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Vocabulary for exam

nepotism

Favoritism shown to family or friends by one in power

begrudge

to resent another's success; to envy

mandarin

an influential person; a member of an elite group

glutinous

gluey; sticky

enmity

deep-seated hostility, often mutual

declaim

to speak in a dramatic, impassioned, or blustering manner

imbue

to inspire or influence

gaff

a pole with a large hook on one end

quaff

to drink in large quantities; to gulp

bibliophile

a lover of books

gird

to prepare for an event or an action

daunt

to make afraid; to discourage

flux

a state of continual change or movement

hovel

a wretched living place; an open shed

cadaverous

of or like a corpse; pale, gaunt, thin

gothic

of the middle ages; of or relating to a mysterious. grotesque, and desolate style of fiction

penury

extreme poverty

egress

an exit; a means of going out

felicity

happiness; bliss

despot

a dictator with absolute power

beget

to produce; to make happen

educe

to draw or bring out

glean

to collect bit by bit; to gather with patient labor

chafe

to wear or irritate, often through rubbing or friction

effrontery

shameless boldness

imbibe

to drink (especially alcohol)

feign

to pretend

desist

to stop; discontinue

allude

to hint at, to refer to indirectly

elite

the choice members or best of a group

bilk

to scam, cheat, or swindle; to thwart

homily

a sermon

demise

death; a ceasing to exist

emit

to send out; to give forth, as in sound or light

decadence

a moral deterioration (immorality)

aghast

feeling great dismay or horror

granary

a storehouse for grain

choleric

easily angered

impede

to hinder, obstruct

qualm

a feeling of uneasiness

lampoon

a written satire used to ridicule or attack someone

narcissistic

conceited; having excessive self-love or admiration

eradicate

to wipe out; to destroy

fabricate

to concoct; to make up a story in order to deceive

ghastly

horrible; frightful

fallible

capable of error

blatant

obvious; to conspicuous

dawdle

to waste time

affiliate

an associate; partner

fawn

to act slavishly submissive

calumny

a false and malicious accusation

berate

to scold or rebuke severely and at length

minion

a fawning, servile follower

desolate

lonely; forlorn; uninhabited; barren

bane

the cause of ruin, harm, distress, or death

pacify

to calm down

garble

to mix up or distort

prevaricate

to lie

filtch

to steal

neophyte

a beginner

flagrant

glaringly bad; outrageous

patrician

an aristocrat

emissary

one sent on a special mission to represent others

kindred

having similar origin, nature, or character

fracas

a loud quarrel or fight

lacerate

to tear (flesh) jaggedly

futile

useless; pointless

immaculate

spotless; percect

gait

manner of walking

carp

to complain or to find fault in a petty or nagging way

query

to ask; inquire

queue

a line of people or vehicles

nefarious

very wicked; notorious

genesis

beginning; origin

facade

a deceptive outward apperance; a misrepresentation

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