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Vocabulary 2011-2012

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palatable
agreeable to the taste, or agreeable to the mind or feelings, acceptable
cajole
persuade by pleasant words, flattery, or false promises, coax
contempt
the feeling that a person, act, or thing is low or worthless
boisterous
noisy, cheerful
precarious
uncertain, unsafe, dangerous, risky
ensconce
shelter safely, hide
acute
sharp and intense
delectable
very pleasing, delightful
malevolent
wishing evil to happen to others
dilapidated
falling to pieces, partly ruined or decayed through neglect
obstinate
not giving in, stubborn
vehement
having or showing strong feeling
narcissistic
excessively self-centered, excessively vain
ignominious
shameful, dishonorable
pensive
thoughtful in a serious or sad way
procure
to obtain through special effort
ostracize
to exclude from the group
scrupulous
very careful to do waht is right
pragmatic
dealing with things sensibly and realistically
admonish
to caution, advise, or counsel against something; scold
pernicious
causing great harm or damage; injurious
permeate
to diffuse through or penetrate something
plethora
excessive amount; overabundance
prattle
to talk in a foolish or simple-minded way; babble
ponderous
heavy and clumsy; dull and tiresome
debacle
a sudden downfall or collapse; disaster
impervious
resistant, not permitting penetration or passage
berate
scold sharply
meander
to wander aimlessly; to ramble
voracious
excessively eager unable to be satisfied
magnanimous
generous in forgiving an insult or injury
chortle
to chuckle or snort with glee
ostentatious
designed to attract notice; done for display
visceral
related to deep, inward feeling
acquiesce
to comply or agree without protest
guile
the use of tricks to deceive someone
vex
annoy, frustrate or worry
bane
a cause of great distress or annoyance
vapid
offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging
innocuous
harmless
ludicrous
amusingly absurd; ridiculous
pusillanimous
showing lack of courage or determination; cowardly
virulent
very poisonous, deadly
indolent
slothful and lazy
enigma
a person or thing that is mysterious