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VPP lessons 1-4

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meticulous
adj. extremely, sometimes excessively, careful about small details; precise
abet
v. to assist or encourage, especially in wrong doing
argot
n. special words or phrases used by a specific group of people
motley
adj. made up of dissimilar parts; being of many colors
appease
v. to calm; to make satisfied
intrepid
adj without fear; brave
gauche
adk. lacking social graces; tactless
jaundiced
adj. prejudiced; hostile
candid
adj. outspoken; blunt
erudite
adj. a scholarly; learned
temerity
n. recklessness; a foolish disregard of danger
mercenary
n.. a professional soldier hired by a foreign army
furtive
adj. stealthy; secretive
castigate
v. to criticize or punish severely
libation
n. a drink especially an alcoholic one
concur
v. to be of the same opinions; to agree with
apathy
n. lack of interest; state of not caring
expunge
v. to erase or eliminate
copious
adj. numerous; large in quantity
bigot
n one who is intolerant of differences in others
negligence
n. careless neglect, often resulting in injury
strident
adj. harsh sounding; grating
ostracize
v. to banish; to shut out from a group or society
banter
n. teasing; playful comversation
jingoism
n. extreme, chauvinistic patriotism, often favoring an aggressive, warlike foreign policy
emaciated
adj. extremely thin; wasted away
demagogue
n. a leader who appeals to citizens' emotions to obtain power
irascible
adj. easily angered
connoisseur
n. an expert in matters of culture food or wine
dogmatic
adj. arrogant and stubborn about one's beliefs
heresy
n. the crime of holding a belief that goes against established doctrine
condone
v. to forgive to overlook an offense
destitute
adj. extremely poor; lacking necessities like food and shelter
coerce
v. to force by using pressure, intimidation, or threats
insipid
adj. lacking flavor; dull; not at all stimulating
jettison
v. to cast overboard; to discard
bacchanalian
adj. wild and drunken
avarice
n. greed; desire for wealth
ignominy
n. public shame, disgrace, or dishonor
jaunty
adj. having a buoyant, self confident air; brisk ad crisp
dilettante
n. one who merely dabbles in an art or science
divulge
v. to tell to reveal
dilemma
n. a choice between two unpleasant or difficult options
extraneous
adj. inessential; not constituting a vital part
docile
adj. easy to teach or manage
ambivalent
adj. having opposing attitudes or feelings toward a person, thing, or idea; unable to decide
anathema
n. a hated repellant person or thing---a formal curse
demure
adj. quite and modest; reserved
extradite
v. to turn over or deliver to the legal jurisdiction of another government or authority
officious
adj. excessively eager to deliver unasked for unwanted help
gregarious
adj. sociable; fond of the company of others
credence
n. belief or trust
bastion
n. a strong defense or fort
cynical
adj. doubtful of distrustful of goodness or sincerity of human motives
chaos
n. complete disorder
augment
v. to enlarge; to increase in amount or intensity
nuance
n. a slight or subtle degree of difference
enigma
n. a mystery; something seemingly inexplicable
cult
n. an organized group of people with an obsessive devotion to a person or set of principles
culmination
n. the highest point of attainment; the end or climax

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