Elite Vocab AB 926-950

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gape

v. to open wide; to stare with the mouth open

android

n. an automaton that resembles a human being

conventional

adj. following ordinary practice; unoriginal

stricture

n. a restraint or limit

turgid

adj. swollen, as from fluid; excessively ornate or complex in style

philander

n. of a man, to engage in sexual affairs, esp. casually

formidable

adj. inspiring fear or dread

malignant

adj. very harmful; threatening death; cancerous (of a tumor)

encumber

v. to burden or weigh down

suffrage

n. the right to vote

fictitious

adj. not real; false

ruse

n. an action or device intended to deceive

prosperity

n. wealth; good fortune

incapacitate

adj. to make unable to function in normal activities; disable

decapitate

v. to cut off the head

eerie

adj. causing inexplicable fear for uneasiness, oft. because of an apparently supernatural origin

discursive

adj. covering a wide range of subjects; rambling

prevail

v. to triumph over; to be or become most common

ingratiate

v. to bring oneself into another's favor or good graces by conscious effort

hoodwink

v. to deceive; to mislead

chasm

n. a large gap

nexus

n. a connection or intersection

denigrate

v. to disgrace a reputation; to blacken; to belittle

cache

n. a hiding place for storage of provisions or valuables

reimburse

v. to repay

stymie

v. to obstruct; to stump

uproarious

adj. extremely funny

encompass

v. to surround; to include

modicum

n. a small quantity

unconscionable

adj. beyond reason; not restrained by conscience

procrustean

adj. showing merciless disregard for individual differences or special circumstances

serendipity

n. unexpected gift or discovery

callow

adj. inexperienced; not developed; immature

balm

n. anything healing or soothing

tarry

v. to delay; to linger

detract

v. to take away a desirable part; to diminish

rectify

v. to set right; to correct

aggravate

v. to worsen

cavil

v. to argue in a petty fashion; make trifling objections

traverse

v. to travel over or through

thespian

adj. relating to drama; n. an actor

medium

n. a method or way of expressing something

quizzical

adj. puzzled, questioning

dexterous

adj. skillful with the hands or mind

philology

n. literary study, esp. as it involves the editing of texts and the history of languages

cacophony

n. a harsh, jarring sound

consternation

n. a sudden feeling of anxiety, shock, or confusion

veneer

n. an attractive, ultimately misleading outward show; thin layer

salacious

adj. lustful; obscene

nemesis

n. one who inflicts justified or great punishment; a source of harm or ruin

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