English 9H Vocab Words Sets 8-13

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Avert

to prevent the occurence of; to pevent from happening

Baffle

frustrate; perplex

Beaux

boyfriends

Beleaguer

To besiege by encircling (as with an army); to harass

Conglomeration

n. a collection of unrelated things

Elegiac

expressing sorrow or lamentation

Emissary

an agent sent on a mission

Endowment

natural qualities or talents

Grotesque

distorted and unnatural in shape or size

Implacable

unable to be appeased or pacified

Indolent

slow in growth or development

Ineluctable

impossible to avoid or evade:"inescapable conclusion"

Inquisition

a severe interrogation

Jaunty

chipper; having a cheerful, lively and self-confident air

Mastication

the process by which food is torn and/or crushed by teeth

Motley

composed of discordant elements; consisting of or wearing a combination of different colors

Portiere

a curtain hanging across a doorway

Proscenium

the front of the stage, before the curtain

Querulous

fretful; habitual complaining

Rhapsodic

feeling great rapture or delight; ecstatic

Allusion

a casual reference; a slight or incidental mention

Appertain

to belong to as a part or member; to belong by association

Auspicious

well-omened; betokening success

Buffet

strike, beat repeatedly

Execrate

to detest utterly; to abhor; to curse

Larceny

the wrongful taking of another's goods; theft

Miscreant

a villain; a scoundrel

Mortification

humiliation

Cogent

Convincing; forceful

Contingent

(adj): depending on something; not certain; conditional (n): a delegation

copious

abundant; plentiful

courtier

a person in attendance at a royal court; a flatterer

Despondent

depressed; melancholy

Discomfiture

embarrassment; confusion; frustration

Disparate

essentially different; unequal

Edify

to instruct someone in a way that enlightens them or uplifts them morally, spiritually, or intellectually

Paroxysm

a spasm; a violent outburst

Prostrate

lying flat; laid low

Reproach

to express disapproval of, disappointment in, or criticism of

Smite

to strike or hit hard with or as with the hand, a stick, or other weapon

Advocate

to support, to be in favor of

Affinity

natural attraction to a person or liking for a thing; connection

Altruistic

thoughtful of the welfare of others

Bequeath

to leave property or money by a will; to pass along

Cache

a hiding place; something hidden in a hiding place

Colloquial

conversational; used in informal speech or writing

Denunciation

expression of strong disapproval made openly or publicly

Didactic

Intended to instruct

Egregious

Extraordinarily bad

Inundation

An abundant, usually overwhelming flow or fall, as a river of rain; an overwhelming number or amount

Pensive

Suggestive or expressive of melancholy thoughtfulness

Pique

A temporary feeling of wounded vanity; a fit of resentment

Residual

left over; remaining

Resilient

getting back strength or spirit quickly; springing back into shape or position

Scrupulous

Very honest and conscientious; careful about the details; exact

Substantiate

to support with proof or evidence; to verify

Unassailable

not liable to an attack

Viable

Able to live or exist; practicable; workable

Wither

to dry up, to shrivel; to cause to lose courage or to be ashamed

Woe

deep distress or misery, as from grief; wretchedness

Explicit

clear or obvious; leaving no doubt as to the intended meaning; showing or describing sex openly

Prodigious

extraordinary in size, amount or degree; marvelous or wonderful

Vicarious

experienced through another by imagining rather than first hand

Ravenous

extremely hungry; greedy for something; predatory

Remonstrance

an expression of protest, complaint or reproof, especially a formal statement of grievance

Abhor

to detest; to disapprove of or reject very strongly

Garret

An attic; a root at the top of the house immediately below the roof

Appall

to cause shock or disgust

Impart

To grant a share of; to bestow

Profound

having intellectual depth or insight; difficult to understand; characterized by intensity of feeling

Divine

Of or pertaining to God

Disconsolate

seemingly beyond consolation; dejected; cheerless

Commiserate

To feel or express sorrow or sympathy for; to pity

Indignation

anger because of something that seems unfair or unreasonable

Consternation

shocked dismay

Interpose

to interrupt or intervene with something

Rimy

covered with frost

Imprecation

a curse

Epistle

a literary composition in the form of a letter; a long, formal letter

Magnanimous

Generous; high minded; noble

Confound

to throw into confusion; perplex; to astound

Beguile

to delude; to deceive; to amuse, divert; pass time

Decanter

a fancy bottle form which wine or liquor is served

Patronize

to give one's support to; to treat with condescension

Penitent

repentant; feeling or expressing sorrow or sin

Thwart

To prevent from accomplishing a purpose; to frustrate

Caprice

A sudden change of mind or humor; a whime

Adjunct

additional, especially in a subordinate sense

Impetuous

sudden and vehement in action

Diffidence

Want of self-confidence; shyness

Erudition

knowledge gained by study; learning

Swarthy

dark in complexion

Ignominious

causing or deserving humiliation, disgrace or public humiliation

Surmise

to guess

Gloat

To show joy at another's misfortune

Plaintive

Mournful

Clemency

mildness, leniency, mercy

Dexterity

manual or mental skill

Pragmatic

Practical

Inflammatory

Provocative; liable to arouse strong emotions, especially anger

Dubious

Unsure about the outcome; of uncertain quality; possibly dishonest or immoral

Apprise

To inform or give notice

Injunction

A court order that requires somebody involved in a legal action to do (or refrain from) something

Expatriate

A citizen who has left his or her own country to live in another, usually for a prolonged period

Brazen

Bold and unashamed; harsh-sounding; of or like brass

Poacher

An illegal hunter

Irresolute

Incapable of deciding

Turnkey

(adj.): Complete and ready to use upon delivery or installation; (n): someone who guards prisoners

Profess

To declare or admit openly

Causeway

A raised path or road over a marsh or water or across land sometimes covered by water

Supercilious

Contemptuously indifferent; arrogant

Abjure

To formally renounce something; to deny yourself something

Incursion

A raid; an unwelcome intrusion

Spectral

Ghostly

Apparition

A ghostly figure or sight; a sudden or unusual sight

Wicket

A small door or gate; small opening for communication; gate controlling water flow

Fealty

Allegiance or faithfulness

Lacerate

To rip, cut or tear; to cause deep emotional pain

Salutary

Healthful; helpful

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