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  1. Vocabulary Level EUnit 12

  2. abjure Confederate soldiers abjure allegiance to the South and vow to support the Union. “I denounce these proceedings. I quit this court!” The Crucible

  3. Abjure • (v.) to renounce, repudiate under oath; to avoid; shun • Synonyms – forswear, retract, recant, abstain from • Antonyms – affirm, avow, profess

  4. august Caesar Augustus Alps The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

  5. August • (adj.) majestic, inspiring admiration and respect • Synonyms – stately, dignified, exalted, venerable • Antonyms – humble, base, mean, lowly abject

  6. callous Hit and run Literally tough skinned

  7. Callous • (adj.) emotionally hardened, unfeeling • Synonyms – insensitive, unsympathetic, thick-skinned • Antonyms – sensitive, compassionate, tenderhearted

  8. elated

  9. Elated • (adj.) in high spirits, jubilant; extremely pleased • Synonyms – overjoyed, ecstatic, tickled pink • Antonyms – depressed, crestfallen, despondent, blue

  10. inveterate Senator Ted Kennedy Long-standing Massachusetts senator

  11. Inveterate • (adj.) firmly established, long-standing; habitual • Synonyms – persistent, chronic, dyed-in-the-wool • Antonyms – sporadic, intermittent, occasional

  12. irrelevant Are you happily married? Were you popular in high school? Are your parents divorced? Are you close with your siblings? Job interview

  13. Irrelevant • (adj.) not to the point, not applicable or pertinent • Synonyms – inapplicable, immaterial, beside the point • Antonyms – pertinent, material, apropos

  14. quiescent

  15. Quiescent • (adj.) inactive; at rest • Synonyms – still, inert, motionless, dormant, tranquil • Antonyms – active, thriving, lively, bustling, volatile

  16. ruminate

  17. Ruminate • (v.) to meditate, think about at length; to chew the cud • Synonyms – ponder, reflect, mull over, muse

  18. trenchant Trenchant arguments for not smoking or drinking and driving. Cancerous lung Burned in a drunk driving accident

  19. Trenchant • (adj.) incisive, keen; forceful, effective; cutting, caustic; distinct, clear-cut • Synonyms – penetrating cutting, telling acute • Antonyms – dull, bland, insipid, vapid, imperceptive

  20. acrid

  21. clandestine Secret love

  22. platitude • If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. • Whatever!!! • Get a life. • Pack a wallop • Who died and left you boss? • Too big for his britches • I have a bone to pick with you.

  23. compunction

  24. conflagration

  25. indelible Vivid memory Permanent marker

  26. Indelible • (adj.) not able to be erased or removed; memorable • Synonyms – lasting, permanent, unforgettable • Antonyms – erasable, impermanent

  27. indulgent Indulge bulge Self indulgent Indulgent parents

  28. nocturnal

  29. quell

  30. tacit

  31. tangible