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Vocabulary Workshop Unit 2

Term Definition
ameliorate to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming
aplomb poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity
bombastic pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas
callow without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers
drivel saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or the nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense;
to let saliva flow from the mouth; to utter nonsense or childish twaddle; to waste or fritter away foolishly
epitome a summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a greater reality
exhort to urge strongly, advise earnestly
ex officio by virtue of holding a certain office
infringe to violate, trespass, go beyond recognized bounds
ingratiate to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others(sometimes used in a critical or derogatory sense)
interloper one who moves in where he or she is not wanted or has no right to be, an intruder
intrinsic belonging to someone or something by its very nature, essential, inherent; originating in a bodily organ or part
inveigh to make a violent attack in words, express strong disapproval
lassitude weariness of body or mind, lack of energy
millennium a period of one thousand years; a period of great joy
occult secret, hidden from view; not detectable by ordinary means; mysterious, magical, uncanny; to hide, cover up; eclipse; matters involving the supernatural
permeate to spread through, penetrate, soak through
precipitate to fall as moisture; to bring about suddenly; to hurl down from great height; to give distinct form to; characterized by excessive haste; moisture; the product of an action or process
stringent strict, severe; rigorously or urgently binding or compelling; sharp or bitter to the taste
surmise to think or believe without certain supporting evidence; to conjecture or guess; likely idea that lacks definite proof