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English - Midterm Vocabulary

Vocabulary Worshop Level D Unit 1-6 only certain words (just definition and sentences on exam)
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admonish
V to caution or advise against something; to scold mildly; to remind of a duty
circumspect
AJ careful, cautious
cumbersome
AJ Clumsy, hard to handle; slow-moving
diffuse
V to spread or scatter freely or widely
AJ wordy, long-winded, or unfocused; scattered or widely spread
predispose
V to incline to beforehand
spasmodic
AJ sudden and violent but brief; fitful; intermittent
compensate
V to make up for; to repay for services
erratic
AJ not regular or consistent; different from what is ordinarily expected; undependable
jeer
V to make fun of rudely or unkindly
N a rude remark or derision
lucrative
AJ bringing in money; profitable
proliferate
V to reproduce, increase, or spread rapidly
terse
AJ brief and to the point
adherent
N a follower, supporter
AJ attached, sticking to
condone
V to pardon or overlook
fabricate
V to make, manufacture; to make up, invent
irate
AJ angry
surmount
V to overcome, rise above
trite
AJ commonplace; overused, stale
arduous
AJ hard to do, requiring much effort
auspicious
AJ favorable; fortunate
biased
AJ favoring one side unduly; prejudice
intrepid
AJ very brave, fearless, unshakable
pompous
AJ overly self-important in speech and manner; excessively stately or ceremonious
reprieve
N a temporary relief or delay
V to grant a postponement
arbitrary
AJ unreasonable; based on one's wishes or whims without reason or fairness
catalyst
N a substance that causes or hastens a chemical reaction; any agent that causes change
facilitate
V to make easier; to assist
incorrigible
AJ not able to be corrected; beyond control
latent
AJ hidden, present but not realized
morose
AJ having a gloomy or sullen manner; not friendly or sociable
succumb
V to give way to superior force, yield
atone
V to make up for
defray
V to pay for
doleful
AJ sad; dreary
incessant
AJ never stopping, going on all the time
intricate
AJ complicated; difficult to understand
lucid
AJ easy to understand, clear; rational, sane
posthumous
AJ occurring or published after death
prim
AJ overly neat, precise, proper, or formal; prudish
sardonic
AJ grimly or scornfully mocking, bitterly sarcastic
superfluous
AJ exceeding what is sufficient or required, excess
tenacious
AJ holding fast; holding together firmly; persistent
apex
N the highest point, tip
assimilate
V to absorb fully or make one's own; to adopt as one's own; to adapt fully
exorbitant
unreasonably high; excessive
meander
V to wander about, wind about
N a sharp turn or twist
momentous
AJ very important
pensive
AJ thoughtful; melancholy
perilous
AJ dangerous