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Vocabulary for Achievement Lesson 11-15

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Audacious
1. Fearlessly daring; bold 2. Not held back by what others consider acceptable; showing willingness to offend others
Contumacy
A scornful resistance to authority; a stubborn rebelliousness
Dour
1. Marked by sternness, harshness, ill temper or gloom 2. Sternly unyielding or stubborn
Éclat
Brilliance in performance and achievement; conspicuous success
Indefatigable
Tireless, incapable of wearing out or becoming fatigued
Irresolute
Undecided or uncertain about what to do; wavering
Obdurate
1. Hardhearted; stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing 2. Not giving into persuasion
Obsequious
Excessively eager to serve, obey, or win the favor of another; fawning
Pertinacity
The quality of holding firmly or stubbornly to a purpose, an intention, or a belief; stubborness
Stoic
1. Seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain; determined not to complain or show feeling 2. A person who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain
Austere
1. Severe or stern in personality or appearance; somber and grave 2. Bare, without adornment
Avarice
Greed, or an extreme desire for wealth
Florid
1. Flushed with rosy color 2. Very ornate; flowery
Insatiable
Not capable of being fully satisfied
inundate
1. To flood or cover over with water 2. To overwhelm as if with a flood
Myriad
1. Referring to a large but undetermined number 2. Made up of many diverse elements or facets 3. A huge number
Parsimony
Displaying extreme stinginess or cheapness
Prodigal
1. Carelessly or wastefully extravagant; lavish 2. Giving or given in abundance
Replete
Plentifully supplied; abounding
Voluminous
1. Having great fullness, size, or number 2. Ample or lengthy in speech or writing
Abscond
To leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution
Bilk
To cheat or swindle out of money
Clemency
1. Mercy, especially toward a criminal or an enemy 2. Mildness, especially of weather
Contrite
Feeling regret and sorrow for things one has done wrong
Impute
1. To attribute the fault or responsibility to; to relate to a particular cause or source 2. To assign as a characteristic
Iniquity
Wickedness; immorality; a wicked or an immoral act; a sin
Redress
1. To right a wrong; to make up for 2. Satisfaction for a wrong or injury; a correction
Reprehensible
Deserving of blame or criticism
Restitution
1. The act of restoring something to its proper owner or to is original, undamaged state 2. The act of compensating for loss, damage, or injury
Vindicate
1. The clear of blame, suspicion, or doubt, with supporting arguments or proof 2. To justify or prove the worth of something
Adduce
To cite as an example or means of proof in an argument
Confound
1. To cause to become confused or perplexed 2. To fail to distinguish; to mix up 3. To make something bad become even worse
Construe
1. To interpret; to explain the meaning of 2. To translate, especially to do so aloud
Conundrum
1. A difficult, unsolvable, or self-contradictory problem; a dilemma 2. A riddle which is answered by a pun
Cryptic
1. Having hidden meaning; mysterious 2. Using or based on code
Equivocate
To use language that is evasive or ambiguous, often in an attempt to mislead; to avoid making an explicit or a straightforward statement
Paradox
1. A seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true 2. something exhibiting inexplicable or contradictory aspects
Patent
1. Obvious; plain; apparent 2. A grant made by a government that confers upon the creator of an invention the sole right to make, use, and sell that invention
Perspicacity
An acuteness of perception, observation, or understanding; a sharpness
Rudimentary
1. Of or relating to basic facts or principles; elementary 2. In the earliest stages of development
Aberrant
Deviating from the proper or expected course; abnormal
Anomaly
A departure from the normal or ordinary form, order, or rule
Eccentricity
The quality of straying from what is conventional or customary; a deviation form the normal, expected or established
Endemic
Common in or unique to a certain location or population
Incongruous
1. Lacking in harmony; incompatible 2. No tin agreement; inconsistent 3. Not in keeping with what is proper, logical or correct
Mundane
Commonplace; ordinary
Outlandish
Strikingly bizarre or unfamiliar
Paragon
A model of perfection or excellence of a kind; an unparalleled example
Ubiquitous
Being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time
Unwonted
Not habitual or ordinary; unusual