Vocabulary for College B 9-12

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Militant

(adj.) given to fighting; active and aggressive in support of a cause; (n.) an activist

conscript

v. To force into military service.

fray

a noisy fight

insurrection

organized opposition to authority

joust

a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances

ambuscade

the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise

reprisal

an injury done in return for injury

phalanx

a body of troops in close array

citadel

a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle

broadside

the whole side of a vessel from stem to stern, the simultaneous firing of all the armament on one side of a warship

cudgel

a club that is used as a weapon

truncheon

a short stout club used primarily by policemen

breech

opening in the rear of the barrel of a gun where bullets can be loaded

pecuniary

relating to or involving money

capital

a seat of government, punishable by death, uppercase, assets available for use in the production of further assets, the upper part of a column that supports the entablature, first-rate

farthing

a former British bronze coin worth a quarter of a penny

ruble

the basic unit of money in Russia

scrip

a certificate whose value is recognized by the payer and payee

bullion

gold or silver in bars or ingots

opulence

wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living

lucre

Money or profits

usury

the act of lending money at an exorbitant rate of interest

arrears

the state of being behind in payments

exchequer

the funds of a government or institution or individual

excise

tax on manufactured goods

impost

tax on imported goods

realty

real estate

commissary

a retail store that sells equipment and provisions to military personnel

patron

, n. a sponsor; a supporter; PROTECTOR

patrimony

An inheritance from a father or other ancestor

primogeniture

seniority by birth; state of being the first-born child; right of the eldest child

travail

work hard

grub

to work hard, uproot, dig

stint

an individuals prescribed share of work

respite

a pause from doing something (as work)

fabricate

to make, manufacture; to make up, invent

efficacy

capacity or power to produce a desired effect

arduous

difficult to accomplish

grueling

characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion

straits

a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs

rigor

strictness, severity, or harshness, as in dealing with people

assiduity

great and constant diligence and attention

hardihood

the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger

surmount

to overcome, rise above

fortnight

a period of fourteen consecutive days, two weeks

diurnal

having a daily cycle or occurring every day, active in daytime

biennial

happening every two years

eventual

happening at the end of or as a result of a series of events

interminable

tiresomely long

procrastinate

postpone doing what one should be doing

perpetuate

cause to continue or prevail

inveterate

firmly established, long-standing; habitual

bide

(v.) - to wait, or remain in a condition

elapse

to slip away; go by

extant

still in existence

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