Great Expectations Vocab

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Abject
Miserable, wretched;degraded
Ablution
A washing of the body, especially as part of a religious ceremony.
Aghast
Feeling great horror or dismay; terrified
Artless
Simple, natural; without guile or deceit; innocent; ingenious
Chaste
Sexually abstinent; pure; modest; simple
Corrugated
Wrinkled; formed into parallel grooves and ridges
Courtier
An attendant at a royal court; a person who uses flattery to try to get something
Cravat
A neckerchief or scarf; a necktie
Descry
To discern; to look for and discover
Discomfiture
The state of being frustrated, uneasy or disconcerted
Disinterested
Impartial; unbiased; not influenced by selfish motives
Disparage
To speak slightingly of; to show disrespect for; to belittle
Dispatch
Efficient speed; promptness
Disseminate
To scatter far wide; to spread abroad
Doleful
Full of or causing sorrow or sadness; mournful; melancholy
Elixir
A drink or substance that is a supposed remedy for all ills; a panacea
Fortuitous
Bringing, or happening by, good luck; fortunate
Frowzy
Dirty and untidy; unkempt
Homage
Anything given or done to show reverence, honor or respect (usually used with do or pay - ex: to pay homage to a hero)
Imprecation
A curse
Inveterate
Firmly established over a long period; of long standing; deep-rooted
Judicious
Having, applying or showing sound judgement
Liberal
Giving freely; generous; large or plentiful; ample abundant
Magnanimous
Noble in mind; high-souled, especially generous in overlooking injury or insult
Maudlin
Foolishly and tearfully or weakly sentimental
Miscreant
An evil person; criminal; villain
Mollify
To soothe the temper of; pacify; appease
Morose
Ill-tempered; gloomy; sullen
Obtrusive
The idea of forcing oneself or one's opinions on others, especially by calling attention to oneself on a displeasing way
Paroxysm
A sudden fit, spasm or attack; an outburst
Plebeian
Vulgar, coarse, common
Propitiate
To appease or conciliate; to cause to be favorably inclined
Prospect
A broad view; a place affording such a view
Quail
To draw back in fear; to lose heart or courage; to cower
Remuneration
That which pays or compensates
Reticent
Silent or uncommunicative; restrained; taciturn; reserved; understated
Retribution
Punishment for evil done or reward for good done
Sagacious
Having or showing wisdom
Self-possessed
Being in control of one's feelings or actions; showing composure
Squall
A brief, violent windstorm, usually with rain
Subterfuge
Any plan, action or device intended to get out of any unpleasant situation; deception
Swarthy
Having a dark complexion; dusky
Temporize
To suit one'a actions to the time, occasion or circumstances without reference to principle; to give in to avoid conflict or evade immediate decision; to parley; to negotiate
Toady
A servile flatterer or sycophant, especially one who does unprincipled things to try to gain an advantage
Trenchant
Keen, penetrating, incisive; forceful, vigorous, effective
Ungainly
Awkward; clumsy
Unwonted
Not common, usual or habitual; rare
Valedictory
Said or done at parting, by way of farewell
Vex
To disturb, annoy or irritate
Vicarious
Shared in or felt by imagined participation in another's experience