Vocab. List #13

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staid

straight-laced and serious, unadventurous

candor

Honesty

condescend

to act as if you are better than someone

collusion

(n.) a secret agreement or cooperation

aphorism

a short saying

cajole

(v.) to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises

carouse

to party in a lively setting with alcohol and dancing, etc.

rancorous

showing hatred or ill-will

aghast

struck by amazement, shocked

celestial

Having to do with the sky or heavens

fabricate

(v.) to make, manufacture; to make up, invent

correlation

connection between facts or events

rampant

widespread

dissonance

a lack of harmony or lack of agreement

daft

foolish

presume

to take for granted or assume something is true

prophetic

describes something or someone that predicts the future

defame

to destroy someone's reputation

tryst

a secret meeting

excursion

a trip or outing

indifferent

having no feelings, not caring one way or the other

impervious

unable to pass through or enter

elocution

the art of public speaking

fatuous

silly, foolish

nonchalant

without concern

burly

very stocky and muscled

paramount

having superior power and influence

uncanny

strange and mysterious, of super natural origin

vicarious

experienced through the actions of someone else

soothsayer

a fortune teller

staus quo
*bonus

the existing state or condition of things

exalt

to hold someone in very high regard

douse

to drench

goad

to urge or provoke to take action

hail

to come from

invective

a verbal attack

maxim

a common saying (usually one of advice)

portly

chubby and round

mollify

to calm, soften in temper

stupefy

to astound

magnum opus

the greatest work done by an artist or writer

dutiful

careful to fulfill obligations and responsibilities

erroneous

mistaken, incorrect

myriad

a great number of something

pittance

a very small amount

forsake

to abandon, neglect

divisive

causing conflict

pliable

flexible, bendable

serendipity

a happy event that happens by chance, good luck

preponderance

a heat amount of frequency

pithy

brief in language, direct

whimsical

impulsive, acting on a fancy rather than thinking first

restitution

compensation

altercation

a heated argument or quarrel

wrath

anger with a desire to seek revenge

mortify

to make someone feel ashamed or humiliated

abate

to ease , lessen, or make less severe

virtuoso

a person with great skill, (often a musician)

turbulent

full of violent motion and agitation, sudden unrest

predilection

a particular liking or preference for something

evanescence

lasting a short time, fading away gradually

abject

of the most miserable kind

acumen

keen insight, wisdom

brash

assertive in a rude, noisy manner

boisterous

loud and energetic

wily

cunning, crafty, tricky

abstinence

act of refraining from indulging in something (such as alcohol)

capricious

unpredictable, impulsive

burgeon

to blossom, to begin to grow rapidly

vocation

one's work or professional calling

misogyny

hatred of women

salient

conspicuous and significant

seminal

original and groundbreaking

stagnate

to be idle, to be still

timorous

fearful

tantamount

equal in value or significance

torpid

lazy

harbinger

a messenger bringing news

baleful

harmful, threatening

bide

to wait

abet

to assist with or encourage something wrong

brazen

bold and assertive without care for what others think

camaraderie

cheerful unity among a group

clairvoyant

able to see the future, psychic powers

cosmopolitan

worldly, sophisticated

provincial

unsophisticated, narrow minded

exemplary

so excellent that it serves as an example

foster

to stimulate, promote, encourage

irascible

easily angered

infuse

to fill

plethora

a great number, an abundance

discrete

separate, distinct, individual

discreet

careful with language to avoid causing hurt

henchmen

a trusted follower or supporter (often in politics or crime)

inclement

stormy, cold weather

histrionic

excessively emotional and dramatic

portentous

foreshadowing evil, ominous

livid

very angry, or discolored or bruised

revel

to enjoy

conduit

a pipe, channel

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