Animal Farm vocab I

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ensconce

v: to hide, conceal, shelter, to place or settle securly

cynical

adj: believing people are only motivated by selfishness

plaited

v: to braid

dissentient

n: one who disagrees -- with the norm

enmity

n: the bitter attitude or feeling of an enemy or of mutual enemies -- hatred

pre-eminent

adj: above others, surpass, highest of rank

apathy

n: lack of emotion or interest, indifferent

gambolled

v: to jump, skip, play about ... frolic

concieved

v: to put words in the mind

acute

adj: keen or quick of mind

cryptic

adj: mysterious in meaning, puzzling, secret, using code

maxim

n: an expression of general truth or principle ... rule of conduct

tractable

adj: easily managed or controlled

contemptible

adj: deserving of or held in contempt, held in hatred

flogging

v: to beat with a whip or stick as punishment

irrepressible

adj: incapable of being repressed or restrained, uncontrollable

ignominious

adj: marked by or attended with humiliation, shameful

impromptu

adj: made or done with or without previous preparation, n: something impromptu

pretext

n: something that is put forward to conceal a true purpose or object, excuse

publican

n: a person who collected public taxes -- tax collector

manifestly

adv: readily perceived by the eye or the understanding evident, obvious, apparent

liable

adj: legally responsible

innovation

n: something new or different introduced

procured

v: to obtain or get by care effort, or the use of special means ... to bring about, to obtain

restive

adj: impatient of control, restraint or delay, refusing to go forward, uneasy

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