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decry

(di'-cry')
(v.) to criticize openly


The kind video rental clerk -decried- the policy of charging customers late fees.
abjure

(ab-jur')
(v.) to reject, renounce


To prove his honesty, the president
-abjured- the evil policies of his wicked predecessor.
defile

(di'-file')
(v.) to make unclean, impure



She -defiled- the calm of the religious building by playing her banjo.
abrogate

(ab'ra-gate)
(v.) to abolish, usually by authority


The Bill of Rights assures that the government cannot -abrogate- our right to a free press
adumbrate

(ad'um-brate; a-dum'-brate)
(v.) to sketch out in a vague way

The coach -adumbrated- a game plan, but none of the players knew precisely what to do.
arrogate

(ar'a-gate)
(v.) to take without justification


The king -arrogated- the right to order executions to himself exclusively.
deprecate

(dep'ri-kate')
(v.) to belittle, depreciate


Always overly modest, he -deprecated- his contribution to the local charity.
blandish

(blan'-dish)
(v.) to coax by using flattery; cajole


Rachel’s assistant tried to -blandish- her into accepting the deal.
extol

(ex'-tol)
(v.) to praise highly, revere


Violet -extolled- the virtues of a vegetarian diet to her meat-loving brother.
deride

(di'-ride')
(v.) to laugh at mockingly, scorn


The bullies -derided- the foreign student’s accent.
pontificate


(pon-tiff'-i-cate)
(v.) - to speak in pompous/dogmatic way



He was always -pontificating- on the wisdom and virtue of being a vegetarian.
burnish

(bur'-nish)
(v.) to polish, shine



His mother asked him to -burnish- the silverware before setting the table.)
cajole

(ka-jole')
(v.) to urge, coax


Fred’s buddies -cajoled- him into attending the bachelor party.
desecrate

(desi'-crate')
(v.) to violate the sacredness of a thing or place

They feared that the construction of a golf course would -desecrate- the preserved wilderness.
dissemble

(dis-sem'-ble)
(v.) to conceal, fake; make a false showing, feign

Not wanting to appear heartlessly greedy, she -dissembled- and hid her intention to sell her ailing father’s stamp collection.
dither

(dith'-ur)
(v.) to be "nervously" indecisive

Not wanting to offend either friend, he -dithered- about which of the two birthday parties he should attend.
eschew

(es-chew')
(v.) to shun, avoid



George hates the color green so much that he -eschews- all green food.
evince

(ee-vince')
(v.) to show clearly, reveal


Christopher’s hand-wringing and nail-biting -evince- how nervous he is about the upcoming English test.
enervate

(en'er-vate')
(v.) to weaken, exhaust

Writing these sentences -enervates- me so much that I will have to take a nap after I finish.
exculpate

(ek'skol-pate; ek-shul'-pate)
(v.) to free from guilt or blame, exonerate

My discovery of the ring behind the dresser -exculpated- me from the charge of having stolen it.
expiate

(ek'spee'-ate)
(v.) to make amends for, atone


To -expiate- my selfishness, I gave all my profits to charity.
expunge

(ik-sponge')
(v.) to obliterate, eradicate

Fearful of an IRS investigation, Paul tried to -expunge- all incriminating evidence from his tax files.
squander

(squan' der)
(v.) 1-to spend extravagantly or foolishly;2-to cause to disperse; 3-to lose an advantage

By -squandering- his fortune in his youth he also -squandered- any chance for a comfortable rertirement.
declaim

(di'-claim')
(v.) to speak in a dramatic pompous way


-Declaiming- that you are not coming home if we do not raise your allowance still won't make us do so.
hector

(heck'-ter)
(v.) To intimidate or dominate in a blustering or bullying way; browbeat

The new teacher was -hectoring- the students in such an annoying manner that the parents went to the principle.
skulk


(skul'K)
(v.) to move about in a stealthy or sinister manner; to slink
(n.) = a group of foxes

-Skulking- a full day through the forest, he finally caught up with the wounded deer.
muster


(mus'-ter)
(v.) to summon, collect, or gather together

[(n.) = a group of peacocks; or the collection of mustered people]

The troops -mustered- every morning.
equivocate
(eh-quiv'-a-cate')
(v.) To use evasive or deliberately vague language; to stray from full truthfulness or sincerity

Stop equivocating and give us a yes or no answer, now!