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60 terms

Review Units 13-15

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abase
to lower in esteem, degrade; to humble
actuate
to move to action; to impel
avert
to turn aside, turn away; to prevent, avoid
boorish
rude, unrefined; clumsy
brunt
the main impact, force, or burden
combatant
a fighter; engaged in fighting
dormant
inactive; in a state of suspension; sleeping
dubious
causing uncertainty or suspicion; in a doubtful or uncertain state of mind, hesitant
harangue
to deliver a loud, ranting speech, a loud speech
harry
to make a destructive raid on; to torment, harass
impenitent
not feeling remorse or sorrow for errors or offenses
knave
a tricky, unprincipled, or deceitful fellow
legion
a large military force; any large group or number, many, numerous
liberality
generosity, generous act; breadth of mind or outlook
plaintiff
one who begins a lawsuit
probe
to examine, investigate thoroughly; an investigation; a device used to explore or examine
protract
to draw out or lengthen in space or time
quarry
to cut or take from (or as if from) a quarry; a place from which stone is taken; something that is hunted or pursued
spurn
to refuse with scorn, disdain
subterfuge
an excuse or trick for excaping or hiding something
annex
(v) to add, attach; to incorporate; (n) an attachment or addition
cleave
(v) to cut or split open; to cling to
cordial
(adj) in a friendly manner, hearty: cherry (n) a liqueur
cornerstone
(n) the starting point of a building; a fundamental principle or element
debacle
(n) an overwhelming defeat, rout; a complete collapse or failure
devitalize
(v) to make weak or lifeless
embroil
(v) to involve in a conflict or difficulty; to throw into confusion
exonerate
(v) to clear from a charge or accusation
glib
(adj) ready and influent in speech; thoughtless; insincere
haphazard
(adj) by chance, not planned, lacking order
improvise
(v) to compose or perform without preparation: to construct from available materials
incite
(v) to rouse, stir up, urge on
influx
(n) a coming in, inflow
pallor
(n) an extreme or unnatural paleness
pedigree
(n) a list of ancestors, family tree; the history or origins of simething
precipitous
(adj) very steep
profuse
(adj) very abundant; given or flowing freely
reconcile
(v) to restore to friendship; to settle; to resign(onself)
shackle
(v) to put into chains; (n) a chain, fetter
threadbare
(adj) shabby, old and worn
ad infinitum
(adv.) endlessly
apportion
(v.) to divide and give out in shares
bona fide
(adj.) genuine, sincere
buoyant
(adj.) able to float easily; able to hold things up; cheerful, hopeful
clique
(n.) a small, exclusive group of people
concede
(v.) to admit as true; to yield, submit
congenial
(adj.) getting on well with others; agreeable, pleasant
lofty
(adj.) very high, noble
migration
(n.) a movement from one country or region to another
perceive
(v.) to be aware of through the senses, observe; to grasp mentally
perverse
(adj.) inclined to go against what is expected; stubborn; turned away from what is good and proper
prelude
(n.) an introduction; that which comes before or leads off
rancid
(adj.) stale, spoiled
rustic
(adj.) country-like; simple, plain; awkward (n.) one who lives in the country
sever
(v.)to separate, divide in parts
sordid
(adj.) wretchedly poor; run-down; mean or selfish
untenable
(adj.) not capable of being held or defended; impossible to maintain
versatile
(adj.) able to do many things well; capable of many uses
vindicate
(v.) to clear from hint or charge of wrongdoing; to defend successfully against opposition, to justify
wane
(v.) to loose size, strength, or power