Unit 5 Vocab

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ignominy

(n) shame, disgrace; dishonor, degradation

caprice

(n) whim; vagary; a sudden unpredictable change of one's mind; the tendency to change one's mind without apparent or adequate motive (adj) fanciful, whimsical, erratic

physiognomy

(n) the "science" (popular at various times throughout history; now disproven) of determining a person's character from the physical features of his/her face or body; a person's face, when used as an index to his/her character

incredulous

(adj) skeptical, doubtful, unwilling or unable to believe; showing disbelief

eminence

(n) high station, rank, or repute; outstanding reputation; distinction, renown; high elevation; a title of honor for cardinals

sojourn

(n) a temporary stay (not necessarily one day) (vi) to stay somewhere temporarily

abash

(vt) to destroy (someone's) confidence; to shame, humiliate, humble, abase, degrade

purport

(v) to claim or profess, to present the appearance of being; to convey, express, or imply (n) the meaning, import, or sense; a purpose or intention

mien

(n) demeanor, air, manner, deportment, or bearing; the affect created by one's behavior and appearance

superfluous

(adj) excessive, extra, unnecessary; being more than what is needed

edifice

(n) a building, especially one of large size or imposing appearance; any large, complex system or organization

peremptory

(adj) leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imperative, dictatorial, decisive, authoritative, bossy, demanding

auspicious

(adj) propitious, promising, encouraging, favored by fortune, likely to turn out well, boding good things)

vivify

(v) to give live to, animate; to enliven, brighten

penitent

(adj) repentant, contrite, remorseful, sorry for having sinned and seeking atonement (n) a person who confesses sin and submits to a penance

congenial

(adj) pleasant, agreeable; well-suited, compatible

imbibe

(v) to drink

progenitor

(n) ancestor; precursor, that which originates something and serves as a model

retribution

(n) vengeance, revenge, payback, justice, requital of evil acts; in theology, the distribution of rewards and punishments in an afterlife

indict

(vt) to charge (one) with committing a crime; to accuse, castigate, criticize

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