Vocab Unit 10

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  1. Askance
    • Adv. with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval
    • Synonyms: distrustfully, suspiciously, skeptically
  2. Attenuate
    • V. To make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
    • Synonyms: thin out, dilute, water down
    • Antonyms: Thicken, strengthen, bolster
  3. benign
    • Adj. Gentle, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effect, not malignant
    • Synonyms: benevolent, salutary, salubrious, harmless
    • Antonyms: malevolent, deleterious
  4. cavil
    • V. to find fault in a petty way, carp
    • N. a trivial objection or criticism
    • Synonyms: nitpick, quibble
  5. charlatan
    • N. One who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor, or quack
    • Synonyms: fraud, mountebank
  6. decimate
    • V. to kill or destroy a large part of
    • Synonyms: ravage, devastate
  7. foible
    • N. a weak point, failing, minor flaw
    • Synonyms: shortcoming, defect, quirk
    • Antonyms: Forte, virtue
  8. forgo
    • V. to do without, abstain from, give up
    • Synonyms: refrain from, renounce
    • Antonyms: indulge in, partake of
  9. fraught
    • Adj. full of or loaded with; accompanied by
    • Synonym: charged with
    • Antonyms: devoid of, lacking, deficient in
  10. inure
    • V. to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
    • Synonyms: accustom, acclimate
  11. luminous
    • Adj. emitting or reflecting light, glowing; illuminating
    • Synonyms: radiant, bright, refulgent, lustrous
    • Antonyms: dark, opaque, dim, murky
  12. obsequious
    • Adj. marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
    • Synonyms: fawning, servile, sycophant, mealymouthed
    • Antonyms: assertive, bumptious, overbearing, candid, frank, independent
  13. obtuse
    • Adj. Blunt, not coming to a point; slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90° and 180°, not causing a sharp impression
    • Synonyms: stupid, dumb, thick, mild, dull-witted
    • Antonyms: acute, perspective, quick-witted
  14. oscillate
    • V. to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver
    • Synonyms: vibrate, vacillate
  15. penitent
    • Adj. regretful for one's sins or mistakes
    • N. one who is sorry for wrongdoing
    • Synonyms: remorseful, regretful, rueful, sorry
    • Antonyms: unrepentant, remorseless
  16. peremptory
    • Adj. having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial; determined, resolute
    • Synonyms: high-handed, unconditional
    • Antonyms: irresolute, tentative, mild, unassuming
  17. rebuff
    • V. To snub; to repel, drive away
    • N. A curt rejection, a check
    • Synonyms: V. spurn, repulse, reject N. setback
    • Antonyms: accept, welcome
  18. reconnoiter
    • V. to engage in reconnaissance; to a make a preliminary inspection
    • Synonym: scout
  19. Shambles
    N. A slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion, mess
  20. sporadic
    • Adj. occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order
    • Synonyms: intermittent, spasmodic
    • Antonyms: constant, steady, continuous, uninterrupted
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