L.A. Final Vocabulary

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palpable

capable of being touched or felt

receding

moving back or away

vitality

life or liveliness

disarming

peaceable, friendly, or harmless

tangible

real or actual, rather than imaginary

intricate

complicated or detailed

surmounted

overcame

condone

excuse or overlook or seem to approve

righteous

moral

lacerate

to tear roughly

iridescent

showing a rainbow-like display of color

infallible

unable to fail or make mistakes

dogged

persistant or perservering

reiterate

repeat or restate

faring

managing; getting along

siege

a steady or prolonged attempt to gain control over a town or other place

heresy

an opinion or behavior that goes against the teaching of the dominant religion or
belief system

rubicund

rosy; reddish

precariously

dangerously or depending on uncertain circumstances

reconnaissance

investigative and explorative, usually for military purposes

compound

added to or combined

slackening

lessening or loosening

feverish

marked by intense emotion, activity, or instability

frail

weak

repercussion

consequence or reverberation

surge

to rise suddenly to an excessive or abnormal value

apparatus

a set of materials designed or equipment for a certain use

muffle

to deaden the sound of

tumultuously

riotously or with a violent commotion

resilient

able to bounce back or recover

deft

skillful or competent

apprehensive

fearful or anxious

amble

walk or move slowly

elaborate

planned with great care or detail

pallor

paleness or lack of color

furtively

secretively or sneakily

clamor

loud noise or ruckus

obstinate

stubborn

sullenly

gloomily or crabbily

imminent

ready to take place or about to happen

valiant

boldly courageous; brave; stout-hearted

victual

food supplies; provisions

disdain

to look upon or treat with contempt; despise; scorn

pernicious

deadly; fatal

commendation

recommendation; praise

flout

to mock

obstinate

firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty

temporize

to be indecisive or evasive to gain time or delay acting

impediment

obstruction; hindrance; obstacle

shrewd

mischievous, scolding

counterfeit

imitate, mimic

daff

turn aside

melancholy

mournful; depressed

libertine

one who acts without moral restraint; a dissolute person

enamor

to charm or captivate

requite

to give or do in return

poniard

dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade

semblance

outward aspect or appearance

bestow

to present as a gift; grant, give

propose

to offer or suggest

furnish

to provide or supply

coy

slyly hesitant, shy, modest

antic

playful trick or prank

vouchsafe

to give or grant, as by a favor

unconfirmed

not finally established or settled

commodity

an article of trade or commerce

burden

that which is carried; a load

apprehension

anticipation of misfortune, fear of future trouble

moral

principle with respect to right and wrong

ethics

moral principles or code of right and wrong

dictum

a formal statement of principle

domicile

a house or place where a person lives

impotent

powerless

malevolent

evil or wishing to cause harm

predilection

preference or preferred way of doing something

taciturn

almost always silent or reserved

condescended

agreed to do something that you believe to be beneath your dignity

amiable

friendly

contemptuous

the feeling that someone or something is beneath you or is worthless

degradation

a state of low honor or moral character

denunciation

strong disapproval or condemnation

devoid

completely without

prerogative

exclusive right, privilege, or choice

altercation

fight or heated argument

begrudge

feel resentment about or disapproval of someone else having something

venerable

impressive in age or historic associations

elucidate

explain or make clear

acrimonious

bitter or nasty

umbrage

offense or insult

ambidextrous

able to use both hands with equal ease

audible

loud enough to be heard

congenital

an existence at birth

perpetual

everlasting or continious

expunge

remove completely

volition

desire, choice or will

feral

wild, savage or animalistic

hypocrites

people who pretend to be something they are not or who say one thing and do another

remorse

feeling of regret or guilt over one's actions

recluse

someone who stays away from society and the company of other

contentious

always ready to argue or fight

monosyllabic

one sound or speaking with a sing, uninterrupted sound

benevolence

a generous or thoughtful gift or generosity

morbid

gruesome or horrible

tacit

unspoken or understood without being discussed

malignant

dangerous or evil

cordial

warm and friendly

unfathomable

cannot be understood

indigenous

native or originating in a region

auspicious

favorable or promising for the future

indiscriminately

arbitrarily, haphazardly, or randomly

encumbrance

burden or hindrance

waif

orphan or stray

mysticism

spirituality or direct communication with or knowledge of God

prominent

famous or outstanding

decree

ruling or official announcement

expound

explain or elaborate on

firmament

heaven, sky or basis or foundation

premonition

forewarning, intuition or feeling about the future

ghetto

part of a city where a group is forced to live by law, poverty or prejudice

haggard

worn, tired or fatigued

edict

command, law or proclamation

truncheon

club used as a weapon

hermetically

in an isolated, solitary or airtight way

monotonous

dull or repetitive

abominable

vile, horrible or monstrous

unremittingly

constantly or without stopping

antechamber

entrance, foyer or waiting room

bestial

feral, savage or like a beast

lucidity

clarity or clearness

semblance

actual or seeming similarity

indeterminate

vague or not definite

clout

blow or hit

compulsory

required or not optional

wizened

withered, shriveled, or decayed

blandishment

flattery or cajolery

automaton

robot or android

privation

deprivation or dispossession

countenance

face

crucible

container in which metals are heated until they melt

scholarly tone

serious and somewhat formal or academic way of writing

topic sentence

the main idea of the paragraph

transition or transitional phrase

a bridge between different ideas

context

gives a brief introduction of the textual evidence

textual support

directly quoted evidence from the text

analysis of quote

the critical evaluation of the quote and how it relates to the topic sentence

concluding sentence

summarizes the main idea of the paragraph, by echoing the topic sentence, but stating the idea a little differently

thesis statement

an arguable statement reflecting the writer's interpretation of the text

outline

a structure for planning that includes only the main points which will define the paper

flow

well organized writing that moves smoothly and logically

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