Wordly Wise 12 Vocab Lessons 1-8

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Exemplar

An example or a model, especially an ideal one

Subsume

To encompass in a larger or more comprehensive group; to include

Nihilism

A viewpoint that denies any meaning or value to life

Dichotomy

Division into two distinct parts or groups

Inchoate

Not fully formed or realized

Vitiate

To impair or weaken

Mèlange

A mix of dissimilar materials

Ratify

To approve, confirm, or verify

Animus

An attitude or spirit within a person that influences that person; deep-seated ill will

Abjure

To renounce or give up formally

Variegated

Varied as to form, type, or color

Nefarious

Very wicked

Herculean

Of extraordinary size, power, or difficulty

Precursor

A person or thing that comes before and indicates the approach of another; a forerunner

Prototype

A person or thing that serves as an example of its kind; an original

Dolorous

Causing or marked by pain, misery, or sorrow

Genealogy

The history of a family and how its members are related to one another; also the study of such families

Insidious

Seemingly harmless while actually being dangerous; treacherous and deceptive; spreading harmfully in a subtle or gradual way

Endemic

Widespread or peculiar among a certain place or among a certain people

Fecund

Producing or capable of producing many offspring; intellectually or artistically productive; creative

Cognitive

Relating to mental processes, such as awareness, remembering, and reasoning

Dissertation

A lengthy, usually written discussion of a topic, often for a college or a university degree

Appurtenance

An item of equipment; an accessory

Recourse

Turning to someone or something for aid; a source of help or support

Vendetta

A blood feud; a prolonged and bitter feud

Paroxysm

A sudden, violent , and uncontrollable action or occurrence

Rectitude

High moral character

Fealty

Faithfulness; allegiance

Stultify

To render useless or ineffectual; to weaken

Microcosm

A small system that operates or develops like a larger system; a mini world!

Stratagem

A clever scheme for gaining an end

Archaic

Relating to or belonging to an earlier time

Risible

Provoking or causing laughter

Bourgeois

The middle class or a member of the middle class; very concerned with middle class values and concerns, with an inclination toward mediocrity; reflecting mediocrity

Mandate

A clear command or instruction; to require or order

Iconoclast

One who attacks established beliefs, customs and institutions

Ostensible

Only seemingly so; apparent

Empirical

Based on experience or observation as opposed to theory; capable of being confirmed by observation

Indigence/Indigent

An extreme level of poverty; with no means of support

Recalcitrant

Unwilling to accept another's authority; stubbornly defiant

Nostrum

A medicine or remedy whose effectiveness has a not been proven

Obviate

To prevent or make unnecessary; to get rid of

Savant

A person with detailed knowledge in a specified field

Putative

Commonly accepted or supposed; assumed to exist

Inebriated

Deprived of good sense of judgement, especially as a result of drinking alcohol

Charlatan

One who falsely claims knowledge or ability

Decry

To criticize strongly; to denounce

Waive

To give up as a right; to forgo

Imbibe

To consume by drinking; to absorb or take in mentally

Perennial

Lasting indefinitely or recurring; a plant that lasts 3+ years

Quadrennial

Occurring every four years; lasting four years

Aspersion

A defamatory expression; slander

Internecine

Marked by slaughter; mutually destructive; relating to conflict in a group

Invoke

To appeal to earnestly; to cite in justification

Hiatus

An interruption or a gap in space, continuity, and time

Absolve

To clear of guilt, or to free from a promise or a responsibility

Elan

A lively spirit with a distinctive style

Protagonist

The chief character in a drama or a story

Bibulous

Given to the consumption of alcoholic drinks; highly absorbent

Prescience

Foresight; knowledge beforehand of events

Sedulous

Completed with careful perseverance; diligent

Encomium

An expression of warm and enthusiastic praise; a tribute

Obdurate

Resistant to persuasion; inflexible; persistent in wrongdoing

Trenchant

Expressed with vigor and penetrating insight; keenly perceptive

Delineate

To describe vividly and in detail; to draw an outline of; to represent by drawing

Coalesce

To grow together; to unite to form a whole

Covert

Not openly acknowledged; secret

Actuate

To cause to put into mechanical motion; to cause to take action

Brackish

Made up of a mixture of freshwater and saltwater; having an unpleasant taste

Eschew

To stay away from; to shun, especially on practical or moral grounds

Misapprehend

To fail to understand correctly

Bivouac

A temporary camp or shelter; (v.) to stay in such a camp

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