Vocab week 25 and 26

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Accredited

officially authorized or recognized; provided with credentials

Brigand

(n.) a bandit, robber, outlaw, highwayman

Capacious

(adj.) able to hold much, roomy

Clamber

climb by crawling with difficulties; scramble

Debase

to lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade, adulterate; to cause to deteriorate

Edifice

a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place (n.)

Epicure

(n) a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)

Equable

(adj.) tranquil; of even calm temper; (of temperature) steady; uniform

Escarpment

(n) a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge

Excoriate

(v) express strong disapproval of, tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading

Execration

(n) the object of cursing or detestation, an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group, hate coupled with disgust

Fastidious

(adj) giving and careful attention to detail, having complicated nutritional requirements

Fecund

capable of producing offspring or vegetation, intellectually productive

Foible

a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

Forestall

prevent by taking action in advance

Gauntlet

to offer or accept a challenge

Germane

(adj.) relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting

Goad

A long stick used to prod animals; something used to urge on; to prod or urge, as if with a pointed stick

Guttural

from the throat

Heretic

a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)

Impetuous

characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation

Impugn

(v.) to call into question; to attack as false

Inexorable

not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course

Ingenuous

naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated; candid

Inveigle

influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

Lament

express grief verbally

Lumber (verb)

to move heavily and clumsily

Mutable

capable of or tending to change in form or quality or nature

Nomenclature

technical names or naming system in an art or science

Odium

hatred, contempt; disgrace or infamy resulting from hateful conduct

Ossify

to change into bone; to become hardened or set in a rigidly conventional pattern

Palatable

agreeable to the taste or one's sensibilities; suitable for consumption

Pelt (verb)

to strike repeatedly

Perplex

to puzzle, confuse, or bewilder

Petulant

(adj.) peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset

Plebeian

common, vulgar; belonging to the lower class; a common person, member of the lower class

Propriety

the state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable

Proximity

nearness, closeness

Punitive

(adj) inflicting punishment

Quibble

to evade or belittle a point by twisting words or raising minor objections; a petty objection

Recidivism

habitual relapse into crime

Reparation

paying back; making amends; compensation

Repress

To restrain; to keep or put down

Sadistic

deriving pleasure or sexual gratification from inflicting pain on another

Spurn

thrust aside with disdain or contempt; reject

Surge

(v.) to have a heavy, violent, swelling motion (like waves); (n.) a powerful forward rush

Temerarious

presumptuously daring

Touchstone

a basis for comparison

Vivisection

surgery on living animals; medical research that involves cutting into living animals to study organs, tissues, or diseases

wane

a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number)

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