Vocabulary 2011-2012

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palatable

agreeable to the taste, or agreeable to the mind or feelings, acceptable

cajole

persuade by pleasant words, flattery, or false promises, coax

contempt

the feeling that a person, act, or thing is low or worthless

boisterous

noisy, cheerful

precarious

uncertain, unsafe, dangerous, risky

ensconce

shelter safely, hide

acute

sharp and intense

delectable

very pleasing, delightful

malevolent

wishing evil to happen to others

dilapidated

falling to pieces, partly ruined or decayed through neglect

obstinate

not giving in, stubborn

vehement

having or showing strong feeling

narcissistic

excessively self-centered, excessively vain

ignominious

shameful, dishonorable

pensive

thoughtful in a serious or sad way

procure

to obtain through special effort

ostracize

to exclude from the group

scrupulous

very careful to do waht is right

pragmatic

dealing with things sensibly and realistically

admonish

to caution, advise, or counsel against something; scold

pernicious

causing great harm or damage; injurious

permeate

to diffuse through or penetrate something

plethora

excessive amount; overabundance

prattle

to talk in a foolish or simple-minded way; babble

ponderous

heavy and clumsy; dull and tiresome

debacle

a sudden downfall or collapse; disaster

impervious

resistant, not permitting penetration or passage

berate

scold sharply

meander

to wander aimlessly; to ramble

voracious

excessively eager unable to be satisfied

magnanimous

generous in forgiving an insult or injury

chortle

to chuckle or snort with glee

ostentatious

designed to attract notice; done for display

visceral

related to deep, inward feeling

acquiesce

to comply or agree without protest

guile

the use of tricks to deceive someone

vex

annoy, frustrate or worry

bane

a cause of great distress or annoyance

vapid

offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging

innocuous

harmless

ludicrous

amusingly absurd; ridiculous

pusillanimous

showing lack of courage or determination; cowardly

virulent

very poisonous, deadly

indolent

slothful and lazy

enigma

a person or thing that is mysterious

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