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for the Vocabulary quiz on January 27, 2012.

aloof

distant; unfeeling

benevolence

inclination to perform charitable acts

benign

compassionate; incapable of causing harm

bewilderment

condition of being confused

cherub

a winged, chubby angel

ensuing

following immediately afterward

morbid

gruesome, gloomy, or dark

obliged

under force of necessity; obligated

prowess

superior skill or ability; strength or courage

tacit

unspoken; understood without being expressed

aberrations

deviations from the proper course

accosted

approached in a harsh manner; assaulted

ascertaining

discovering with certainty; determining

cleaved

adhered to closely; clung to

embalming

treating with preservatives to prevent
decay

feeble

physically weak from age or sickness; frail

meditative

given to contemplation or deep thought

unfathomable

difficult or impossible to understand

vigil

wakefulness maintained in reverence to another person, usually after one's death

whittle

to carve or shape

analogous

possessing connections, similarities

antagonized

created an enemy or an antagonist

articulate

to speak clearly and in distinct syllables

contemporaries

those who exist/live at the
same time

evasion

an act of escaping or avoiding

inconspicuous

not noticeable or prominent

ingenious

characterized by cleverness or
originality

nauseating

causing nausea or upset stomach

mausoleum

a magnificent, decorated tomb

provocation

causing aggravation or annoyance

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