Vocabulary Lessons 11-21

165 terms by samstar150 

Create a new folder

Advertisement Upgrade to remove ads

fortitude

strength in adversity

botch

to ruin through clumsiness; to bungle

perennial

lasting indefinitely

brinkmanship

pushing dangerous situations to the edge of disaster rather than conceding

renown

state of being well known and honored; fame

ineffable

too sacred or great to be described, indescribable

confute

to argue or point out error

meritorious

deserving of an award or honor

mezzanine

the lowest balcony in a theater, a partial story between main stories in a building

tribulation

an affliction, trouble, or difficult experience

recumbent

resting or lying down

dynasty

a succession of rulers from the same family or group

purport

to claim; to have or to give the false impression of being

forte

an area of expertise or strength

kleptomania

a continual urge to steal regardless of economic motive

impasse

a problem or predicament with no obvious resolution

wunderkind

one who excels in a difficult feild at an early age

acumen

ability to discern or discriminate; shrewdness

nanotechnology

the use of single atoms and molecules to construct microscopic devises

notarize

to certify legally

piquant

a strong, stimulating taste

malodorous

having an offensive odor

pungent

a sharp taste; acrid

erroneous

incorrect; mistaken

concurrent

happening at the same time

negligible

of little importance; insignificant

renege

to break a promise or obligation; revoke

precept

a rule of action; a principle to live by

visage

a face or facial expression

irrevocable

impossible to retract or revoke; irreversible

tantamount

of essentially equal value or significance

subverisve

in oppisition to authority or goverment

conducive

tending to cause or bring about

amenable

agreeable;responsive to suggestion or advice

stricture

a restraint or limit

sedentary

characterized by or requiring sitting; motionless

influx

an inward flow

rigerous

severe; relentless; harsh

patina

a sheen on a surface resulting from age and use

placebo

a fake drug used in the testing of medication

junta

a military group ruling a country after seizing power

pinnacle

a peak or climax

mollify

to reduce, soothe, or calm

perjury

the act of lying under oath

plaintive

expressing sorrow; mournful

genocide

the deliberate destruction of a group of people

zaftig

having a full, shapely figure

predilection

a preference toward someone or something

faux

artifical; false; not genuine

foray

a suprised attack

conjecture

a judge or opinion based on little or questionable evidence

allocate

to distribute, allot, or designate

gratis

free; without charge

materialistic

wanting material possessions

belabor

to work at something beyond practicality; to overstress

progeny

offfspring; children

quintesstial

the most typical; ideal

rudimentary

basic; not refined or well developed

monolithic

massive, uniform, and solid

manifesto

a public declaration of policies or intentions

pariah

a social outcast

fluent

able to express oneself easily and clearly

cavort

to leap about in a sprightly manner; romp

pedagogue

a school teacher

melee

a noisy, confused fight

ensue

to follow as a result

desercate

to damage a holy place; to treat with irreverence

personification

a person or thing that represents an idea

bais

a prejudiced view (either for or against); a preferance

aloof

reserved, distant

gyrate

to rotate or resolve quickly; to spiral

fait

an offical order

fidelity

faithfulness

rambunctious

unruly; uncontrollable

hilarity

gaiety; joviality

daub

to paint coarsely or unskillfully

admonish

to warn; to caution in counsel

obeisance

a bow or similar gesture expressing deep respect

cache

a concealed store of good or valuables

affliction

anything causing great suffering

mendicant

a begger

aphorism

a concise statement of a truth or principle

oscillate

to swing or move back and forth like a pendulum

delete

to take out; to remove

oust

to drive out; expel; deprive

impermeable

not permitting passage

paean

a fervent expression, or song, of joy or praise

imperturbable

not easily excited, even under pressure

lax

careless or negligent

palpable

obvious; capable of being touched or felt

adjunct

connected or attached to in a dependent subordinate,or auxiliary manner, but not a part of

macabre

horrible; grim

farcical

absurd;ridiculously clumsy

debonair

carefree and self-confident in manner; elegant and gracious

penchant

a strong liking

deplete

to use up gradually

chicanery

to use up gradually

feisty

aggressive; lively; energetic

mitigate

to make less severe; to become milder

gull

to cheat; to fool or hoax

nadir

lowest point

equivocal

ambiguous; intentionally vague

genealogy

family history

impervious

incapable of being affected

filial

of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter

catalyst

n. a person, thing, or agent that causes or speeds up a reaction or change without itself being changed

jargon

n. vocabulary distinctive to a particular group of people

judicious

adj. showing sound judgment

foible

n. a minor weakness in character

benediction

n. the act of blessing

frivolous

adj. trivial; silly

alacrity

n. liveliness; willingness; eagerness

deify

v. to make a god of; to look upon or worship as a god

carnage

n. bloody and extensive slaughter

impel

v. push into motion

epitaph

v. an inscription on a tombstone; a brief comment about a deceased person

harp

v. to persist in talking continuously (on or about something)

lateral

adj. of or relating to the side

pallid

adj. pale; faint in color

impetuous

adj. acting suddenly without thought

holocaust

a great or complete destruction of life

embroil

to draw into conflict or fight

anachronism

somthing or someone existing outside of its proper time

denigrate

to attack the reputation of; to speak ill of

humane

kind; compassionate

effusive

emotionally excessive; overly demostrative

defunct

no longer in existence

lackey

a slavish follower

envisage

to form a mental picture

lament

to mourn

gape

to stare with an open mouth

impertinent

rude and disrespectful

haughty

arrogant; proud

nemesis

someone or something a person cannot conquer or achieve; a hated enemy

lethal

deadly; fatal

deluge

a flood; an owerwhelming rush

catholic

universal; wide-ranging

eerie

weird; mysterious; strange and frightening

martial

warlike; relateing to the military

antropomorphic

attributing hman characteristics or qualities to objects, amimals, or gods

beneficiary

one who recives benefits

careen

to serve or lurh from side to side while in motion

aplomb

self-confidence

guile

slyness and cunning in dealing with others

modicum

a small amount

fester

to grow embittered overtime; to rot

languish

to become weak or feable; to loss strenght

pall

something that covers or conceals

havoc

great destruction; chaos

See More

Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.

Having trouble? Click here for help.

We can’t access your microphone!

Click the icon above to update your browser permissions above and try again

Example:

Reload the page to try again!

Reload

Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom

Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom

It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.

Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.

For more help, see our troubleshooting page.

Your microphone is muted

For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.

Star this term

You can study starred terms together

NEW! Voice Recording

Create Set