chapter 4 vocab

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chapter 4 vocab
2012-12-04 21:50:50
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chapter 4 vocab
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  1. affable
    • courteous and pleasant, sociable easy to speak to
    • syn: genial, amicable, agreeable, cordial
    • ant: surly, cantankerous, dour, inhosptiable
  2. aggrandize
    • to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater
    • syn: augment, amplify, enhance, exalt
    • ant: reduce, decrease, diminish
  3. amorphous
    • shapeless, without definite form, of no particular type or character, without organization, unity, or cohesion
    • syn: formless, unstructured, nebulus, inchoate
    • ant: definite, well-defined, clear-cut
  4. aura
    • that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality
    • syn: ambience, atmosphere
  5. contraband
    • illegal traffic, smuggled goods
    • illegal, prohibited
    • syn: illicit, bootleg, unlawful
    • ant: legal, lawful, licit
  6. erudite
    • scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
    • syn: profoundly educated, well-read
    • ant: ignorant, uneducated, illiterate
  7. gossamer
    • thin, light, delicate, insubstantial
    • a very thin, light cloth
    • syn: flimy, diaphanous, sheer, airy, feathery, guazy
    • ant: thick, dense, solid, massive
  8. infer
    • to find out by reasoning to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought to hint sugest imply
    • syn: gather, deduce, presume, guess, speculate
  9. inscrutable
    • incapable of being understood, impossible to see through physically
    • syn: impenetrable, incomprehensible, enigmatic
    • ant: comprehensible, intelligible, penetrable
  10. insular
    • relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island, narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
    • syn: narrow-minded, parochial, provincial
    • ant: catholic, cosmopolitan, liberal
  11. irrevocable
    • incapable of being changed or called back
    • syn: irreversible, unrecallable, unalterable
    • ant: reversible, changeable
  12. propensity
    • a natural inclination or predilection toward
    • syn: natural bent, proclivity, penchant
    • ant: natural incapacity or inability
  13. querulous
    • peevish, complaining, fretful
    • syn: petulant, touchy, cranky, irritable
    • ant: uncomplaining, stoical, serene, placid
  14. remonstrate
    • to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to
    • syn: reason against, expostulate
  15. repudiate
    • to disown, reject or deny the validity of
    • syn: disavow, abjure, renonce
    • ant: avow, affim, aver, avouch
  16. resilient
    • able to return to an orignal shape or form, able to recover quickly
    • syn: springy, elastc, buoyant bouncy
    • ant: rigid, stiff, inflexible, unyielding
  17. reverberate
    • to re-echo, resound, to reflect or be reflected repeatedly
    • syn: rumble, thunder, boom, echo
  18. scurrilous
    • coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language) foul-mouthed
    • syn: obscene, filthy, abusive, vituperative
    • ant: decorous, seemly, tastely, dignified
  19. sedulous
    • persistent, showing industry and determination
    • syn: assiduous, tireless, indefatigable, pertinacity
    • ant: lackadaisical, listledd, indolent, otiose
  20. sleazy
    • thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable
    • syn: inferior, cheesy, tawdry, tatty
    • ant: superior, first-rate, quality, sturdy