Vocab Hon English 2

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credulity (n)

willingness to believe or trust too readily esp. without proper or adequate evidence

fusillade (n)

a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms; an outpouring (of anything)

talisman (n)

a stone ring or other object engraved with figures or characters supposed to possess occult powers and worn as a charm

scud (v)

to move quickly or hurriedly, as if driven by the wind

wont (n)

custom, habit, practice

spasmodic (adj)

pertaining to or of the nature of a spasm; intermittent; involuntary

leverage (n)

power or ability to act or influence people

rubicund (adj)

red of reddish; ruddy

insouciant (adj)

carefree; nonchalant; free from concern, worry, anxiety

prosaic (adj)

commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative

broach (v)

to mention or suggest for the first time

malign (v)

to speak harmful untruths about; speak evil of

torrent (n)

a rushing, violent, or abundant and unceasing stream

bog (v)

to sink in or as if in a bog; stuck

shards (n)

pieces of broken pottery; fragments of brittle substance

bibulous (adj)

ddicted to drinking liquor

convoluted (adj)

complicated; involved; intricate

deftness (n)

skillful performance or ability without difficulty

tottering (adj)

swaying or rocking as if about to fall

jarred (adj; past tense v)

jolted suddenly; rattled; made or uttered a harsh sound; out of harmony

marred (adj; past tense v)

inflicted damage on, esp. disfiguring damage

flailing (adj)

writhing and thrashing about as if in a panic

imperceptible (adj)

not perceptible by a sense or by the mind; extremely
slight, subtle or gradual

recalcitrant (adj)

resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant

greenhorn (n)

an inexperienced or naïve person; a newcomer not
associated with local manners of customs

sultry (adj)

hot with passion or anger; exciting or capable of exciting strong sexual desire

chastened (adj)

corrected by punishment or suffering; disciplined; purified

truculent (adj)

feeling or displaying ferocity; cruel; harsh

imperatrix (n)

domineering woman

shiftless (adj)

lacking in resourcefulness; lazy

usurer (n)

a person who charges exorbitant interest on a loan

haggled (past tense v)

bargained; bartered; quibbled; negotiated; wrangled

slackened (past tense v)

loosened, relaxed

facilitated (past tense v)

helped; aided; assisted; made smooth; made easy; made possible

mordant (adj)

caustic, acerbic, scathing, penetrating, biting

chaff (n)

the casing around a kernel of wheat; something useless

voluptuous (adj)

sensuous; juicy; ripe; fulsome

reverie (n)

daydream, dream, trance

caprice (n)

whim, impulse, quirk, fancy; fad; notion

posterity (n)

future generations

sagacious (adj)

sage, wise, learned, clever, perceptive, erudite, astute, knowledgeable

brazen (adj)

barefaced, brash, audacious, bold

august (adj)

imposing, impressive, grand, majestic, eminent

ethereal (adj)

otherworldly, ghostly, delicate, waif-like

dauntless (adj)

bold, intrepid, fearless (positive connotation)

piquancy (n)

sharp taste; spiciness; kick; tartness; tang

revel (v)

to take great pleasure or delight in; to make merry

dissolution (n)

closure; disbanding; termination; suspension; conclusion

emanating (present participle)

originating; starting; coming; beginning; stemming; springing; deriving

pluck (n)

nerve; guts; courage; bravery; resolve; backbone; fortitude

vixen (n)

female fox; a quarrelsome, argumentative woman

battalions (n)

division; company; brigade; regiment; troop; contingent

fastidious (adj)

fussy, finicky, persnickety, hard to please; difficult; particular; demanding

diffidently (adv)

shyly, self-effacingly, timidly, hesitantly

dogged (adj)

determined, persistent, strong-willed; strong-minded; gritty; tenacious

deign (v)

condescend, stoop, lower oneself, agree, force oneself; demean oneself

premonition (n)

presentiment; forewarning; feeling, intuition; hunch; omen; sign; portent; suspicion

vex (v)

to irritate, annoy; to torment, distress; to discuss or debate (a question, a subject) with vigor or at great length

dour (adj)

sullen, gloomy; severe, stern

resolute (adj)

firmly resolved or determined; set in purpose or opinion

emaciated (adj)

abnormally lean; caused to lose much weight or flesh, as by starvation or disease

illusory (adj)

deceptive, unreal, illusive; producing, based on, or having the nature of delusion

indiscriminately (adv)

1. in such a way as not to be discriminating or not make careful choices or distinctions; 2. in such a way as to be confused, random, promiscuous, or not based on careful selection or discerning taste

cleave (v)

to adhere, cling; to be faithful to

fatuous (adj)

complacently stupid or inane; silly or foolish

petulant (adj)

impatient or irritable; peevish

diversion (n)

1. turning aside, diverting; 2. distraction of attention; 3. anything that distracts or diverts attention (pastime or amusement)

proselytize (v)

to preach to convert from one religion, sect, party, believe to another; to recruit

cryptically (adv)

1. in such a way as to have ambiguous meaning; mysteriously; 2. in such a way to be obscure and curt in expression

cunning (adj)

sly, crafty, made or done with skill or ingenuity

retort (n)

1. A quick, sharp, or witty reply (turns pervious speaker's words back upon that speaker); 2. the act or practice of making such a reply; (v) 1. to reply in a sharp, quick, or witty way, to reply in kind; 2. to turn a statement back upon the person from whom it came

penitential (adj)

of, constituting, or expressing sorrow over having sinned or done wrong

endeavor (n)

an earnest attempt or effort; (v) to strive to reach a goal

pariah (n)

an outcast; any person generally despised or avoided

demurely (adv)

in a modest and reserved manner or behavior

bolt (v)

1. a movable bar or rod that when slid into a socket fastens a door, gate, etc. 2. to make a sudden, swift dash, run, flight, or escape

cackle (n)

a loud laugh, unpleasant

exhilaration (n)

excitement; a state of elation

moors (n)

treeless windy highland areas with damp ground

relish (v)

enjoyment or satisfaction; something that adds a pleasing flavor; to enjoy greatly

undulations (n)

regular rising and falling movements to alternate sides; movement in waves

sublime (adj)

elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.; a scene in nature that excites fear and trepidation (as opposed to a beautiful scene with a calming effect)

impervious (adj)

incapable of being penetrated; not allowing entrance or passage; incapable of being influenced, persuaded, affected

pedagogy (n)

the function or work of a teacher; teaching

uncanny (adj)

having or seeming to have supernatural or inexplicable basis; being beyond what is normal or expected

protrude (v)

to project, to thrust forward

flounder (v)

to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements

impudence (n)

the quality or state of being impertinent; effrontery; insolence

atoll (n)

a ring shaped coral reef or a string of closely spaced small coral islands

caricature (n)

a picture, description, etc. ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things

implore (v)

1. to appeal to in supplication, to bessech; 2. to beg urgently for

reprove (v)

1. to voice or convey disapproval 2. to rebuke or reprimand 3. to find fault

rend (v)

1. to tear or split apart violently 2. to take away forcefully 3. to cause pain or distress

pusillanimous (adj)

lacking courage, cowardly

lucrative (adj)

producing wealth, profitable

rustic (adj)

1. of, relating to , or typical of country life or country people 2. rough and unrefined

poignant (adj)

1. distressing to the mind or feelings 2. moving or touching 3. piercing, incisive 4. agreeably intense or stimulating

demur (v)

to voice opposition to , especially on moral grounds

condole (v)

to express sympathy or sorrow

oblivion (n)

1. the condition or quality of being completely forgotten 2. the act or instance of forgetting

cavalcade (n)

a ceremonial procession or display; a succession or series

prodigious (adj)

impressively great in size, force, or extent; extraordinary, marvelous

noisome (adj)

offensive (esp. to the sense of smell) to the point of arousing disgust; harmful or dangerous

jocosely (adj)

given to joking, merrily, humorously

kenning (or ken) (n)

perception, understanding; range of vision; view; sight

wanton (adj)

1. hard to control, playfully mean or cruel; 2. causing sexual excitement; lewd; lustful; 3. having no just foundation or provocation; 4. unduly lavish

demean (v)

to lower in character, status, or reputation

magnanimous (adj)

showing or suggesting a lofty and courageous spirit, or nobility of feeling, and generosity of mind

abhorrence (n)

a feeling of extreme repugnance or aversion; loathing

consternation (n)

amazement or dismay that hinders or throws into confusion

eminence (n)

1. a position of prominence or superiority; 2. an anatomical protuberance (as on the bone); 3. A natural elevation

caper (v/n)

playfully leaping; 1. a playful leap or bound; 2. a frivolous escapade or prank

fervent (adj)

1. very hot; glowing; 2. exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling

apathy (n)

lack of feeling, emotion, concern

empathy (n)

1. the imaginative projection of a subjective state into an object so that the object appears to be infused with it; 2. the action of understanding , being aware, being
sensitive to

conjecture (n)

1. interpretation of omens; 2. a proposition before it has been proved or disproved

obsequiously (adv)

marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness

latently (adv)

present and capable or becoming though not now visible, obvious, or active

lackey (n)

servant; a servile follower

indomitable (adj)

incapable of being subdued; unconquerable

ensconced (v)

to be settled or established

enmity (n)

positive, active, and typically mutual hatred or ill-will; hostility or antipathy

gambol (v)

to skip about in play; frolic

tractable (adj)

capable of being easily led, taught, or controlled; docile; easily handled, managed, or wrought; malleable

machinations (n)

scheming or crafty actions or artful designs intended to accomplice some, usually evil, end

conciliatory (adj)

appeasing, friendly, compatible, agreeable

waft (v)

to cause or move or to lightly by or as if by the impulse of wind or waves

taciturn (adj)

temperamentally not inclined to talk

intimated (past tense v)

communicated delicately and indirectly, hinted

intimidated (past tense v)

made timid or fearful; frightened especially to compel or deter by or as if by threats

whelp (v)

to give birth to—used of various carnivores and especially of the dog; to bring forth

posthumous (adj)

following or occurring after death; born after the death of a father; published after the death of an author

retinue (n)

a group of retainers or attendants

subversive (adj)

secretive, not easily detected; tending to overthrow or cause destruction of a legally established government

sally (v)

set out, depart briskly or energetically (always followed by "forth")

incumbent (adj)

required; obligatory; holding a specified position role or office; (n): the person holding the position, role, or office

dregs (n)

the sediment of liquid; lees; the basest or least desirable portion

frugally (adv)

in a way that is avoiding unnecessary expenditure of money; thriftily

interment (n)

the act or ritual of interring (placing in a grave, burying)

salient (adj)

projecting or jutting beyond a line; striking; conspicuous; prominent; noticeable

pervade (v)

to spread throughout; permeate

genially (adv)

cheerfully, in a friendly, kindly manner; in a way that gives warmth

lily-livered (adj)

cowardly; timid

groveling (part/ger)

humbling oneself in servile manner; cringing

inveigle (v)

to lead astray or win over by deceitful flattery; to obtain by conjolery (coaxing, wheedling)

contentious (adj)

always ready to argue; quarrelsome; of or marked by contention

convalescence (n)

gradual recovery after illness; the period of such recovery

droll (adj)

amusingly odd; whimsically comical

encroachment (n)

the act of intruding gradually on the possessions or rights of another; trespassing

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