VOCAB & GRAMMAR TEST WOW+CH.6-11 Vocab

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desultory

disconnected

dissemble

(v) to disguise; to feign

dolorous

causing pain or sorrow

eviscerate

(v) to disembowel

gainsay

(v) to deny

glom

(v) to catch or grab; to look at

importune

(v) to beg urgently or persistently

inexorable

(adj) inflexible

insouciant

lighthearted

mollycoddle

to protect and cater to

non sequitur

not logically following from what has gone before

pique

(v) to irritate; to provoke

satiate

(v) satisfy with more than enough

soporific

(adj) sleep inducing; sleepy

susurration

(n) a murmur; a whispering

torpidity

(n) inactivity, sluggishness

turpitude

(n) vileness

festoon

(v) to hang in decoration

oblong

(adj) rectangle-like; longer than broad

emphatic

(adj) strongly expressed

relentless

(adj) unceasing, unyielding

embroil

(v) to be involved in a quarrel

incredulity

(n) a state of disbelief

diffident

(adj) lacking confidence; shy

plinth

(n) a heavy base supporting a statue

plume

(v) a cloud of smoke resembling a feather

mutinous

(adj) rebellious

furtive

(adj) secret

ceaseless

(adj) going all the time; continual

obtuse

(adj) blunt; vast, wide

curt

(adj) rudely brief

loiter

(v) to linger idly

wallop

(v) to hit very hard

brandish

(v) to wave in a threatening manner

crestfallen

(adJ) discouraged; in low spirits

sagely

(adv) wisely

antagonism

(n) an active opposition

serenade

(v) to celebrate with song or music

blunder

(v) to move blindly or unsteadily

rebuke

(v) to express stern disapproval of

demure

(adj) characterized by modesty or shyness

fervor

(n) excitement, jubilance

pall

(v) to lose interest or effectiveness

cynicism

(n) questioning of human motives; skepticism

vex

(v) to irritate; to annoy

taboo

(n) something not allowed or frowned upon by society

obscene

(adj) offensive

prosper

(v) to be successful

intersperse

(v) to scatter

glum

(adj) gloomy, melancholy, despondent

toil

(v) to work hard

parody

(n) an imitation that ridicules and mocks

pitiless

(adj) merciless

indignity

(n) injury to a person's pride or self-esteem

meek

(adj) submissive

garland

(n) chain of flowers

derision

(n) contemptuous ridicule or mockery

succulent

(adj) juicy

abominable

(adj) hateful; very unpleasant or disagreeable

ungainly

(adj) not graceful; awkward, clumsy

phosphorescence

(n) a luminous light or appearance

inquisitive

(adj) curious

befoul

(v) to make desolate

loathing

(n) intense hatred; dislike, disgust

gesticulate

(v) to use gestures while speaking

assimilate

(v) to absorb; to take in

bleak

(adj) bare, desolate

earnest

(adj) sincere; serious in intention

dredge

(v) to bring to notice; to unearth

ember

(n) a small live piece of coal; a smoldering remain of a fire

conviction

(n) a firm belief

dignity

(n) self-respect

myopia

(n) nearsightedness (cannot see far)

propitiate

(v) to appease

vitality

(n) exuberant physical strength or mental toughness

ludicrous

(adj) unreasonable, ridiculous

lethal

deadly

inscrutable

mysterious

falter

(v) to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, or intent

talisman

(n) an object that holds power

bough

(n) a large tree branch

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