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Final Vocabulary Test

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acquiesced
v. agreed
articulate
adj. speaking clearly
ascetic
adj. self denial with self discipline, usually related to the devout religious
beleaguered
adj. to be surrounded by troops
cavorting
v. to prance or dance about
condolences
n. sympathy
covey
n. a small flock/group
crevice
n. a crack
disdain
n. a feeling of contempt
draught
n. a sip
elaborately
adv. with great detail
gesticulate
v. to speak using great hand gestures
haggard
adj. having an exhausted, worn appearance
incredulously
adv. showing great disbelief
insolently
adv. rudely, disrespectfully
languor
n. lack of spirit
morsel
n. a small piece
parapet
n. a low protective wall
paroxysm
n. a sudden attack
patronize
v. to look down on
perfunctory
adj. carried out with minimal effort; forced or fake
pestilence
n. evil
precipitous
adj. steep
raucous
adj. harsh, loud
refute
v. to reject
remorse
n. a feeling of deep regret
ritual
adj. ceremonial
ruse
n. a trick; a crafty strategy
senile
adj. characterized by old age
simultaneously
adv. at the same time
spasmodically
adv. randomly
supple
adj. flexible
swaggering
adj. an over-confident, arrogant way of walking
vehement
adj. violent
vex
v. to irritate or annoy
abhorrent
adj. inspiring disgust
admonish
v. to reprimand firmly
affable
adj. good natured
allude
v. to suggest
prolific
adj. plentiful
benign
adj. harmless
calamity
n. a disaster
castigate
v. to reprimand severely
caustic
adj. abrasive, bitter
conglomerate
n. a corporation made up of many parts
crux
n. a decisive point
culpable
adj. deserving blame
demeanor
n. attitude/behavior
derision
n. scornful mockery
despondent
adj. in low spirits from loss of hope or courage
dormant
adj. inactive
dubious
adj. doubtful or suspect
echelon
n. a level or rank in society
flippant
adj. disrespectful
foreboding
n. to act as a warning of something bad that may happen in the future
fruition
n. the realization of a plan; an accomplishment
futile
adj. pointless
genial
adj. cheerful
grapple
v. to struggle without weapons
imperative
adj. important
innocuous
adj. not harmful or offensive
irrefutable
adj. impossible to deny
jocular
adj. humorous/playful
kinetic
adj. relating to or resulting from motion
lechery
n. offensive sexual desire
luminary
n. a person who inspires
malignant
adj. harmful
misogynist
n. a man who hates women
morose
adj. sullen, gloomy, ill-tempered
nefarious
adj. wicked/criminal
persecution
n. consistent harassment of others due to ethnicity, gender or religion
precarious
adj. dangerous/uncertain
quell
v. to put an end to
rebuke
v. to express sharp disapproval
resonate
v. to suggest images
revel
v. to get great pleasure from
seethe
v. to be filled with intense but unexpressed anger
serenity
n. a state of being calm
tirade
n. a long angry speech
trepidation
n. a fear about something that may happen in the future
wrath
n. extreme anger
adversity
n. misfortune
baleful
adj. harmful, deadly, evil
boisterous
adj. rough/rowdy
chide
v. to scold/reprimand
choleric
adj. hot tempered; easily angered
dexterity
n. skill with hands, body or mind
dirge
n. a funeral hymn
disparage
v. to say bad things about someone or something
dissembler
n. one who conceals one's true feelings, motives or thoughts
distraught
adj. upset or anxious
enmity
n. hatred; ill will
fickle
adj. changeable; inconstant
grave
adj. serious, somber, solemn
heretic
n. one who does not believe in the teachings of the church
impute
v. to blame or attribute
inauspicious
adj. not favorable; unlucky
inundation
n. flood, overflow
mar
v. to damage or scar
martial
adj. warlike, military
meager
adj. poor, inadequate
pensive
n. deeply thinking in a serious way; thoughtful; reflective
penury
n. extreme poverty
perjure
v. to lie while under oath
privy
adj. having knowledge of something private
prostrate
v. to lie flat with face usually downward
quarantine
n. isolation to prevent the spread of an infectious disease
rancor
n. bitter hatred or ill will
sallow
adj. sickly yellow
scourge
n. a whip
v. to whip
sullen
adj. gloomily silent
wean
v. to stop a child or young animal from nursing on mother's milk
aberrations
n. deviations from a normal state
acrimonious
adj. bitter; nasty
adamant
adj. inflexible
affluent
adj. wealthy
alleged
adj. suspected
analogous
adj. similar/alike
apoplectic
adj. extremely angry; furious
apparel
n. clothing
assuage
v. to ease or satisfy; take away
auspicious
adj. favorable
beadle
n. a minor church official
benevolence
n. an act of kindness
brevity
adj. short in length
chattel
n. a slave
chiffarobe
n. a dresser; bureau
contemptuous
adj. scornful; hateful
cynical
adj. negative
demur
v. to raise doubts; to voice opposition
denunciation
n. the act of accusing
detention
n. the act of being kept in a temporary custody
devoid
adj. empty
diminutive
adj. tiny; small
discernible
adj. apparent; visible
domicile
n. a home
eccentric
adj. weird; odd
edification
n. personal enlightenment
elucidate
v. to make clear
elusive
adj. hard to grasp or find
entailment
n. back taxes
erratic
adj. inconsistent
exodus
n. mass departure
expunge
v. to erase
fluctuations
n. constant change
foray
n. a sudden attack or raid
formidable
adj. causing fear; awe inspiring
fractious
adj. unruly; cranky
frivolous
adj. trivial; silly; childish
furor
n. a disturbance
furtive
adj. sneaky; secretive
garish
adj. unpleasantly harsh
illicit
adj. unlawful
impotent
adj. powerless
imprudent
adj. unwise; foolish
impudent
adj. disrespectful
inconspicuous
adj. not noticeable
indigenous
adj. native
innate
adj. possessed at birth
livid
adj. furiously angry
malevolent
adj. evil; malicious
melancholy
n. sadness; gloom
morbid
adj. gruesome
nebulous
adj. cloudy; hazy; unclear
nocturnal
adj. active at night
ominous
adj. threatening
oppressive
adj. burdensome
optimism
n. a tendency to see the positive
palliation
n. to make less severe
perpetual
adj. constant; never ending
piety
n. devotion
placidly
adv. calmly; peacefully
predicament
n. a difficult situation
predilection
n. a preference or bias toward something
provocation
n. something that incites
purloin
v. to steal
qualms
n. uneasy feelings
recluse
n. a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people
reconnaissance
n. inspection/exploration of an area
repertoire
n. a stock of plays
sojourn
n. a brief stay
sordid
adj. contempt; arousing moral distaste
spurious
adj. false; fake
succinct
adj. short; concise
taciturn
adj. inclined to silence; silent
tentative
adj. timid; unsure
tranquil
adj. calm; peaceful
umbrage
n. offense; resentment
undulate
v. to move in a wavelike motion
venue
n. a place or location for an event to occur
volition
n. making a choice
wallow
v. to move with difficulty
decimated
v. to kill or destroy
gratuitous
adj. uncalled for; lacking good reason
dour
adj. gloomy in manner or appearance
frugal
adj. economical with regard to money or food.
malice
n. the intention or desire to do evil
vociferous
adj. loud and unrestrained - usually pertaining to a person or speech
plethora
adj. an excess of
dissipated
v. to disperse or scatter
debilitate
v. to make someone weak
fumigate
v. to disinfect in order to get rid of critters
deviant
adj. departing from usual or accepted behaviors
helm
n. a position of leadership
desecrate
v. to violate or disrespect a sacred place
repugnant
adj. offensive
epitome
n. the perfect example
idyllic
adj. peaceful, picturesque
paradox
n. a self-contradictory statement
audacity
n. the willingness to take bold risks
awry
adv./adj. to go away from an expected course
desolate
adj. unhappiness, loneliness
reprieve
v. to cancel or postpone a punishment
stoic
n. a person who can endure pain without showing emotion
demise
n. the end
hapless
adj. unfortunate
apparition
n. a ghost
vindicate
v. to clear of blame or suspicion
perilous
adj. full of danger or risk
oblivion
n. the state of being unaware
berate
v. to scold or criticize
implore
v. to beg
detriment
n. the state of being harmed or damaged
apocalyptic
adj. resembling the end of the world