52 terms

Washburn Vocab #1

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Cognizant
aware of something
Disillusioned
having lost faith or trust in something : disappointed that something is not as good, valuable, true, etc., as it had seemed
Ebullient
lively and enthusiastic
Equitable
just or fair : dealing fairly and equally with everyone
Fetid
having a strong, unpleasant smell
Futile
having no result or effect : pointless or useless
Girded
encircled or bound with a flexible band (as a belt)
Harried
bothered by many problems or worries : very worried or anxious
Latent
used to describe something (such as a disease) that exists but is not active or cannot be seen
Messianic
relating to or having the qualities of a messiah
Scintillating
very clever, amusing, and interesting
Sublime
very beautiful or good : causing strong feelings of admiration or wonder: complete or extreme
Tacit
expressed or understood without being directly stated
Unfettered
not controlled or restricted
To Admonish
to speak to (someone) in a way that expresses disapproval or criticism
To Dissemble
to hide your true feelings, opinions, etc.
To Emulate
to try to be like (someone or something you admire)
To Exude
to produce a liquid or smell that flows out slowly, to flow out slowly, to show (a quality, emotion, etc.) very clearly or strongly
To Feign
to pretend to feel or be affected by (something)
To Grapple
a hand-to-hand struggle, a contest for superiority or mastery
To Languish
to continue for a long time without activity or progress in an unpleasant or unwanted situation
To Precipitate
to cause (something) to happen quickly or suddenly
To Prod
to push someone or something with your finger or a pointed object, to persuade or try to persuade (someone) to do something
To Regress
an act or the privilege of going or coming back
To Relegate
to put (someone or something) in a lower or less important position, rank, etc., to give (something, such as a job or responsibility) to another person or group
To Repudiate
to refuse to accept or support (something) : to reject (something or someone),to say or show that (something) is not true
To Vest
to give (someone) the legal right or power to do something or to own land or property
Allocation
A distribution; a unit of something that has been divided out and distributed
Apologist
A person who defends or supports something that is being criticized or attacked by other people
Bigot
A person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas
Chauvinism
An attitude that the members of your own group are always better than those of the opposite sex
Demigod
An extremely impressive or important person: a person who seems like a god in some way
Elegy
A sad poem or song; a poem or song that expresses sorrow for someone who is dead
Ethnocentrism
Belief system based on the idea that your own group or culture is better than others
Fealty
Loyalty to a person or group; etc
Farce
A light dramatic composition marked by broadly satirical comedy and improbable plot OR an empty or patently ridiculous act, proceeding, or situation
Gadfly
Someone who annoys people by being very critical
Hedonism
Belief system premised on pleasure
Intelligentsia
Elite group of people who identify themselves as being very well educated
Laureate
A person who has won an important award in art or science
Moratorium
Period during which something that was previously occurring stops temporarily
Posterity
People in the future
Query
Question or inquiry
Abnegation
Denial, especially self denial
Substantive
Important, real, or meaningful (full of substance)
Succor
Relief or aid; something that you do or give to help someone who is suffering or in a difficult situation
Taint
A contaminating mark or influence
Zeitgeist
The general beliefs, ideas, and spirit of a time and place
Abhorrent
Causing or deserving strong dislike or hatred
Anesthetizing
Numbing
Ardent
Passionate; full of metaphorical fire
Arduous
Very difficult