Vocab Workshop G 1-2

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Vocab Workshop G 1-2
2011-08-17 00:33:27

vocab 1-2
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  1. acquisitive
    able to get and retain ideas or information, concerned with acquiring wealth or property, retentive, avaricious
  2. arrogate
    to claim or take without right, expropriate
  3. banal
    hackneyed, trite, commonplace
  4. belabor
    to work on excessively, to thrash soundly
  5. carping
    tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way, petty criticism, caviling
  6. coherent
    holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensive, disjoined (a)
  7. congeal
    to change from liquid to solid, to make inflexible or rigid
  8. emulate
    to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
  9. encomium
    a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute, panegyric, eulogy
  10. eschew
    to avoid, shun, keep away from
  11. germane
    relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
  12. insatiable
    so great or demanding as not to be satisfied
  13. intransigent
    refusing to compromise, irreconcilable
  14. invidious
    offensive, hateful, tending to cause bitterness and resentment, pejorative
  15. largesse
    generosity in giving, lavish or bountiful contributions
  16. reconnaissance
    a survey made for military purposes, any kind of preliminary inspection or examination
  17. substantiate
    to establish by evidence, prove, to give concrete or substantial form to
  18. taciturn
    habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little, prolix (a)
  19. temporize
    to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise
  20. tenable
    capable of being held or defended
  21. accost
    to approach and speak to first, to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
  22. animadversion
    a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
  23. avid
    desirous of something to the point of greed, intensely eager
  24. brackish
    having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
  25. celerity
    swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
  26. devious
    straying or wandering from a straight or direct course, done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
  27. gambit
    in chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacrifice of a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type
  28. halcyon
    a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful, happy, golden, prosperous, affluent
  29. histrionic
    pertaining to actors and their techniques, theatrical, artificial, melodramatic, affected
  30. incendiary
    deliberately setting or causing fires, one who does so, firebrand
  31. maelstrom
    a whirlpool of great size and violence or a situation resembling such
  32. myopic
    nearsighted, lacking a broad realistic view of a situation
  33. overt
    open, not hidden, manifest, patent
  34. perjorative
    tending to make worse, expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling ameliorative (a)
  35. propriety
    the state of being proper, appropriateness, fitness
  36. sacrilege
    improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred, profanation
  37. summarily
    without delay or formality, briefly, concisely, peremptorily
  38. suppliant
    asking humbly and earnestly, one who makes such a request, a petitioner, a suitor
  39. talisman
    an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, fetish
  40. undulate
    to move in waves or with a wavelike motion, to have a wavelike appearance or form, ripple, fluctuate, rise and fall