Vocab unit 2

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Vocab unit 2
2012-10-11 20:52:11

vocab unit 2 of vocab workshop level E
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  1. Adriot
    (adj)skillful, expert in the use of hands or mind

    Many horseback riders are adriot at twirling a rope while on hroseback
  2. Amicable
    (adj)peaceable, frienddly

    Sometime mediation by a neutral individual can lead to an amicable settelment of a dispute.
  3. Averse
    (adj)having a deep-seated distaste; opposed, unwilling.

    You are not likely to become a marathon runner if you are avers to strenuous exercise.
  4. belligerent
    (adj)given to fighting, warlike; combative, aggressivwe; (n) on at war, one engaged at war

    I did not expect such a belligerent answer to my request for directions.

    After each belligerent signed the peace treaty, the war was declared officialy over.
  5. Benevolent
    (adj)Kindly, charitable

    The newcomers had nothing but benevolent feelings toword all their neighbors
  6. Cursory
    (adj)hasty, not thorough

    The mayor gave a final cursory glance at the text of her speech before mounting the podium
  7. duplicity
    (n)treachery, deceitfulness

    We found it difficult to belive that our good friend could be capable of such duplicity
  8. extol
    (v)to praise extravagantly

    Many inspiring stories and plays have been written that extol the heroic deeds of Joan or Arc.
  9. feasible
    (adj)posible, able to be done

    Our city needs to develope a feasible plan of action for dealing with storms and other emergencies
  10. grimance
    (n)a wry face, facial distortion; (v) to make a wry face

    The grimace of the refugee in the photograph reveals the pain of the homelessness

    Most people grimace at the mere sound of the dentist's drill
  11. holocaust
    (n) a large-scale destruction, especially by fire; a vast slaughter; a burnt offering

    Joutnalists at the time were eager to interview survivors of the Chicago holocaust
  12. impervious
    (adj)not affected or hurt by; admitting of no passage or entrance

    It is best to store flower in a container with a plastic cover that is impervious to moisture
  13. impetus
    (n)a moving force, impulse, stimulus

    The coming of winter gave a new impetus to the appeals for food and clothing for needy families
  14. (n)jeopardy

    Experienced mountaineers know that a single mistake can put an entire expedition in a serious jeopardy
  15. meticulous
    (adj) extremely careful; particular about details

    If you have a full-time job outside the home, you may find it exceedingly difficult to be a meticulous housekeeper
  16. nostalgia
    (n)a longing for something past; homesickness

    Looking at old scrapbooks and reading old letters can bring on a vague sense of nostalgia for days gone by and friends no longer near
  17. quintessence
    (n)the puerst essence or form of something; the most typical example

    risknings one's life to save teh lifes of other is considered the quintessence of selfless valor
  18. retrogress
    (v)to move backwords; to returm to an earlier condition

    In the novel, the survivors of a nuclear explotion retrogress into a state of barbarsm and anarchy
  19. scrutinize
    (v) to examine closely

    Lawyers are paid to scrutinize legal papers and explain the fine print to their clients
  20. tepid
    (adj)lukewarm; unenthusiastic, marked by an absence of intrest

    A cup of tepid tea will not warm you up on a chilly morning