Combined Week 4 Vocab

  1. acerbic
    adj: having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting

    Acerbic comments directed at those who deserve them.
  2. aggrandize
    verb: to increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige

    aggrandize your farm by purchasing the property next to it.
  3. alchemy
    • noun: a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
    • (an alchemist is one who practices alchemy)

    It's the same transition that let us move from alchemy to atomic physics.
  4. amenable
    adj: agreeable; responsive to suggestion

    Managements of both companies must be amenable to the idea.
  5. anachronism
    noun: something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
  6. astringent
    adj: having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue

    The physical properties of the powder also give it a mildastringent action.
  7. contiguous
    adj: sharing a border; touching; adjacent

    So far gene recombination can move only single genes or small contiguous gene units.
  8. convention
    noun: a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude

    Convention holds that politics stops at the water's edge
  9. credulous
    • adj: tending to believe too readily; gullible
    • noun form: credulity

    The law will afford relief even to the simple and credulous who have been duped by art and falsehood.
  10. cynicism
    • noun: an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
    • adj form: cynical

    Such people need to rethink their cynicism because it distorts their thinking.
  11. decorum
    • noun: polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
    • adj form: decorus

    How you handle it is an index of the quality, wisdom and decorum of the things inside you.
  12. derision
    • noun: scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
    • adj form: derisive
    • verb form: deride

    The comment met with immediate derision across the internet.
  13. desiccate
    verb: to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
  14. dilettante
    noun: one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge

    Most of my readers don't know I'm a dilettante techno musician.
  15. disparage
    verb: to slight or belittle

    Don't disparage anecdotal evidence or pretend that there is no emotion in medical research.
  16. quiescence
    • n.inactivity; stillness; dormancy (adj: quiescent)
    • When a cell is in a term of no growth and no division.
    • was struck by the elk's quiescence as it just stood there in the clearing
  17. rarefy
    • make or become thin; to purify or refine (n: rarefaction, adj: rarefied)
    • An example of rarefy is add fresh air to a previously suffy room; to rarefy the air.
    • An example of rarefy is to develop a sense of taste; to rarefy sense of taste.
  18. reproof
    • n.the act of censuring, scolding, or rebuking. (v. reprove).
    • When you scold someone for bad behavior, your scolding words are an example of a reproof.
    • The fear of reproof prevented them from complaining.
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Combined Week 4 Vocab
Combined Week 4 Vocab