Alexander English Vocab

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epithet
a word or phrase used to characterize a person like a title. "richard the lionhearted"
obsequious
obedient and attentive in an overly servile, overly fawning way.
timorous
showing or suffering from nervousness, fear, or lack of confidence
negligence
the act of neglecting
lascivious
feeling or showing an overt sexual desire; lewd, lustful, libidinous, salacious, smutty.
iniquity
grossly unfair or immoral behavior
promulgate
to promote
laconic
using few words; concise
sordidness
lacking in morals
candid
sincere; straightforward
bombast
pompous speech; pretentious words
guileless
too open with words; honest; outspoken (think Hagrid)
perdition
having the feeling of being abandoned by friends or by hope
subjugating
bringing under complete control; mastering
discord
disagreement; difference of opinion
homage
something done or given in acknowledgment or consideration of the worth of another
forbear
to refrain or abstain from
circumspection
caution; thoughtfulness
facile
easily done or performed. or: of an argument or theory- appearing neat and simple only by ignoring the true complexities of the issue, a superficial analysis.
insolent
boldly rude or disrespectful
beguile
to influence by trickery; to mislead
alacrity
cheerful readiness or willingness
consecrate
to make or declare sacred
defunct
no longer in effect or use
wanton
deliberate and without motive or provocation
baseness
morally low
usurp
to take or use by force or unlawfully
sated
satisfied; full
surfeited
indulged in excess
paragon
a model or example of excellence
austere
severe or strict. allowing few luxuries, living plainly or preferring harsh surroundings.
emaciated
excessively thin or sometimes unhealthily underweight
unencumbered
free from burden, impediment, or financial responsibility/debt
defile
to sully, mar, or damage; a narrow gorge or passage requiring troops to march in a single file line; to march in a single file line or as if in a parade.
itinerant
wandering, nomadic, roving.
diaphanous
delicate, light, translucent, sheer.
ruminate
to ponder, reflect, or think deeply about.
recrimination
an accusation in response to one from someone else
protuberant
protruding or sticking out
auspicious
promising success, favorable (syn. propitious)
malaise
a general feeling of discomfort or unease whose exact source is unknown
disconsolate
unhappy without the possibility for being comforted
paroxysm
a sudden attack or outbreak of emotion or activity
propitious
indicating a good chance of success, favorable.
contour
the shape or outlines
conjugal
relating to marriage or the relationship between a married couple
regale
to entertain or amuse with talk or stores; to lavish (someone) with food or drink
vindicate
to clear from blame or suspicion. to exonerate.
assiduous
showing perseverance or diligent work ethic
tumid
swollen
autonomy
independence and self-direction
ascertain
to learn with certainty or assurance.
mawkish
sentimental or feeble in a sickly way.
maudlin
self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness.
auscultation (noun)
the sound derived from listening to the heart, lungs, or other organs, typically with a stethoscope
pugnacious
eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight.
sanctum
the innermost or most private, sacred part of a shrine, temple, or church. a private place from which most people are excluded.
ecstatic
overjoyed, filled with ecstasy
lacerate
to tear or make deep cuts in (as in skin or flesh). to criticize forcefully or severely.
reproof
an expression of blame or disapproval
diffuse
to spread or cause to spread or intermingle with other people, objects, or substances
mien
a person's look or manner, especially one that indicates their mood or character
temerity
excessive confidence or boldness; audacity.
eulogy
a speech or piece of writing that praises someone once he or she has died
peevish
easily irritated, especially by unimportant things
discomfiture
the state of being embarrassed, disconcerted, or confused. discomfit: to make someone feel uneasy or embarrassed.
wallow
to indulge in an unrestrained way, either in something that creates pleasure or in an emotion; also, to roll about or lie relaxed in mud or water
beseech
to implore or ask someone fervently to do something; to beg.
chasten
to give a reproof that restrains, subdues, or chastises someone. to curb their behavior in some way.
ostentatious
pretentious or conspicuous. done in a way to show off and attract attention.
futile
pointless, null, useless, ineffective. having no effect.
transient
fleeting or short-lived. temporary, ephemeral, transitory
indiscriminate
not discriminating or showing judgment. not selective. haphazard, thoughtless, careless. also: jumbled, thrown together.
supplication
an act of making a humble prayer, entreaty, or petition. to supplicate is more or less a synonym for to beseech, but to supplicate has a more humble connotation.
proffer
to hold out for acceptance, to offer.
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