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Vocabulary Week 4

TermDefinition
Captivate (verb) The architect was captivated by the Eiffel Tower. To attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; Enchant
Aggregate (noun) The aggregate of all his past experience made him qualified for the job. A sum, mass, or assemblage of particulars; A total or gross amount
Prejudicial (adjective) The judge ruled that the prejudicial effect of the evidence outweighed its value. Showing an unfair feeling of dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion; Causing prejudice or disadvantage; Detrimental; Causing or likely to cause injury or harm to someone or something
Pernicious (adjective) She thinks television has a pernicious influence on our children. Causing insidious harm or ruin; Ruinous; Injurious; Hurtful; Causing great harm or damage often in a way that is not easily seen or noticed
Advocate (verb) He advocated higher salaries for teachers. To speak or write in favor of; Support or urge by argument; Recommend publicly
Hail (verb) After the revolution, France hailed the change to the government structure. It hailed before the tornado came. To greet with enthusiastic approval; Acclaim; Summon; To pour down hail
Cartel (noun) A cartel of oil-producing nations controls production and influences prices. A group of businesses that agree to fix prices so they all will make more money
Scornful (adjective) He's scornful of anyone who disagrees with his political beliefs. Feeling or showing scorn; Contemptuous
Scorn (noun) They treated his suggestion for new school colors with scorn. A feeling that someone or something is not worthy of any respect or approval; Harsh criticism that shows a lack of respect or approval for someone or something
Denunciation (noun) The oil spill drew strong denunciations from leaders around the world. A public statement that strongly criticizes someone or something as being bad or wrong; A statement that denounces something or someone
Denounce (verb) The film was denounced for the way it portrayed its female characters. To publicly state that someone or something is bad or wrong; To criticize (someone or something) harshly and publicly; To report (someone) to the police or other authorities for illegal or immoral acts
Condescending (adjective) Her condescending attitude toward her classmates earned her detention. Showing that you believe you are more intelligent or better than other people
Ambivalent (adjective) She is regarded as a morally ambivalent character in the play. Simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action; Continual fluctuation (as between one thing and its opposite); Uncertainty as to which approach to follow
Deference (noun) (adjective: deferential) He is shown much deference by his colleagues. A way of behaving that shows respect for someone or something
Rigid (adjective) His teacher was a rigid disciplinarian. Not able to be bent easily; Not easily changed; Not willing to change opinions or behavior
Innovative (adjective) The creative and innovative young designer moved up the ranks of the company quickly. Introducing or using new ideas or methods; Having new ideas about how something can be done
Incite (verb) The news incited widespread fear and paranoia. To cause (someone) to act in an angry, harmful, or violent way; To cause (an angry, harmful, or violent action or feeling)
Quell (verb) The principal held up her hand to quell the students so they could hear the urgent announcement. To end or stop (something) usually by using force; To calm or reduce (something, such as fear or worry)
Jargon (noun) His medical jargon baffled his concerned patient. The language used for a particular activity or by a particular group of people
Baffle (verb) I was baffled by many of the scientific terms used in the article. To confuse (someone) completely
Ostracize (verb) The other girls ostracized her because of the way she dressed. To not allow (someone) to be included in a group; To exclude (someone) from a group
Dismal (adjective) The musical was a dismal failure. Showing or causing unhappiness or sad feelings; Not warm, cheerful, etc.; Very bad or poor
Appease (verb) We had no way to appease our hunger. To make (someone) pleased or less angry by giving or saying something desired; To make (a pain, a problem, etc.) less painful or troubling
Futile (adjective) All our efforts proved futile. Having no result or effect; Pointless or useless
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