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Elite Vocab AB 926-950

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gape
v. to open wide; to stare with the mouth open
android
n. an automaton that resembles a human being
conventional
adj. following ordinary practice; unoriginal
stricture
n. a restraint or limit
turgid
adj. swollen, as from fluid; excessively ornate or complex in style
philander
n. of a man, to engage in sexual affairs, esp. casually
formidable
adj. inspiring fear or dread
malignant
adj. very harmful; threatening death; cancerous (of a tumor)
encumber
v. to burden or weigh down
suffrage
n. the right to vote
fictitious
adj. not real; false
ruse
n. an action or device intended to deceive
prosperity
n. wealth; good fortune
incapacitate
adj. to make unable to function in normal activities; disable
decapitate
v. to cut off the head
eerie
adj. causing inexplicable fear for uneasiness, oft. because of an apparently supernatural origin
discursive
adj. covering a wide range of subjects; rambling
prevail
v. to triumph over; to be or become most common
ingratiate
v. to bring oneself into another's favor or good graces by conscious effort
hoodwink
v. to deceive; to mislead
chasm
n. a large gap
nexus
n. a connection or intersection
denigrate
v. to disgrace a reputation; to blacken; to belittle
cache
n. a hiding place for storage of provisions or valuables
reimburse
v. to repay
stymie
v. to obstruct; to stump
uproarious
adj. extremely funny
encompass
v. to surround; to include
modicum
n. a small quantity
unconscionable
adj. beyond reason; not restrained by conscience
procrustean
adj. showing merciless disregard for individual differences or special circumstances
serendipity
n. unexpected gift or discovery
callow
adj. inexperienced; not developed; immature
balm
n. anything healing or soothing
tarry
v. to delay; to linger
detract
v. to take away a desirable part; to diminish
rectify
v. to set right; to correct
aggravate
v. to worsen
cavil
v. to argue in a petty fashion; make trifling objections
traverse
v. to travel over or through
thespian
adj. relating to drama; n. an actor
medium
n. a method or way of expressing something
quizzical
adj. puzzled, questioning
dexterous
adj. skillful with the hands or mind
philology
n. literary study, esp. as it involves the editing of texts and the history of languages
cacophony
n. a harsh, jarring sound
consternation
n. a sudden feeling of anxiety, shock, or confusion
veneer
n. an attractive, ultimately misleading outward show; thin layer
salacious
adj. lustful; obscene
nemesis
n. one who inflicts justified or great punishment; a source of harm or ruin