Freshman Lit and Comp Vocab

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Flashcards for vocab of semester 2

Sanguine

a healthy reddish color

Nebulous

vague

Specious

deceptive, apparently good or valid but lacking real merit

Labrynthine

complicated, filled with confusing passageways

Pedantic

excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules

Fulminating

ending with a certain action

Listless

not caring at all

Pugnaciously

aggresive, trying to pick a fight

Abject

something terrible or very bad, most unfortunate or miserable

Fatuous

silly, foolish

Gratuitous

given freely; unearned; unnecessary

Inviolate

free from violation, undisturbed

Superfluous

Having too much of something

Simian

Resembling a monkey

Catechism

A book of instructions

Oligarchy

A group of people who rule a nation

Fecundity

fertility; fruitfulness

Driveling

boring

Wheedle

to try and pester or bother for something

Lethargy

being very lazy

Sanctimonious

pretending to be righteous

Insidious

intended to entrap

Hedonistic

devoted to pleasure

Torpid

Inactive, sluggish, dull

Malleable

Able to be changed or molded

Vivisect

Live operation, not an autopsy

Chafed

Worn down by friction

Raucous

unpleasantly loud and harsh

Polyglot

Able to speak multiple languages

Hegemon

The most power in a certain region

Puerile

of or characteristic of a child

Invective

abusive language

Sequester

to acquire or steal

Fluke

a stroke of luck

Disingenuous

lacking in frankness; insincere

Unconscionable

beyond reason; not restrained by conscience

Emphatic

forceful and definite in expression or action

Cusp

A point or end

Vestigial

A disappearing body part, referring to a functionless structure that was functional in an ancestral species

Sentient

Capable of feeling or of conscious thought

Rictus

The gaping or opening of the mouth.

Petulant

easily irritated or annoyed

Valiant

Being brave or having similar qualities

Transgression

violation of law or comand; a sin

Virtuous

Having great qualities and being a good person

Rash

A quick and thoughtless decision

Chide

to express disapproval of; to nag or scold

Consort

To be married or to associate with

Effeminate

exhibiting feminine-like qualities

Affliction

A disease or ailment

Enamored

Fond of; feeling love towards

Absolved

freed from guilt or blame

Inundation

A flood of water

Pensive

To think hard about something

Headstrong

to be stubborn

Amorous

to love with a passion

Ambiguity

To be stuck between 2 decisions

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