42 terms

Great Expectations Vocab

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Abeyance
temporary cessation or suspension
Adamant
unyielding; firm in opinion
Affinity
a natural attraction to
Apprise
make aware of
Approbation
approval
Assiduous
persistent, attentive, diligent
Audacity
excessive boldness, rashness, daring
Avarice
extreme greed for material wealth
Benevolence
kindness, generosity, charity
Blighted
damaged; destroyed; ruined
Blithe
cheerful, lighthearted; casual, unconcerned
Clemency
mercy, humaneness; mildness, moderateness
Contrite
feeling regret for a fault or offence
Corrugated
bent into folds
Despondency
depression of spirits from loss of courage or hope; dejection
Disparage
to degrade, to speak of someone or something in a derogatory manner
Edifying
instructing and improving spiritually or morally
Exalt
praise, glorify, or honor
Feint
any distracting or deceptive maneuver or manner
Fortuitous
having no cause or apparent cause
Goad
to drive or urge on
Guileless
free of deceit
Ignominy
public shame, disgrace, or dishonor
Languid
lacking spirit or liveliness
Latent
hidden, present but not realized
Magnanimity
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart
Meritorious
worthy, deserving recognition and praise
Mollify
make soft
Moribund
dying
Obdurate
stubborn, unyielding
Obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please
Perspicacious
mentally acute or penetratingly discerning
Placid
calm, peaceful
Querulous
peevish, complaining, fretful
Rue
feel remorse for
Sagacious
acutely insightful and wise
Slovenly
untidy, dirty, careless
Spurn
to refuse with scorn, disdain
Supercilious
expressive of contempt
Trepidation
fear; nervous apprehension
Vagabond
a person who wanders from place to place
Zeal
enthusiasm, fervor