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10 terms

vocbulary unit 3

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peculate
v. to steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take improperly for ones own use
SYN: embezzle, defraud, misappropriate
proclivity
n. a natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)
sangfroid
n. composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
SYN: poise, self assurance, equanimity
ANT: excitability, hysteria, flappability
seditious
resistant to law authority; having the purpose of over throwing an established government
SYN: mutinous, rebellious, ssubversive
ANT: supportive, loyal, faithful, allegiant
tenuous
adj. thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significane; lacking a sound basis; poorly supported
SYN: flimsy, insubstantial, vague, hazy
ANT: strong, solid, substantial, valid
vitriolic
adj. bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)
SYN: withering, acerbic, mordant
ANT: bland, saccharine, honeyed, sugary
wheedle
v. to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end
SYN: cajole, inveigle, soft soap, sweet talk
ANT: coerce, browbeat, intimidate, strong arm
inadvertent
adj. resulting from or lack of attention; unintentional; accidental
SYN: accidental, unconsidered
ANT: deliberate, intentional, premeditated
nominal
adj. existing in name only, not real; to small to be considered or taken seriously
SYN: titular, token, trifling, inconsequental
ANT: real, actual, exorbitant, excessive
noncommitabal
adj. not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
SYN: cagey, uninformative, playing it safe, playing it close to the vest
ANT: positive definite commited