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Vocab Unit 8 D G

Jenkins Vocabulary Unit 8 Definitions 12th Grade Level G

Allege v. to assert without proof or confirmation
Arrant adj. through going, out and out, shameless, blatant
Badinage n. light and playful conversation
Conciliate v. to overcome the distrust of, win over; to appease, pacify; to reconcile, make consistent
Countermand v. to cancel or reverse one order or command with another that is contrary to the first
Echelon n. one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a step like formation or arrangement
Exacerbate v. to make more violent, severe, bitter or painful
Fatuous adj. stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way
Irrefutable adj. impossible to disprove; beyond argument
Juggernaut n. a massive and inescapable force or object that crushes whatever is in the path
Lackadaisical adj. lacking spirit or interest, halfhearted
Litany n. a prayer consisting of short appeals of God rectified by the leader alternating with responses from the congregation; any repetitive chant; a long list
Macabre adj. grisly, gruesome, horrible, distressing; having death as a subject
Paucity n. a inadequate quantity, scarcity, dearth
Portend v. to indicate beforehand that something is about to happen; to give advance warning of
Raze v. to tear down, destroy completely; to cut or scape off or out
Recant v. to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract
Saturate v. to soak thoroughly, fill to capacity, to satisfy fully
Saturnine adj. of a gloomy or surly disposition; cold or sluggish in a mood
Slough v. to cast off, discard; to get rid of something objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through as if through mud. n. a mire, a state of depression
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