20 terms

R+J Vocab List 2

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fickle
[adj] changing frequently, esp. as regards to one's loyalties, interests, or affection
wreak
[verb] cause (a large amount of damage or harm); inflict (vengeance)
abhor
[verb] regard with disgust and hatred
wretch
[noun] an unfortunate or unhappy person; a despicable or contemptible person
chide
[verb] scold or rebuke
shroud
[noun] a length of cloth or an enveloping garment in which a dead person is wrapped for burial
abate
[verb] (of something perceived as hostile, threatening, or negative) become less intense or widespread
cunning
[adj] having or showing skill in achieving one's ends by deceit or evasion; ingenious
woeful
[adj] characterized by, expressive of, or causing sorrow or misery; very bad; deplorable
dirge
[noun] a lament for the dead, esp. one performing part of a funeral rite; a mournful song, piece of music, or poem
doleful
[adj] expressing sorrow; mournful; causing grief or misfortune
penury
[noun] extreme poverty; destitution
cull
[verb] select from a large quantity; obtain from a variety of sources
dispatch
[verb] send off to a destination or for a purpose; deal with (a task, problem, or opponent) quickly and efficiently
pestilence
[noun] a fatal epidemic disease, esp. bubonic plague
inexorable
[adj] impossible to stop or prevent
yoke
[noun] used of something that is regarded as oppressive or burdensome
lamentable
[adj] (of circumstances or conditions) deplorably bad or unsatisfactory; (of an event, action, or attitude) unforgettable; regrettable
conspire
[verb] make secret plans jointly to commit an unlawful or harmful act
purge
[verb] rid (someone) of an unwanted feeling, memory, or condition, typically giving a sense of cathartic release