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Vocabulary Lessons 11-21

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fortitude
strength in adversity
botch
to ruin through clumsiness; to bungle
perennial
lasting indefinitely
brinkmanship
pushing dangerous situations to the edge of disaster rather than conceding
renown
state of being well known and honored; fame
ineffable
too sacred or great to be described, indescribable
confute
to argue or point out error
meritorious
deserving of an award or honor
mezzanine
the lowest balcony in a theater, a partial story between main stories in a building
tribulation
an affliction, trouble, or difficult experience
recumbent
resting or lying down
dynasty
a succession of rulers from the same family or group
purport
to claim; to have or to give the false impression of being
forte
an area of expertise or strength
kleptomania
a continual urge to steal regardless of economic motive
impasse
a problem or predicament with no obvious resolution
wunderkind
one who excels in a difficult feild at an early age
acumen
ability to discern or discriminate; shrewdness
nanotechnology
the use of single atoms and molecules to construct microscopic devises
notarize
to certify legally
piquant
a strong, stimulating taste
malodorous
having an offensive odor
pungent
a sharp taste; acrid
erroneous
incorrect; mistaken
concurrent
happening at the same time
negligible
of little importance; insignificant
renege
to break a promise or obligation; revoke
precept
a rule of action; a principle to live by
visage
a face or facial expression
irrevocable
impossible to retract or revoke; irreversible
tantamount
of essentially equal value or significance
subverisve
in oppisition to authority or goverment
conducive
tending to cause or bring about
amenable
agreeable;responsive to suggestion or advice
stricture
a restraint or limit
sedentary
characterized by or requiring sitting; motionless
influx
an inward flow
rigerous
severe; relentless; harsh
patina
a sheen on a surface resulting from age and use
placebo
a fake drug used in the testing of medication
junta
a military group ruling a country after seizing power
pinnacle
a peak or climax
mollify
to reduce, soothe, or calm
perjury
the act of lying under oath
plaintive
expressing sorrow; mournful
genocide
the deliberate destruction of a group of people
zaftig
having a full, shapely figure
predilection
a preference toward someone or something
faux
artifical; false; not genuine
foray
a suprised attack
conjecture
a judge or opinion based on little or questionable evidence
allocate
to distribute, allot, or designate
gratis
free; without charge
materialistic
wanting material possessions
belabor
to work at something beyond practicality; to overstress
progeny
offfspring; children
quintesstial
the most typical; ideal
rudimentary
basic; not refined or well developed
monolithic
massive, uniform, and solid
manifesto
a public declaration of policies or intentions
pariah
a social outcast
fluent
able to express oneself easily and clearly
cavort
to leap about in a sprightly manner; romp
pedagogue
a school teacher
melee
a noisy, confused fight
ensue
to follow as a result
desercate
to damage a holy place; to treat with irreverence
personification
a person or thing that represents an idea
bais
a prejudiced view (either for or against); a preferance
aloof
reserved, distant
gyrate
to rotate or resolve quickly; to spiral
fait
an offical order
fidelity
faithfulness
rambunctious
unruly; uncontrollable
hilarity
gaiety; joviality
daub
to paint coarsely or unskillfully
admonish
to warn; to caution in counsel
obeisance
a bow or similar gesture expressing deep respect
cache
a concealed store of good or valuables
affliction
anything causing great suffering
mendicant
a begger
aphorism
a concise statement of a truth or principle
oscillate
to swing or move back and forth like a pendulum
delete
to take out; to remove
oust
to drive out; expel; deprive
impermeable
not permitting passage
paean
a fervent expression, or song, of joy or praise
imperturbable
not easily excited, even under pressure
lax
careless or negligent
palpable
obvious; capable of being touched or felt
adjunct
connected or attached to in a dependent subordinate,or auxiliary manner, but not a part of
macabre
horrible; grim
farcical
absurd;ridiculously clumsy
debonair
carefree and self-confident in manner; elegant and gracious
penchant
a strong liking
deplete
to use up gradually
chicanery
to use up gradually
feisty
aggressive; lively; energetic
mitigate
to make less severe; to become milder
gull
to cheat; to fool or hoax
nadir
lowest point
equivocal
ambiguous; intentionally vague
genealogy
family history
impervious
incapable of being affected
filial
of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter
catalyst
n. a person, thing, or agent that causes or speeds up a reaction or change without itself being changed
jargon
n. vocabulary distinctive to a particular group of people
judicious
adj. showing sound judgment
foible
n. a minor weakness in character
benediction
n. the act of blessing
frivolous
adj. trivial; silly
alacrity
n. liveliness; willingness; eagerness
deify
v. to make a god of; to look upon or worship as a god
carnage
n. bloody and extensive slaughter
impel
v. push into motion
epitaph
v. an inscription on a tombstone; a brief comment about a deceased person
harp
v. to persist in talking continuously (on or about something)
lateral
adj. of or relating to the side
pallid
adj. pale; faint in color
impetuous
adj. acting suddenly without thought
holocaust
a great or complete destruction of life
embroil
to draw into conflict or fight
anachronism
somthing or someone existing outside of its proper time
denigrate
to attack the reputation of; to speak ill of
humane
kind; compassionate
effusive
emotionally excessive; overly demostrative
defunct
no longer in existence
lackey
a slavish follower
envisage
to form a mental picture
lament
to mourn
gape
to stare with an open mouth
impertinent
rude and disrespectful
haughty
arrogant; proud
nemesis
someone or something a person cannot conquer or achieve; a hated enemy
lethal
deadly; fatal
deluge
a flood; an owerwhelming rush
catholic
universal; wide-ranging
eerie
weird; mysterious; strange and frightening
martial
warlike; relateing to the military
antropomorphic
attributing hman characteristics or qualities to objects, amimals, or gods
beneficiary
one who recives benefits
careen
to serve or lurh from side to side while in motion
aplomb
self-confidence
guile
slyness and cunning in dealing with others
modicum
a small amount
fester
to grow embittered overtime; to rot
languish
to become weak or feable; to loss strenght
pall
something that covers or conceals
havoc
great destruction; chaos
rancid
having a bad taste or smell; spoiled
carp
to complain or to find fault in a petty or nagging way
emissary
one sent on a special mission to represent others
facade
a deceptive outward appearance
flagrant
glaringly bad; outrageous
fracas
a loud quarrel or fight
futile
useless; pointless
gait
manner of walkng
genesis
beginning; origin
immaculate
spotless; perfect
kindred
haveing simular origin, nature, or character
lacerate
to tear (flesh) jaggedly
nefarious
very wicked; notorious
patrician
an aristocrat
query
to ask; inquire
queue
a line of people or vehicles