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65 terms

English Vocab pg77 Groups 11-15

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alacrity
cheerful willingness; readiness; liveliness
aversion
strong dislike; repugnance; antipathy
involuntary
not done of one's own free will; automatic; unintentional; spontaneous (ant. voluntary)
loath
unwilling; averse; disinclined; reluctant
loathe
have an intense aversion to; detest
volition
will
acclivity
upward slope (ant. declivity)
acme
highest point; pinnacle; summit
apogee
1. farthest point from the earth in the orbit of a heavenly body (ant. perigee)
2. highest point; culmination
climactic
arranged in order of increasing force and interest (ant. anticlimactic)
consummate
perfect; superb; carried to the highest degree
eminence
high rank
eminent
standing out; notable; famous
ethereal
of the heavens; celestial; airy; delicate; intangible
exalt
1. lift up with joy, pride, etc.; elate (ant. humiliate)
2. raise in rank, dignity, etc.; extol; glorify
precipice
very steep or overhanging place; cliff
precipitous
1. steep as a precipice
2. hasty; rash
preeminent
standing out above others; superior
sublimate
1. redirect the energy of a person's bad impulses into socially and morally higher channels
2. purify; refine
sublime
elevated; noble; exalted; uplifting
vertex
farthest point opposite the base, as in a triangle or pyramid; apex
zenith
1. highest point; culmination; peak (ant. nadir)
2. point in the heavens directly overhead
abject
deserving contempt; sunk to a low condition; wretched
abysmal
deep; profound; immeasurably great
abyss
bottomless depth; immeasurably great space
anticlimax
abrupt decline from the dignified or important to the trivial or ludicrous; comedown; bathos (ant. climax)
chasm
deep breach; wide gap or rift
declivity
downward slope (ant. acclivity)
dregs
most worthless part; sediment at the bottom of a liquid
earthly
down-to-earth; realistic; coarse; low
humble
1. of low position or condition
2. not proud; unpretentious; modest; courteously respectful
humiliate
lower the pride, position, or dignity of; abase; degrade; mortify (ant. exalt)
humility
freedom from pride; humbleness; lowliness; modesty
menial
low; mean; subservient; servile
nadir
lowest point (ant. zenith)
plumb
get to the bottom of; ascertain the depth of; fathom
profound
very deep; deeply felt; intellectually deep
ravine
deep, narrow gorge worn by running water
consanguinity
blood relationship
filial
of or like a son or daughter
fraternal
of or like a brother
genealogy
a person's or family's decent; lineage; pedigree
gentility
1. good manners
2. gentry; upper class
kith and kin
friends and relatives; kindred
maternal
of or like a mother
nepotism
favoritism to relatives by those in power
paternal
of or like a father
progenitor
forefather
progeny
offspring; children; descendants
sibling
one of two or more children of a family
aroma
pleasant odor; bouquet
aromatic
sweet-scented; fragrant
fragrant
having a pleasant odor; pleasantly odorous or odoriferous
fusty
1. stale-smelling; musty; moldy
2. old-fashioned
incense
substance yielding a pleasant odor when burned
malodorous
ill-smelling; stinking; fetid; unpleasantly odorous
noisome
1. offensive to smell; disgusting
2. harmful; noxious
olfactory
pertaining to the sense of smell
pungent
sharp in smell or taste; acrid; biting; stimulating
putrid
1. stinking from decay
2. extremely bad; corrupt
rancid
unpleasant to smell or taste from being spoiled or stale
rank
1. having a strong, bad odor or taste; offensively gross or coarse
2. extreme
reek
emit a strong, disagreeable smell; be permeated with
scent
(n) smell; perfume
(v) get a suspicion of
unsavory
1. unpleasant to taste or smell
2. morally offensive