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ADVANCING VOCABULARY SKILLS
interrogate a. to flow or spread through b. to question formally c. to hint or suggest formally
insidious a. well-timed b. having unlimited power c. working harmfully but not noticed
insinuate a. to prevent or hinder b. to flow or spread throughout c. to hint or suggest slyly
obsequious a. more harmful than at first thought b. very willing to serve or obey to gain favor c. having unlimited power
forestall a. to question formally b. to be unequal c. to prevent, hinder, or take precautions against
disparity a. an inequality or difference b. something given or done as a reward c. a sly hint or suggestion
opportune a. more harmful than realized b. suitable for that time c. all-powerful
complement a. to perform without practice b. to add to something what is needed or lacking c. to carry out as ordered
obtrusive a. undesirably noticeable b. prudent and wise c. extreme attention to details
intuition a. mocking or insulting remark b. something evil c. the ability to know something naturally
heinous a. able to keep silent about secrets b. very evil and cruel c. suggested but not stated
flout a. treat with scorn or contempt b. to carry out as ordered c. to bring to perfection
impromptu a. suggested but not stated directly b. noticeable, standing out c. spoken or done with no practice
implement a. to add what is lacking or needed b. to carry out c. to treat with scorn or contempt
fastidious a. extremely evil b. extremely focused on details c. prudent and wise
discreet a. keeping silent about secrets b. indirect meaning or idea c. smoothed out and exact
permeate a. given as a gift b. to flow or spread to all areas c. doing harm to others beneath one
retribution a. given as a reward or pay b. suitable; well-timed c. to hint or suggest slyly
inference a. a stated fact; spoken directly b. all-powerful c. drawn from evidence; an assumption
innuendo a. a good or encouraging sign b. one who is below another in rank c. an indirect remark, suggesting something
expedite a. to speed up or ease the progress of b. to restore to favor with superiors c. to sin or commit an offense
rebuke a. to break a law or rule b. to scold sharply c. to praise and raise up in position
vehement a. intense, forceful b. a good sign or action c. tell a lie, give false statements
fraudulent a. being a good sign b. using trickery or cheating or lies c. under the power of another
auspicious a. intense b. favorable c. inferior or below others
extenuating a. forceful or bossy b. all-powerful c. serving to make less harmful by excuse
transgress a. to sin and commit an offense or wrong b. to speed up or ease the progress of c. to restore to former rank or power
subordinate a. encouraging, helping b. intense c. under the power of another
redeem a. to scold or blame for actions b. to restore to favor by good conduct c. to break a law or command
turbulent a. of greatest concern or importance b. full of wildly irregular motion c. expressing a low opinion of self
macabre a. chief in rank or authority b. about to happen c. causing horror and disgust
quandary a. a lie invented to deceive others b. an uplifting statement c. a state of uncertainty or confusion
derogatory a. express a low opinion of b. about to happen, soon c. violently disturbed and upset
validate a. to prove true b. to prove false c. to misunderstand
misconstrue a. to invent a lie b. to show to be true c. to misinterpret
deride a. to show to be false or wrong b. to make fun of or ridicule c. to make up a story to deceive
fabricate a. to invent a lie b. to show to be true c. to ridicule
impending a. cause horror and disgust b. belittle and berate c. about to happen or begin
paramount a. necessary to cause change b. of greatest concern or importance c. frightening, scary
irreparable a. much too willing to help b. all-powerful c. cannot be changed or repaired
adroit a. skilled under challenging conditions b. lacking ability to perform duties c. a mark of shame due to poor performance
stigma a. a member of a group represented by an elected official b. a peak of achievement c. a blemish on a reputation
repudiate a. to claim to be true b. to deny the truth of c. to blemish a reputation
spontaneous a. done as a result of a natural feeling or impulse b. clever and well-spoken c. not able to be repaired or remedied
promiscuous a. skilled and expert under extreme conditions b. not forced or planned c. lacking standards for selection or conduct in sexual relations
pinnacle a. a peak of achievement b. a blemish on a career c. a remark that is overused and trite
constituent a. a pointed formation, especially a mountain peak b. a member of a group represented by an elected official c. a remark that is commonplace or overused
platitude a. a member of a group; a gangster b. a remark made boring by overuse c. a peak of achievement
contention a. a declaration of truth b. to deny the truth c. to repair or remedy
tumult a. the noisy disorder of a crowd b. the final high point of a story c. a prediction of the outcome of something
incapacitate a. to try to be like another b. to make unable or unfit, not able to do activity c. to scold severely
docile a. easy to handle or discipline b. irritating and hard to deal with c. easily imitated
abrasive a. tending to give into the power of others b. unfit to perform a duty c. rough, irritating, uneven
prognosis a. the noisy disorder of a group of people b. a prediction of the outcome of something c. the exact opposite of expected results
admonish a. to try to be like another b. to disable and harm greatly c. to scold mildly
antithesis a. final high point of a story b. exact opposite of another c. noisy, loud, irritating
culmination a. the exact opposite b. the final moment or high point c. a prediction of the outcome of something
emulate a. to disable or take out of service b. to scold sternly and at length c. to try to be like one looked up to
hierarchy a. prediction of the course, outcome, or fate of something b. highest point of degree or level c. persons or things arranged in a series by degree of importance
omnipotent a. much too willing to help b. all-powerful c. doing harm to others beneath one
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