Vocabulary List 6

vehement – urgent; passionate
assuage – to soothe; to pacify; to ease the pain of; to relieve
prudent – careful; having foresight
authoritarian – like a dictator
contrite – deeply apologetic; remorseful
recalcitrant – stubbornly defiant of authority or control
tenacious – tough; hard to defeat

Vocabulary List 7

animated – alive; moving
nostalgia – a sentimental longing for the past; homesickness
venerate – to revere; to treat as something holy, especially because of great age
vilify – to say vile things about; to defame
indifferent – not caring one way or the other; mediocre; lacking a preference; neutral
revere – to worship; to honor (think of a reverend)
denounce – to speak out against; to condemn

Vocabulary List 8

disdain – arrogant scorn; contempt
diverse – varied
pious – reverent or devout; outwardly ( and sometimes falsely ) reverent or devout
virulent – extremely poisonous; malignant; full of hate
contempt – reproachful disdain
deter – to prevent; to stop; to keep from doing something
banal – unoriginal; ordinary

Vocabulary List 9

deride – to ridicule; to laugh at contemptuously
rigorous – strict; harsh; severe
conspicuous – standing out; obvious
volition – will; conscious choice
disparage – to belittle; to say uncomplimentary things about; usually in a somewhat
indirect way
languish – to become weak, listless, or depressed
exemplary – outstanding; setting a great example

Vocabulary List 10

relegate – to banish; to send away
uniform – consistent; unchanging; the same for everyone
condescend – to stoop to someone else’s level, usually in an offensive way; to patronize
indolence – laziness
congenial – agreeably suitable; pleasant
ameliorate – to make better or more tolerable
credulous – believing; gullible