English II Final - Vocabulary

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Chapters 7-12

flaccid

adj. flabby, limp

daunt

v. to discourage, dismay, intimidate

mesmerize

v. to hypnotize, spellbind, enthrall

peevish

adj. irritable, cross, fretful, querulous

prodigy

n. a marvel, wonder; a person with exceptional talent

tenet

n. a belief, dogma, doctrine

dolorous

adj. mournful, sorrowful, melancholy, lugubrious

fretful

adj. irritable, peevish, petulant, querulous

progeny

n. descendants, offspring

ambience

n. environment, milieu

cataclysm

n. a disaster, catastrophe, violent upheaval

demise

n. death

hinterland

n. backcountry, remote area, interior region

imbroglio

n. a predicament, confused situation, entanglement

miscreant

n. a villain, scoundrel, evildoer; an infidel, heretic

quaff

v. to drink deeply

choleric

adj. bad-tempered, irascible

dulcet

adj. sweet, melodious

obsequious

adj. fawning, servile

remunerate

v. to pay for, pay to

timorous

adj. fearful, timid, apprehensive

churlish

adj. rude, boorish, loutish

dilate

v. to widen, expand

hiatus

n. a gap, interruption, break

lassitude

n. weariness, lethargy, languor, listlessness

petulant

adj. irritable, peevish, ill-tempered

reverie

n. a daydream, fanciful musing

sagacious

adj. shrewd, astute, judicious, wise

dire

adj. fearful, calamitous, disastrous; extreme, urgent

ebullience

n. enthusiasm, exuberance, high spirits

hapless

adj. unlucky, unfortunate

inculcate

v. to instill, implant, teach earnestly

infinitesimal

adj. tiny, minute, immeasurably small

noxious

adj. harmful, injurious, destructive, deleterious, detrimental

parsimonious

adj. stingy, niggardly

potable

adj. drinkable, fit to drink

vociferous

adj. clamorous, boisterous, strident

abject

adj. wretched, humiliating; contemptible, despicable

blithe

adj. joyful, glad, cheerful; carefree, casual, heedless

cataract

n. a large waterfall, downpour, deluge

obfuscate

v. to darken, make indistinct; to confuse, bewilder, make obscure

obstreperous

adj. noisy, tumultuous, unruly, boisterous

ossify

v. to change into bone, harden

portend

v. to forebode, foreshadow

protract

v. to prolong, drag out

ancillary

adj. auxiliary, secondary, subordinate, subsidiary

belie

v. to contradict, prove false

iniquitous

adj. wicked, sinful, villainous

propinquity

n. nearness, proximity

tenable

adj. defensible, reasonable

assiduous

adj. diligent, devoted, constant, sedulous

eschew

v. to shun, abstain from, forgo, avoid

perfidy

n. treachery, faithlessness

prodigious

adj. huge, enormous, tremendous, stupendous

sinuous

adj. curving, winding

ubiquitous

adj. omnipresent, existing everywhere at once

apprise

v. to inform, notify, cause to know

expiation

n. atonement, amends, reparation

extant

adj. still existing, not lost or destroyed

fatuous

adj. foolish, inane, silly

incommode

v. to disturb, inconvenience, trouble

incredulous

adj. skeptical, disinclined to believe

invective

n. abuse, vituperation

onerous

adj. burdensome, troublesome, oppressive

propitious

adj. favorable, auspicious, encouraging; benevolent, kindly

ruminate

v. to meditate, muse, ponder

admonish

v. to warn, reprove, rebuke

hirsute

adj. hairy, shaggy

ignominious

adj. humiliating, disgraceful

implacable

adj. relentless, inexorable, unappeasable

voluble

adj. talkative, wordy, loquacious, garrulous

anomaly

n. a deviation, irregularity, abnormality, inconsistency

feral

adj. wild, savage, brutal

paroxysm

n. a spasm, convulsion, sudden outburst

tribulation

n. suffering, affliction, hardship, trial

vilify

v. to slander, defame, malign

abnegation

n. self-denial, renunciation, eschewal

amenable

adj. submissive, obedient, responsive; responsible

ascetic

adj. austere, self-denying

bellicose

adj. belligerent, warlike, combative

benign

adj. kingly, gracious, favorable

credulous

adj. gullible, overly trusting

paradigm

n. a model, example, pattern

sequester

v. to isolate, segregate, seclude

stodgy

adj. dull, pompous, stuffy

suffuse

v. to overspread, spread through

celerity

n. swiftness, quickness, rapidity

ablution

n. a cleansing or washing of the body

abrade

v. to wear away, erode, scrape, chafe

abstruse

adj. hard to understand, obscure, mysterious

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