final review for VOCAB alec

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final review for VOCAB alec
2010-06-02 21:44:36

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  1. Atone
    to make up for
  2. Defray
    to pay for
  3. incessant
    never stopping, going on all the time
  4. Sardonic
    grimly or scornfully mocking, bitterly sarcastic
  5. Tenacious
    holding fast; holding together firmly; persistent
  6. Apex
    the highest point, tip
  7. Exorbitant
    unreasonably high; excessive
  8. Meander
    to wander about, wind about; a sharp turn or twist
  9. Obstreperous
    noisy; unruly, disorderly
  10. Shoddy
    of poor quality; characterized by inferior workmanship
  11. Console
    to comfort; the keyboard of an organ; a control panel for an electrical or mechanical device
  12. Dross
    refuse, waste products
  13. Preposterous
    ridiculous, senseless
  14. Venture
    a risky or daring undertaking; to expose to danger; to dare
  15. Warp
    to twist out of shape; an abnormality
  16. Candid
    frank, sincere; impartial; unposed
  17. Drudgery
    work that is hard and tiresome
  18. Grievous
    causing sorrow or pain; serious
  19. Horde
    a vast number (as of people); a throng
  20. Prognosis
    a forecast of the probable course and outcome of a disease or situation
  21. Bleak
    bare, dreary, dismal
  22. Diminutive
    small, smaller than most others of the same type
  23. Extemporaneous
    made or delivered on the spur of the moment
  24. Languid
    drooping; without energy, sluggish
  25. Slipshod
    untidy in dress, personal habits, etc.; careless, sloppy
  26. Brevity
  27. Deteriorate
    to lower in quality or value; to wear away
  28. Garbleto
    to distort in such a way as to make unintelligible
  29. Reek
    an unpleasant smell; to give off unpleasant smells; to give a strong impression
  30. Rivulet
    a small stream
  31. Autocratic
    absolute in power or authority
  32. Concerted
    planned or performed in cooperation with others
  33. Irreverent
  34. Temperate
    mild, moderate
  35. Wily
    sly, shrewd, cunning
  36. Buoyant
    able to float easily; able to hold things up; cheerful, hopeful
  37. Congenial
    getting on well with others; agreeable, pleasant
  38. Rancid
    stale, spoiled
  39. Untenable
    not capable of being held or defended; impossible to maintain
  40. Vindicate
    to clear from hint or charge of wrongdoing; to defend successfully against opposition; to justify
  41. Cordial
    in a friendly manner, hearty; cheery; a liqueur
  42. Debacle
    an overwhelming defeat, rout; a complete collapse or failure
  43. Incite
    to rouse, stir up, urge on
  44. Precipitous
    very steep
  45. Pallor
    an extreme or unnatural paleness
  46. Avert
    to turn aside, turn away; to prevent, avoid
  47. Brunt
    the main impact, force, or burden
  48. Harry
    to make a destructive raid on; to torment, harass
  49. Protract
    to draw out or lengthen in space or time
  50. Subterfuge
    an excuse or trick for escaping or hiding something