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Elite Vocab Set 101-125

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queasy
adj. sick to one's stomach; nauseated
perpetuity
n. a state of infinite or indefinately long duration
unkempt
adj. sloppy; messy; unclean
rouse
v. to wake or provoke
resilient
adj. able to recover quickly (e.g., from bending or illness)
mien
n. bearing or manner, esp. as revealing one's inner state of mind
rancid
adj. spoiled or rotten (esp. oils or fats)
embroil
v. to engage in trouble; to complicate
dynasty
n. a succession of rulers or people in power from the same ruler
insidious
adj. subtly harmful; stealthy, sneaky
anonymous
adj. having an unknown or unacknowledged name
waggish
adj. mischievous; playful
protean
adj. easily taking on different forms
kindling
n. dry sticks of used to start a fire
skulk
v. to lurk; to move secretively
malinger
v. to act sick in order to avoid work
waif
n. a person without home or friends
affluence
n. wealth
occult
adj. relating to the supernatural; beyond human comprehension; mysterious
melange
n. a mixture; a hodgepodge
dentriment
n. injury or damage
deranged
adj. mentally disturbed
grotesque
adj. strangely or absurdly distorted
extortion
n. taking (orioerty or money) by force or threat or force
fleet
adj. moving swiftly
indiscriminate
adj. unselective; random; unrestrained
kin
n. one's relative
insinuate
v. to hint
congregate
v. to assemble into a group
morass
n. an area of swampy ground; something that hinders
lucrative
adj. producing wealth; profitable
opportunist
n. one who takes advantage of every opportunity, whether or not it is moral to do so
apprehend
v. to become aware of through the senses
placebo
n. something presented as a drug, but having no actual effect
vicarious
adj. felt as if one were taking part in the experiences of another
rancorous
adj. bitter and resentful
regale
v. to delight or entertain
gross
adj. total, entire; glaringly obvious, flagrant
effect
v. to bring about
leaven
v. to add yeast; to fill (something) with a substance that changes it or makes it lighter
nepotism
n. showing favoritism to relatives
check
v. to restrain or block
utopia
n. an ideally perfect place
curfew
n. a regulation requiring people to be inside at a certain time
amiable
adj. friendly and agreeable; sociable
irony
n. a use of words in which the intended meaning is very different from the literal sense; an incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs, esp. one that suggests a lesson about human folly
inordinate
adj. excessive, unrestrained
polyglot
adj. speaking many languages; n. one who speaks many languages
vapid
adj. lacking interest, animation or flavor
archaic
adj. of a much earlier, often more primitive period