Wordly Wise Book 9 Lessons 1-6

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bewail

v. to express deep regret or sorrow over

destitute

adj. without resources or possessions, especially the necessities of life
lacking; devoid of

detract

v. to take away, especially from the value, beauty, or importance of

emancipate

v. to set free from slavery; to liberate

extol

v. to praise highly

flamboyant

adj. excessively showy; unrestrained

impetus

n. a driving force; anything that causes an action
Increased activity resulting from a driving force

insuperable

adj. incapable of being overcome or defeated

intermittent

adj. not continuous; happening at intervals

maxim

n. A general truth or rule of conduct; a short saying

obligatory

adj. required or demanded

plumb

v. to measure the depth of water
To reach the deepest part of
To understand by examining closely; to solve
adj. Straight up and down; vertical

vagabond

n and adj. A person who wanders from place to plcae

visage

n. A face, especially one that expresses feelings

wheedle

v. to coax by using sly persuasion or insincere praise
To gain by using sly persuasion or insincere praise

alacrity

n. promptness in responding
Eagernes

array

n. A large group of people or things
An orderly arrangement or display
v. to place in order
To dress up

deduce

v. To draw a conclusion from given facts

encumber

v. to weigh down or burden
To impede the action of

fraught

adj. full of or accompanied by (usually followed by with)

haphazard

adj. marked by lack of plan, order, or direction

incontrovertible

adj. impossible to dispute; unquestionable

inexplicable

adj. hard to explain or impossible to understand

ingenious

adj. marked by imagination, resourcefulness, or cleverness

laggard

adj and n. one who falls behind others because of moving slowly or loitering; a straggler

sustenance

n. something that provide nourshiment; food needed to live

torrid

adj. intensly hot and dry
Burning with passion

traverse

v. To pass over, across, or through

ubiquitous

adj. appearing to present in large numbers or in many different places

zenith

n. the highest point; the peak
The point in the sky directly above the observer

allude

v. To refer to in an indirect way (used with to)

consecrate

v. to set apart as holy
To dedicate to a cause; to devote

disseminate

v. to scattter or spread widely

dote

v. to show excessive fondness for (used with on or upon)

exhort

v. to urge strongly; to warn or appeal

feckless

adj. careless or irresponsible

implicate

v. to show to be involved with something, especially something dishonest or illegal

lament

v. to feel or express grief

monetary

adj. of or relating to money or currency

pensive

adj. deep in thought; dreamily thoughtful

pomp

n. a showy or dignified display

stilted

adj. artificially stiff or formal in manner

subjugate

v. to bring under control; to conquer

trauma

adj and n. a severe bodily ingury
Emotional shock

wanton

adj. ignoring what is right
Excessive or unrestrained
Playful or frolicsome

adage

n. an old saying that has come to be accepted as true; a proverb

camaraderie

n. good will and warm feelings among friends

contend

v. to struggle with
To maintain or assert
n. A conflict or struggle
A point made in an argument

extraneous

adj. not necessary; irrelevant

hubbub

n. noisy confusion; uproar

meander

v. to follow a winding course
To wander aimlessly

odoriferous

adj. having or giving off a smell

paraphernalia

n. personal belongings
Equipment associated with a particular activity

punctilious

adj. careful of and attentive to details, especially ones relating to good manners and behavior

recuperate

v. to regain health or strength

regale

v. to entertain or delight

sedentary

adj. doing or requiring a lot of sitting

Spartan

adj. marked by simplicity and lack of luxury

temporal

adj. relating to the everyday world as opposed to that which is spiritual or eternal

wry

adj. turned or bent to one side in distaste or humor
Amusing in a quiet but sharp way

callow

adj. young and inexperienced; immature

contemporary

n. a person living during the same period as another
adj. existing or occurring at the same time

cynical

adj. doubtful of the sincerity of others' motives; skeptical

despot

adj and n. a ruler with absolute power or tyrannical control over a group of people

enunciate

v. to pronounce clearly
to state; to announce

impediment

n. anything that gets in the way; an obstacle

impoverish

adj and v. to make poor
To take away

indolent

adj. indulging in ease; avoiding exertion; lazy

sagacious

adj. showing sound judgment; wise

secular

adj. wordly; not connected with a church or religion

speculate

v. to think about or make guesses
To engage in a risky business venture

strife

n. conflict or struggle

venerate

v. to show great respect for

voracious

adj. ravenous; desiring and eating a large amount of food
Greatly eager

wane

v. to get smaller; dimmer; or weaker; to near an end

apropos

adj. fitting the occasion; suitable or apt.

ascendancy

n. controlling influence; domination

assess

v. to analyze and determine the nature, value, or importance of

aver

v. to declare positively; to state as the truth

concede

v. to admit to be true; often reluctantly
To grant or let have

deficient

adj. lacking

dogma

n. an unproven principle or belief held to be true
adj. overly positive and assertive about something that cannot be proved

embody

v. to put an idea into a form that can be seen
to make part of a system; incorporate

impart

v. to make known; disclose
to bestow

oratory

n. the art of public speaking
n. a public speaker

propagate

v. to reproduce
To cause to reproduce
To foster the spread of

rudimentary

adj. not yet fully developed
Elementary

sojourn

n. a visit or temporary stay
v. to stay for a while

vociferous

adj. making one's feelings known in a loud way

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