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Freshman Lit and Comp Vocab

Flashcards for vocab of semester 2
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Sanguine
a healthy reddish color
Nebulous
vague
Specious
deceptive, apparently good or valid but lacking real merit
Labrynthine
complicated, filled with confusing passageways
Pedantic
excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules
Fulminating
ending with a certain action
Listless
not caring at all
Pugnaciously
aggresive, trying to pick a fight
Abject
something terrible or very bad, most unfortunate or miserable
Fatuous
silly, foolish
Gratuitous
given freely; unearned; unnecessary
Inviolate
free from violation, undisturbed
Superfluous
Having too much of something
Simian
Resembling a monkey
Catechism
A book of instructions
Oligarchy
A group of people who rule a nation
Fecundity
fertility; fruitfulness
Driveling
boring
Wheedle
to try and pester or bother for something
Lethargy
being very lazy
Sanctimonious
pretending to be righteous
Insidious
intended to entrap
Hedonistic
devoted to pleasure
Torpid
Inactive, sluggish, dull
Malleable
Able to be changed or molded
Vivisect
Live operation, not an autopsy
Chafed
Worn down by friction
Raucous
unpleasantly loud and harsh
Polyglot
Able to speak multiple languages
Hegemon
The most power in a certain region
Puerile
of or characteristic of a child
Invective
abusive language
Sequester
to acquire or steal
Fluke
a stroke of luck
Disingenuous
lacking in frankness; insincere
Unconscionable
beyond reason; not restrained by conscience
Emphatic
forceful and definite in expression or action
Cusp
A point or end
Vestigial
A disappearing body part, referring to a functionless structure that was functional in an ancestral species
Sentient
Capable of feeling or of conscious thought
Rictus
The gaping or opening of the mouth.
Petulant
easily irritated or annoyed
Valiant
Being brave or having similar qualities
Transgression
violation of law or comand; a sin
Virtuous
Having great qualities and being a good person
Rash
A quick and thoughtless decision
Chide
to express disapproval of; to nag or scold
Consort
To be married or to associate with
Effeminate
exhibiting feminine-like qualities
Affliction
A disease or ailment
Enamored
Fond of; feeling love towards
Absolved
freed from guilt or blame
Inundation
A flood of water
Pensive
To think hard about something
Headstrong
to be stubborn
Amorous
to love with a passion
Ambiguity
To be stuck between 2 decisions