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A-5 Vocab

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Conspiracy
n. a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act
Cliché
n. a trite or obvious remark
audacious
adj. disposed to venture or take risks
disparage
v. express a negative opinion of
domain
n. territory over which rule or control is exercised, the set of values of the independent variable for which a function is defined
pensive
adj. Engaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought
dogmatic
adj. asserting opinions in a doctrinaire or arrogant manner; opinionated
instigate
v. serve as the inciting cause of, to provoke or stir up
retort
n. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
impudent
adj. improperly forward or bold, marked by casual disrespect
dissent
n. to differ in sentiment or opinion, especially from the majority; withhold assent; disagree
repulsive
adj. so extremely ugly as to be terrifying
sabotage
v. destroy property or hinder normal operations
upheaval
n. strong or violent change or disturbance, as in a society
vulnerable
adj. susceptible to physical or emotional injury, capable of being hurt
bureaucracy
n. the body of officials and administrators, especially of a government or government department
disdain
n. lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
feign
v. make believe with the intent to deceive
faction
n. a group or clique within a larger group, party, government, organization, or the like
melee
n. a confused hand-to-hand fight or struggle among several people
embargo
n. a government order imposing a trade barrier, v. prevent commerce
propaganda
n. information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause
dubious
adj. fraught with uncertainty or doubt
plaintive
adj. expressing sorrow
anarchy
n. a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
monarchy
n. an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority
oligarchy
n. a political system governed by a few people
authoritarian
n. a person behaves in an tyrannical manner, adj. characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule
nostalgic
adj. unhappy at being away and longing for familiar things or persons
blunder
n. an embarrassing, dumb, careless mistake, v. to move or act blindly, stupidly, or without direction or steady guidance
recur
v. happen or occur again
scrupulous
adj. characterized by extreme care and great effort, Diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details
enigmatic
adj. resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought, not clear to the understanding,
Difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious
finesse
n. subtly skillful handling of a situation
adamant
adj. not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course
gloat
v. Contemplate or dwell on one's own success or another's misfortune with malignant pleasure
omnipotent
adj. having unlimited power
impair
v. make worse or less effective
gluttony
n. habitual eating to excess, eating to excess (personified as one of the deadly sins)
rustic
adj. of, pertaining to, or living in the country, as distinguished from towns or cities; rural, simple, artless, or unsophisticated, uncouth, rude, or boorish
tarnish
v. make dirty or ruin the reputation of
clergy
n. A body of officials who perform religious services, such as priests, ministers or rabbis.
digress
v. wander from a direct or straight course, lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking
unprecedented
adj. never having happened before, never having done before
herald
n. A person who carries or proclaims important news; a messenger, v. to announce publicly
tantalize
v. harass with persistent criticism or carping
debacle
n. a sound defeat, complete failure, a general breakup or dispersion; sudden downfall or rout
cursory
adj. hasty and without attention to detail
slander
n. an abusive attack on a person's character or good name, v. charge falsely or with malicious intent
dupe
n. a person who is easily deceived or fooled; gull, v. deceive, delude, trick
arduous
adj. difficult and tiring, involving or requiring strenuous effort
bane
n. something causes misery or death, a person or thing that ruins or spoils
acute
adj. extremely sharp or intense, sharp or severe in effect; intense
pandemonium
n. a state of extreme confusion and disorder
cynical
adj. believing the worst of human nature and motives, distrusting or disparaging the motives of others
prevalent
adj. widespread; of wide extent or occurrence; in general use or acceptance
orthodox
adj. adhering to what is commonly accepted
aspire
v. have strong ambitions to be or do something
quirk
n. a strange attitude or habit, sudden twist or turn, a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism
gallivant
v. wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
articulate
v. to pronounce clearly, expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language
cumbersome
adj. difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight, burdensome
dalliance
n. the deliberate act of wasting time instead of working, playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
medley
n. a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
don
v. put clothing on one's body, n. a person of great importance
rapport
n. relation of mutual understanding or trust and agreement between people, especially harmonious or sympathetic relation
augment
v. enlarge or increase
panache
n. a feathered plume on a helmet, a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair
aesthetic
adj. concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste, n. (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful
mutiny
n. open rebellion against constituted authority (especially by seamen or soldiers against their officers)
wary
adj. marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
scoff
v. treat with contemptuous disregard, to speak derisively; mock; jeer, n. an expression of mockery, derision, doubt, or derisive scorn; jeer
chafe
n. anger produced by some annoying irritation, soreness and warmth caused by friction, v. warm by rubbing, as with the hands, irritate
deference
n. respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another, respectful or courteous regard
fanatic
n. a person with extreme interest and enthusiasm
revel
v. to take great pleasure or delight, to make merry; indulge in boisterous festivities
orator
n. a person who delivers a speech or oration
dignitary
n. a person who holds a high rank or office, as in the government or church
coup d'tat
v. a sudden overthrow of the government
contempt
n. the feeling with which a person regards anything considered mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn
heretic
n. A person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted
torrential
adj. with force and in abundance
repose
v. lean in a comfortable resting position, n. temporary rest from activity, excitement, or exertion, esp. sleep or the rest given by sleep
blasé
adj. indifferent, bored as a result of having enjoyed many pleasures; apathetic
gridlock
n. a traffic jam so bad that no movement is possible, puzzle
muster
v. gather or bring together, something like courage
panhandler
n. a beggar who approaches strangers asking for money
scuffle
n. an unceremonious and disorganized struggle, fighting
rubble
n. the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
catastrophe
n. an event resulting in great loss and misfortune, natural disaster
congeal
v. become gelatinous, to become more solid
pungent
adj. sharp biting or acrid especially in taste or smell
giddy
adj. having or causing a whirling sensation, dizzy
chide
v. scold or reprimand severely or angrily
folly
n. a stupid mistake, the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
celestial
adj. of heaven or the spirit, relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven
quaint
adj. strange or old in an interesting or pleasing way
gibberish
n. unintelligible talking
exorbitant
adj. greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
invariably
adv. in every case or on every occasion; always