Stracco Vocab Dimension 1 Part 1

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foible

a minor character flaw

ostracize

reject; banish, to exclude from a group by popular consent

caveat

A warning, or caution

catharsis

a cleansing and purging of emotional or spiritual stress

palliate

to cloak; to conceal the truth; to offer lame excuses

axiom

self-evident truth

ennui

listlessness; boredom

vacillate

to sway to and fro, to fudge

caprice

a turning of the mind

assuage

to mitigate; to lessen pain, physical or emotional

chagrin

humilition or embarrassment

specious

having a deceptive appearance of truth (false)

dotage

state of foolishness, especially in the elderly

expurgate

to purge; to cleanse

fulminate

to explode

grotesque

incongruous

ecdysiast

one who sheds outer layers

fickle

inconstant; changeable

fortnight

two weeks of time

holocaust

Widespread destruction by fire

chimera

a fanciful illusion

avuncular

having characteristics of a benevolent uncle

bane

a person or thing that ruins or spoils

calumniate

to deceive

Frenetic

frantic; frenzied

Imprecation

curse, evil invocation

Turgid

swollen; inflated

Nirvana

an ideal condition of rest and harmony; stability

Alpha and Omega

the beginning and end; all-in-all

Nebulous

hazy, indistinct

Vicissitude

sudden or unexpected turns often encountered in one's life, life's ups and downs

Unctuous

oily; smooth

banter

playful teasing

expunge

to strike or blot out, to wipe out or destroy

Titillate

to excite pleasurably, to tickle

Swastika

Nazi tyranny, good-luck charm

Sesquicentennial

reaching 150 years

cenotaph

the washington monument for example

austere

harsh or severe

licentious

unrestrained

apocalypse

discovery; prophetic revelation, plagues of humankind

vagary

purposeless, unpredictable, capricious

demagogue

a leader who makes false promises to gain power

torpid

slow, dull, apathetic, lethargic

inimical

hostile; harmful, an enemy

parochial

provincial; narrow

truckle

to submit; to be subservient

charisma

personal charm that allows one to hold sway over people

akimbo

hands on hips, elbows bent

peremptory

absolute; autoritative

asinine

silly: stupid

vestige

trace; remnant

monolithic

massive; solid

cursory

hasty; superficial

obelisk

4-sided tapered pillar; mark of reference

audacious

reckless; intrepid, bold, adventurous

penchant

a preference; strong taste for

obfuscate

to confuse; to obscure

impugn

attack; fight against, opposed or attacked as false

explicate

to explain fully

obtuse

dull; blunt, lacking sharpness (of the mind)

adamant

inflexible; unyielding

virulent

toxic; hateful

penury

destitution; dire need, poverty

emulate

try to equal; imitate

exult

to be elated, to jump for joy

facade

a false appearance

exigency

an emergency

heinous

hateful

exculpate

to clear of guilt or blame

euphemism

inoffensive expression

euphoria

a feeling of well being

flatulent

bragging; pompous; gassy

exurb

area beyond the suburbs

poltergeist

a noisy; impish ghost

brogue

grip, hold, irish accent

idiosyncracy

peculair trait; eccentricity

exude

ooze; display abundantly

catholic

universal

histrionic

theatrical, artifical

pontiff

spiritual leader, pope

anachronism

chronologically out of place

banal

lacking originality, stale

bellwether

an indicator of trends; a leader

quintessence

purest; most concentrated form

rue

regret; repent, type of plant

ephemeral

short-lived

sub rosa

secretly

poignant

heartrending; touching

coruscate

sparkle

nepotism

favoring one's relatives or friends in making important appointments

recondite

abstruse; obscure, to conceal

pogrom

organized massacre of defenseless people

clairvoyant

able to see things that are not visible; having second sight

carouse

to make merry; imbibe

carnal

sensual; fleshly

anthology

collection of literary, musical, or artistic works

bifurcate

divide into two parts

asperity

harshness; roughness

spurious

counterfeit; specious

acrimony

bitter; sour, sharpness or harshness

sycophant

apple polisher; flatterer, yes-man

trepidation

anxiety; apprehension

implacable

inexorable; unrelenting, not able to be satisfied

harass

to torment continually; besiege

manifest

visible; easily understood, to make known

nexus

a link; connection

mordant

caustic; incisive, sharp, biting

decadent

decayed; corrupt

melee

a jumble; brawl

vicarious

experiencing through imagination

debilitate

to weaken; wear out

indomitable

invincible; inconquerable

emasculate

to weaken; devitalize

jargon

gibberish; argot; idiom

aberrant

irregular; abnormal

digress

to turn aside; deviate from

humor

fluid or moisture, sluggish

millennium

a period of great happiness or holiness, 1000 years

contumacy

stubborn resistance to authority

convivial

affable; gregarious, friendly

kaleidoscope

an optical instrument containing bits of colorful glass

ecumenical

universal; all-encompassing

nostrum

potion; remedy

splenetic

irritable; spiteful

animosity

hatred; antagonism

travail

anguish; suffering

feckless

ineffective; incompetent, useless

pusillanimous

cowardly; apprehensive

epitaph

commemoration for a deceased person

antemeridian

before noon

pernicious

tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly; causing great harm; destructive

droll

whimsical; offbeat, amusing in an odd way

machination

scheme; conspiracy

cenotaph

monument to honor someone whose body is buried elsewhere

officious

interfering; meddlesome

vitiate

invalidate; corrupt

altruism

humanitarian; unselfish, concerned for the welfare of others

tsunami

tidal wave

inveterate

habitual; inured

venial

pardonable

attrition

the act of weakening, exhausting by constant harassment or abuses

caldron

large kettle

dissipate

squander; dispel

myriad

a great number, as stars in the sky

gambit

ploy; ruse

tyro

a novice; beginner.

accolade

award; citation, any form of public praise

maelstrom

whirlpool; uproar

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