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English Membean- Quiz One

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Propriety
? is behaving in a socially acceptable and appropriate way.
Staid
If you are ? you are set in your ways, that is, settled, serious, law abiding, sober, and perhaps even a tad dull because of it.
Contemptible
A ? act is shameful, disgraceful, and worthy of scorn.
Unparalleled
An ? accomplishment has not been equaled by anyone, or cannot be compared to anything that anyone else has ever done.
Unwarranted
An ? decision cannot be justified because there is no evidence to back it up, therefore it is needless and uncalled-for.
Validate
When you ? something you confirm that it is sound, true, legal, or worthwhile.
Conducive
A ? agent is something that is favorable or helpful in getting something to happen.
Liaison
? is the cooperation and exchange of information between people or organizations so that they can work well together.
A ? is a person who coordinates a connection between people or organizations.
Vivacious
If someone is described as ?, you mean that she is lively and has a happy lighthearted manner.
Gradient
A ? is an upward or downward slanting slope, the steepness of that slope, or the rate of change of a measured quantity over a given distance.
Treatise
A ? is a formal written work that considers and examines a particular subject in a very systematic and extensive way.
Philanthropy
? is unselfish support through donated money, work, or gifts to positive social purposes; ? is also overall love for humans in general.
Uncanny
Something ? is either very strange, unnatural, or highly unusual.
Grandiose
When you do something in a ? way it is very showy, impressive, and magnificent.
Pedigree
A ? is either your list of ancestors or family tree, or the lineage of a purebred animal.
Enthrall
If something ? you, it makes you so interested and excited that you give it all your attention.
Disarray
When you are in a state of ? you are disorganized, disordered, and in a state of confusion.
Malevolent
A ? person or thing is evil due to deliberate attempts to cause harm.
Intertwine
When you ? two things you twist them together and thereby interconnect them.
Punctuate
If an activity is ? by something it is interrupted or emphasized at intervals.
Distraught
If you are ? about a situation you are very upset or worried about it.
Pensive
If you are ?, you are deeply thoughtful in a sad way.
Pare
To ? something down is to reduce or lessen it.
Unscathed
To come out of something ? is to come out of it uninjured.
Figurative
If you use words in a ? way they have an abstract or symbolic meaning beyond their literal interpretation.
Preconception
A ? is a conceived notion that you already have, usually in the form of a bias or prejudice of some kind.
Paranoia
If you are ? you have extreme distrust of others, and feel like they are always out to get you.
Stringent
? measures or rules are strict, severe, and controlled in a very tight fashion.
Mercenary
A ? person is one whose sole interest is earning money.
Disillusion
When you ? someone, you show that a belief she holds dear is untrue, thus disheartening and disappointing her.
Fallacy
A ? is an idea or belief that is false.
Unrelenting
If you are ? in your desire to do something you stop at nothing until you have it.
Facade
A ? is a false outward appearance or way of behaving that hides what someone or something is really like.
Verbatim
If you repeat something ? , you use exactly the same words that were spoken or written.
Indigenous
Living things are ? to a region or country if they originated from there, rather than coming from another area of the world.
Cognitive
? describes those things related to judgment, memory, and other mental processes of knowing.
Sumptuous
Something that is ? is impressive, grand, and very expensive.
Immaculate
Something that is ? is very clean, pure, or completely free from error.
Usurp
When you ? someone else's power, position, or role you are taking it from her although you do not have the right to.
Propriety
? is behaving in a socially acceptable and appropriate way.
Facet
A ? of something is a side, feature, or aspect of it.
A ? of a cut gemstone is one of its surfaces.
Verbatim
If you repeat something ? , you use exactly the same words that were spoken or written.
Penance
? is that which is done to right a wrong, usually via some form of self-punishment.
Patriarch
A ? is a male leader of a family or tribe; a ? can also be a man who is the founder of a group or organization.
Chronic
A ? illness or pain is serious and lasts for a long time; a ? problem is always happening or returning and is very difficult to solve.
Adage
An ? is an inherited saying or phrase that has been historically used to express a common experience; a proverb.
Dissident
A ? is someone who disagrees publicly with a government, especially in a country where this is not allowed.
Flamboyant
If someone is ? he is trying to show off in a way that deliberately attracts attention.
If something is ? it is brightly colored and highly decorated.
Amicable
An ? person is very friendly and agreeable towards others.
Liquidate
To ? a business or company is to close it down and sell the things that belong to it in order to pay off its debts.
Vainglorious
If you are ? you are very proud of yourself, and let other people know about it.
Arbiter
An ? acts as a go-between who can settle an argument or provide advice in a dispute.
Sanctity
The ? of something is its holiness or sacred quality.
Contentious
When someone is ? he is argumentative and likely to provoke a fight.
Demarcation
? is the process of setting boundaries or limits; a ? is a line that provides a distinct separation between two things.
Pinnacle
If someone reaches a ? of something, say her career, life goals, or even a mountain, she has arrived at the highest point of it.
Primeval
Something ? is ancient or belonging to the original development of something.
Gregarious
A ? person is friendly, highly social, and prefers being with people rather than being alone.