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51 terms

Midterm Vocab Review

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coerce
to force by using pressure, intimidation, or threats
divulge
to tell; to reveal
gregarious
seeking and enjoying the company of others
insipid
not pleasing to the sense of taste
meticulous
marked by extreme care in treatment of details
banter
teasing; playful conversation
docile
easy to teach or manage
emaciated
extremely thin; wasted away
gauche
lacking social graces; tactless
motley
made up of dissimilar parts; being of many colors
avarice
greed; desire for wealth
bastion
a strong defense or fort
copious
numerous; large in quantity
furtive
stealthy; secretive
ostracize
to banish; to shut out from a group or society by common consent
appease
to calm; to make satisfied (often only temporarily)
augment
to enlarge; to increase in amount or intensity
candid
outspoken; blunt
expunge
to erase or eliminate
strident
harsh sounding; grating
adamant
unyielding; firm in opinion
clement
merciful; lenient
disparity
inequality; difference
opus
a creative work, especially a numbered composition
ostensible
professed but not necessarily true
apathy
lack of interest; state of not caring
condone
to forgive or overlook an offense
credence
belief or trust
enigma
a mystery; something seemingly inexplicable
officious
excessively eager to deliver unasked-for or unwanted help
ambivalent
having opposing attitudes or feelings toward a person, thing, or idea; unable to decide
concur
to be of the same opinion; to agree with
cynical
doubtful or distrustful of the goodness or sincerity of human motives
demure
quiet and modest; reserved
destitute
extremely poor; lacking necessities like food and shelter
dole
to distribute; to give out sparingly
droll
amusing in an odd or whimsical way
duplicity
intentional deceit in speech or conduct
effigy
a crude dummy or image representing a hated person or group
gamut
the whole range or extent
emulate
to strive to be equal to; to imitate
enhance
to increase the value or beauty of something
frowzy
unkempt
impeccable
faultless; without sin or blemish
inane
without sense or meaning; silly
acrimony
ill-natured, bitter hostility
feasible
reasonable; capable of being carried out
fiasco
a complete, ridiculous failure
fluctuate
to rise and fall; to vary irregularly
incognito
disguised; pretending not to be oneself
lethargy
lack of energy; sluggishness