Elite Box A & B 451-475

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ovation

n. enthusiastic and lengthy applause

demagogue

n. a leader who obtains power by appealing to the emotions and passions of the people

foment

v. to stir up negative feelings, esp. those that lead to violent action

goad

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

tantalize

v. to torment or tease by showing something desirable while keeping it out of reach

cordial

adj. warm and friendly; hearty

adorn

v. add beauty; to decorate

scribe

n. a professional copyist of manuscripts and documents, esp. in ancient times

fastidious

adj. not easy to please; very critical or discriminating

purport

v. to claim, esp. falsely

circumscribe

v. to define the limits of

foliage

n. leaves

complacent

adj. too pleased with oneself; self-satisfied

etiquette

n. the forms of behavior of polite society

morbid

adj. gruesome; awful

inhibit

v. to hold back

subjective

adj. based on personal experience or feeling, not form external evidence

ensue

v. to happen subsequently

heinous

adj. extremely wicked; abominable

urbane

adj. sophisticated

induce

v. to influence, esp.by persuasion; to bring about; to infer by inductive reasoning

debonair

adj. easy and carefree in manner

etymology

n. the study of origins of words

stoic

adj. apparently indifferent to joy, grief, pleasure, or pain

plethora

n. an excessive amount

conceit

n. a fanciful idea or image, esp. an exaggerated poetic comparison; an extravagant construction

catastrophe

n. disaster; sudden misfortune

variegated

adj. distinctly marked with different colors; diverse

carouse

n. to participate in a loud, drunken party

vertiginous

adj. causing dizziness, as from spinning or heights

encomium

n. high praise

expound

v. to explain in detail

dogma

n. a specific set of ideas or beliefs, esp. religious or asserted to be absolutely true

bereaved

adj. suffering the loss of a beloved one

predilection

n. a preference

brevity

n. briefness

tumult

n. a great commotion or uproar

effervescent

adj. giving off gas bubbles; showing high spirits or excitementh

outmoded

adj. no longer in fashion

defunct

adj. having ceased to exist or live

vindictive

adj. seeking reenge; marked by a desire to hurt

calamity

n. an event causing extreme trouble and misery

contentious

adj. always ready to argue; quarrelsome

rationalize

v. to come up with self-satisfying but incorrect excuses

underscore

v. to emphasize

vitiate

v. to make faulty or impure; to spoil

undermine

v. to weaken

wallow

v. to roll about lazily, in or as if in water, snow or mud; to revel

ostensible

adj. outwardly appearing as such

perennial

adj. lasting through the years

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