86 terms

Boham Mid-Term Vocab

Vocab for Mr. Boham's MidTerm
adjourn (v.)
to stop proceedings temporarily; to close formally
adverse (adj.)
opposing or opposed; unfavorable
advocate (v., n.)
to speak in favor of; a person who pleads in the interest of a cause
aesthetic (adj.)
pertaining to a sense of beauty; artistic
affable (adj.)
easy to approach; courteous
affectation (n.)
a pretentious display of manners that are not genuine; mannerism adopted to impress others
affluent (adj.)
well supplied with material possession; wealthy
agenda (n.)
a list or program of things to be done
aggregate (n., v., adj.)
the total amount of sum of individual parts; to gather or merge into a single whole; total or collective
agile (adj.)
swift and light in action, movement, or thought
anomaly (n.)
deviation from the common rule; irregularity
apathy (n.)
a lack of feeling, emotion, or interest
appall (v.)
to fill with dismay, fear or intense horror
apprehend (v.)
to arrest or take into custody; to perceive or understand the meaning of; to look forward to with fear or anxiety
arbitrary (adj.)
unreasonable; based on one's own wishes or whims without regard for reason or fairness; spur of the moment
arbitrate (v.)
to act or give judgment; to settle
array (v., n.)
to line up or dress up; an imposing grouping or impressive display
articulate (v., adj,)
expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language
askew (adj., adv.)
out of line or position; turned to one side; disapprovingly, scornfully
assimilate (v.)
become similar to one's environment; adapt
avarice (n.)
extreme greed for material wealth
avid (adj.)
extremely eager, anxious, or enthusiastic
badger (v.)
to harass or annoy persistently; to tease
baffle (v.)
to puzzle completely; to prevent from achieving a goal; to foil
banal (adj.)
made stale by constant use or repetition
belligerent (adj., n.)
warlike or hostile; a party engaged in a war
benign (adj.)
gentle and kindly, wholesome or favorable
bicker (v.)
to engage in petty quarreling
bizarre (adj.)
weird or fantastic
bland (adj.)
mild or gentle; lacking interest or liveliness; flat
bungle (v.)
to mismanage or make a mess of
bureaucracy (n.)
a complicated system of administrative agencies and officials; the officials themselves
buttress (n., v.)
a support or reinforcement; to support or reinforce
cajole (v.)
to persuade or obtain by flattery or deceit
callous (adj.)
unfeeling or insensitive
calumny (n.)
a false statement deliberately made up to injure a person
candid (adj.)
fair and impartial; frank or outspoken; informal or unposed
cantankerous (adj.)
foul-tempered and quarrelsome
captious (adj.)
quick to finding faults; overly demanding
catholic (adj.)
broad or widely inclusive; general or universal
coerce (v.)
to force someone to do something against his or her will by using undue pressure, threats, intimidation, or physical violence.
cogent (adj.)
forceful and convincing; to the point
cohere (v.)
to hold, stick or fit together
collaborate (v.)
to work together; to cooperate
compatible (adj.)
able to get along with or work well together; capable of use with some other model or system
complacent (adj.)
overly self-satisfied; smug
concise (adj.)
saying a lot in a few words; brief
condone (v.)
to overlook or disregard an offense, thereby implying forgiveness, acceptance, or possibly approval of it
confrontation (n.)
a face-to-face encounter, usually suggesting a hostile or defiant attitude
conjecture (n., v.)
a conclusion based on inadequate evidence; a guess; to conclude from inadequate evidence; to guess
anthropomorphism (n.)
the representation of objects (especially a god) as having human form or traits
Memento Mori
Latin for "remember you will die;" a reminder of one's mortality
profusion (n.)
a plentiful supply; a great or generous amount
mnemonic (adj.)
relating to or assisting the memory
menagerie (n.)
a collection of live animals for study or display
agnosticism (n.)
the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge; a religious orientation of doubt
atheism (n.)
a lack of belief in the existence of God or gods
theism (n.)
belief in the existence of God or gods
lecherous (adj.)
given to excessive indulgence in sexual activity; lustful
lascivious (adj.)
driven by lust; inciting sexual desire
syncretism (n.)
the union (or attempted fusion) of different systems of thought or belief (especially in religion or philosophy)
ostentatious (adj.)
intended to attract notice and impress others; showy
tremulous (adj.)
marked by trembling, quivering or shaking
cosmogony (n.)
a set of religious beliefs concerning the origin of the universe
fratricide (n.)
a person who murders their brother or sister, or the act of doing so
nirvana (n.)
any place of complete bliss and delight and peace; the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation in Hinduism and Buddhism
destitute (adj.)
lacking something that is needed or desirable
eschatology (n.)
a set of religious beliefs concerning death or the end or the world
din (n.)
an Arabic term meaning "religion" or "way of life"
monolith (n.)
a single great stone often in the form of an obelisk or column
coarse (adj.)
harsh, raucous, or rough in tone
sinuous (adj.)
curved or curving in and out
serpentine (adj.)
winding in and out; coiled or twisted
occult (n.)
supernatural forces and events and beings collectively
unkempt (adj.)
not properly maintained; untidy
lithe (adj.)
gracefully slender; flexible
aura (n.)
a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
apparition (n.)
the appearance of a ghostlike figure
sublime (adj.)
inspiring awe
interminable (adj.)
tiresomely long; endless
ephemeral (adj.)
enduring a very short time
hallucination (n.)
illusory perception
livid (adj.)
furiously angry; pale or ash-colored
sycophantic (adj.)
attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
pallid (adj.)
abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
disposition (n.)
mood or temperament; a habitual tendancy and inclination