English 11 Semester 2 Vocab

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expedient

desirable; appropriate

bombastic

pompous; boastful

prolific

increase in number; multiply

arable

fit for plowing; tillable

erudite`

scholarly, learned, knowledgable

nascent

recently coming into existance

austere

stern, unyielding, ascetic

guile

cunning, deceitfulness, duplicity

mitigate

reduce severity of something

impugn

assail or attack one's honor

blithe

free-spirited; light-hearted

chimera

imaginary or fanciful

ostentatious

showy; pretentious

ambulatory

ability to walk or move around

impetuous

impulsive, rash, violent

urbane

refined; elegant; sophisticated

morose

gloomy; bad tempered; sullen

languid

tired; sluggish

infamous

disgraceful; notoriously bad

amorphous

shapeless

contrite

repentant

lethargic

slow, tired, sluggish, listless

dogmatic

doctrinal; opinionated

prodigious

having exceptional talents

clandestine

secret; concealed

daunted

intimidated; dismayed

insipid

dull, tasteless, boring

banal

insipid, dull, trite, ordinary

precocious

early in development

paucity

scarcity; fewness; dearth; lack

laconic

concise; to the point; terse

mundane

ordinary; commonplace

requite

make repayment or return

crass

crude; unrefined

voluble

fluent; uses words easily

aesthetic

artistic; showing good taste

torpid

sluggish; dull, apathetic

ameliorate

make better, improve

abate

decrease; subside

stoic

impassive; indifferent to pain

abstruse

difficult to understand

assuage

ease; mitigate; calm; soothe

inane

silly, meaningless, insipid, foolish

dissemble

to disguise, pretend

docile

easily managedl obedient; passive

soporific

tending to cause sleep

diffidence

shyness; reserve; unassertiveness

preclude

to make impossible

dearth

lack; scarcity

gregarious

likes to gather in groups

ruse

a trick

servile

overly submissive; slavish

deprecate

belittle; express disapproval

proclivity

tendency & inclination

bulwark

strong defense

extol

let down

predilection

preference

enervation

weakness

adroit

skillful; adept

sublime

lofty; noble; exalted

pertinacity

persistence, determination

euphonious

harmonious; pleasant to hear

heretical

contrary to church doctrine

rancor

emnity; deep-seated ill will

burgeon

to sprout; to newly emerge

innocuous

harmless

antithesis

direct opposite; contrast

zenith

highest points; peak

disparage

to speak badly of; degrade

sycophant

self-serving; flatterer, parasite

prodigy

person with exceptional talents

prodigal

wastefully extravagant, lavish

verbose

wordy

decorum

conformity to good taste

credulous

gullible; believing on slight proof

effusive

unrestrained

despot

tyrant; aggressive ruler

virtuoso

one skilled in the arts

gratuitous

given freely

hackneyed

overused; banal

garrulous

talkative; verbose

defunct

no longer existing; dead

esoteric

understood by only a select few

peruse

read or examine

vituperate

make abusive remarks

untenable

not able to be defended

recalcitrant

reluctant against

eclectic

coming from a variety of sources

desultory

aimless; random

ephemeral

short-lived; temporary

euphemism

substitution of a less offensive term for an offensive one

impecunious

without money; broke

alacrity

briskness; swiftness

perfunctory

mechanical; indifferent

incorrigible

incapable of being reformed

prosaic

commonplace, uninspired, dull, banal

copious

plentiful; abundant

virulent

poisonous; injurious

supercilious

naughty; arrogant

panacea

cure all; remedy for all

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