2nd semester vocab

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abrogate

to repeal, to set aside, to nullify

abscond

to leave quickly and secretively

accolade

award or honor, high praise

adjure

to command or urge solemnly and earnestly

aggrieve

to distress, to mistreat

ameliorate

to make better, to ease or improve

anathema

something or someone loathed or intensely disliked

ancillary

subsidiary, subordinate

antipodal

situated on opposite sides of the earth, or being exactly opposite

apostasy

abandonment of a loyalty or religion

assignation

a secret meeting, a tryst, or something assigned

bandy

to toss back and forth, to exchange, to use in a glib way

bathos

a transition from the illustrious to the commonplace, overdone pathos, triteness

bilious

ill-tempered, cranky, angry

bivouac

temporary encampment

bumptious

pushy, conceited, noisily self-assertive

Byzantine

extremely intricate or complicated in structure

cabal

a secret group of conspirators, a clique

calumny

slander, deliberate false statements

cavil

to quibble, to raise trivial objections

comport

to behave

concomitant

accompanying, attending, going along with

conflagration

a large, disastrous fire

coterie

an intimate group of people with a common interest

decimate

to kill or destroy a large part of something

depredate

to prey upon, to plunder with violence if necessary

determinism

a philosophy that says things are determined in ways that are out of human hands

dichotomy

division into two often contradictory parts

dissipate

to break up, to squander, to indulge excessively in sensual pleasure

draconian

severe, exceedingly harsh

effete

exhausted, lost vitality, over-refined

enervate

to weaken, to sap the strength

ennui

boredom, listlessness, lack of interest

ensconce

to settle in snugly, to hide in a secure place

erudite

scholarly, deeply learned, well read

feckless

lacking responsibility, ineffective

feral

wild, like an wild animal, savage

fetter

to impede, retrain, hamper

flagellate

to whip, or to punish as if by whipping

foment

to stir up, to incite

forswear

retract, renounce or recant

gestalt

a structure whose parts cannot stand alone

gesticulate

to gesture, especially when speaking

gird

to invest with authority, to brace

histrionic

overly dramatic, theatrical, deliberately affected

ignominious

disgraceful, dishonorable

impecunious

without money, penniless

impugn

to attack the integrity of something

implacable

not capable of being appeased or mollified

inchoate

just beginning, not organized or orderly, incomplete

iniquitous

evil, unjust

insouciant

nonchalant, lighthearted, unconcerned

intransigent

uncompromising, stubborn

inveterate

habitual, deeply rooted or established

juggernaut

a massive, unstoppable object

lassitude

a weariness, listlessness, a state of lethargy

libidinous

lustful, lascivious

machination

scheming activity for an evil purpose

malfeasance

an illegal act—especially by a public official

martinet

one who adheres strictly to the rules

mendacious

dishonest, deceitful

myopia

nearsightendness, lacking foresight

naïve

charmingly gullible

nepotism

showing favoritism to friends or family, as in granting positions in jobs or politics

nihilism

the belief that there are no values or morals in the universe, that existence is senseless or useless

noisome

harmful, unwholesome, stinking, putrid

obdurate

stubborn

obsequious

fawning, subservient, servile

onerous

burdensome, oppressive, troublesome

onus

burden, blame, obligation

opprobrious

damning, extremely critical, disgraceful

panacea

a remedy that cures everything

paradigm

a model or example

philistine

a smugly insensitive and ignorant person who has no knowledge of intellectual or artistic objects

phlegmatic

calm, indifferent, not easily aroused

plebeian

common, vulgar, low class

pluralism

a society in which distinct groups function together but retain their identities

portent

an omen, a sign nor something coming, a foreshadowing

probity

honesty, uprightness

prurient

lascivious, have lustful thoughts or desires

punctilious

meticulously attentive to detail, exacting

recidivism

the act of repeating an offense

redoubtable

formidable, fearsome, deserving of respect

remuneration

payment, recompense

rife

widespread, abounding, occurring frequently

ruminate

to muse upon

sallow

sickly, greenish-yellow

saturnine

sullen, gloomy, depressed

sententious

preachy, pompous, using wise sayings excessively

slatternly

squalid, slovenly, foul, unclean

somnolent

drowsy, sleepy

spate

a sudden outburst

stalwart

unwavering, robust, sturdily built

tendentious

advancing a point of view, biased

timorous

fearful, easily frightened

umbrage

displeasure or resentment

vagary

a whim, an unpredictable action

venerate

to honor, to worship, to respect

veracious

truthful, honest

vitriolic

corrosive, biting, bitterly scathing

wont

custom, habit

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