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Vocabulary Unit 8. Culpable - ADJ. Deserving blame Suspects cannot be held unless there is reasonable evidence that they are culpable. Cursory – ADJ, ADV. Done with haste and little attention to detail Many teenagers only do a cursory cleaning of their bedrooms. Debilitate - Verb.

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culpable adj
Culpable - ADJ
  • Deserving blame
  • Suspects cannot be held unless there is reasonable evidence that they are culpable.
cursory adj adv
Cursory – ADJ, ADV
  • Done with haste and little attention to detail
  • Many teenagers only do a cursory cleaning of their bedrooms.
debilitate verb
Debilitate - Verb
  • Weaken; enfeeble
  • Diseases debilitate many people in Africa who don’t have adequate nutrition and lack of access to modern medicine.
decorum noun
Decorum - Noun
  • Orderliness and good taste in manners
  • The senior prom gave the usually rowdy Jack a chance to show us he could behave with decorum.
degradation noun
Degradation - Noun
  • Humiliation; degeneration
  • The deliberate degradation of the prisoners of war is prohibited under the Geneva Convention.
deplore verb
Deplore - Verb
  • Regret; disapprove of
  • Many people deplore the showing of extreme violence on television.
depravity noun
Depravity - Noun
  • Extreme corruption; wickedness
  • War often brings out the most extreme forms of depravity in human beings, such as use of torture.
deprecate verb
Deprecate - Verb
  • Express disapproval of; belittle
  • After the principal deprecated the new teacher in front of her class, the students lost their respect for him.
deride verb
Deride - Verb
  • Ridicule; make fun of
  • Some people deride the study of art as a waste of time.
derivative noun
Derivative - Noun
  • Unoriginal; derived from another source
  • Critics agree that the new novel is merely derivative, offering nothing new in either style or content.
deterrent noun
Deterrent - Noun
  • Something that discourages
  • The library’s policy of allowing students to take out only one book at a time is a deterrent to reading.
digression noun
Digression - Noun
  • Wandering away from the subject
  • Avoid digressions when you are writing an essay; teachers expect your writing to be focused and free of irrelevant information.