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  • Vocabulary Level FUnit 4

  • affable adj. courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak toThe new student made friends easily because he was affable and outgoing.

  • aggrandize v. to build up or intensifysyn. augment, amplify, enhance, exaltIf I save 50% of my paycheck each week, I will aggrandize my savings account so that I can buy a car this year.

  • amorphous adj. shapeless, without definite form; without organization, unity, or cohesionThe first meeting of the new club lacked a strong leader or agenda; its amorphous start did not give me faith that it would be successful.

  • archetype the ideal example of a particular type of person or thingSherlock Holmes was an archetype of a clever detective who always solves the case.

  • aura n. a distinctive air or personal qualitysyn. atmosphereThe abandoned house at the end of the street has an aura of loneliness and desolation to it.

  • contraband n. smuggled goods; adj. illegal, prohibitedWhen traveling to another country, you will be searched by security for contraband.

  • erudite scholarly, learned, pedanticsyn. profoundly educated, well-readTo be considered for membership in MENSA, a person must not only have a minimum IQ of 180, but he must also prove himself erudite through a series of tests in many areas of study.

  • gossamer adj. thin, light, delicate, insubstantial Lace is a gossamer fabric and must be treated delicately so it wont tear.

  • inscrutable adj. incapable of being understoodsyn. impenetrable, incomprehensibleI found the diagnosis was inscrutable initially because the doctor spoke only medical jargon that I am unfamiliar with.

  • insular adj. narrow or isolated in outlook or experiencesyn. narrow-minded, provincialThe senator was accused of being insular because he refused to address any concerns outside of his realms of experience.

  • irrevocable adj. incapable of being changedsyn. irreversibleMany people regret the irrevocable tattoos they get in their youth.

  • propensity n. a natural inclination towardsyn. penchant, proclivityThe little girl displayed a propensity for music at an early age.

  • querulous adj. peevish, complaining, fretfulSome adults are more querulous than toddlers; they gripe over every little thing.

  • remonstrate v. to argue or plead with someone against something, object toIn a debate, each side remonstrates with the other to sway the decision.

  • repudiate v. to disown, reject, or deny the validity of

  • resilient adj. able to recover quicklyPeople who take care of their bodies by exercising, eating healthy foods, and getting plenty of sleep are usually more resilient than those who dont practice healthy habits when battling illness.

  • reverberate v. re-echo, resoundsyn. echoOur voices reverberated through the canyon.

  • scurrilous adj. foul-mouthed, coarsely abusivesyn. obscene, filthySchool is not an appropriate place for scurrilous language or behavior; in fact, I cant really think of a place that is!

  • sedulous adj. persistentsyn. tirelessThe tortoise never would have won if he hadnt been so sedulous.

  • sleazy adj. thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputableCat-calling and other forms of harassment are generally considered sleazy behavior.As the fashion designer sewed, the sleazy material fell apart in her hands; she should have spent money on the higher quality fabric!