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Level G Unit 10

TermDefinition
Askance (adv.) with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval
Attenuate (v.) to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
Benign (adj.) gentle, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effect; not malignant
Cavil (v.) to find fault in a petty way, carp; (n.) a trivial objection or criticism
Charlatan (n.) one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor, or quack
Decimate (v.) to kill or destroy a large part of
Foible (n.) a weak point, failing, minor flaw
Forgo (v.) to do without, abstain from, give up
Fraught (adj.) full of or loaded with; accompanied by
Inure (v.) to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
Luminous (adj.) emitting or reflecting light, glowing; illuminating
Obsequious (adj.) marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
Obtuse (adj.) blunt, not coming to a point; slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90° and 180°, not causing a sharp impression
Oscillate (v.) to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver
Penitent (adj.) regretful for one's sins or mistakes; (n.) one who is sorry for wrongdoing
Peremptory (adj.) having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured , dictatorial; determined, resolute
Rebuff (v.) to snub; repel, drive away; (n.) a curt rejection, a check
Reconnoiter (v.) to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection
Shambles (n.) a slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion, mess
Sporadic (adj.) occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order