English Lit Vocab 6

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anomalous

(adj) Abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual

aspersion

(n) an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

bizarre

(adj) Extremely strange, unusual, atypical

brusque

(adj) Abrupt, blunt, with no formalities

cajole

(v), to persuade with false promises and flattery

castigate

(v), to criticize or punish severely

contrive

(v), come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

demagogue

(n), A leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power

disabuse

(v), to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking

ennui

(n), boredom

fetter

(n), a shackle for the ankles or feet

heinous

(adj), shockingly brutal or cruel

immutable

(adj), Not subject to change, constant; unchangeable

insurgent

(n), a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment

megalomania

(n), a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc., far in excess of reality

sinecure

(n), an office that involves minimal duties

surreptitious

(adj), conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

transgress

(v), pass beyond (limits or boundaries)

transmute

(v), change or alter in form, appearance, or nature

vicarious

(adj), suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another

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