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Lit Vocab 4

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mirth
great merriment
dirge
funeral hymn
impotent
powerless
burgeoning
growing
pejorative
derogatory
staid
somber, serious
vacillate
to waver; to sway indecisively
pestilent
exceedingly harmful
quintessence
the purest essence or form of something; the most typical example
sardonic
bitterly sarcastic
abet
assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
jaundice
Prejudice; bias; a yellowish discoloration of the skin
nefarious
extremely wicked
umbrage
a feeling of anger caused by being offended
rotund
round
rancor
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
paragon
a model of excellence or perfection
pugnacious
ready and able to resort to force or violence
rapacious
excessively greedy and grasping
pernicious
exceedingly harmful
providence
the guardianship and control exercised by a deity
ambivalent
characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes
scruples
principles or beliefs
quotidian
occurring daily; commonplace
disparage
express a negative opinion of
guile
shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
hiatus
a gap, opening, break
veneer
coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood
kudos
an expression of approval and commendation
portents
signs
sodden
wet through and through
boorish
ill-mannered
arcane
secret; mysterious
placebo
something presented as a drug, but having no actual effect
drone
to talk on and on in a dull way
destitute
extremely poor
alacrity
eagerness, speed
quagmire
a swamp; a difficult or inextricable situation
taciturn
habitually reserved and uncommunicative
acerbic
harsh or corrosive in tone
acrid
harsh or corrosive in tone
derogatory
expressive of low opinion, insulting
capricious
impulsive and unpredictable
pungent
causing a sharp sensation; stinging, biting
fetid
foul-smelling; putrid
paltry
contemptibly small in amount
satiate
to satisfy
choleric
quickly aroused to anger
boisterous
violently agitated and turbulent
admonish
To caution or advise against something; to scold
wane
grow smaller
resolute
determined; firm; unwavering
petulant
easily irritated or annoyed
nemesis
enemy, something causes misery or death
fiasco
a complete failure
modicum
a small or moderate or token amount
usury
excessive charging of interest
untenable
incapable of being held or defended
penury
poverty
prolific
abundantly productive
utilitarian
useful, practical
panacea
hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases
missive
letter
florid
flowery, ornate
fervor
passion; enthusiasm
abomination
an action/person that is vicious or vile
pernicious
exceedingly harmful
insipid
lacking interest or significance
abysmal
very bad
adroit
skillful
tenacity
persistent determination
obsequious
attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
indomitable
unconquerable
hegemony
domination over others
pugnacious
eager to fight, combative
derelict
(n) someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; (adj) abandoned or neglected
anathema
a person or thing detested or loathed
dearth
scarcity
provenance
place or source of origin
accolades
approval, praise
raze
to level to the ground; demolish
entourage
the group following and attending to some important person
vigilant
carefully observant or attentive
hedgehog
a small brown European animal with stiff parts like needles, (called spines), covering its back
maudlin
overly sentimental
soporific
sleep inducing
mollify
to soften in temper