Uglies, Gilgamesh, Pharaoh's Daughter Vocabulary

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Vocabulary words from Uglies, Gilgamesh, and Pharaoh's Daughter

Cacophony

an unpleasant combination of loud, often jarring, sounds

Distinguish

to be aware of a difference between people, groups, or things, or to know that they are different from each other

Symmetrical

balanced proportions

Parameter

a fact or circumstance that restricts how something is done

Conservative

in favor of preserving the status quo, traditional values and customs, and against abrupt change

Vulnerable

open to emotional or physical danger

Untenable

lacking the qualities that make defense possible

Reverie

a state of pleasant contemplation. Daydreaming

Serpentine

winding and twisting, with many bends and curves.

Vapid

lacking interest or liveliness

Predatory

eager to steal from or destroy others for gain

Aquiline

thin, curved, and pointed like an eagle's beak

Sustain

to support somebody or something through emotional, moral, or physical means.

Paranoia

extreme and unreasonable suspicion of other people and their motives

Sheepish

showing embarrassment at having done something awkward or wrong

Plunder

to rob a place or the people living there or steal goods using violence

Encroach

to intrude gradually or stealthily

Revelation

information that is newly disclosed, especially surprising or valuable information

Tenuous

not based on anything significant or substantial

Indulge

to allow someone or yourself to have or do something enjoyable

Impervious

not allowing passage into or through something

Accomplice

somebody who knowingly helps somebody to commit a crime

Pugnacious

inclined to fight or be aggressive

Augment

to grow, or increase something in number, amount, size, strength, or intensity

Mutinous

refusing to obey or submit to control, especially military control

Despot

a tyrant or ruler with absolute powers

Bridle

to react with slight anger or indignation

Invincible

incapable of being defeated or beaten as a result of great strength or skill

Malign

to say or write unpleasant things about somebody or something

Paradox

a statement, proposition, or situation that seems to be absurd but is or may be true

Intrigue

to make someone greatly interested or curious

Imperceptible

very slight or gradual

Haggard

wild and unruly in appearance

Ballast

something that serves no particular purpose other than to give weight to provide additional stability

Myriad

so many that they cannot be counted

Prattle

to talk in a silly, idle, or childish way

Evasive

intending to avoid something unpleasant

Impudent

showing a lack of respect and excessive boldness

Inundate

to overwhelm somebody with a huge quantity of things

Idolater

a fanatical admirer of somebody or something

Inquisitive

eager for knowledge

Contempt

a powerful feeling of dislike toward someone or something

Wistful

deep in sad thoughts, especially thoughts of something yearned for

Consequential

of considerable importance, significance, or value

Enthrall

to delight or fascinate somebody thoroughly

Avidity

great eagerness or greed for something

Assuage

to provide relief from something distressing or painful

Sympathize

to share the feelings of someone else or show compassion for another

Appease

to pacify someone, especially by giving in to demands

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