Citadel Book2 Chp1-6 Vocab

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edifice(n)
1) a building, especially one of imposing appearance or size
2) an elaborate conceptual structure
profusion(n)
1) the state of being profuse; abundance
2) lavish or unrestrained expense; extravagance
3) a profuse outpouring or quanity
surmounted(v)
1) to overcome (an obstacle, for example); triumph over
2)to ascend to the top of; climb
3)
a. to place something above; top
b.to be above or on top of
omniscience(n)
1) one having total knowledge
2) Omniscient God. Used with the.
urbane(adj)
polite, refined, and often elegant in manner
nonchalantly(adj)
casually unconcerned or indifferent
guileless(adj)
free of guile; artless
syn- innocent
propitious(adj)
1) presenting favorable circumstances or showing signs of a favorable outcome; auspicious
2) merciful or kindly
cryptically(adv)
in a cryptic manner
derelict(n)
1)
a. deserted by an owner or keeper, abandoned
b. run-down; dilapidated
2) neglectful of duty or obligation; remiss
disconsolately(adv)
in grief-stricken loneliness; without circumstances or prospects
deprecating(adj < v)
as a verb
1) to express disapproval of; deplore
2) to belittle; depreciate

as a adjective
1) tending to diminish or disparage; "belittling comments"
inexorably(adv)
in an inexorable manner
dourly(adv)
in a sullen manner
paroxysm(n)
1) a sudden outburst of emotion or action
2)
a. a sudden attack, recurrence, or intensification of a disease
b. a spasm or fit; a convulsion
peremptorily(adv)
in an imperative and commanding manner
pugnacious(adj)
combative in nature
syn- belligerent
cadaverous(adj)
1)suggestive of death; corpselike
2)
a. of corpselike pallor; pallid
b. emaciated; gaunt
crestfallen(adj)
dispirited and depressed; dejected
cursory(adj)
performed with haste and scant attention to detail
tumult(n)
1) a great noise , as of a crowd
2) a disorderly commotion or disturbance
3) a state of agitation of the mind or emotions
profane(adj)
1) marked by contempt or irreverence for what is scared
2) nonreligious in subject matter, form, or use; secular
3) not admitted into a body of secret knowledge or ritual; uninitiated
4) vulgar; coarse
ignominy(n)
1) great personal dishonor or humiliation
2) an instance or source of this
dubiously(adv)
in a questionable and dubious manner; in a doubtful manner
scrupulous [gentleness]
1) conscientious and exact; painstaking
2) having scruples; principled
tactful (adj)
possessing or exhibiting tact; considerate and direct
repercussions(n)
syn- consequences, result, side effects, backlash, sequel
deluded [myself] (v)
1) to cause to hold a false belief; deceive thoroughly
2) to elude or evade
3) to frustrate the hopes or plans of
despondently(adv)
with desperation
diffident(adj)
lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid
interpose(v)
1)
a. to insert or introduce between parts
b. to place (oneself) between others or things
2) to introduce or interject during discourse or a conversation
3) to exert (influence or authority) in order to intervene
rancour(adj - British sp)
variant of rancor(bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will)
futility(n)
1) the quality of having no useful result; uselessness
2)lack of importance or purpose; frivolousness
3)a futile act
ardour(n - British sp)
1) feelings or great intensity and warmth; fervor
2) eagerness; zeal
insidious(adj)
1)working or spreading harmfully in a subtle or stealthy manner
2) intended to entrap; treacherous
3) beguiling but harmful; alluring
incipient(adj)
beginning to exist or appear