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Vocab Units 7-9

adieu (int.) "Farewell"; (n.) a farewell
advent (n.) an arrival; a coming into place or view
apex (n.) the highest point, tip
assimilate (v.) to absorb fully; to adopt as one's own; to adapt fully
bogus (adj.) false, counterfeit
exorbitant (adj.) unreasonably high; excessive
interim (n.) the time between; (adj.) temporary coming between two points in time
pensive (adj.) thoughtful; melancholy
perilous (adj.) dangerous
shoddy (adj.) of poor quality; characterized by inferior workmanship
sprightly (adj.) lively, full of life; spicy, flavorful
surly (adj.) angry and bad-tempered; rude
tirade (n.) a long, angry speech, usually very critical
vagrant (n.) an idle wanderer, tramp; (adj.) wandering aimlessly
assurance (n.) a pledge; freedom from doubt, self-confidence
asylum (n) an institution for the care of children, elderly people, etc.; a place for safety
console (v.) to comfort; (n.) the keyboard of an organ; a control panel for an electrical or mechanical device
dilate (v.) to make or become larger or wider; to expand upon
dross (n.) refuse, waste products
dwindle (v.) to lessen, diminish
flippant (adj.) lacking in seriousness; disrespectful, saucy
immunity (n.) resistance to disease; freedom from some change or obligation
institute (v.) to establish, set up; (n.) organization that promotes learning
liability (n.) a debt; something disadvantageous
preposterous (adj.) ridiculous, senseless
pugnacious (adj.) quarrelsome, fond of fighting
rabid (adj.) furious, violently intense, unreasonably extreme; mad; infected with rabies
realm (n.) a kingdom; a region or field of study
rejuvenate (v.) to make young again; to make like new
remunerate (v.) to reward, pay, reimburse
sparse (adj.) meager, scant; scattered
sterling (adj.) genuine, excellent: made of silver of standard fineness
venture (n.) a risky or daring undertaking; (v.) to expose to danger; to dare
warp (v.) to twist out of shape; (n.) an abnormality
auxiliary (adj.) giving assistance or support
candid (adj.) frank, sincere; impartial; unposed
cubicle (n.) a small room or compartment
drudgery (n.) work that is hard and tiresome
envoy (n.) a representative or messenger (as of a government)
escalate (v.) to elevate; to increase in intensity
expedient (n.) a means to an end; (adj.) advantageous, useful
feign (v.) to pretend
flair (n.) a natural quality, talent, or skill; a distinctive style
grievous (adj.) causing sorrow or pain; serious
heterogeneous (adj.) composed of different kinds, diverse
horde (n.) a vast number (as of people); a throng
impel (v.) to force, drive forward
incredulous (adj.) disbelieving, skeptical
inscribe (v.) to write or engrave; to enter a name on a list
monologue (n.) a speech by one actor; a long talk by one person
prognosis (n.) a forecast of the probably course and outcome of a disease or situation
rasping (adj.) with a harsh, grating sound; (n.) a harsh sound
repugnant (adj.) offensive, disagreeable, distasteful
scuttle (v.) to sink a ship by cutting holes in it; to get rid of something in a decisive way; to run hastily, scurry; (n.) a pail
inundate (v.) to flood, overflow; to overwhelm by numbers or size
malign (v.) to speak evil of, slander; (adj.) evil
meander (v.) to wander about, wind about; (n.) a sharp turn or twist
metropolis (n.) a large city; the chief city of an area
momentous (adj.) very important
obstreperous (adj.) noisy; unruly, disorderly
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