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Vocabulary Notecards

annex to add to, attach; to incorporate; an attachment or addition
cleave to cut or split open; to cling to
cordial in a friendly manner, hearty; cheery; a liqueur
cornerstone the starting point of a building; a fundamental principle or element
debacle an overwhelming defeat; rout; a complete collapse or failure
devitalize to make weak or lifeless
embroil to involve in a conflict or difficulty; to throw into confusion
exonerate to clear from a charge or accusation
glib ready and fluent in speech; thoughtless, insincere
haphazard by chance, not planned; lacking order
improvise to compose or perform without preparation; to construct from available materials
incite to rouse, stir up, urge on
influx a coming in, inflow
pallor an extreme or unnatural paleness
pedigree a list of ancestors, family tree; the history or origins of something
precipitous very steep
profuse very abundant; given or flowing freely
reconcile to restore to friendship; to settle; to resign (oneself)
shackle to put into chains; a chain, fetter
threadbare shabby, old and worn
Created by: CompEnglish9B