vocab lesson 7-11

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epistle

a letter or literary composition in letter form

avid

enthusiastic; extremely interested; eager

gadfly

an irritating and persistent person; pest

humility

absence of vanity; humbleness; modesty

dolorous

exhibiting sorrow or pain; mournful

gargantuan

of huge or extraordinary size and power; huge

arduous

difficult; requiring much effort; laborious

affable

friendly; agreeable; easy to talk to; good natured

grandiloquent

pompous or high-flown in speech;proper

agrarian

concerning farms, farmers, or the use of land; agricultural

grimace

a facial expression of fear, disapproval, or pain; scowl

harangue

a long, strongly expressed speech or lecture

formidable

arousing fear or awe; intimidating

sycophant

a flatterer; one who fawns on others in order to gain favor

explicit

clearly and openly stated; leaving nothing to the imagination; exact; precise

cynical

doubtful or distrustful of the goodness or sincerity oh human motives; skeptical

ambivalent

having opposing attitudes or feelings toward a person, thing, or idea; unable to decide

demagogue

a leader who appeals to citizens emotions to obtain power

demure

quiet and modest; reserved

intrepid

without fear; brave

destitute

extremely poor; lacking necessities like food and shelter

erudite

scholarly; learned

dilemma

a choice between two unpleasant or difficult options

culmination

the highest point of attainment; the end or climax

concur

to be of the same opinion; to agree with; to support

abate

to lessen in violence or intensity

decorum

conformity to accepted standards of conduct; proper behavior

abhor

to detest; to hate strongly

dole

to distribute; to give out sparingly

gamut

the whole range or extent

extrovert

one who is outgoing; one who is energized rather than drained by interactions with others

droll

amusing in an odd or whimsical way

duplicity

intentional deceit in speech or conduct; deception

effigy

a crude dummy or image representing a hated person or group

austere

stern; severe; plain

emulate

to strive to be equal to; to imitate

sere

dry and withered

enhance

to increase the value or beauty of something

contrite

feeling regret for having committed some wrongdoing

magnanimous

noble; generous in forgiving; free from petty feelings or acts

enunciate

to state clearly and distinctly; to pronounce

collaborate

to work with another toward a goal

impound

to confine; to retain in legal custody

impeccable

faultless; without sin or blemish; faultless

evoke

to summon forth

inane

without sense or meaning; silly

unctuous

exaggeratedly or insincerely polite; oily

expatriate

someone who chooses to live outside of, or renounce his or her native country

frowzy

unkempt

heinous

hatefully or shockingly evil

expound

to explain in detail; to clarify

cajole

to persuade with false promises and flattery

inscrutable

not easily understood; hard to fathom

balk

to refuse stubbornly or abruptly; to stop short and refuse to go on

acrimony

ill-natured, bitter hostility

dour

stern and ill-humored

exult

to rejoice; to feel triumphant

omniscient

having unlimited knowledge; all-knowing

fiasco

a complete, ridiculous failure

metier

the work one is especially suited for; one's specialty; an occupation

fluctuate

to rise and fall; to vary irregularly

harry

to annoy or harass

incognito

disguised; pretending not to be oneself

lethargy

lack of energy; sluggishness

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