
foul-smelling, stinking
iridescent
brightly colored, shiny
primordial
prehistoric, of the earliest ages
apathetic
indifferent, uncaring, callous
agglomeration
a cluster, mass, group
sequester
to seclude, to isolate, to set apart
licentious
sexually or morally unrestrained, immoral
allegation
an unproven charge
teem
to be overflowing, to be full of
temporal
secular, worldly
temporize
to update, to modernize
tenable
believable, defendable
tortuous
winding, twisting
transcend
to exceed, to rise above
transient
temporary, brief, short-lived (EVANESCENT)
tenet
a major belief, fundamental ideal, major idea
improvise
without preparation, spur of the moment
tenuous
weak, flimsy
emaciated
sickly thin
tenure
period of employment (STINT)
stringent
harsh, strict
stupor
state of dullness, daze
subservient
obedient, submissive, servile
impasse
deadlock, stalemate
impeccable
flawless, faultless
impecunious
bankrupt, impoverished
translucent
transparent
travesty
absurd or ridiculous imitation
terse
direct, to the point
theraputic
treating, curing
titular
honorary, in name only
treatise
a long, formal, written work
subsidiary
a smaller company owned by a larger company
substantiate
to prove true
impunity
freedom from punishment
stint
period of employment (TENURE)
stippling
arrangement of dots
strident
harsh sounding, grating, shrill
immutable
unchanging, unchangeable
impalpable
abstract, intangible
importune
to beg, to plead
impregnable
unconquerable; unyielding
improvident
reckless, wasteful, extravagant, lacking foresight
superficial
shallow, lacking depth or insight
superfluous
unneeded, unnecessary
supernumerary
an extra or spare
supple
flexible, moving easily, limber, pliant
emissary
representative, ambassador
emit
to give off, to put out
emollient
a softener
emolument
payment, compensation
tacit
understood, implied
taciturn
quiet, reserved, uncommunicative
tactile
relating to "touch"
tangible
concrete, physical
tantamount
equivalent to, the same as
taut
pulled tight
surreptitious
secretive, sly (COVERT)
swath
clear strip, clear path
impute
to give credit to, to attribute to
sycophant
a flatterer, a brown-noser
emancipation
freedom or liberation
embellish
to exaggerate, to add to, to enhance
emboss
to decorate, to beautify, to adorn
efficacious
productive, effective
effigy
an image or figure of something that is hated
eminent
distinguished, important, outstanding; NOT famous
tawdry
cheap and showy
effulgence
brightness, radiance, splendor
egregious
obvious, noticeable, flagrant
elicit
to bring out, to draw out, to evoke
topography
surface features
torpor
physical dullness, sluggishness
elucidation
clarification, explanation
dally
to waste time, to stall
cryptic
mysterious, puzzling
amity
friendship, goodwill
dastardly
base, cowardly, evil
infirm
feeble, weak
ingenious
clever, resourceful, inventive
inherent
natural part of, inborn (INNATE)
inhibition
a restraint, a self-restraint, a reserve
inimical
unfriendly, hostile
inimitable
unique, one-of-a-kind
innate
natural part of, inborn (INHERENT)
innocuous
innocent, harmless
dearth
shortage, scarcity
debacle
a disaster, total failure
debility
physical weakness
debonair
cool, charming, suave
couch
to express carefully or appropriately
covert
secretive, sly (SURREPTITIOUS)
cower
cringe in fear, crouch down in fear
decadence
moral decline, moral corruption
decimate
destroy, wipe out
euphony
a pleasant sound, harmony
evanescent
brief, temporary, short-lived (TRANSIENT)
Crass
gross, vulgar, disgusting
Craven
archaic, defeated, vanquished
Excerpt
take from a text
Exigency
state of urgency
Excoriate
criticize severely
Cumbersome
difficult to handle
Cupidity
greed of money or possessions
Cursory
hasty and not detailed
Cynic
a person that questions and doubts everything
Hypothetical
of, based on, serving as hypothesis
Amorphous
shapeless, without form
Incubus
a demon, a monster
Inculcate
to teach or to learn by repetition
Exiguous
small, insufficient, meager, scanty
Incumbent (on/upon)
obligated, required
Exotic
foreign, strangely fascinating
Mundane
ordinary, everyday, dull
Munificent
liberal, lavish, generous
Mutability
unpredictability, inconsistency
Hypercritical
quick to find fault, overly critical