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Vocab for college B Ch1-4

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beneficence
Doing good or causing good to be done; kindly action
philanthropy
love of humanity, especially as shown in donations to charitable and socially useful causes
bounty
generosity evidenced by a willingness to give freely
succor
assistance in time of difficulty
proffer
to present for acceptance
ameliorate
to make better
rectitude
uprightness as a consequence of being honorable and honest
compassion
a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
chaste
pure and simple in design or style
prudent
showing wise self-restraint in speech and behavior especially in preserving prudent silence
politic
smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication
civilty
Courteous behavior; politeness
responsive
readily reacting to suggestions and influences
promptitude
the characteristic of doing things without delay
alacrity
liveliness and eagerness
scintillation
the twinkling of the stars caused when changes in the density of the earth's atmosphere produce uneven refraction of starlight
sagacity
ability to make good judgments
oracular
obscurely prophetic
prescience
the power to foresee the future
frugal
avoiding waste
particularity
the power to foresee the future, the quality of being particular and pertaining to a specific case or instance
beatitude
a state of supreme happiness
blithe
carefree and happy and lighthearted
gambol
gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
ebullition
an unrestrained expression of emotion
rapt
wholly absorbed as in thought
convivial
festive, sociable, having fun together, genial
amiable
agreeable; lovable; warmly friendly
sanguine
confidently optimistic and cheerful
regale
provide with choice or abundant food or drink
windfall
a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money)
jubilee
a special anniversary (or the celebration of it)
heyday
the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
huzza
loud shout of joy
humdrum
tediously repetitious or lacking in variety
apathy
the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally
ennui
the feeling of being bored by something tedious
disconsolate
sad beyond comforting
dolor
Mental suffering of anguish
somber
grave or even gloomy in character
qualm
uneasiness about the fitness of an action
pother
an excited state of agitation
discompose
disturb the composure of; confuse
appall
To fill with dismay or horror, shock
consternation
fear resulting from the awareness of danger
tremulous
(of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear
wroth
angry
crabbed
sour; bad-tempered; peevish;
rancor
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
rankle
to cause continuing anger or irritation
acrimony
a sharp and bitter manner
antipathy
a feeling of intense dislike
seethe
be in an agitated emotional state
huff
a state of irritation or annoyance
bluster
blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully; speak in a noisy or bullying manner; CF. breeze, gust, gale
rant
talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
tirade
a speech of violent denunciation
wrangle
an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)
bicker
a quarrel about petty points
pommel
strike, usually with the fist
thwack
to strike or beat with something flat.