Vocabulary: Lessons 1-4

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adroit

clever; skillful in a mental or physical way

allay

to lessen; to relieve; to calm

blazon

to proclaim; to display publicly; a coat of arms; a banner

bravado

a show of false bravery or confidence

choleric

having or showing a quick temper or irascible nature

colloquy

a conversation or conference, usually formal

despot

an absolute ruler; one in charge who acts like a tyrant

dirge

a funeral hymn; a poetic or musical expression of grief

expatriate

one who is exiled from his native land; to withdraw from one's native land

feign

to pretend; to make up

assimilate

to absorb and incorporate food or knowledge; to absorb one group into a larger culture

cognizant

aware of or informed about something

discursive

wandering or shifting from one subject to another; rambling; long-winded

ennui

discontent and listlessness from lack of occupation or interest

farcical

ridiculous; exaggeratedly comical

fortuitous

occurring by chance; accidental; fortunate

hyperbole

an obvious exaggeration, made for effect and not meant to be taken literally

incognito

one who is in disguise; disguised; using a false name

mesmerism

hypnotism; hypnotic appeal; intense fascination

omniscient

knowing everything; having complete or infinite knowledge

abject

hopelessly low; wretched; miserable; without self-respect

admonish

to reprove mildly and kindly; but seriously; to caution or warn; to urge

commensurate

in proper proportion; having the same scale, measure, or size; proportionate

distraught

in a state of mental conflict; agitated; crazed

euphemism

a mild expression used in place of a harsh, crude, or distasteful expression

nebulous

hazy; vague; not clearly defined

phlegmatic

sluggish; indifferent; calm

propriety

acceptable behavior; conformity with conventional standards

prosaic

matter-of-fact; ordinary; commonplace

revile

to attack with abusive language; to call insulting names

banal

commonplace; trite; stale from overuse

bellicose

quarrelsome; hostile; inclined to fighting

finesse

delicate skill; subtlety; to bring about with skill; to evade

glib

done in a smooth, offhand manner; easily spoken; speaking too smoothly to be sincere

lampoon

strongly satirical writing; to ridicule or satirize

lugubrious

sad or mournful; doleful

nefarious

villainous; infamous; having a bad reputation

nemesis

an avenger; an unbeatable rival; a person who punishes another for evil deeds

pseudonym

a fictitious name assumed by an author; a pen name

purloin

to steal

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