119 terms

English 9H Vocab Words Sets 8-13

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Avert
to prevent the occurence of; to pevent from happening
Baffle
frustrate; perplex
Beaux
boyfriends
Beleaguer
To besiege by encircling (as with an army); to harass
Conglomeration
n. a collection of unrelated things
Elegiac
expressing sorrow or lamentation
Emissary
an agent sent on a mission
Endowment
natural qualities or talents
Grotesque
distorted and unnatural in shape or size
Implacable
unable to be appeased or pacified
Indolent
slow in growth or development
Ineluctable
impossible to avoid or evade:"inescapable conclusion"
Inquisition
a severe interrogation
Jaunty
chipper; having a cheerful, lively and self-confident air
Mastication
the process by which food is torn and/or crushed by teeth
Motley
composed of discordant elements; consisting of or wearing a combination of different colors
Portiere
a curtain hanging across a doorway
Proscenium
the front of the stage, before the curtain
Querulous
fretful; habitual complaining
Rhapsodic
feeling great rapture or delight; ecstatic
Allusion
a casual reference; a slight or incidental mention
Appertain
to belong to as a part or member; to belong by association
Auspicious
well-omened; betokening success
Buffet
strike, beat repeatedly
Execrate
to detest utterly; to abhor; to curse
Larceny
the wrongful taking of another's goods; theft
Miscreant
a villain; a scoundrel
Mortification
humiliation
Cogent
Convincing; forceful
Contingent
(adj): depending on something; not certain; conditional (n): a delegation
copious
abundant; plentiful
courtier
a person in attendance at a royal court; a flatterer
Despondent
depressed; melancholy
Discomfiture
embarrassment; confusion; frustration
Disparate
essentially different; unequal
Edify
to instruct someone in a way that enlightens them or uplifts them morally, spiritually, or intellectually
Paroxysm
a spasm; a violent outburst
Prostrate
lying flat; laid low
Reproach
to express disapproval of, disappointment in, or criticism of
Smite
to strike or hit hard with or as with the hand, a stick, or other weapon
Advocate
to support, to be in favor of
Affinity
natural attraction to a person or liking for a thing; connection
Altruistic
thoughtful of the welfare of others
Bequeath
to leave property or money by a will; to pass along
Cache
a hiding place; something hidden in a hiding place
Colloquial
conversational; used in informal speech or writing
Denunciation
expression of strong disapproval made openly or publicly
Didactic
Intended to instruct
Egregious
Extraordinarily bad
Inundation
An abundant, usually overwhelming flow or fall, as a river of rain; an overwhelming number or amount
Pensive
Suggestive or expressive of melancholy thoughtfulness
Pique
A temporary feeling of wounded vanity; a fit of resentment
Residual
left over; remaining
Resilient
getting back strength or spirit quickly; springing back into shape or position
Scrupulous
Very honest and conscientious; careful about the details; exact
Substantiate
to support with proof or evidence; to verify
Unassailable
not liable to an attack
Viable
Able to live or exist; practicable; workable
Wither
to dry up, to shrivel; to cause to lose courage or to be ashamed
Woe
deep distress or misery, as from grief; wretchedness
Explicit
clear or obvious; leaving no doubt as to the intended meaning; showing or describing sex openly
Prodigious
extraordinary in size, amount or degree; marvelous or wonderful
Vicarious
experienced through another by imagining rather than first hand
Ravenous
extremely hungry; greedy for something; predatory
Remonstrance
an expression of protest, complaint or reproof, especially a formal statement of grievance
Abhor
to detest; to disapprove of or reject very strongly
Garret
An attic; a root at the top of the house immediately below the roof
Appall
to cause shock or disgust
Impart
To grant a share of; to bestow
Profound
having intellectual depth or insight; difficult to understand; characterized by intensity of feeling
Divine
Of or pertaining to God
Disconsolate
seemingly beyond consolation; dejected; cheerless
Commiserate
To feel or express sorrow or sympathy for; to pity
Indignation
anger because of something that seems unfair or unreasonable
Consternation
shocked dismay
Interpose
to interrupt or intervene with something
Rimy
covered with frost
Imprecation
a curse
Epistle
a literary composition in the form of a letter; a long, formal letter
Magnanimous
Generous; high minded; noble
Confound
to throw into confusion; perplex; to astound
Beguile
to delude; to deceive; to amuse, divert; pass time
Decanter
a fancy bottle form which wine or liquor is served
Patronize
to give one's support to; to treat with condescension
Penitent
repentant; feeling or expressing sorrow or sin
Thwart
To prevent from accomplishing a purpose; to frustrate
Caprice
A sudden change of mind or humor; a whime
Adjunct
additional, especially in a subordinate sense
Impetuous
sudden and vehement in action
Diffidence
Want of self-confidence; shyness
Erudition
knowledge gained by study; learning
Swarthy
dark in complexion
Ignominious
causing or deserving humiliation, disgrace or public humiliation
Surmise
to guess
Gloat
To show joy at another's misfortune
Plaintive
Mournful
Clemency
mildness, leniency, mercy
Dexterity
manual or mental skill
Pragmatic
Practical
Inflammatory
Provocative; liable to arouse strong emotions, especially anger
Dubious
Unsure about the outcome; of uncertain quality; possibly dishonest or immoral
Apprise
To inform or give notice
Injunction
A court order that requires somebody involved in a legal action to do (or refrain from) something
Expatriate
A citizen who has left his or her own country to live in another, usually for a prolonged period
Brazen
Bold and unashamed; harsh-sounding; of or like brass
Poacher
An illegal hunter
Irresolute
Incapable of deciding
Turnkey
(adj.): Complete and ready to use upon delivery or installation; (n): someone who guards prisoners
Profess
To declare or admit openly
Causeway
A raised path or road over a marsh or water or across land sometimes covered by water
Supercilious
Contemptuously indifferent; arrogant
Abjure
To formally renounce something; to deny yourself something
Incursion
A raid; an unwelcome intrusion
Spectral
Ghostly
Apparition
A ghostly figure or sight; a sudden or unusual sight
Wicket
A small door or gate; small opening for communication; gate controlling water flow
Fealty
Allegiance or faithfulness
Lacerate
To rip, cut or tear; to cause deep emotional pain
Salutary
Healthful; helpful