Vocabulary Words

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Mr Hoffman Freshmen English Class

Jaundiced

affected with or exhibiting prejudice, as from envy or resentment.

etiology

the study of the causes of diseases

flaxen

of the pale yellowish color of dressed flax or linen

cosmogony

a theory or story of the origin and development of the universe.

Lummox

a clumsy, stupid person

acme

the highest point of something

woolgathering

indulgence in idle daydreaming

vesuvian

volcanic, or pertaining to a fierce of fiery disposition

loll

to recline or lean in a relaxed, lazy, or indolent manner; lounge.

weltschmerz

Sentimental pessimism; sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life.

nyctophobia

abnormal fear of night or darkness

aioli

a sauce made of oil and eggs, usually flavored with garlic, from the Province region of France.

quean

an overly forward, impudent woman; shrew; hussy.

prehensible

able to be seized or grasped

junket

a trip, as by an official or legislative committee, paid out of public funds and ostensibly to obtain information.

kef

a state of drowsy contentment

billow

to rise or roll in or like a great wave; surge

harrowing

extremely disturbing or distressing; grievous

askance

with suspicion, mistrust or disapproval

anomie

a sense of loneliness and anxiety

mendacity

a tendency to lie; untruthfulness

milquetoast

a very timid, unassertive spineless person

titubant

a disturbance resulting in an uncertain gait and trembling

anoesis

a state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content

ferly

something unusual, strange, or causing wonder or terror

tawdry

gaudy showy and cheap

moot

open to discussion or debate; doubtful

votary

one devoted to some pursuit, worship, or way of life.

Plebiscite

a direct vote of the qualified voters of a state in regard to some important public question;

pansophy

universal knowledge or wisdom

Obscurantism

1. opposition to the increase and spread of knowledge. 2. deliberate obscurity or evasion of clarity.

thanatopsis

a view or contemplation of death

Perdition

a state of final spiritualism; loss of the soul; damnation

Sepulchral

proper to or suggestive of a tomb; funeral or dismal

Metempirical

beyond or outside the field of experience

Iyard

streaked or spotted with gray or white

berserk

violently frenzied; wild; crazed; deranged

animadvert

to comment unfavorably or critically

portend

to foreshadow; to bode

irrefragable

impossible to refute

sapid

having flavor, especially a strong pleasant flavor

tchotchke

a trinket; a knickknack

rapine

the act of plundering

gadabout

one who roams about in search of amusement or social activity

postprandial

occurring after a meal

copacetic

very satisfactory

inculcate

to teach or impress by frequent repitition or instruction

elegiac

relating to the mourning or remembering of the dead.

dilatory

given to, or marked by, procrastination or delay

fey

possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or quality

revenant

one who returns after death or a long absence

bandersnatch

an imaginary wild animal of fierce disposition

fascicle

a section of a book or a set of books published in installments as separate volumes or pamphlets.

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