AOR English II H #6-10

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prodigious

adj-extraordinary in size, quantity, or extent; enormous; also marvelous or amazing

volition

noun- act of willing or choosing; will, accord

immaculate

adj. spotless, without a stain, absolutely clean

proficient

adj. well advanced in a subject or occupation, skilled, adept, expert

ebullient

adj.-exhilarated, full of enthusiasm and high spirits

meticulous

adj.- extremely careful and thorough, precise, painstaking

voracious

adj.-having or marked by boundless greed or desire

vacillate

verb: to physically sway; to be indecisive

diminutive

adj- below average size, small, tiny

abstinence

noun-the act of doing without, particularly pleasures or desires

loquacious

adj-very talkative

palatable

adj-acceptable to the taste, sufficiently agreeable to be consumed; also used as acceptable to the mind or sensibilities

perfunctory

adj-done routinely, with little interest or care

innocuous

adj-harmless

provincial

adj- not fashionable or sophisticated

surreptitious

adj-stealthy, sneaky, secret

acquiesce

verb-accept, agree, or give implied consent by not objecting; yield

tenacity

noun-perseverance; the condition of holding firmly to (a thing, idea, or act)

eschew

verb-to take care to avoid; shun

proclivity

noun-a natural inclination or predisposition

charlatan

noun-a person who claims to have knowledge or skill that he does not have; an imposter

soporific

adj-inducing or tending to induce sleepiness and drowsiness

propitious

adj- presenting favorable circumstances; kindly and gracious

quagmire

noun- a difficult or precarious situation from which extrication is almost impossible.

burgeon

verb- to develop rapidly, flourish, or grow.

heinous

adj- grossly wicked, vile, or abominable

miscreant

noun- evil-doer or villain; infidel or heretic

staid

adj-prudently reserved in color and style, manner or behavior

vociferous

adj- characterized by loudness and vehemence

wizened

verb/adj- shriveled and dried up

disparity

noun-the condition or fact of being unequal; difference, dissimilarity

maverick

noun-one who refuses to abide by the dictates of others; a dissenter

martinet

noun-a person who demands absolute adherence to rules

timorous

adj-full of apprehensiveness, timid

brazen

adj-made of brass; having a loud, resonant sound like a brass instrument; also impudently bold or shameless

efficacy

noun-power or capacity to produce the desired effect; effectiveness

ambivalence

noun-the existence of mutually conflicting emotions or thoughts, such as love and hate together, about some person, object, or idea;

bevy

noun-a group or assembly; also a group of animals or birds, esp. quail

churlish

adj-boorish, vulgar, difficult or intractable, stingy

convoluted

adj-coiled, twisted; intricate; complicated

audacious

adj-fearlessly daring or bold, also lacking restraint as in impertinent or insolent (disrespectfully bold

effulgence

noun- a resplendent radiance; effulgent (adj) shining forth brilliantly

lambaste

trans. verb: to give a thrashing to, to beat severely; verbal: to scold sharply, attack or berate

pernicious

adj. -very destructive or deadly; causing great harm

nefarious

adj.-extremely wicked or villainous; heinous

plethora

noun-overabundance or excess, more than enough

assuage

verb-to soften; to ease or lessen, make milder or less severe

irascible

adj-easily provoked to anger, irritable, short-tempered

supercilious

adj-haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression.

incongruous

adj-inconsistent with expectations; inappropriate

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