Vocab Review Weeks 19-22

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40 terms · Vocab for Mrs. Smith's Honors 10 English class at Grissom

Colloquial

informal; relating to conversation

Tacit

not spoken; implied or inferred

Whet

to stimulate or sharpen

Abstemious

sparingly used or consumed

Convivial

sociable and festive

Equanimity

calm temperament

Mollify

to pacify; to make something less severe

Engender

to give rise to

Iconoclast

one who challenges tradition

Lassitude

tiredness or weariness

Peripheral

at the edge of something

Pique

to spark an interest in

Incorrigible

impossible or very difficult to change or control

Sycophant

a flatterer

Spurious

not genuine or authentic

Perspicacity

acuteness or discernment of perception

Placate

to make someone less angry, upset, or hostile

Pugnacious

quarrelsome; inclined to fight

Catharsis

an emotional release or purification

Ephemeral

short-lived

Equivocal

ambiguous; intended to mislead

Duplicity

deliberate deceptiveness

Rescind

to make void; to repeal or annul

Gravity

grave consequence

Garner

to gather and store

Dissonance

discord or lack of agreement

Delineate

to sketch out or depict

Extol

to praise highly

Aberration

departure from the norm

Egregious

flagrant; outstandingly bad

Abstruse

difficult to penetrate or understand

Incipient

beginning to exist or appear

Surmise

to guess or infer

Tirade

a violent or angry speech; diatribe

Capricious

determined by chance; arbitrary

Officious

intrusive or meddlesome

Salutary

tending to promote physical well-being

Disparage

to reduce in rank; belittle

Indict

to accuse of wrongdoing; charge

Despot

an absolute ruler; a tyrant or dictator

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