Vocabulary Semester 2

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For Ms. Gordon's Lit/Writ Class 2011

Oscillate

(v)
to vary or vacillate between differing beliefs or opinion

Pestilence

(n)
a deadly or virulent epidemic disease

Vile

(adj.)
1. highly offensive or repulsive
2. morally despicable

Pernicious

(adj.)
causing insidious harm or ruin or deadly/fatal

Perjury

(n)
purposefully giving false testimony under an oath

Mutiny

(n)
a revolt or rebellion against authority

Capricious

(adj.)
subject to, lead by, or indicative of whim; erratic

Supercillious

(adj.)
haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression

Taciturn

(adj.)
inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation

Impotent

(adj.)
not potent; lacking power or ability

Portentous

(adj.)
ominously significant

Jocund

(adj.)
cheerful, merry

Idolatry

(n)
excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion

Lament

(v)
to feel or express sorrow or regret for

Quaint

(adj.)
1. having an old-fashioned charm
2. strange or unusual in an interesting or amusing way

Unscrupulous

(adj.)
not hindered by an uneasy feeling arising from conscience or principle

Assuage

(v)
to make milder or less severe, to relieve

Sallow

(adj.)
sickly yellowish color

Irascible

(adj.)
easily provoked to anger; very irritable

Euphonious

(adj.)
pleasant in sound; agreeable to the ear

Repertoire

(n)
the entire stock of works, skills or techniques used in a particular field or occupation

Abate

(v)
to lessen or diminish

Dictum

(n)
an authoritative pronouncement

Flinty

(adj.)
unyielding; unmerciful

Expound

(v)
to explain or interpret

Vex

(v)
to irritate or annoy

Predilection

(n)
a tendency to think favorably of something in particular, a preference

Unsavory

(adj.)
1. bad tasting; unpleasant
2. socially or morally objectionable or offensive

Solemnity

(n)
the state of being earnest or serious

Vapid

(adj.)
1. without liveliness, spirit or flavor
2. dull or tedious

Calamity

(n)
a great misfortune or disaster

Inexorable

(adj.)
unyielding or unalterable

Morose

(adj.)
being sullen or gloomy

Mottled

(adj.)
marked with spots of different color

Sepulcher

(n)
a tomb or a grave

Recumbent

(adj.)
lying down or inactive/idle

Juncture

(n)
a point of joining or a serious state of affairs

Paramour

(n)
an illicit lover, esp. of a married person

Prerogrative

(n)
an exclusive right or privilege, based on rank or office

Usurer

(n)
someone who lends money at exorbitant rates

Destitute

(n)
without means of subsistence

Disposition

(n)
an attitude or inclination

Reconcile

(v)
to cause (a person) to accept something not desired

Prodigious

(adj.)
extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.

Tyranny

(n)
arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power

Abhor

(v)
to detest utterly

Dexterity

(n)
skill or adroitness

Fester

(v)
1. to form puss
2. to rot

Languish

(v)
1. to become weak or feeble
2. to suffer hardship

Augment

(v)
to increase or make larger

Purge

(v)
to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable

Cumpulsory

(adj.)
required, mandatory

Importune

(v)
to demand with urgency

Brusque

(adj.)
abrupt, blunt

Tedious

(adj.)
long and tiresome

Yammer

(v)
to talk or whine at length

Bindle

(n)
a collection usually of bedding and other possesions carried by a hobo

Scourge

(v)
to torment or whip someone
(n)
a tormenter

Mollify

(v)
to calm or soothe someone who is angry

Pugnacious

(adj.)
inclined to fight

Resigned

(adj.)
submissive or acquiescent

Lumbered

(v)
to move slowly or heavy clumsines, as though weighted down

Imperious

(adj.)
like a boss; arrogantly

Dejected

(adj.)
depressed in spirits

Glimmer

(n)
a dim perception
(v)
to shine faintly or unsteadily

Ladened

(adj.)
burdened; loaded down

Grizzled

(adj.)
having gray or partly gray hair

Gingerly

(adv.)
with great care or caution; warily

Flounce

(v)
to throw the body about spasmodically; flounder

Contort

(v)
to become twisted, distorted, or strained

Apprehensive

(adj.)
uneasy or fearful about something that might happen

Plaintive

(adj.)
expressing sorrow or melancholy

Bemuse

(v)
to bewilder or confuse (someone)

Derision

(n)
ridicule or mockery

Reprehensible

(adj.)
blameworthy

Brittle

(adj.)
1. having hardness+rigidity but little strength
2. lacking warmth or compassion

Scuttle

(v)
to run with quick+hasty steps

Subdue

(v)
to overpower

Snivel

(v)
to whine

Indignation

(n)
strong displeasure at something considered unjust, righteous anger

Diminutive

(adj.)
small; little; tiny

Auspicious

(adj.)
1. promising success, favorable
2. favored by fortune

Asinine

(adj.)
foolish, unintelligent, or silly; stupid

Edification

(n)
1. the act of instructing morally or spiritually
2. uplifting

Prowess

(n)
exceptional power or ability

Obstreperous

(adj.)
resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly and loud

Inconspicuous

(adj.)
not noticeable or prominent

Vehement

(adj.)
1. zealous; intense or passionate
2. characterized by violence or anger

Myopic

(adj.)
shortsighted; lacking tolerance or understanding

Curt

(adj.)
rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner

Rankle

(v)
to cause keen irritation or bitter resentment in

Reverent

(adj.)
deeply respectful

Placid

(adj.)
pleasantly calm or peaceful

Encumbered

(v)
to burden or weigh down

Acrimonious

(adj.)
caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc.

Smug

(adj.)
contentedly confident of one's ability, superiority, or correctness

Haughty

(adj.)
snobbish, arrogant

Arid

(adj.)
extremely dry and without moisture

Iota

(n)
a very small quantity

Furtive

(adj.)
taken, done, used, etc., surreptitiously or by stealth

Amble

(n)
a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)
(v)
to walk leisurely

Onslaught

(n)
a sudden and severe onset of trouble

Impudent

(adj.)
improperly forward or bold

Acquit

(v)
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

Heathen

(adj.)
not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam
(n)
a person who does not acknowledge your God

Cull

(v)
to pick or select

Solace

(n)
comfort in a time of sorrow, misfortune, or trouble

Surcease

(v)
to cease from some action

Garish

(adj.)
excessively ornate or elaborate

Prostrate

(v)
to throw (oneself) face down on the ground in humility or adoration

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