Vocabulary 16-21

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90 terms · Thought I'd make a vocab set with all of the chapters. It's harder than cause there are more words to pick from when practicing and such. Better preparation.

pique

to cause resentment; to provoke

linguistics

the study of language

plebeian

a commoner; one from the lower class

precocious

showing early development, especially mental

Predatory

inclined to prey on others

prowess

superior skill or ability

Pugnacious

eager and ready to fight; quarrelsome

purloin

to steal

pusillanimous

cowardly; fearful

quell

to put an end to; to allay or quiet

quixotic

very idealistic; impractical; caught up in romantic notions

rabble

a disorderly crowd; a mob

rabid

raging; fanatical

raconteur

a person skilled at telling stories

vindictive

seeking revenge; bearing a grudge

Circumspect

careful; heedful; attentive to all points

Zephyr

a gentle breeze (sometimes specifically the West Wind)

Renegade

one who deserts one side in favor of another; traitor; outlaw

Retribution

something justly deserved, especially a punishment

Hurtle

to move or fling swiftly and with great force

scourge

a person or thing which causes great trouble or misfortune

caustic

biting; stingingly sharp or sarcastic

taciturn

not fond of talking; usually silent

agnostic

one who believes that he existence of God can neither be proved or disproved

terse

brief and to the point

uncanny

weird; strange; so keen or acute as to seem bizarre

exodus

a departure, especially of a large group

penitent

remorseful; sorry for having done wrong

vindicate

-o clear of suspicion or accusations

raillery

good-humored ridicule or teasing

Impregnable

not able to be conquered; impenetrable

xenophobia

an intense dislike or fear of strangers or foreigners

inherent

an essential part of something

irreverent

disrespectful

subjugate

to dominate, conquer, or bring under control

expedite

to increase the rate of progress

filibuster

an attempt to block a bill form becoming law by speaking at length against it

pristine

pure; completely clean and uncontaminated

pithy

full of meaning; concise

invective

an insult or abuse in speech

prodigal

reckless, wasteful, and extravagant

pliable

easily bent or flexible

torpid

losing motion, feeling, or power; lacking in energy

tenuous

not dense or thick; having little substance

discordant

being in disagreement

mellifluous

having a rich, smoothly flowing sound

epicurean

taking pleasure in food and drink

oeuvre

the complete work of an artist, composer, or writer

arbiter

a person with the ability to resolve a disagreement; a judge

verdant

fresh and green, referring to plant life

vagary

unpredictable action or behavior

vacuous

lacking intelligence

attrition

a wearing down over time

archetype

a prototype or original model

approbation

formal approving of an act

burgeon

to grow, expand, or bloom

commensurate

an equal measure; corresponding size and measurement

confluence

a meeting or gathering together

coup

a surprising, brilliant, and usually successful act

secular

not spiritual or religious; worldly

insouciant

not concerned; free from care

static

without force or movement; stationary

stipulate

to specify a required part of an agreement

zeitgeist

the general moral or spiritual climate of the time

proliferate

to grow or reproduce rapidly

tenet

a belief or principle held to be true

ruminate

to think deeply or repeatedly

vigilant

alert at all times; watchful

dissident

someone who disagrees

petulant

rude in speech or behavior

derivative

not the original; coming from something else

accolade

an award or honor

demur

to disapprove or to take exception

limpid

translucent; clear

invidious

tending to cause discontent, harm, or resentment

august

marked by grandeur and awe

ancillary

subsidiary; providing assistance

semblance

a outward likeness in form or appearance

autodidact

a self-taught individual

asinine

poor judgment or intelligence

albeit

although; even though

conduit

a means by which something is transmitted

philatelist

one who collects stamps

indefatigable

tireless; incapable of being fatigued

martyr

one who suffers or sacrifices for a cause

indiscretion

minor misdeed

osmosis

a gradual, often unconscious process of absorption

picayune

of very little value; trivial

dossier

a file of detailed information on a person or subject

behest

a command or urgent request

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