Dr. Li vocab part 6

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defile

pollute; to corrupt or make unclean

deft

quick and skillful in action; nimble; clever; adroit

defunct

dead; no longer in use or existence

deify

to regard or worship as a god

despot

a monarch having unlimited power; absolute ruler; tyrannical

detraction

slandering; aspersion; defamation; calumny; slander

diaphanous

sheer; transparent (of fabric)

dirge

lament with music; a funeral song; a song of mourning

disingenuous

lacking in frankness; insincere; covertly guileful; crafty

dispassionate

calm; impartial; detached from emotion or prejudice

divine

to perceive intuitively; to foresee the future; to prophesy

edict

decree; a public order or command by some authority; ukase

emend

to rectify; to change by means of editing; to correct

ennui

annoyance; boredom; listlessness; lack of interest

epicure

a perfectionist regarding food and drink

epistemology

the subset of philosophy that deals with the origin, nature, and limits of knowledge

equine

resembling or characteristics of a horse

erudite

learned; possessing great knowledge

estuary

the point of a water passage where a river empties into a tidal area

exalt

to raise in rank or dignity; to praise; to extol

excise

to cut away; to remove

exorbitant

beyond what is reasonable financially; very excessive

extradite

to hand over and alleged fugitive from one country or state to another upon official request; such an action

farrago

a careless mixture; mish-mash

femme fatale

a woman ho attracts men by her aura of charm and mystery

fetter

a shackle or handcuff; a restraint

fiat

an arbitrary decree or order

flak

antiaircraft artillery; criticism; censure

flay

to whip so savagely as to tear the skin off the victim; to attack or scold with stinging criticism

frond

fern leaf; palm or banana leaf

gadfly

a fly that bites livestock; a person who annoys, irritates or provokes

genial

smiling and pleasant; cheerful and friendly; kindly

glib

articulate yet superficial; facile

glower

to give a brooding, annoyed, or angry look; to stare angrily or crossly; to scowl fiercely

graft

to insert a small branch of one tree into a prepared slit in another tree; to insert or fix as if by grafting it

hallowed

blessed; consecrated; holy; sacred

harry

to raid and rob with violence; to worry; to lay waste; to hunt down

hedonist

someone who lives for nothing else but pleasure

horticultural

pertaining to cultivation or gardens

impecunious

penniless; poor; indigent; broke

impiety

disrespectful; irreverence (toward God); not pious; not showing due respect to God, clergy or religious objects

ingenue

an artless; innocent girl; an actress who plays such parts

insalubrious

unwholesome; not healthful

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