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EngIII Unit I Vocabulary Words

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Facetious
Humorous; playfully joking
Ostentatious
Meant to impress others; flashy
Optimum
Best possible
Detriment
Something that causes harm or damage
Vicarious
Experienced through the imagination; not experienced directly
Dexterous
Skillful in using the hands or body
Scrupulous
Careful about moral standards
Gregarious
Sociable; outgoing
Discretion
Good judgment or tact in actions or speaking
Sensory
Having to do with the senses
Instigate
To bring about by moving other to action
Rudimentary
Fundamental; necessary to learn first
Resilient
Able to recover quickly from harm or misfortune
Collaborate
To work together on a project
Zealot
A person totally devoted to a purpose or cause
Squelch
To silence or suppress; crush
Venerate
To honor or deeply respect
Despondent
Downhearted; hopeless; overwhelmed with sadness
Retrospect
Reviewing the past; considering past events
Scoff
To make fun of
Juxtapose
To place close together, especially in order to compare or contrast
Lethargy
A great lack of energy
Ambiguous
Able to be interpreted in more than one way
Inane
Without sense or meaning; foolish
Dissident
A person opposed to established ideas or beliefs
Embellish
To decorate; beautify with details
Subsidize
To support financially
Fritter
To spend or waste a little at a time
Inadvertent
Unintentional; accidental
Sporadic
Happening now and then; occasional
Relinquish
To surrender (something); give (something) up
Impetuous
Done or acting in a hurry, with little thought
Maudlin
Tearfully sentimental; overly emotional
Berate
To criticize or scold harshly
Ubiquitous
Existing everywhere at the same time
Zenith
The highest point or condition
Estrange
To make unsympathetic or unfriendly; alienate
Infallible
Not capable of error or failure
Euphoric
Overjoyed; having an intense feeling of well-being
Regress
To return to an earlier, generally worse, condition or behavior
Propensity
A natural preference or tendency
Reprehensible
Deserving of blame or disapproval
Fortuitous
Happening by chance, by accident, or at random
Solace
Comfort in sorrow or misfortune; consolation
Liaison
A person who serves as a connection between individuals or groups
Equivocate
To be unclear in order to mislead
Impeccable
Faultless; perfect
Solicitous
Showing or expressing concern, care, or attention
Predisposed
Tending toward or open to something beforehand
Sham
A pretense or counterfeit; something meant to deceive