Gifted Honors English Vocabulary 3 & 4

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avarice

excessive greed; desire for wealth

avid

eager; extremely interested

bacchanalian

wild with drunkenness

balk

to step sort and refuse to continue; to obstruct

banter

teasing; good-natured joking

barrister

lawyer

bask

to lie in or be exposed to warmth

bastion

a strong defense; a fort

bawdy

indecent; humorously obscene

befuddle

to confuse; to perplex

bigot

one who is intolerant of another's beliefs, opinions, or values

cajole

to persuade with false promises and flattery

candid

outspoken, blunt; informal unposed

canine

having to do with dogs

capricious

guided by whim rather than reason changing one's mind suddenly

castigate

to criticize or punish for the purpose of corrections

caustic

biting, burning, severe; sharp or sarcastic

chaos

complete disorder

charlatan

one who pretends to have more knowledge or skill than he or she really has, especially in the field of medicine

chastise

to punish severely

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