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Glossary of Composition I - Vocabulary - Unit 1

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Acquisitive
Able to get or retain ideas or information; concerned with aquiring wealth or property
Arrogate
To clain or take without right
Banal
Hackneyed, trite, commenplace
Belabor
To work on excessively, to thrash soundly
Carping
Tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way.
Petty, nagging criticism
Coherent
Holding or sticking together, making a logical whole, comprehensible, meaningful
Congeal
To change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid.
Emulate
To imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
Encomium
A formal expression of praise; a lavish tribute
Eschew
To avoid, shun, keep away from
Germane
Relevent, appropriate, fitting
Insatiable
So great or demanding as not to be satisfied
Intransigent
Refusing to cooperate; irreconcilable
Invidious
Offensive, hatefule; tenting to cause bitterness
Largesse
Generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions
Reconnaissance
A survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination
Substantiate
To establish by evidence, rpove; to give concrete or substantial form to
Taciturn
Habitually silent; talk very little
Temporize
To stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid confrentation, or postpone a decision; to compromise
Tenable
Capable of being held or defended

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