Lit Vocab Week 8

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allege

(v) to assert without proof or confirmation

arrant

(adj) thoroughgoing, out and out, shamless, blatant, thoroughgoing, out-and-out; shameless, blatant

badinage

(n) light and playful conversation

conciliate

(v) to overcome the distrust of, win over; to appease, pacify; to reconcile, make consistent

countermand

(v) to cancel or reverse one order or command with another that is contrary to the first

echelon

(n) one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formation or arrangement

exacerbate

(v) to make more violent, severe, bitter, or painful

fatuous

(ad) stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way

irrefutable

(adj) impossible to disprove; beyond argument

juggernaunt

(n) a massive and inescapable force or object that crushes whatever is in its path

lackadaisical

(adj) lacking spirit or interest, halfhearted

litany

(n) a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responses from the congregation; any repetitive chant; a long list

macabre

(adj) grisly, gruesome; horrible, distressing; having death as a subject

paucity

(n) an inadequate quantity, scarcity, dearth

portend

(v) to indicate beforehand that something is about to happen; to give advance warning of

rase

(v) to tear down, dstroy completely; to cut or scrape off of

recant

(v) to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract

saturate

(v) to soak thoroughly, fill to capacity; to satisfy fully

saturnine

(adj) of a gloomy or surly disposition; cold or sluggish in mood

slough

(v) to cast off, discard; to get rid of something objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through as if through mud (n) a mire; a state of depression

acclamation

(n) a shout of welcome; an overwelming verbal vote of approval

bucolic

(adj) characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to shepherds and cowherds, pastoral

calumniate

(v) to slander; to accuse falsely and maliciously

chary

(adj) extremely cautious, hesitant, or slow (to); reserved, diffident

collusion

(n) secret agreement or cooperation

dilettante

(n) a dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an amateurish, trifling way;(adj) superficial

imperturbable

(adj) not easily excited; emotionally steady

increment

(n) an enlargement, increase, addition

mandate

(n) an authoritative command, formal order, authorization (v) to issue such an order

paltry

(adj) trifling, insignificant; mean, despicable; inferior, trashy

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