Vocabulary - Descriptive and Action Words 7-12

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commandeer
to take (seize), as for military or emergency use
disconcert
to upset one's self-composure; to embarrass or confuse
emasculate
to weaken or destroy to vitality of anything; to castrate
gaunt
thin and bony; bleak, grim, or desolate
intrude
to force (oneself) in, uninvited, on others
laud
to praise; to glorify
macabre
horrible and ghastly, and often because of precise detail
nebulous
vague and indistinct; without definite form or shape; clouded or hazy
ossify
to change into bone; to become rigidly fixed or conventional, as in attidue
regal
like royalty; splended; stately
succulent
rich and juicy; not dull or dry, but interesting
venomous
poisonous, spiteful, or malignant; mean to the core
culpable
deserving blame; responsible for wrongdoing; blameworthy
disparage
to belittle or discredit; to speak with disrespect
elude
to avoid or escape from, usually by cleverness or quickness
expurgate
to remvoe all objectionable passages, as in editing a book
impale
to pierce with something sharp; to fix on a stake
inclement
showing no mercy; harsh and severe; stormy
mollify
to soothe someone's angry temper; to make less severe or intense
officious
too efficient and helpful; overly forward in wanting to assist
pander
to try to appeal to or satisfy the bse (self-centered) desires or wishes of others
quintessential
characteristic of that which is pure, perfect, concentrated, or unadulterated, as an example of
rancid
having a very bad odor or taste because of the decomposition of oils or fats
surreptitious
performed in a secret, underhanded way; clandestine.
compromise
to settle something by mutual concession; to expose to suspicion or dispute
denude
to lay waste or strip bare, as in the destruction of plant life
dubious
doubtful, hesitant, or uncertain; questionable
emaciate
to make lean, as by starvation
fawn
to flatter in a servile fashion; to seek favor by flattery
kaleidoscopic
displaying intricate (changing) patterns of color
ominous
threatening subsequent misfortune or disaster; foreboding
palatable
acceptable to the taste or mind; sufficiently favorable
paramount
of supreme rank or importance; foremost
rabid
fanatically devoted; raging; violent
regress
to move backward, as to a worse or weaker condition
vacillate
to waver or show indecision; to fluctuate
adulterate
to make impure or inferior; to corrupt or debase
allege
to declare or assert positively, although without proof
aloof
emotionally distant and removed; reserved
chide
to scold in a mild way; to goad
extol
to prasie (too) extravagantly; to laud
intransigent
unwilling to compromise or agree with much of anything
polarize
to separate into opposing (antagonistic) groups or camps
predatory
living by caputring and feeding off (exploiting) others
prodigious
amazing, especially because of size, strength or volume
replenish
to make full or complete again; to restock
spurious
neither genuine nor true; without validity; counterfeit
turgid
swollen, as with self-importance, and pompous; bombastic
abort- to give birth to a fetus that isn't viable; to cut short some action, operation, or procedure
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capricious
likely to change without apparent reason or warning; flighty
complaisant
inclined always to be pleasant; obligingly agreeable
confiscate
to seize (private property) for public use, often as a form of penalty
exploit
to make use of (unfairly), as for profit or one's advantage
flamboyant
suggestive of flames, and thus extravagantly showy, colorful, brilliant, or intense
implement
to carry out or put into effect, as a plan or proposal
onerous
laborious or burdensome in a drawn-out, tedious sense
oust
to force out, as from a position; to expel or dispossess
spawn
to bring foth (something regarded as not good) in large numbers
sylvan
related (romantically) to the woods and forests
taciturn
disinclined to talk; usually silent; uncommunicative
acclaim
to greet with applause or approval; to hail, praise, or welcome
callow
literally, still without feathers, and thus inexperienced and immature
circuitous
in circles, and thus roundabout or indirect; devious
deride
to laugh at, make fun of, ridicule, scorn
expedite
to speed up a process or action; to make happen more quickly
genteel
refined in manner, polite, and well-bred, or striving to make pretenses of such qualities
incarcerate
to shut up or confine; to imprison or jail
indelible
that which cannot be removed, washed away, or erased
negate
to casue to be invalid, ineffective, or inoperative; to nullify
provoke
to cause to happen; to excite, anger, or annoy
saturnine (theoretically) born under the influence of the planet Saturn, and thus gloomy, sluggish, and taciturn
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tenuous
having a very thin consistency; with little substance; slight or slender
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