vocab 16

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vocab 16
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vocab 16

vocab 16
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  1. articulate
    (adj.) [är tik yf lit]
    able to speak; spoken clearly and distinctly. The speaker’s articulate delivery made it possible for even those listeners in the rear of the hall to hear every word.
  2. ascendance
    (n) [f sen dfns]
    rising upward; gaining domination. The ascendance of the labor unions in the automotive industry enabled worker organizations to become domi- nant in other industries.
  3. ascetic
    (n) [f set ik]
    someone who gives up the comforts of society and lives a life of aus- tere self-discipline. Although born into luxury, the ascetic chose to live in poverty in order to fulfill his religious conversion.
  4. concur
    (v) [kfn kur]
    to agree; to cooperate; coincide. Although I don’t agree with every- thing you said, I must concur with most of your statements.
  5. erroneous
    (adj.) [i ro ne fs]
    containing mistakes; false. The suspect was released after it was discovered that by mistake the dispatcher had given an erroneous description of the get-away car.
  6. furtive
    (adj.) [fur tiv]
    shifty; surreptitious; sneaky. The student’s furtive glance at his neighbor’s paper did not escape the notice of the alert proctor.
  7. gullible
    (adj.) [gul f bfl]
    able to be tricked or deceived; credulous. I am not so gullible to believe your excuse that your paper is late because Martians held you prisoner over the weekend.
  8. hypothetical
    (adj.) [hi pf thet i kfl]
    uncertain; based on an unproved assertion. Economic predictions are often based on certain hypothetical situations which seem reasonable, even if not proved.
  9. repudiate
    (v) [ri pyoo de at]
    to reject; disown; refuse to recognize or pay. When it was revealed that the witness had lied on the stand, the attorney was quick to repudiate the testimony.
  10. respite
    (n) [res pit]
    temporary postponement; interval of rest or relief. The two days of sunshine gave the Jones’ a respite from the week of rain which had damped their Ha- waiian vacation.
  11. servile
    (adj.) [sur vfl, -vil]
    acting like a slave; submissive. “freed from servile bonds / of hope to rise or fear to fall” (Bunyan)
  12. sporadic
    (adj.) [spo rad ik]
    occurring at irregular time intervals; isolated. The sporadic outbreaks of the disease baffled the epidemiologists who could not explain why the disease appeared how it was transmitted or predict where the next outbreak would occur.
  13. static
    (adj.) [stat ik]
    motionless. Early astronomers had trouble convincing people that the solar system was not static, but actually in constant motion.
  14. steadfast
    (adj.) [sted fast]
    firm; unfaltering; controlled; reliable. A true and steadfast companion, the little terrier returned every day to the grave of his former master.
  15. zealot
    (n) [zel ft]
    a fanatically committed person. “an uncompromising zealot, a passio- nate seeker after truth” (Louis Untermeyer)