Vocab Unit 9

  1. abate
    (v) to make less in amount, degree, etc.; to subside, become less; to nullify; to deduct, omit
  2. adulation
    (n) praise or flattery that is excessive
  3. anathema
    (n) an object of intense dislike; a curse or stong denunciation (often used adjectivally without the article)
  4. astute
    (adj) shrewd, crafty, showing practical wisdom
  5. avarice
    (n) a greedy desire, particularly for wealth
  6. culpable
    (adj) deserving blame, worth of condemnation
  7. dilatory
    (adj) tending to delay or procrastinate, not prompt; intended to delay or postpone
  8. egregious
    (adj) conspicuous, standing out from the mass (used particularly in an unfavorable sense)
  9. equivocate
    (v) to speak or act in a way that allows for more than one interpretation, to be deliberately vague or ambiguous
  10. evanescent
    (adj) vanishing, soon passing away; light and airy
  11. irresolute
    (adj) unable to make up one's mind; hesitating
  12. nebulous
    (adj) cloudlike, resembling a cloud; cloudy in color, not transparent; vague, confused, indistinct
  13. novice
    (n) one who is just a beginner at some activity requiring skill and experience (also used adjectivally)
  14. penury
    (n) extreme poverty; barrenness, insufficiency
  15. pretentious
    (adj) done for show, striving to make a big impression; claiming merit or position unjustifiably; making demands on one's skill or abilities, ambitious
  16. recapitulate
    (v) to review a series of facts; to sum up
  17. resuscitate
    (v) to revive, bring back to concsiousness or existence
  18. slovenly
    (adj) untidy, dirty, careless
  19. supposition
    (n) something that is assumed or taken for granted without conclusive evidence
  20. torpid
    (adj) inactive, sluggish, dull
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Vocab Unit 9