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27 terms

Vocabulary #14

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ameliorate
v.
to improve
jaundiced
adj.
distorted or prejudiced as with envy or resentment
solicitous
adj.
concerned or anxious
pompadour
n.
a hair style that is raised up in the front
gelid
adj.
ice, very cold
genuflect
v.
to bend the knee in reverence or worship
fastidious
adj.
excessively critical or demanding; characterized by excessive care
epiphany
n.
the sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature of something
macabre
adj.
gruesome, grim ghastly; pertaining to or representing death
mulatto
n.
a person who racial ancestry is mixed Negro and Caucasian
Satiety
n.
the sate of being satisfied fully
drayman
n.
the driver of a dray--a strong cart or carrying heavy loads
prolific
adj.
characterized by abundant productivity
abatement
n.
the state of being decreased or diminished
threnody
n.
a song, speech, poem, or lamentation, esp. for the dead
deity
n.
god
strophe
n.
the part of an ancient Greek chorual ode sung by the chorus when moving from right to left
antistrophe
n.
follows a strophe and the chorus moves from left to right
bilious
adj.
extremely unpleasant or distasteful; relating to bile or an excess secretion of bile
misanthrope
n.
hater of mankind
arabesque
n.
an elaborate design - a form of ornamentation in art and music
diffident
adj.
lacking confidence in oneself
insurgent
n.
a rebel
restive
adj.
restless
sloven
adj.
careless or slipshod
(usually a noun)
archipelago
n.
an island group
moirai
n.pl.
individual destinies
(singular-Moire-the will of the gods or fate)