45 terms

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apogee
The point in its orbit when a planet or satellite is farthest from the earth. The highest point.
geocentric
referring to the center of the earth in measurement or observation. Considering the earth as teh center of a planetary system.
perigee
the point in its orbit when a planet or a satellite (usually the moon) is nearest the earth
inter
to bury; to place in a grave
terra cotta
ceramic clay used in pottery, statuary, and construction
terrestrial
pertaining to the earth and its inhabitants
exhume
to dig out of the ground; disinter
humus
Rich, dark organic material formed by decay of vegetable matter, essential to soil's fertility
mountebank
A swindler; a charlatan; a trickster
paramount
Of chief importance; primary; foremost
promontory
a high ridge of land jutting into a body of water; a headland
pastoral
rural; of rural life; idyllic; of a pastor
repast
a meal; food served at a meal
rustic
typical of country life and people; simple; rough
rusticate
to go to the country
animus
1. a powerful feeling of hostility or antagonism; hatred
2. an animating spirit
equanimity
composure and calm in stressful conditions; equilibrium
pusillanimous
cowardly; fearful
ether
The regions of space beyond the earth's atmosphere; the heavens; a highly flammable liquid anesthetic
ethereal
spiritlike in lightness and delicacy; heavenly; celestial
diaphanous
allowing light to show through; delicate
epiphany
A revelatory manifestation of a divine being; a revelation; a flash of understanding of the true nature of something.
phantasm
A phantom; an apparition; something unreal, as in a dream or a vision
sycophant
a flatterer seeking favors or gain; a servile self-seeker
aspiration
Strong desire for achievement
dispirited
dejected; discouraged; gloomy
hyperbole
an exaggeration; a figure expressing excess
hyperborean
far north; Arctic; very cold; frigid
hyperventilation
The condition of taking abnormally fast, deep breaths
vent
1. an outlet; an opening for passage of liquids, fumes, or sometimes air 2. to utter; to express, especially in relieving strong feelings
fervid
full of intense passion or zeal
effervescent
bubbling up from a liquid; very excited; bubbling over with high spirits
conflagration
a large destructive fire
flagrant
shockingly evident; outrageously conspicuous
inflammatory
arousing strong emotion, especially anger or hostility; pertaining to redness, swelling, or pain following an infection or injury
flamboyant
colored or decorated in a showy way; having a showy appearance or manner
incendiary
(adj.) deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife
incense
to cause great anger; to enrage
caustic
(adj.) able to burn or eat away by chemical action; biting, sarcastic wit
cauterize
to burn with a hot iron or a chemical to destroy abnormal tissue and/or to stop infection and/or bleeding
pyre
a pile of wood for corpse burning as a measure of funeral ceremony; any pile of combustible materials
pyrotechnics
a display of fireworks; a spectacular display of virtuosity in music, writing, wit, or other accomplishment`
PYROMANIA
compulsory need to set things in fire
scintilla
a very small amount; a bit; an iota
scintillate
to give off sparks; to be animated or brilliant