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Spelling Vocabulary Review

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skepticism
doubting attitude; doubt, disbelief, uncertainty
prudent
wise, cautious, sensible
eulogizing
highly praising in song, speech, or writing
marginal
on the borderline; minimal
malediction
a curse of hex; wishing something or someone ill
sundry
various and diverse, miscellaneous, several
hospitable
showing friendliness and kindness to guests and strangers; open; receptive
orchestrate
to arrange or coordinate to achieve a result
indispensable
essential; not to be done without
supplicant
one who requests something in a submissive way
luminous
glowing with radiant light; easily understood
engulf
to envelope entirely; inundate; devour
exodus
the departure of a large number of people; escape; evacuation
criterion
a benchmark or standard on which a judgement is based
capitalist
a believer in private of corporate ownership of business with prices determined by competition in a free market; business investor
impartially
done in a fair mannerl without bias or prejudice; fairly
integrity
moral strength; honesty
limpid
clear; transparent, calm and unruffled
bourgeois
the middle class; usually associated with conventional beliefs and values, such as materialism; in Marxist (communist) theory, capitalists involved in a class struggle with the proletariat; lacking refinement in the arts or social graces
lustrous
glossy and shining
humane
showing sympathy and consideration for other human beings or for anumals; humanitarian, benevolent
paradoxical
puzzling or contradictory; yet often true
proletariat
the working class; unskilled labor, having little money or goods
dissembling
disguising one's real motives, feelings, or nature; pretending
plausible
apparently true, believable, likely
asylum
shelter; protection, sanctuary, place of refuge
imperialist
an advocate of the policy of dominating other nations by acquiring their land or making them economically dependentl acduisitive
mockery
ridicule, contempt, derision; someone or something to be laughed at; ridiculing pretense; impertinent imitation; burlesque; travesty
cherish
to value deeply; to treasure, to care for tenderly; to show deep affection
propitious
indicating favorable conditions; well-times
liberate
to set at liberty; to release from imprisonment or bondage; free, release
lapse
to come to an end; to cease being in force; stop; terminate; to fall, slip, sink
saunter
to walk along in an idle or leisurely manner; stroll
introspective
contemplating one's inner thoughts and feelings; thoughtful; pensive
embodiment
ideal symbol or representation
tranquil
free from agitation or disturbance, calm, peaceful, serene
breach
violation, infraction, break
dissonance
discord; disagreeable combination of sounds
contending
struggling against an opponent or opposite belief; wrestling; stating in a discussion or written piece
commemerate
serve as a reminder, honor, memoralize
affliction
anything causing continued pain or suffering
celebratory
obxerved with special rituals; festive
tantalize
to torment by the sight; show or promise of a desired thing kept just beyond one's reach; tease
somnolence
an atmosphere causing sleepiness or drowsiness
eclecticism
a style or system of choosing what seems best from various sources; a belief in such a system
desultory
without apparent purpose;aimless; disconnected
countenance
expression on a person's face that shows feelings or character; visage; appearance; encouragement, support, sanction
exhort
to urge strongly by making an appeal, by criticizing, or by giving advice
wretched
hatefully contemptible, despicable, mean; characterized by distress or misery; dismal; miserable
frivolities
silly things not worthy of serious attention
hideous
horribly ugly, repulsive, frightful
laureate
someone honored for achievement in art or science
reactionary
reacting to political issues with extreme conservatism; right-wing; ultraconservative
despise
to look down on with contempt, scorn, disdain, loathe
reflection
act of thinking; serious thought on a subject; meditation, thought; idea; opinion
malignantly
in a deliberate manner; wth intense ill will; maliciously; spiteful
accordance
agreement, compliance, conformity
replete
well-supplied, full
ineffectual
not effective, useless, fruitless
detestable
deserving to be intensely disliked; hateful; abdominable; loathsome

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