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English 11 Semester 2 Vocab

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expedient
desirable; appropriate
bombastic
pompous; boastful
prolific
increase in number; multiply
arable
fit for plowing; tillable
erudite`
scholarly, learned, knowledgable
nascent
recently coming into existance
austere
stern, unyielding, ascetic
guile
cunning, deceitfulness, duplicity
mitigate
reduce severity of something
impugn
assail or attack one's honor
blithe
free-spirited; light-hearted
chimera
imaginary or fanciful
ostentatious
showy; pretentious
ambulatory
ability to walk or move around
impetuous
impulsive, rash, violent
urbane
refined; elegant; sophisticated
morose
gloomy; bad tempered; sullen
languid
tired; sluggish
infamous
disgraceful; notoriously bad
amorphous
shapeless
contrite
repentant
lethargic
slow, tired, sluggish, listless
dogmatic
doctrinal; opinionated
prodigious
having exceptional talents
clandestine
secret; concealed
daunted
intimidated; dismayed
insipid
dull, tasteless, boring
banal
insipid, dull, trite, ordinary
precocious
early in development
paucity
scarcity; fewness; dearth; lack
laconic
concise; to the point; terse
mundane
ordinary; commonplace
requite
make repayment or return
crass
crude; unrefined
voluble
fluent; uses words easily
aesthetic
artistic; showing good taste
torpid
sluggish; dull, apathetic
ameliorate
make better, improve
abate
decrease; subside
stoic
impassive; indifferent to pain
abstruse
difficult to understand
assuage
ease; mitigate; calm; soothe
inane
silly, meaningless, insipid, foolish
dissemble
to disguise, pretend
docile
easily managedl obedient; passive
soporific
tending to cause sleep
diffidence
shyness; reserve; unassertiveness
preclude
to make impossible
dearth
lack; scarcity
gregarious
likes to gather in groups
ruse
a trick
servile
overly submissive; slavish
deprecate
belittle; express disapproval
proclivity
tendency & inclination
bulwark
strong defense
extol
let down
predilection
preference
enervation
weakness
adroit
skillful; adept
sublime
lofty; noble; exalted
pertinacity
persistence, determination
euphonious
harmonious; pleasant to hear
heretical
contrary to church doctrine
rancor
emnity; deep-seated ill will
burgeon
to sprout; to newly emerge
innocuous
harmless
antithesis
direct opposite; contrast
zenith
highest points; peak
disparage
to speak badly of; degrade
sycophant
self-serving; flatterer, parasite
prodigy
person with exceptional talents
prodigal
wastefully extravagant, lavish
verbose
wordy
decorum
conformity to good taste
credulous
gullible; believing on slight proof
effusive
unrestrained
despot
tyrant; aggressive ruler
virtuoso
one skilled in the arts
gratuitous
given freely
hackneyed
overused; banal
garrulous
talkative; verbose
defunct
no longer existing; dead
esoteric
understood by only a select few
peruse
read or examine
vituperate
make abusive remarks
untenable
not able to be defended
recalcitrant
reluctant against
eclectic
coming from a variety of sources
desultory
aimless; random
ephemeral
short-lived; temporary
euphemism
substitution of a less offensive term for an offensive one
impecunious
without money; broke
alacrity
briskness; swiftness
perfunctory
mechanical; indifferent
incorrigible
incapable of being reformed
prosaic
commonplace, uninspired, dull, banal
copious
plentiful; abundant
virulent
poisonous; injurious
supercilious
naughty; arrogant
panacea
cure all; remedy for all