Wordly Wise 3000; 2nd Edition; Book 10; Lessons 11-15

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This is a mass list of the 75 vocabulary words we are responsible for on the English final. These are all the words from lesson 11 to 15. Enjoy!

agrarian

adj. Having to do with farming or agriculture

burgeon

v. To grow an expand rapidly; to flourish

cataclysm

n. A sudden and violent change; a catastrophe

culinary

adj. Having to do with cooking

denigrate

v. To attack the reputation of; to criticize in a derogatory manner

gourmet

n. A person who likes fine food and is a good judge of its quality
adj.

grandiloquent

adj. Using lofty or pompous speech or expression

hybrid

n. 1. The offspring of two animals or plants of different species or varieties
2. Anything that is of mixed origin or composition
adj.

manifold

adj. Having many different kinds, forms, or parts

palatable

adj. Acceptable or pleasing, especially to the sense of taste

panacea

n. Something that is supposed to cure all ills or difficulties; a cure-all

plebeian

adj. Of or pertaining to the common people; common; unrefined

scourge

n. Something that causes great pain and suffering; a social evil
v. To punish severely, especially by whipping; to devastate

stalemate

n. A halt in a struggle because both sides are equally strong and neither side will give in; a deadlock

temperate

adj. Mild, moderate; restrained

aftermath

n. A consequence or result, often a negative one

aphorism

n. A short statement of truth or principle; a wise saying

catharsis

n. A releasing of the emotions, often through the arts, that brings about spiritual renewal or a relieving of tension

cohort

n. 1. A group that is moving or working together
2. One who assists another, especially in a dubious or criminal activity; an accomplice

culpable

adj. Deserving blame or censure

diabolical

adj. Devilish; wicked or evil

enormity

n. 1. The state or quality of being monstrous or outrageous
2. The state or quality of being huge, immense

gibe

v. To utter taunting, sarcastic words
n. The state or quality of being huge, immense

innocuous

adj. Harmless; unlikely to offend

necessitate

v. To require; to make necessary

odyssey

n. 1. A long, adventurous journey
2. An intellectual or spiritual quest

partisan

n. 1. A strong supporter or advocate
2. An armed fighter opposed to an occupying army
adj. Strongly biased in favor of a particular party, cause, or position

posterity

n. A person' descendants; future generations

premeditated

adj. Fully planned beforehand; deliberate

scurrilous

adj. Vulgar; coarsely abusive

adjunct

n. Something or someone joined or added to something else but not essentially a part of it

belie

v. To give a false impression of; to contradict

carnage

n. Great destruction of life; slaughter

dilemma

n. A problem that seems to have no satisfactory solution; a difficult choice

diverse

adj. Differing from one another; having various or distinct parts

eradicate

v. To get rid of; to uproot

flout

v. To ignore in a disrespectful or scornful way

foment

v. To stir up, to rouse; to instigate

insurrection

n. An open revolt against legal authority; a rebellion

mandatory

adj. Ordered by an authority; required

mitigate

v. To make or become less serious or severe; to ameliorate

pretext

n. An effort to conceal the real intention or state of affairs; an excuse

singular

adj. 1. Denoting to a single person or thing, contrasted to more than one
2. Extraordinary; exceptional
3. Strange or unusual

somnolent

adj. 1. Tending to cause sleepiness
2. Drowsy

stalwart

adj. 1. Strong; sturdy
2. Firm; resolute

abominate

v. To hate or loathe intensely
adj. 1. Detestable, loathsome
2. Disagreeable and unpleasant

abridge

v. To shorten in duration or extent; to diminish

animosity

n. Intense ill will

auspicious

adj. Favorable, promising

beleaguer

v. 1. To besiege; to surround with an army
2. To surround with troubles; to harass

confidant

n. A person to whom secrets are told

constituent

n. 1. One of the parts that make up a whole
2. A voter represented by a particular official

iniquitous

adj. Unjust; wicked

inure

v. To adjust to and accept unpleasant or undesirable conditions

inveigh

v. (used with against) To complain or protest strongly

predecessor

n. A person or thing that has held a position or office before another

sabotage

n. Acts that intentionally damage, hinder, or seek to discredit
v. To engage in intentionally damaging acts

sadistic

adj. Taking pleasure in causing pain

scathing

adj. Harshly critical

transpire

v. 1. To become apparent; to come to light
2. To happen or occur

aberration

n. 1. A departure from the norm or what is considered right, natural, or normal; a flaw or defect
2. The failure of a mirror or lens to reproduce an image in focus

antiquated

adj. Grown old; out-of-date; old-fashioned

celestial

adj. 1. Of or relating to the skies or heavens
2. Heavenly, divine; of the finest or highest kind

certitude

n. The state of being certain of the truth or rightness of something

disburse

v. To distribute something or pay out money, especially from a public or other fund

galaxy

n. 1. A vast cluster of stars and other matter, billions of which make up the known universe
2. A group of brilliant or notable people or things

intractable

adj. Hard to manage, tame, or control; stubborn; not easily cured

juncture

n. 1. A joining or coming together; the place where such a connection occurs
2. A point in time made critical by the timing of the circumstance

juxtapose

v. To place side by side

maelstrom

n. 1. A large and violent whirlpool or something resembling a whirlpool
2. A place or state of great turmoil or confusion

optimum

adj. Best or most favorable

pillory

v. To expose to public score or contempt

proliferate

v. To grow, expand, or multiply at a rapid rate

remiss

adj. Negligent; careless; lax
(usually followed by the word 'in')

titanic

adj. Marked by great strength, size, or influence

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