World Literature Vocabulary Unit 4

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affiliated
associated, connected

I am very closely affiliated to the organization because my mom is the president of the company that runs it.

ascertain
determine

It was difficult to ascertain the correct answer to the test question because the directions were very unclear.

attainment
achievement

If you do not do any practice problems, it will be very difficult to attain your goal of getting an A+ in the class.

bequeath
bestow

When the grandmother died, she bequeathed her land to her daughter, who later built a farm on it.

cogent
persuasive

A cogent essay will provide many facts and examples to support the topic.

converge
merge

Soon before the football game began, the tailgaters converged toward the stadium.

disperse
to scatter in various directions

When I dropped the water balloon, the rubber broke, and the water dispersed in various directions.

esteem
1. respect
2. a highly favorable opinion or judgement

When the girl met the athlete she most esteemed, she tried to hold back tears of joy.

expunge
obliterate, delete

After they determined the man was innocent, they expunged his criminal record.

finite
limited

When there was a finite supply of food, it was important that people ate only when absolutely necessary.

invulnerable
immune

Wearing a bulletproof vest allows one to be invulnerable to being wounded from gunshots.

malevolent
sinister

Hitler was a malevolent dictator who wished to harm the Jews.

nonchalant
1. casually unconcerned
2. blasè

She tends to be nonchalant about sports because she doesn’t care about the outcome of the games.

omniscient
all knowing

The little girl thinks she is omniscient and gets angry whenever someone tells her they do not agree with her ideas.

panacea
cure-all

A panacea for a broken heart is ice cream because it makes one feel better.

scrupulous
1. meticulous
2. less frequently used

When writing papers, I am scrupulous about my grammar because I believe that it will help me earn a high grade.

skulk
lurk

When I pulled in my driveway, I was frightened by a burglar skulking right outside my house.

supercilious
snobbish

He may be an important, wealthy figure in the community, but he is not well liked because of his supercilious attitude toward his coworkers.

uncanny
spooky

I find it uncanny that you predicted the events in the new TV episode before the premiere.

venial
forgivable

Ms. Miranda believes that MLA format is very important and does not consider it to be a venial mistake.

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