English Honors Vocabulary 1 & 2

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acrimonious

marked by hard or biting sharpness, especially of words, manner, or disposition

ambiguous

doubtful or uncertain, especially from obscurity or indistinctness; inexplicable; capable of being understood in more then one way

bellicose

showing readiness to quarrel or fight

bovine

related to or resembling the ox or cow; both sluggish and patient.---(n.) an ox or closely related animal

bucolic

rustic, rural, pastoral

burgeon

to put forth, to sprout---(n.) a bud, a sprout

burnish

to polish, to make shiny by rubbing.---(n.) a gloss or polish

cadaver

a corpse or dead body, especially of a person

callow

undeveloped, inexperienced, imature

candid

sincere, honest, impartial

captious

intended to entrap or confuse; quibbling, carping, faultfinding

carp

to talk in a peevish, grumbling or accusing way; to find fault pettily or unfairly; cavil.--- (n.) a fresh water fish

castigate

to punish, chastise, or rebuke

chagrin

vexation, disappointment, mortification, embarrassment

chimerical

imaginary, fantastic, unreal, absurd, impossible

clandestine

secret, hidden, underhanded, surreptitious

copse

a thicket of small trees

corroborate

to support with evidence or authority; to make more certain

crass

grossly stupid; dull; coarse; gross

cloistered

secluded; hidden from the world, usually religious seclusion

cursory

superficial, passing rapidly over something without attention to detail

debacle

an overthrow, a rout; a sudden great disaster; a breakdown or collapse

deciduous

shedding leaves annually; shedding antlers or insect wings

deleterious

harmful, injurious

dirge

a lament with music, a funeral hymn

dupe

to deceive, to cheat; a person easily fooled

ecclesiastical

of the church, or relating to the organization of the church or clergy

elliptical

resembling an ellipse or flattened circle; grammar; having a word or words omitted without being intelligible

enigma

a perplexing statement, matter or person; a riddle

enjoin

to order officially; to forbid or prohibit

ephemeral

lasting one day; short lived, transitory

epicure

a connoisseur of food and drink; a person devoted to luxury and sensuous pleasure

ethereal

reffering to the upper regions of space; light, airy, delicate, celestial

fallow

land plowed but not sowed; left uncultivated; when describing the mind, untrained, inactive

fealty

the duty and loyalty owed by a vassal to his lord

fetid

stinking, foully odorous

forensic

characteristic of or suitbale for a law court or public debate, referring to a lawyer skilled in this area

fortuitous

happening by chance, accidental, lucky

frugal

not wasteful, thrifty

gargoyle

a waterspout or ornament in the from of a carved animal--sometimes an imaginary one--projecting from the gutter of a building

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