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Unit 13 Vocab

blatant noisy in a coarse, offensive way; obvious or conspicuous, especially in an unfavorable sense flagrant, glaring, egregious, disagreeably loud inconsequential, trifling, piddling, petty
broach to bring up or begin to talk about (a subject); to announce, introduce; to break the surface of the water; to turn sideways to the wind and waves; to pierce (a keg or cask) in order to draw off liquid; (n) a spit for roasting; a tool for tapping casks
buttress to support, prop up, strengthen; (n) a supporting structure bolster, reinforce, brace, shore up undermine, weaken, impair
carousal noisy revelry or merrymaking (often with a suggestion of heavy drinking) binge, jamboree
collate to compare critically in order to note differences, similarities, etc.; to arrange in order for some specific purpose sort out, cross-check
connoisseur an expert; one who is well qualified to pass critical judgement, especially in one of the fine arts savant, pundit ignoramus, philistine
disconsolate deeply unhappy or dejected; without hope, beyond consolation grief-stricken, inconsolable cheerful, blithe, buoyant, juanty
encumber to weigh down or burden (with difficulties, cares, debt, etc.) overload, clog unburden, unload, relieve
forment to promote trouble or rebellion; to apply warm liquids to, warm instigate, incite, stir up quell, quash, squelch, suppress
grisly frightful, horrible, ghastly gruesome, gory pleasant, delightful, delightful
herculean (capital H) relating to Hercules; (lowercase h) characterized by great strength; very hard to do in the sense of requiring unusual strength mighty, powerful, arduous, onerous puny, Lilliputian, bantam
impassive showing no feeling or emotion; inanimate; motionless emotionless, stoical, insensible emotional, passionate, excitable
inauspicious unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting bad luck for the future unpropitious, unpromising, untimely propitious, favorable
incontrovertible unquestionable, beyond dispute incontestable, indisputable, indubitable debatable, dubious, open to question
nonplussed puzzled, not knowing what to do, at a loss perplexed, stumped, flabbergasted poised, confident, assured
prolific abundantly productive; abundant, profuse fruitful, fecund, proliferous barren, unproductive, sterile, sparse
opportune suitable or convenient for a particular purpose; occurring at an appropriate time
rejoinder a reply to a reply, especially from the defendant in a legal suit reply, response, riposte, retort
abet to encourage, assist, aid, support (especially in something wrong or unworthy) hamper, hinder, impede, frustrate
aver to affirm, declare confidently assert, asseverate, avouch deny, repudiate, disclaim
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