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powerplus vocab 7-10

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cynical
adj: doubtful or distrustful of the goodness or sincerity of human motives/ Syn: skeptical
ambivalent
adj: having opposing attitudes or feelings towards a person, thing, or idea; unable to decide/ Syn: uncertain; wavering
demagogue
n: a leader who appeals to citizens' emotions to obtain power/ Syn: rabble-rouser
demure
adj: quiet and modest; reserved/ Syn: prim
intrepid
adj: without fear; brave/ Syn: bold; fearless
destitute
adj: extremely poor; lacking necessities like food and shelter/ Syn: impoverised; penniless
erudite
adj: scholarly; learned/ Syn:educated
dilemma
n: a choice between two unpleasant or difficult options
Culmination
n: the highest point of attainment; the end or climax/ Syn: apex
concur
v: to be of the same opinion; to agree with/ Syn: support; agree
abate
v: to lessen in violence or intensity/ Syn: subside; decrease
decorum
n: conformity to accepted standards of conduct; proper behavior/ Syn:propriety
abhor
v: to detest; to hate strongly/ Syn: despise; loath
dole
v: to distribute; to give out sparingly
gamut
n: the whole range or extent
extrovert
n: someone who is outgoing; one who is energized rather than drained by interactions with others
droll
adj: amusing in an odd or whimsical way/ Syn: quaint
duplicity
n: intentional deceit in speech or conduct/ Syn: deception
effigy
n: a crude dummy or image representing a hated person or group
austere
adj: stern; severe; plain/ Syn: strict; unadorned
emulate
v: to strive to be equal to; to imitate/ Syn: copy
sere
adj: dry and withered/ syn: desiccated; arid
enhance
v: to increase thevalue or beauty of something/ syn: improve; heighten
contrite
adj: feeling regret for having committed some wrongdoing/ syn: repentant; remorseful
magnanimous
adj: noble; generous in forgiving; free from petty feelings or acts/ syn:generous
enunciate
v: to state clearly and distinctly; to pronounce/ syn: articulate
collaborate
v: to work with another towards a goal/ syn: cooperate
impound
v: to confide; to retain legal custody/ syn: confiscate
impeccable
adj: faultless; without sin or blemish/ syn: immaculate; faultless; irreproachable
evoke
v: to summon forth/ syn: conjure up; elicit
inane
adj: without sense or meanining; silly/ syn: foolish; insipid
unctuous
adj: exaggerated or insincerely polite/ syn: oily
expatriate
n: someone who chooses to live outside of or renounce his or her native country
frowzy
adj: unkept/ syn: slovely
heinous
adj: hatefully or shockingly evil/ syn: abhorrent; horrid
expound
v: to explain in detail; to claify/ syn: elaborate
cajole
v: to persuade false promises and flattery/ syn: coax; wheedle
inscrutable
adj: not easily understood; hard to fathom/ syn: enigmatic
balk
v: to refuse stubbronly or abrubtly; to stop short and refuse to go on/ syn: hesitate; object
acrimoney
n: ill-natured, bitter hostility/ syn: animosity
dour
adj: stern and ill-humored/ syn:forbidding
exult
v: to rejoice; to feel triumphant/ syn: celebrate
omniscient
adj: having unlimited knowledge; all knowing
feasible
adj: reasonable; capable of being carried out/ syn: possible; doable
fiasco
n: a complete. ridiculous failure/ syn: disaster
metier
n: the work one is especially suited for; one's specialty; an occupation/ syn: forte
fluctuate
v: to rise and fall; to vary irregularly/ syn: waver; vacillate
harry
v: to annoy or harass/ syn: bother; pester
incognito
adj: disguised' pretending not to be oneself
lethargy
n: lack of energy; sluggish/ syn: torpor; lassitude