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First Quarter Vocab

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ad infinitum
to infinity; carried on endlessly
antiquated
that which has grown old and is no longer valued
adjourn
to suspend or break off a session or meeting often to a later stated time
armistice
stop in fighting; temporary peace; truce
agitate
disturb or excite very much
antecedent
be or happen before; precede
antechamber
a smaller room that serves as an entry to a larger room; a waiting room
asylum
refuge; shelter
allay
diminish or diminish or end; to quiet or lay to rest; alleviate
ameliorate
make better or more tolerable; improve
bona fide
"in good faith" or genuine
benign
not harmful
baffle
totally bewilder; confuse or frustrate
bauble
a trinket
braggart
a person who brags; a boastful person
buffoon
a ridiculous but amusing person; a clown or fool
bravado
boldness intended to intimidate or impress; a swaggering display of courage
bibliophile
one who loves books
breach
The violation of official duty, lawful right, or a legal obligation.
banal
commonplace
carpe-diem
seize the day; make the most of your time
cede
to give up title to; surrender possession of; yield
caustic
able to burn or corrode by chemical action; scathingly sarcastic
chastise
reprimand severely
coerce
to force an unwilling person to do something through force or threats
compulsory
required by a law or rule; obligatory
concur
agree; happen at the same time
conduit
a pipe or channel for conveying fluids, such as water; a tube or duct for enclosing electric wires; a means to transmit something
connubial
relating to marriage or the married state; conjugal
chagrin
keen vexation, annoyance, or mortification, as at one's failures or errors
deus ex machina
an unexpected power or event saving a seemingly hopeless situation, esp. as a contrived plot device in a play, novel, or short story
daunting
intimidating; causing one to lose courage; dismaying
dearth
a lack; scarcity
debacle
a disastrous failure; disruption
deft
skillful; capable
desolate
deserted; dreary; lifeless; barren
diaphanous
light, airy, transparent
didactic
intended to instruct or teach
dither
a state of indecisive agitation
dour
very severe, stern, or gloom
ergo
therefore
edict
an official proclamation or decree
edify
to build up or strengthen morally or intellectually
emaciate
to make or become extremely thin, especially as the result of starvation
enumerate
to name one by one; count out
epitaph
an inscription on a tomb or monument in honor or in memory of the dead
epicure
person with refined taste in food and wine
erudite
having or showing knowledge or learning
egress
an exit; a means of going out
euphemism
the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt
semper fidelis
always faithful
futile
pointless
feint
a deceptive or pretended attacking movement; especially in fencing or boxing
fissure
long, narrow split or crack
foible
minor weakness or failing of character
florid
flushed with red; also, excessively ornate.
fortuitous
happening by lucky chance; fortunate
frugal
sparing, thrifty, economical as regards money or food
fidelity
continuing faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief
flagrant
openly scandalous or shocking