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English Honors Vocabulary 1 & 2

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acrimonious
marked by hard or biting sharpness, especially of words, manner, or disposition
ambiguous
doubtful or uncertain, especially from obscurity or indistinctness; inexplicable; capable of being understood in more then one way
bellicose
showing readiness to quarrel or fight
bovine
related to or resembling the ox or cow; both sluggish and patient.---(n.) an ox or closely related animal
bucolic
rustic, rural, pastoral
burgeon
to put forth, to sprout---(n.) a bud, a sprout
burnish
to polish, to make shiny by rubbing.---(n.) a gloss or polish
cadaver
a corpse or dead body, especially of a person
callow
undeveloped, inexperienced, imature
candid
sincere, honest, impartial
captious
intended to entrap or confuse; quibbling, carping, faultfinding
carp
to talk in a peevish, grumbling or accusing way; to find fault pettily or unfairly; cavil.--- (n.) a fresh water fish
castigate
to punish, chastise, or rebuke
chagrin
vexation, disappointment, mortification, embarrassment
chimerical
imaginary, fantastic, unreal, absurd, impossible
clandestine
secret, hidden, underhanded, surreptitious
copse
a thicket of small trees
corroborate
to support with evidence or authority; to make more certain
crass
grossly stupid; dull; coarse; gross
cloistered
secluded; hidden from the world, usually religious seclusion
cursory
superficial, passing rapidly over something without attention to detail
debacle
an overthrow, a rout; a sudden great disaster; a breakdown or collapse
deciduous
shedding leaves annually; shedding antlers or insect wings
deleterious
harmful, injurious
dirge
a lament with music, a funeral hymn
dupe
to deceive, to cheat; a person easily fooled
ecclesiastical
of the church, or relating to the organization of the church or clergy
elliptical
resembling an ellipse or flattened circle; grammar; having a word or words omitted without being intelligible
enigma
a perplexing statement, matter or person; a riddle
enjoin
to order officially; to forbid or prohibit
ephemeral
lasting one day; short lived, transitory
epicure
a connoisseur of food and drink; a person devoted to luxury and sensuous pleasure
ethereal
reffering to the upper regions of space; light, airy, delicate, celestial
fallow
land plowed but not sowed; left uncultivated; when describing the mind, untrained, inactive
fealty
the duty and loyalty owed by a vassal to his lord
fetid
stinking, foully odorous
forensic
characteristic of or suitbale for a law court or public debate, referring to a lawyer skilled in this area
fortuitous
happening by chance, accidental, lucky
frugal
not wasteful, thrifty
gargoyle
a waterspout or ornament in the from of a carved animal--sometimes an imaginary one--projecting from the gutter of a building