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Mattox vocab

adulterate

to make impure by adding lesser substances; to corrupt.

animosity

harsh feelings, enmity, resentment, hatred

apocryphal

of doubtful origin or authenticity, not genuine

avarice

greed for wealth

coalesce

to merge, to fuse, to join, or to unite

collaborate

to work together

cryptic

mysterious, secret

desultory

jumping around, aimless, random

dissipation

wasteful spending, squandering

edifying

instructing and improving spiritually or morally

equivocate

to attempt to lie, to mislead, or to hide the truth

espousing

marrying, giving ones loyalty; adopting or embracing a cause

hedonist

one who seeks pleasure as the sole aim in life

indefatigable

tireless, incapable of being fatigued

interminable

having or seeming to have no end, wearisomely protracted

naive

unsophisticated; inexperienced

parody

humorous or ridiculous imitation

peripheral

on the edge, not important

portent

a sign or forewarning

prodigious

extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree, great in size, enormous

profane

showing contempt toward sacred things

respite

a rest, a delay, a period of relief

sordid

filthy, foul

surfeited

fed or supplied to excess

trifling

not significant, frivolous

allure

to influence, sway, or entice with some tempting appeal

apathy

a lack of concern or feeling, indifference

auspicious

favorable

caricature

a portrayal where features are distorted, a parody

cordial

courteous and gracious; friendly; warm

cosmopolitan

dealing with the whole world

deplore

to regret deeply or strongly;to feel or to express deep grief for

discrepant

disagreeing, inconsistent

ecstasy

extreme happiness

empathy

understanding or identification with another's feelings or situation

equivocal

ambiguous (usually intended to mislead)

expeditious

done with speed and efficiency

galvanize

to stimulate or to excite as if by an electric shock

implacable

incapable of being appeased

inimitable

not able to be imitated

mutability

the degree to which something is subject and likely to change

odious

deserving hate or contempt

parochial

limited in range or scope, narrow, provincial

penchant

a strong inclination

ponderous

very heavy, unwisely from weight

protract

to prolong

replete

filled to capacity, abundantly supplied

soporific

something that tends to cause sleep and to dull awareness or alertness

strident

loud and harsh sound

treachery

violation of faith; betrayal of trust; treason

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