Interesting Vocabulary Words

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Apartheid

a social policy or racial segregation involving political and economic and legal discrimination against non-whites

Zeitgeist

The intellectual and moral tendencies that characterize any age or epoch.

Zaftig

euphemisms for slightly fat

Mélange

mixture

Penumbra

a partial shadow

Arraignment

A proceeding in which a criminal defendant is brought into court, told of the charges in an indictment or information, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.

opulence

wealth, affluence, abundance

balustrade

a railing

allay

calm; pacify

victuals

food; provisions; V. victual: provide with food

rivulet

a small stream

valise

a small suitcase

refulgent

shining, radiant, resplendent

élan

enthusiasm; eagerness for action

confer

have a conference in order to talk something over

cussedness

mean-spirited disagreeable contrariness

contingent

possible but not certain to occur

matriculate

to register as a student at a college or university

cairn

a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.

bedeviled

tormented

admonition

cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger)

miasma

an unwholesome atmosphere

elephantine

huge, clumsy; enormous in size or strength

sublime

worthy of adoration or reverence; inspiring awe

paradigm

a standard or typical example

irascible

easily angered

eschew

avoid and stay away from deliberately

sacrosanct

must be kept sacred

draconian

severe, harsh, cruel

cacoethes

an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action

rapacious

excessively greedy and grasping

balkanize

divide a territory into small, hostile states

vexatious

causing irritation or annoyance

somnolent

sleepy

palpable

capable of being touched or felt

chagrin

embarrassment

incendiary

arousing to action or rebellion

virga

Precipitation that falls from a cloud and evaporates before reaching the ground.

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