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Vocab Units 1-5

for Semester Exam

TermDefinition
Affable (adj.) courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to
Affable The representative was friendly and ____, making close connections immediately.
Aplomb (n.) poise, assurance, great self
Aplomb I handled the situation with _____ despite my inner self doubt.
Approbation (n.) the expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval
Approbation I received my teacher’s _____ when I turned my assignment in on time.
Ascribe (v.)to assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute
Ascribed After throwing a ball inside, my brother _____ the blame of breaking Mom and Dad’s china to me.
Autonomy (n.)self government, home rule
Autonomy In 1776, the thirteen colonies began their fight for _____.
Bombastic (adj.) pompous or overblown in language; full of high
Bombastic The committee chair president tried to avoid important issues with her dramatic and ____ speech.
Circuitous (adj) roundabout, not direct
Circuitous One morning I decided to take the _____ path instead of the straight path to school.
Erudite (adj) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
Erudite The girl passed her tests easily because she was extremely ______.
Expostulate (v) to attempt to dissuade someone from some course of decision by earnest reasoning
Expostulate I tried to _______ with my mom about ungrounding me so I could go to the party.
Inscrutable (adj.) incapable of being understand; impossible to see through physically
Inscrutable His poker face was _______; his opponents could not tell whether he had a good hand or was bluffing.
Inveigh (v.) to make a violent attack in words, express strong disapproval
Inveighed After CEO Martin Shkreli drastically increased the price of a drug, many people have ______ him on social media.
Petulant (adj.) peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset
Petulant After injuring himself, _______ Andrew was complaining about his pain and asking his mother to tend to him.
Prerogative (n.) a special right or privilege; a special quality showing excellence
Prerogative The seniors have the _____ of getting first choice over the new, inexperienced freshmen.
Proclivity (n.) a natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)
Proclivity The boy had a ____ of biting his lip when nervous.
Repudiate (v.) to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
Repudiate Many conspiracy theorists ______ the government’s statement that man landed on the moon in 1969.
Sepulchral (adj.) funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal
Sepulchral With her dark clothing and somber expression, she exhibits a _______ aura.
Soporific (adj.) Causing sleep, dulling awareness, (n.) an agent or drug
Soporific My thanksgiving dinner had a ______ effect, causing me to nap during the football game.
Stringent (adj.) binding, drawing or pressing tight; marked by rigor, strictness, or severity, especially regarding rules or standards
Stringent My elementary school was so ______, we were not allowed to play with the monkey bars.
Vapid (adj.) lacking liveliness, tang, briskness, force
Vapid My _____ math teacher would put every child in my class to sleep, even during tests.
Vitriolic (adj.) characterized by bitter feelings or harsh speech
Vitriolic Her views on the political debate were very ________, causing the politicians to cry in their homes because they were so hurt.
Created by: MaggieJohnson