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Semester 2 Brit Lit Vocabulary

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abstraction
an impractical idea; not realistic
anachronism
error in chronology; something or someone that is not in the right historical time
convivial
pleasant; friendly
encomium
text expressing high praise
euphemism
the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be harsh
garish
showy or elaborate
hinterland
the remote or less developed parts of a country
indomitable
unconquerable
inexorable
unalterable; not to be persuaded
iniquity
wickedness; immorality
perversity
corrupt; rejecting of what is right
propound
propose; to put forward a suggestion
vitiate
to corrupt or weaken
aperture
an opening
arboreal
living in trees; of or relating to trees
circumscribe
to limit; to draw a line around
desuetude
a state of disuse
emanate
to issue or spread out; to originate from; be produced by
laconic
using very few words; brief
parquet
ground floor of a theatre
passé
out of date
perambulator
baby carriage
prosaic
lacking poetic beauty; unromantic; prose
spectral
of or like a ghost; spooky
stint
to supply an inadequate amount of a person's fixed period of work
weal
a red, swollen mark left on flesh by a blow or pressure
uncanny
strange or mysterious
iridescent
shining like a rainbow
overwrought
very nervous or excited
sage
wise
artifice
a trick or clever stratagem
imperturbable
marked by extreme calm; passive
incessant
not stopping
garrulous
talking a lot; pointlessly or annoyingly talkative
pervade
to be prevalent throughout
depreciation
disapproval
incarnate
to give bodily form to; made human
despotic
tyrannical; dictatorial
ineffable
indescribable in words
obsequiously
in an eagerly submissive way
supplication
begging
tumid
swollen
languid
weak; listless
vile
morally despicable; repulsive
dismantle
to take to pieces; divest
homage
reverential regard
burnished
polished
lissome
moving with graceful ease; limber
pomp
vain display
reiterate
to repeat
inanition
starvation
turbid
not clear; clouded
severance
a breaking off
unplumbed
not explored in depth
lintel
horizontal; weight-bearing support above a door or window
coppice
a thicket of small trees or shrubs
bedeviled
tormented maliciously
sporadic
happening at irregular intervals
anonymity
the state of being unknown
expatriates
those who have taken up residence in a foreign country
avant-garde
unorthodox or daring
quorum
a chosen group
prelude
a preliminary to an action
affront
an offense to one's dignity; to offend/make ashamed
allude
to contain a casual or indirect reference
assent
to agree
apathetic
having or showing little or no emotion
celerity
swiftness; speed
inscrutable
not easily understood; mysterious
munificence
extreme generosity
officious
objectionably aggressive in offering help; forwardness
propensity
a natural inclination or tendency
prostrate
to lay flat
retrogression
the act of moving backward; passing from complex to simple
torpor
inactivity
unctuous
oily; fatty
acquisition
the act of acquiring something
aesthetic
pertaining to a sense of beautiful; love of beauty
deliberated
carefully studied
garner
to gather
impede
hinder; obstruct
indefatigable
untiring
interloper
a person who interferes or meddles in others affairs
mandate
a command from a superior court or official to a lower one
physiognomy
the practice of judging character from the face
precipitous
extremely/dangerously steep
repartee
a quick, witty reply
requiem
a song of mourning
waning
to decline in power
arbiter
someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
blithe
cheerful, lighthearted, casual, unconcerned
connoisseur
an expert, particularly in matters of art and taste
convulsive
affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions
impetuous
impulsive
languor
tiredness; lack of energy
potable
suitable for drinking
sepulcher
a tomb; burial place
sylvan
of forest; wooded; covered in or full of trees
unpremeditated
not prepared or planned in advance
verdurous
freshly green
vernal
pertaining to spring
visage
the appearance conveyed by a person's face
corporeal
material or physical rather than spiritual
evanescent
disappearing like a vapor
inculcate
instill by repeated teaching
interfused
combined by mixing
intermitted
stopped at intervals
oppression
held by persecution
paranormal
of psychic phenomena
prerogative
special right or power; a privilege
repression
the act of being held back
sinuous
winding in and out; supple or graceful
sordid
nasty; vulgar; corrupt
supernatural
beyond the observable world
vindication
the act of avenging .