12CP Brit Lit Vocab Lesson 16

vocab 16
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trenchant
(adj) effectively keen and forceful in thought or expression
syn: cutting, forthright
ant: abiguous, lenient, insipid
bourgeois
(adj) relating to the middle class
nascent
(adj) emerging, coming into existence
syn: blooming, fledging
ant: dying, withering
indefeasible
(adj) not capable of being undone or voided
syn: immutable, unremitting, constant
ant: varying, irregular, temporary
paladin
(n) a heroic champion or leader
ant: villain
sine qua non
(n) something essential, a prerequisite
syn: must, requirement, necessity
ant: option
arcane
(adj) known or understood by only a few, mysterious
syn: secret, obscure, esoteric
ant: famous, obvious, exoteric
tangential
(adj) merely touching or slightly conneceted, digressing from the main point
mercurial
(adj) quickly changing, volatile
syn: fickle, unstable
ant: unchanging, stable
exculpate
(v) to clear of guilt, to declare innocent
syn: exonerate, acquit, vindicate
ant: condemn, accuse, indict
salubrious
(adj) healthful
syn: salutary, wholesome
ant: harmful, useless
vicissitude
(n) a sudden change or shift in ones life or circumstances
syn: alteration, variation
squelch
(v) to suppress, squash
syn: extinguish, muffle, thwart
ant: promote, support, enact
tyro
(n) a beginner, novice
syn: amateur, neophyte, rookie
ant: expert, master, guru
matriculate
(v) to admit or be admitted into a group or college
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