Vocabulary unit #1

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Section 1

Question Answer
ambiguous(adj.) having more than one meaning; unclear, uncertain.
apathy(n) a lack of concern or feeling; indifference.
blasphemous (adj) irreverent; profane
bootlegger(n) someone who makes, sells, or transports alcohol illegally
Complacency(n) the state of being self-satisfied; smugness.
Congenial(adj) agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character
criticism(n) the expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes OR the analysis and judgement of the merits and faults of a literary or artistic work.
dejected(adj) depressed in spirits; disheartened
doldrums (n) a state or period of stagnation or depression
explicitly (adv) fully and clearly expressed or demonstrated; leaving nothing merely implied; unequivocal (antonym= implicitly)

Section 2

Question Answer
ferret(v) to search out, discover, or bring to light (often followed by out)
futility(n) pointlessness or uselessness. ALSO: futile (adj)
implicitly(adv) in a way that is not directly expressed; tacitly
insurmountable (adj) incapable of being overcome
myriad (adj) of an indefinitely great number; innumerable
negligible(adj) so small, trigling, or unimportant that it may safely be neglected or disregarded
pander (v) gratify or indulge (an immoral or distasteful desire, need, or habit or a person with such a desire, etc)
Prohibition(n) the period (1920-1933) when alcohol was illegal in the United States

Section 3

Question Answer
solipsism(n) extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires. etc.; egoistic self absorption
transcend (v) to go beyond or rise above

Section 4

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