Vocabulary Workshop Units 13-15

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Vocabulary Workshop Units 13-15
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Vocabulary Workshop Units 13-15
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  1. adapt
    (v.) to adjust or change to suit conditions
  2. attest (v.)
    to bear witness, affirm to be true or genuine
  3. dovetail
    (v.) to fit together exactly; to connect so as to form a whole; (n.) a carpentry figure resembling a dove's tail
  4. enormity
    (n.) the quality of exceeding all moral bounds; an exceedingly evil act; huge size, immensity
  5. falter
    (v.) to hesitate, stumble, lose courage; to speak hesitatingly; to lose drive, weaken, decline
  6. foreboding
    (n.) a warning or feeling that something bad will happen; (adj.) marked by fear, ominous
  7. forlorn
    (adj.) totally abandoned and helpless; sad and lonely; wretched or pitiful; almost hopeless
  8. haughty
    (adj.) chillingly proud and scornful
  9. impediment
    (n.) a physical defect; a hindrance, obstacle
  10. imperative
    (adj.) necessary, urgent; (n.) a form of a verb expressing a command; that which is necessary or required
  11. loiter
    (v.) to linger in an aimless way, hang around, dawdle, tarry
  12. malinger
    (v.) to pretend illness to avoid duty or work, lie down on the job
  13. pithy
    (adj.) short but full of meaning and point
  14. plunder
    (v.) to rob by force, especially during wartime; to seize wrongfully; (n.) property stolen by force
  15. simper
    (v.) to smile or speak in a silly, forced way; (n.) a silly, forced smile
  16. steadfast
    (adj.) firmly fixed; constant, not moving or changing
  17. vaunted
    (adj.) much boasted about in a vain or swaggering way
  18. vilify
    (v.) to abuse or belittle unjustly or maliciously
  19. waif
    (n.) a person (usually a child) without a home or friend; a stray person or animal; something that comes along by chance, a stray bit
  20. wry
    (adj.) twisted, turned to one side; cleverly and often grimly humorous
  21. amplify
    (v.) to make stronger, larger, greater, louder, or the like
  22. armistice
    (n.) a temporary peace, halt in fighting
  23. arrogant
    • (adj.) haughty, too convinced of one's own
    • importance
  24. bland
    (adj.) gentle, soothing, mild; lacking interest or taste
  25. disclaim
    (v.) to deny interest in or connection with; to give up all claim to
  26. epoch
    (n.) a distinct period of time, era, age
  27. estrange
    (v.) to drift apart or become unfriendly; to cause such a separation; to remove or keep at a distance
  28. gratify
    (v.) to please, satisfy; to indulge or humor
  29. infinite
    (adj.) exceedingly great, inexhaustible, without limit, endless; (n., preceded by the) an incalculable number, the concept of infinity; (cap. I) a name for God
  30. irascible
    (adj.) easily made angry, hot-tempered
  31. kindred
    (n.) a person's relatives; a family relationship; (adj.) related by blood; like, similar
  32. naïve
    (adj.) innocent, unsophisticated, showing lack of worldly knowledge and experience
  33. niche
    (n.) a decorative recess in a wall; a suitable place or position for a person or thing
  34. obliterate
    (v.) to blot out completely, destroy utterly
  35. ramshackle
    (adj.) appearing ready to collapse, loose and shaky
  36. ransack
    (v.) to search or examine thoroughly; to rob, plunder
  37. rote
    (n.) unthinking routine or repetition, a fixed or mechanical way of doing something; (adj.) based on a mechanical routine
  38. solvent
    (adj.) able to meet one's financial obligations; having the power to dissolve other substances; (n.) a liquid used to dissolve other substances; something that solves, explains, eliminates, or softens
  39. tedious
    (adj.) long and tiresome
  40. vendor
    (n.) a person who sells something
  41. abyss
    (n.) a deep or bottomless pit
  42. befall
    (v.) to happen, occur; to happen to
  43. crucial
    (adj.) of supreme importance, decisive, critical
  44. dregs
    (n. pl.) the last remaining part; the part of least worth
  45. embody
    (v.) to give form to; to incorporate, include; to personify
  46. exasperate
    (v.) to irritate, annoy, or anger
  47. fiasco
    (n.) the complete collapse or failure of a project
  48. garnish
    (v.) to adorn or decorate, especially food; (n.) an ornament or decoration, especially for food
  49. heritage
    (n.) an inheritance; a birthright
  50. inert
    (adj.) lifeless, unable to move or act; slow, inactive
  51. mercenary
    (adj.) acting or working for self-gain only; (n.) a hired soldier, a soldier of fortune
  52. negligent
    (adj.) marked by carelessness or indifference; failing to do what should be done
  53. oblivion
    (n.) forgetfulness, disregard; a state of being forgotten; an amnesty, general pardon
  54. opus
    (n.) an impressive piece of work, especially a musical composition or other work of art
  55. pallid
    (adj.) pale, lacking color; weak and lifeless
  56. parable
    (n.) a short narrative designed to teach a moral lesson
  57. rational
    (adj.) based on reasoning; able to make use of reason; sensible, reasonable
  58. reciprocal
    (adj.) shared; involving give-and-take between two persons or things; working in both directions; (n.) (math) a number that, when multiplied by another number, gives 1
  59. stricture
    (n.) a limitation or restriction; a criticism; (medicine) a narrowing of a passage in the body
  60. veneer
    (n.) a thin outer layer; a surface appearance or decoration; (v.) to cover with a thin layer