Kenzie's Personal Vocabulary List

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Personal Vocabulary List 2010-2011 Beaver Country Day School

Refute

overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

Forsake

to give up, renounce; to leave, abandon

Sacrilege

(n) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred

Perjury

criminal offense of making false statements under oath

Alarmist

a person who alarms others needlessly

Entreaty

a heartfelt plea or request

Sheath

a case or covering for the blade of a sword, dagger, or the like.

Evenhanded

impartial, fair

Belligerent

combative; quarrelsome; waging war

Transmute

change in outward structure or looks

stratagem

an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

revere

to worship; to honor

vindicate

show to be right by providing justification or proof

devoid

not having or using, lacking

archetype

an original model or pattern

Maim

to cripple; mutilate; disable

resuscitate

to revive, bring back to consciousness or existence

toil

to work long and hard; to make one's way with difficulty; hard and tiring labor

dominion

sovereignty; a territory of influence or control; a supreme authority

iota

a very small part or quantity

bumpkin

an unsophisticated, awkward person
(yokel)

yokel

not very intelligent or interested in culture
(bumpkin)

gnu

large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox and a long tufted tail

halitosis

the condition of having foul smelling breath

criminate

bring an accusation against

hedonist

one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life

pilfer

to steal repeatedly small amounts or things that are of little value

deltoid

shoulder muscle

hyperbolize

to exaggerate, embellish, overstate

brunt

main impact or shock

glut

(v.) to provide more than is needed or wanted; to feed or fill to the point of overstuffing; (n.) an oversupply

potpourri

a collection of diverse or miscellaneous items; a general mixture; petals mixed with spices for scent

conjecture

inference; guesswork

courtship

behavior patterns that lead up to copulation or gamete release

roomer

persons who rent and live in rooms in a house

vice

in place of

sonny

a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)

dinghy

small boat

introspection

the act of looking at one's inner self

tram

streetcar

impudence

the trait of being rude and impertinent

indistinguishable

exactly alike

ornithologist

scientist who studies birds

delirium

state of violent mental agitation

marginal

producing at a rate that barely covers production costs

doggedness

persistance

adhere

stick to firmly

piety

religious devotion

unfounded

groundless, without substance, false

diligence

conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task

despondency

depression, dejection

vitality

an energetic style

peppy

full of energy

debility

weakness; incapacity

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