Vocabulary List #12

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Vocabulary List #12
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  1. (v) to renounce under oath; to abandon forever; to abstain from
    syn:renounce, disavow
    Galileo was forced to abjure the theory that the earth turns around the sun.
    ABJURE
  2. (adj) bent or twisted in shape or condition; dryly humorous
    syn:askew, sardonic
    His remark about my chances of winning the contest was wry and sarcastic.
    WRY
  3. (adj) apelike; relating to apes
    syn:anthropoid, primate
    SIMIAN
  4. (adj) marked by the tendency to point out trivial faults; intended to confuse an argument
    syn: critical, censorious
    The captious middle-school clique included all the mean girls from our class who have nothing nice to say about anyone, not even themselvesRead more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_would_you_use_captious_in_a_sentence#ixzz1JKaV45PC
    CAPTIOUS
  5. (adj) stubbornly persevering
    syn: tenacious, obstinate
    The man tried,but with all his might he could not budge the dogged mule.
    DOGGED
  6. (adj) ancient, primitive
    syn: primordial, original
    PRIMEVAL
  7. (adj) loud, harsh, unpleasantly noisy
    syn: grating, shrill, discordant
    As the flames grew higher, we heard a strident call for help.
    STRIDENT
  8. (adj)ill-tempered; sickly, ailing
    syn:pale, feeble, peevish
    Molly's bilious demeanor made her ill-suited for a job in customer service, and she was let go from the position after two weeks.
    BILIOUS
  9. (adj)lying face downward in adoration or submission
    syn: submissive
    .They reached the throne of their king, and prostrated themselves in awe and fear.
    PROSTRATE
  10. (adj) in direpair, run down
    syn: decayed, fallen into partial ruin
    DILAPIDATED
  11. (n)a closed committee within a political party; a private committee meeting
    syn:aeembly, convention
    CAUCUS
  12. (adj)influential in an original way, providing
    basis for further development
    syn: original, generative
    The invention of the cell phone was a seminal development in mass communications
    SEMINAL
  13. (v) to turn aside, especially from the main point; to stray from the subject
    syn: deviate, wander
    DIGRESS
  14. (adj)limited in outlook, narrow, unsophisticated
    syn: unpolished, unrefined
    Jim's outlook was very childish and provincial.
    PROVINCIAL
  15. (adj)having to do with needless repetition, redundancy
    syn: verbose, wordy
    TAUTOLOGICAL
  16. (adj) like an uncle in behavior, especially kindness and warmth
    AVUNCULAR
  17. (v)to declare to be true, to affirm
    syn:assert, attest
    AVER
  18. (adj)gaudy, cheap, showy
    syn: flashy, chintzy
    TAWDRY
  19. (v) to trim off excess, reduce
    syn: peel, clip
    PARE
  20. (adj)fictional, relating to imaginative creation
    syn: not genuine
    FICTIVE
  21. (v) to send into exile, banish; assign
    syn: consign, classify, refer
    RELEGATE
  22. (adj) quarrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent
    syn: argumentative, fractious, litigious
    CONTENTIOUS
  23. (v) to explain or describe in detail
    syn: elucidate, elaborate
    EXPOUND
  24. (n) a compact or close-knit body of people, animals or things
    syn: mass, legion
    PHALANX

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