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English 1 145 vocab words

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genealogy
account of the descent of a person or family from an ancestor
cope
to deal with; to handle problems or difficulties
plaintive
mournful; melancholy; sad; sorrowful
benefactor
a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
aloof
at a distance; unfriendly
agitation
a violent shaking; an emotional disturbance or excitement; the arousal of public interest in social or political issues
apparition
ghost; phantom
obsession
a preoccupation; an idea, feeling, or impulse that a person cannot escape
moors
a large, open area of land, often marshy with heather growing on it; to keep a boat in place with ropes or cables fastened to the shore; to fasten
palatial
like a palace; magnificent and grand
herald
messenger
emissary
someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
citadel
(n.) a fortress that overlooks and protects a city; any strong or commanding place
defile
To make dirty, to desecrate, to pollute
garbs
clothing; outfit; to dress
retrieve
to get back; to recover
undergo
to endure; to experience
meditate
to think about deeply and quietly, reflect upon; to plan, intend
omen
a sign of something about to happen
devout
Deeply religious
sovereign
a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler
amity
friendship; peaceful relationship as between nations
potions
a liquid wiht special powers, especially one used as poison, medicine, or magic
prowess
superior strength, skill, courage, or daring
quest
the act of searching for something
medieval
relating to or belonging to the Middle Ages
hereditary
of or passed down by inheritance from an ancestor; transmitted from parent to child
chivalry
the medieval knight's code of ideal behavior, including bravery, loyalty, and respect for women
recede
pull back or move away or backward
havoc
great destruction; chaos
dexterity
skillfulness; expertness; talent
manifest
easy to see; obvious; to show; to reveal
fervent
ardent, showing great emotion, impassioned
inflammation
a redness and swelling in reaction to infection or injury
belligerent
aggressive; warlike
hideous
horrible; disgusting; repulsive; ugly
meander
to wander about, wind about; a sharp turn or twist
inconspicuous
attracting little attention
annals
records; history
epic
a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
disperse
To scatter, spread far and wide
intact
whole, with no part missing; undamaged
landlocked
surrounded by land; cut off from the sea
negotiate
to settle by discussing; to arrange an agreement
replenish
to fill again; to resupply; to restore
docile
gentle; easy to manage; obedient
sinister
threatening trouble or bad luck; evil; disastrous
unscrupulous
dishonest; having no principles of right and wrong
seethe
to boil; to bubble and foam; to be excited or disturbed
arrogance
overbearing pride; a lack of regard for others
yearn
to long for or desire
kindle
to start a fire; ignite; arouse
spurn
reject with scorn, turn away
frivolous
silly; unimportant
smug
Overly self-satisfied, self-righteous
granular
containing grains or granules; grainy
flora
plants collectively, especially plants of a particular region or period; a treatise describing the plants of a region or time
metamorphosis
a transformation, as by magic; a marked change in appearance or function
sector
The part of a circle that looks like a piece of pie. A sector is bounded by 2 radii and an arc of the circle.
carnivorous
flesh-eating
centrifugal
tending to move away from a center
upheaval
a sudden violent change; a forceful lifting up from underneath
sparse
not thick; thinly scattered; scanty
stagnant
(adj.) not running or flowing; foul from standing still; inactive, sluggish, dull
fauna
all the animal life in a particular region
attribute
to think of as coming from or belonging to a particular person or thing
infest
to spread or swarm in or over; to live in or on as a parasite
bizarre
odd; fantastic; grotesque; unusual
predatory
preying on others; tending to victimize or destroy others for one's own gain
humanoid
adj. resembling a human in appearance and behavior; n. a being that resembles a human; in science fiction, a humanlike creature from outer space
tolerate
to permit; to put up with; to recognize and respect
horde
a crowd; a swarm; a wandering group or tribe; to swarm or gather in a crowd
relevant
related to the matter at hand; pertinent
irony
the use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning; or, incongruity between what is expected and what actually happens
humanitarian
concerned with human welfare; a person devoted to helping humanity
conspiracy
n. secret planning (usually unlawful or harmful); a plot or secret plan
lethal
deadly; causing or capable of causing death
advocate
one who argues for a cause; a defender; to support; recommend
preposterous
contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; utterly absurd
manipulate
to operate or control with the hands; to handle; to control or influence dishonestly, unfairly, or shrewdly; to trick
ominous
threatening; foreboding; sinister
misconstrue
to misinterpret; misunderstand
culmination
the peak; the highest point; the climax; the end result
alleged
to claim or state without proof; unproven; questionable; so-called
uncanny
mysterious; strange; weird
plaintiff
a person who initiates a lawsuit; the complaining party
credentials
written evidence showing that a person has a right to a certain position or authority
larceny
theft; unlawful taking and carrying away of another's property
quorum
the minimum number of members needed at a meeting to make official decisions
cumbersome
clumsy; unwieldy; hard to handle
prospective
adj. probable; expected in the future
morbid
having an abnormal interest in the unwholesome; gruesome
superfuous
Extra, Surplus, Excessive
genial
favorable to growth or human comfort; kindly and friendly
hoax
an act that is intended to fool or deceive; something that has been established by fraudulent means
contempitble
despicable hateful low
obtuse
not sharp-edged or pointed; blunt; dull; slow to understand
ideally
perfectly; in theory
chronic
lasting a long time; constant; habitual
incomprehensible
impossible to understand; obscure
impertinent
disrespectful; rude and impolite; unrelated to a given topic
bland
soothing; mild; dull
pessimistic
expecting things to turn out badly; gloomy
malicious
harmful; mean; spiteful
diligent
hardworking;painstaking
gaudy
tastelessly cheap and showy; flashy
jovial
full of playful good humor; genial and jolly
extroverts
a person who is outgoing and interested in others
abhor
to feel hatred or disgust toward something; to loathe; to reject vehemently
quota
an allotment; a proportional share; a maximum number
congeniality
compatibility; friendliness; agreeableness; pleasantness
dupe
a person easily tricked or deceived; to deceive
tycoon
a powerful business person or industrialist; magnate
cynic
a person who believes that people act only from selfish motives; a scornful person
intimate
characterizing one's deepest nature; very close association; a close personal friend
implement
tool; instrument; to carry out; accomplish; fulfill
surmount
to overcome (a difficulty); to rise above; to be above or on top of
adversary
(n.) an enemy, opponent
wrangle
n. a noisy quarrel or brawl; v. to quarrel or bicker; to win or obtain by argument; to herd (livestock)
homage
something done or given to show respect or honor; an act of allegiance
precedent
an act that may be used as an example in the future
acknowledge
to admit; to recognize the rights or authority of; to express thanks for
objective
expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations.
elude
v. to escape from, as by daring or skill; to escape the understanding of
exploits
n. a bold or brilliant act; v. to use to full advantage; to make unfair use of
lax
loose or slack; relaxed; careless; not strict
defraud
to take away or deprive of a right or property by deceit; to swindle
solvent
able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
incompatible
unable to agree or get along; conflicting; mismatched
ostracize
to shut out or exclude from a group; to banish
subsequent
later; coming after; following in time
addicted
given up to a habit or compulsion
evict
to force a person by law to leave a building the person has leased or rented; to force out, eject
radical
fundamental or basic or drastic change; extreme departure from the usual
formidable
hard to overcome or deal with; causing fear or awe