Vocab list: Gulliver's Travels

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mordant

bitingly sarcastic; penetrating

misanthrope

a person who hates or distrusts mankind

syntax

the way in which words are put together to form phrases and sentences

declivity

a descending slope, as of a hill

ligatures

cords, wires, or bandages used for tying, binding, or constricting

intrepidity

fearlessness; resolute courage

disapprobation

moral disapproval; condemnation

victuals

food fit for human consumption

profane

blasphemous, put to an improper, unworthy, or degrading use

scatology

an obsession with excrement or excretory forms

clemency

mercy; leniency; mildness of temper

alacrity

cheerful willingness; eagerness

cabal

a conspiratorial group of plotters

repartee

a swift, witty reply; witty spirited conversation

ingratiate

to bring (oneself) purposely into the good graces or favor of another

florid

flowery; heavily decorated or embellished

fulsome

offensive to the senses

tractable

easily managed or controlled; governable

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