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Vocab Unit 10 D G

Jenkins Vocabulary Unit 10 Definitions 12th grade Level G

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 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 to 180 degrees, not causing a sharp impression
Oscillate v. to swing back and forth with 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; to 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 or confusion, mess
Sporadic adj. occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order
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