First Quarter Vocab

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ad infinitum

to infinity; carried on endlessly

antiquated

that which has grown old and is no longer valued

adjourn

to suspend or break off a session or meeting often to a later stated time

armistice

stop in fighting; temporary peace; truce

agitate

disturb or excite very much

antecedent

be or happen before; precede

antechamber

a smaller room that serves as an entry to a larger room; a waiting room

asylum

refuge; shelter

allay

diminish or diminish or end; to quiet or lay to rest; alleviate

ameliorate

make better or more tolerable; improve

bona fide

"in good faith" or genuine

benign

not harmful

baffle

totally bewilder; confuse or frustrate

bauble

a trinket

braggart

a person who brags; a boastful person

buffoon

a ridiculous but amusing person; a clown or fool

bravado

boldness intended to intimidate or impress; a swaggering display of courage

bibliophile

one who loves books

breach

The violation of official duty, lawful right, or a legal obligation.

banal

commonplace

carpe-diem

seize the day; make the most of your time

cede

to give up title to; surrender possession of; yield

caustic

able to burn or corrode by chemical action; scathingly sarcastic

chastise

reprimand severely

coerce

to force an unwilling person to do something through force or threats

compulsory

required by a law or rule; obligatory

concur

agree; happen at the same time

conduit

a pipe or channel for conveying fluids, such as water; a tube or duct for enclosing electric wires; a means to transmit something

connubial

relating to marriage or the married state; conjugal

chagrin

keen vexation, annoyance, or mortification, as at one's failures or errors

deus ex machina

an unexpected power or event saving a seemingly hopeless situation, esp. as a contrived plot device in a play, novel, or short story

daunting

intimidating; causing one to lose courage; dismaying

dearth

a lack; scarcity

debacle

a disastrous failure; disruption

deft

skillful; capable

desolate

deserted; dreary; lifeless; barren

diaphanous

light, airy, transparent

didactic

intended to instruct or teach

dither

a state of indecisive agitation

dour

very severe, stern, or gloom

ergo

therefore

edict

an official proclamation or decree

edify

to build up or strengthen morally or intellectually

emaciate

to make or become extremely thin, especially as the result of starvation

enumerate

to name one by one; count out

epitaph

an inscription on a tomb or monument in honor or in memory of the dead

epicure

person with refined taste in food and wine

erudite

having or showing knowledge or learning

egress

an exit; a means of going out

euphemism

the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt

semper fidelis

always faithful

futile

pointless

feint

a deceptive or pretended attacking movement; especially in fencing or boxing

fissure

long, narrow split or crack

foible

minor weakness or failing of character

florid

flushed with red; also, excessively ornate.

fortuitous

happening by lucky chance; fortunate

frugal

sparing, thrifty, economical as regards money or food

fidelity

continuing faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief

flagrant

openly scandalous or shocking

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