Adv Comp Vocab Final

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Callow

young and inexperienced

Peccadillo

a minor offense; a misdeed

Laconically

using few words, short, concise

Sagaciously

wise; having keen perception and sound judgment

Quiddity

essential quality

Rationalize

to make an excuse for

Petent

obvious to call; evident

Adroit

skillful; clever

Ferret

to search or drive out

macroscopic

object visible to the naked eye

affectation

a phony attitude; pose

Pafuous

foolish; inane

Knell

a sound made by a bell often rung slowly for a death of a funeral

Bovine

pertaining to cows vor cattle

dichotomy

sharply opposed

Pedestrian

ordinary or dull

Deviate

turn aside for a course; to stray

Bona Fide

In good faith

Obfuscate

to confuse; to bewilder

Adventitious

accidental; nonessential

Impale

to pierce with a sharp stake through the body

Fecund

fertile; productive

Extenute

to lessen seriousness by providing partial excuses

Parochial

local, narrow, limited

Cataclysm

a violent change

Glower

to stare angrily

Optimum

best; most favorable idea

Edify

to improve someone morally

Importune

to ask persistently; to beg

Ambiguous

open to more than one interpretation

imperious

domineering; haughtly

Quagmire

a swamp; a difficult situuation

Gibe

to scoff, to ridicule

Grotesque

absurd; distorted

Agape

open mouthed; surprised

Neologism

a new word or expression

olfactory

pretaining to smell

hackneyed

common place; overused

Deride

to ridicule; to mock

Immolate

to kill someone as a sacrificial victim usually by fire

Censure

to criticize sharply

Recondite

Difficult to understand; profound

Gambol

to frolic; to romp about playfully

Martinet

a strict disciplinarian; taskmaster

Factious

causing disagreement

Perspicacity

keenness of judgement

Ignoble

dishonorable, shameful

Fervent

eager; earnest

Boor

a rude or impolite person

rectify

to correct, to make right

aegls

a shield;protection

enervate

to weaken

besiege

to overwhelm, to surround and attack

erotic

pertaining to sexual love

ephemeral

lasting only a brief time; short-lived

amorphous

shapeless, formless, vague

altruism

a concern for others; generosity

opulent

rich, luxurious, wealthy

carrion

decaying flesh

Impotent

powerless; lacking strength

Antinesis

an exact opposite; an opposite extreme

maelstrom

whirlpool; turbulence; agitated state of mind

emendation

a correction

chargrin

embarrassment; a complete loss of courage

bauble

a showy but useless thing

diaphanous

very sheer and light

labyrinth

a complicated network of winding passages; a maze

gloat

to look at or think about with satisfaction

bestial

savage; brutual

shard

a fragment

nihilism

a total rejection of established laws

impediment

a barrier; obstruction

effete

worn out; spent, lacking vigor

bland

mild; tasteless; dull

celibate

abstaining from intercourse

Baroque

overly decorated

Fortuitous

happening by chance or accident

hedonism

belief in the pursuit of pleasure

recapitulate

to summarize, to repeat briefly

obloquy

strong disapproval

perfunctory

done without care

Debacle

a complete failure; a total collapse

Quasi

resembling

besmirch

to make dirty

imperative

extremely necessary; vitally important

sacrosanct

extremely holy

sadistic

deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on others

demeanor

a behavior; manner of conducting oneself

Facetious

comical;jocular;flippant

Fop

an excessively fashion conscious man

Imprecation

a curse

non sequitor

something that does not logically follow

sanguine

cheerful; optimistic

bowdlerize

to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc

impair

to weaken

panegyic

an expression of praise

quandary

a puzzling situation; a dilemma

ebulient

overly enthusiastic

deference

respect

carnal

relating to physical appetite especially sexual

nebulous

vague, uncertain

rakish

dashingly stylish and confident

elegy

a sad or mournful poem

pedantic

tending to show off one's learning

antipathy

an intense dislike

affluence

wealth, richness

elucidate

to make clear

bedlam

a noisy uproar; a scene of wild confusion

imminent

likely to happen

peruse

to read carefully; scrutinize

Banal

common; ordinary

obdurate

stubborn; hard hearted

scurrilous

vulgar

amoral

lacking a sense of right and wrong

parody

work which imitates another in a ridiculous manner

eschew

to keep away from; to avoid; to shun

Sedulous

hard working; diligent

onerous

burdensome; heavy; hard to endure

denouement

an outcome; result

Setting

time and place

plot

exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, ending

theme

universal- everyone can understand, a general statement

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