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English II Honors

hecatomb

a large-scale sacrifice or slaughter

consummate

complete or perfect in every respect

glib

performed with a natural, offhand ease

askance

with disapproval, suspicion, or distrust

din

a jumble of loud, usually discordant sounds

scud

to run or skim along swiftly and easily

quit

to conduct oneself in a specified manner

propitiate

appease; contilate an offended power

sally

to rush out or leap forth suddenly

restive

resisting control; difficult to control

brandish

to wave or flourish something menacingly

redoubtable

formidable; arousing fear or awe

hurly-burly

tumult; noisy confusion

gainsay

to oppose, especially by contradiction

paean

a song of joyful praise or exultation

pell-mell

headlong; in a frantic, disorderly haste

quail

cower; recoil; shrink back in fear

vex

to annoy; to plague or afflict; to bring distress or sufferring to

requite

reciprocate; to make repayment or return for

beguile

to deceive; to delude; to take away by cheating

naiad

one of the nymphs who presided over brooks, springs, and fountains

colonnade

a structure composed of columns placed at regular intervals

cunning

marked by or given to artful subtlety and deceptiveness

vaunt

a boastful remark

cajole

to urge with gentle and repeated appeals, teasing, or flattery

implacable

impossible to placate or appease

hue and cry

a public clamor, as of protest or demand

despoil

to sack, plunder, rob

vouchsafe

to condescend to grant or bestow

prodigious

extraordinary; marvelous; enormous

suffuse

to spread through or over, as with liquid, color, or light

victual

to provide with food

rue

to feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for

bootless

useless; futile; without advantage or benefit

vie

contend; to strive for victory or superiority

doughty

brave

serrated

jagged edge

mettle

courage and fortitude

effrontery

brazen boldness

titular

nominal; bearing a title; existing in name only

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