Vocab 1

Acquisitive

ADJ: Able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property

Arrogate

V: To claim or take without right

Banal

ADJ: Hackneyed, trite, commonplace

Belabor

V: To work on excessively; to thrash soundly

Carping

ADJ: Tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way; N: petty, nagging criticism

Coherent

ADJ: Holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful

Congeal

V: To change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid

Emulate

V: To imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model

Encomium

N: A formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute

Eshew

V: To avoid, shun, keep away from

Germane

ADJ: Relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting

Insatiable

ADJ: So great or demanding so as not to be satisfied

Intransigent

ADJ: Refusing to compromise, irreconcilable

Invidious

ADJ: Offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment

Largesse

N: Generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributors

Reconnaissance

N: A survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination

Substantiate

V: To establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to

Taciturn

ADJ: Habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little

Temporize

V: To stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise

Tenable

ADJ: Capable of being held or defended