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Vocabulary for English Final Review 8H

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Abject
(adj.) degraded; base, contemptible; cringing, servile; complete and unrelieved
Accelerate
(v.) to speed up, cause to move faster; to bring about more quickly
Accrue
(v.) to grow or accumulate over time; to happen as a natural result
Advent
(n.) an arrival; a coming into place or view
Annihilated
(v.) to destroy completely; to vanquish; to make ineffectual or unimportant; to kill
Antebellum
(adj.) belonging to a period before a war
Aperture
(n.) an opening, gap, hole
Artifact
(n.) a remaining piece from an extinct culture or place
Artisan
(n.) a craftsman
Artless
(adj.) 1. Without deceit or cunning; natural; simple.
2. Crude; ignorant; uncultured.
Attenuate
(v.) to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
Beneficence
(n.) kindly action
Celerity
(n.) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
Circumvent
(v.) to get around
Cloister
(n.) A walkway usually found in a religious building; a place where people of a common religion gather such as a convent; a quiet or peaceful place; the life in a convent;v.) to confine oneself
Convene
(v.) to call together
Decimate
(v.) to kill or destroy a large part of
Depicts
(v.) to represent by a picture
Devious
(adj.) 1. Winding; roundabout
2. Underhanded; deceptive
Duplex
(n.) A dwelling with two living units.
Efficacious
(adj.) Effective, producing results
Episode
(n.) An incident in a person's life or in a story or play
Erratic
(adj.) Irregular or inconsistent in movement, habit, quality, or ideas
Facsimile
(n.) an exact copy
Faction
(n.) a number of people in an organization working for a common cause against the main body
Fetish
(n.) an object within with magical properties
Impervious
(adj.) 1. Not penetrable by light rays, moisture, etc.
2. Incapable of being influenced or affected.
Implement
(n.) an instrument, tool; (v.) to put into effect
Incantation
(n.) ritual recitation of charms or spells to produce a magic effect
Incipient
(adj) beginning to come into being or to become apparent
Incur
(v) to meet with; to run into; to bring upon oneself
Intervene
(v.) 1. to occur beteween events or periods
2. to come beteween, thereby easing a situation
3. to interfere or to interrupt
Itinerant
(adj.) traveling from place to place, especially toperform some duty or work; transient
(n.) a person who travel from place to place
Magnate
(n.) a wealthy, influential person, especially in business
Magnitude
(n) the great size or importance of something
Megalomania
(n.) a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc., far in excess of reality
Microbe
(n) microscopic life-form; microorganism; germ
Microcosm
(n.) a miniature world or universe; a group or system viewed as the model of a larger group or system
Monogram
(n) two or more letters interwoven to represent a name
Monologue
(n) a speech by one actor; a long talk by one person
Mollify
(v.) to soften, make gentle, pacify; to calm, allay (as an emotion), assuage, appease, placate; to reduce in intensity
Nihilism
(n.) a total rejection of existing laws, institutions, and moral values; extreme radicalism
Ode
(n.) The form of lyric poetry anciently intended to be sung.
Overt
(adj.) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
Omnipresent
(adj.) present in all places at all times
Omnivorous
(adj.) eating every kind of food; eagerly taking in everything, having a wide variety of tastes
Omnipotent
(adj.) almighty, having unlimited power or authority
Parody
(n.) a humorous or ridiculous imitation; (v.) to make fun of something by imitating it
Pictograph
(n.) a picture or drawing representing words or ideas
Polygamy
(n.) - having more than one spouse at a time
Posterity
(n.) all of a person's offspring, descendants; all future generations
Precept
(n.) a rule of conduct or action
Preclude
(v.) to make impossible, prevent, shut out
Preposterous
(adj.) ridiculous, senseless
Primate
(n) a bishop of highest rank in a country or province
(n) a group of animals including monkeys, apes, and humans
Recant
(v.) to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract
Replete
(adj.) full, abundant
Rhapsody
(n) a state of great happiness; such a state expressed in speech or writing
Satiate
(v.) to satisfy completely; to fill to excess; (adj.) full, satisfied
Succor
(n.) aid; assistance
Telepathy
(n) communication from one mind to another without speech, writing, or other sensory means
Totalitarianism
(n.) a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
Trangress
(v.) to go beyond or over set limits; to break a rule
Transient
(adj.) lasting only a short time, fleeting; (n.) one who stays only a short time
Trisect
(v.) to divide into three parts
Triumvirate
(n.) A group of three, especially in authority
Vanguard
(n.) the foremost part of an army; the leading position in any field
Vaunt
(v) to boast; to brag about.
(n) a boast.