Vocab for college B Ch1-4

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beneficence

Doing good or causing good to be done; kindly action

philanthropy

love of humanity, especially as shown in donations to charitable and socially useful causes

bounty

generosity evidenced by a willingness to give freely

succor

assistance in time of difficulty

proffer

to present for acceptance

ameliorate

to make better

rectitude

uprightness as a consequence of being honorable and honest

compassion

a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering

chaste

pure and simple in design or style

prudent

showing wise self-restraint in speech and behavior especially in preserving prudent silence

politic

smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication

civilty

Courteous behavior; politeness

responsive

readily reacting to suggestions and influences

promptitude

the characteristic of doing things without delay

alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

scintillation

the twinkling of the stars caused when changes in the density of the earth's atmosphere produce uneven refraction of starlight

sagacity

ability to make good judgments

oracular

obscurely prophetic

prescience

the power to foresee the future

frugal

avoiding waste

particularity

the power to foresee the future, the quality of being particular and pertaining to a specific case or instance

beatitude

a state of supreme happiness

blithe

carefree and happy and lighthearted

gambol

gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement

ebullition

an unrestrained expression of emotion

rapt

wholly absorbed as in thought

convivial

festive, sociable, having fun together, genial

amiable

agreeable; lovable; warmly friendly

sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

regale

provide with choice or abundant food or drink

windfall

a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money)

jubilee

a special anniversary (or the celebration of it)

heyday

the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

huzza

loud shout of joy

humdrum

tediously repetitious or lacking in variety

apathy

the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally

ennui

the feeling of being bored by something tedious

disconsolate

sad beyond comforting

dolor

Mental suffering of anguish

somber

grave or even gloomy in character

qualm

uneasiness about the fitness of an action

pother

an excited state of agitation

discompose

disturb the composure of; confuse

appall

To fill with dismay or horror, shock

consternation

fear resulting from the awareness of danger

tremulous

(of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear

wroth

angry

crabbed

sour; bad-tempered; peevish;

rancor

a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

rankle

to cause continuing anger or irritation

acrimony

a sharp and bitter manner

antipathy

a feeling of intense dislike

seethe

be in an agitated emotional state

huff

a state of irritation or annoyance

bluster

blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully; speak in a noisy or bullying manner; CF. breeze, gust, gale

rant

talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner

tirade

a speech of violent denunciation

wrangle

an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)

bicker

a quarrel about petty points

pommel

strike, usually with the fist

thwack

to strike or beat with something flat.

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