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reading 1 vocabulary

units 10-15

accrue accumulate over time
annotation critical note
bedlam state of uproar and confusion
covert kept secret
dun dark, dull; demand in payment of debt
efficacious effective
equanimity calmness, composure
debonair pleasant, lighthearted
fortuitous accidental occurring by a happy chance
gist main point
gratuitous freely given, unwarranted
imperious arrogant, compelling
invective abusive language
motley great variety
munificent extremely generous
procrastinate to delay, put off until later
provocative arousing desire
recondite exceeding ordinary knowledge and understanding
reprobate vicious
sedentary remaining in one place
abstemious moderate (as in eating or drinking)
censurable deserving of blame or correction
corroborate to confirm, make more certian
denizen an inhabitant, resident
contingent likely but not certian
discursive passing aimlessly from one place or subject to another
disseminate to scatter or spread widely
dowdy poorly dressed, shabby
florid highly colored, reddish
foist to impose by fraud
gauche awkward
heresy the denial of an idea that is generally held sacred
palpable capable of being touched or felt
perceptive having sympathetic insight or understanding
satiate to satisfy completely
sear to make or become dry
salient leaping or jumping forth; a projection or bulge
inculcate to impress on the mind by repetition
pernicious extremely harmful
specious lacking real merit
clangor a loud ringing sound; to make a loud ringing noise
contiguous side by side; touching
deleterious harmful, injurious
cupidity an eager desire for something
caricature to present someone or something in a deliberately distorted way
absolve to clear from blame or guilt
winsome charming, attractive
scintillating sparkling, twinkling
sanctimonious making a show of virtue
redundant more than is needed
prosaic dull, lacking in distinction
enhance to raise to a higher degree
paraphrase to restate in other words
enthrall to captivate, charm
incisive sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness
paragon a model of excellence or perfection
politic shrewdly conceived
extenuate to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses
ostentatious marked by conspicuous
implicit implied or understood though unexpressed
abet to encourage, assist, aid
aver to affirm, declare
blatant noisy in a coarse, offensive way
broach to bring up or begin to talk about
buttress to support, prop up
carousal noisy (often with a suggestion of heavy drinking)
collate to compare critically in order to note differences
connoisseur an expert; one who is well qualified to pass critical judgments
disconsolate deeply unhappy or dejected
encumber to weigh down or burden
Created by: catherine.brown