Vocabulary Unit 1: Definitions

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Vocabulary: Unit 1 Definitions

approbation

The expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise

assuage

to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease

coalition

a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose

decadence

decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence

elicit

to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)

expostulate

to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning

hackneyed

used so often as to lack freshness or originality

hiatus

a gap, opening, break (in the sense of having an element missing)

innuendo

a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)

intercede

to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement

jaded

wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satiated by excessive indulgence)

lurid

causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color, terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint

meritorious

worthy, deserving recognition and praise

petulant

peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset

prerogative

a special right or privilege, a special quality showing excellence

provincial

pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook

simulate

to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of

transcend

to rise above or beyond, exceed

umbrage

shade cast by trees; foilage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment; a vague suspicion

unctuous

excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety

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