30 terms

Vocab Lessons 25-27

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Abstract
not concrete; expressing a quality of though apart form any material or particular object
austere
having a stern or severe look or manner, forbidding; very plain; lacking ornament or luxury; self-denial
celibacy
the state of being unmarried; complete sexual abstinence
compensate
to make up for; to make equivalent; to make amends for something
delve
to search; to investigate for information; to dig up or turn up
deprecate
to feel and express disapproval of ; to belittle
esoteric
understood by a select few; beyond the understanding of most people; hard to understand
improvise
to do on the spur of the moment; to do without any preparation; to bring about with whatever is at hand
query
a question; inquiry
redundant
more than enough; excess; unnecessary, especially in relation to word meaning
dire
causing extreme distress; terrible; dreadful; extreme
extrinsic
not really belonging to the thing with which it is connected; coming from the outside
feasible
capable of being done; possible; within reason; probable; likely; capable of being used successfully; suitable
intrinsic
essential; belonging to the true nature of something; not dependent on the external particulars of something
libel
any false or malicious writing or picture or whatever that attempts to defame a person and subject him or her to public ridicule, hatred, or contempt; an attempt to injure a person's reputation in some way
morality
the character of being in accord with the principles or standards of right conduct; right conduct
ominous
threatening; sinister; evil
ornate
showy; heavily adorned
placid
calm; quiet
pragmatic
having to do with the practical aspects of everyday things rather than with theoretical speculation
affinity
attraction to one another; close relationships
contemporary
modern; happening at the same time; of the same age
convene
to come together; assemble
deference
respect; a giving in to another's opinion or judgement
didactic
related to instruction and teaching; at times may be overly concerned with teaching
eclectic
made up of numerous things; selecting from various sources
hypothesis
an unproved scientific conclusion drawn from known facts; a possible answer to a problem that requires further investigation
pretentious
making claims that one is important; showy
poignant
emotionally moving; arousing pity
ridicule
to make fun of someone; to hold someone up as a laughingstock
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