Vocab Unit 8

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Vocab Unit 8
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  1. v. to assert without proof or confirmation

    syn: claim, contend

    ant: prove, deny
    allege
  2. adj. thoroughgoing, out-and-out; shameless, blatant

    syn: egregious, unmitigated
    arrant
  3. n. light and playful conversation

    syn: banter, persiflage, repartee

    ant: sermon
    badinage
  4. v. to overcome the distrust of, win over; to appease, pacify; to reconcile, make consitent

    syn: placate, mollify, propitiate

    ant:antagonize, alienate, estrange
    conciliate
  5. v. to cancel or reverse one order or command with another that is contrary to the first

    syn: recall, revoke

    ant: reaffirm, reassert
    countermand
  6. n. one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formation or arrangement

    syn: level, rank
    echelon
  7. v. to make more violent, severe, bitter, or painful

    syn: aggravate, intensify, worsen

    ant: alleviate, mitigate, ameliorate
    exacerbate
  8. adj. stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way

    syn: silly, vapid, inane, doltish, vacuous

    ant: sensible, intelligent, perceptive, bright
    fatuous
  9. adj. impossible to disprove; beyond argument

    syn: indisputable, incontrovertible, undeniable

    ant: disputable, indefensible, untenable
    irrefutable
  10. n. a massive and inescapable force or object that crushes whatever is in its path
    juggernaut
  11. adj. lacking spirit or interest, halfhearted

    syn: listless, indolent, indifferent, lax

    ant: energetic, vigorous, wholehearted
    lackadaisical
  12. n. a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responses from the congregation; any repetitive chant; a long list

    syn: rigmarole, catalog, megillah
    litany
  13. adj. grisly, gruesome; horrible, distressing; having death as a subject

    syn: grotesque, grim, ghoulish
    macabre
  14. n. an inadequate quantity, scarcity, dearth

    syn: lack

    ant: abundance, glut, plenitude, deluge
    paucity
  15. v. to indicate beforehand that something is about to happen; to give advance warning of

    Syn: bode, foretell, foreshadow, suggest
    portend
  16. v. to tear down, destroy completely; to cut or scrape off or out

    syn: pull down, demolish, shave off

    ant: build, construct, raise, erect
    raze
  17. v. to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract

    syn: repudiate, disavow

    ant: reaffirm, reassert
    recant
  18. v. to soak thoroughly, fill to capacity; to satisfy fully

    syn: permeate, drench, flood, imbue

    ant: drain
    saturate
  19. adj. of a gloomy or surly disposition; cold or sluggish in mood

    syn: sullen, morose

    ant: lighthearted, cheerful, vivacious
    saturnine
  20. 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

    syn: v. shed, slog

    ant: v. take on, acquire, assume
    slough

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