50 terms

Trimester 2 Vocab

Ms. Baron's 9th grade English

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adroit (adj)
having or showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations
allure (verb)
to attract or tempt by something flattering or desirable
arbiter (noun)
one chosen or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue
blithe (adj)
showing a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper
bulwark (noun)
a solid wall-like structure raised for defense
canvass (verb)
to travel around an area asking people for something such as sales orders, opinions, or votes
compulsion (noun)
the state or condition of being compelled; something that compels; a force that makes somebody do something
conclave (noun)
a private or secret meeting; an assembly or gathering, especially one that has special authority, power, or influence; the secret meeting at which Roman Catholic cardinals elect a new pope
daunting (adj)
to overcome with fear; intimidate; to lessen the courage of; dishearten; likely to intimidate, or frighten somebody
defile (verb)
to make foul, dirty, or unclean; pollute; taint; to make impure for ceremonial use; to damage someone's reputation or good name
Displace (verb)
take over the place, position, or role (or someone or something); cause (something) to move from its proper or usual place
Dollop (noun)
a lump or small amount of a substance
Dubious (adj)
hesitating or doubting. Not to be relied upon; suspect
Effulgence (noun)
a brilliant radiance; a shining forth
Enamor (verb)
to inspire with love/ captivate
Environs (plural noun)
the surrounding areas
Errant (adj)
behaving badly; wandering in search of adventure and romance
Faction (noun)
dissenting minority within a larger group; conflict within a group
Fecund (adj)
fertile; highly imaginative
Fervor (noun)
intensity; great heat
Flail (noun)
an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end
Garrulous (adjective)
full of trivial conversation; talkative
gaudy (adj)
tastelessly showy
gesticulation (noun)
a deliberate and vigorous gesture or motion
incantation (noun)
a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect; a chant; a recited magical spell
indiscretion (noun)
the characteristic or state of being indiscreet; Lack of good judgment or care in behavior and especially in speech
obsequious (adj)
attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
ostracize (verb)
avoid speaking to or dealing with; to exclude from a group, banish, send away
paragon (noun)
an ideal instance; model of excellence or perfection of a kind
avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); (v.) to ward off, fend off, deflect, evade, avoid; (n.) a defensive movement in fencing and other sports
Pensive (adj)
dreamily or wistfully thoughtful; expressing or revealing thoughtfulness
Perjure (verb)
to render (oneself) guilty of swearing falsely or of willfully; making a false statement under oath or solemn affirmation
Pine (verb)
to yearn deeply; suffer with longing; to fail gradually in health from grief, regret, or longing; painful longing
Pristine (adj)
having its original purity; uncorrupted; pure;
Putrid (adj)
in a state of foul decay; rotten; of very low quality; thoroughly corrupt, depraved, or evil
Ravenous (adj)
extremely hungry; famished; intensely eager for gratification or satisfaction
Restitution (noun)
reparation made by giving an equivalent or compensation for loss, damage, or injury caused; restoration to the former or original state or position
Revere (verb)
to be in awe of and respect deeply
Ruse (noun)
a trick, stratagem; an action intended to mislead, deceive, or trick
Sanctity (noun)
the condition of being sanctified; holiness; anything regarded as holy; saintliness
Serendipity (noun)
an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident; good fortune; luck
Shroud (noun)
a cloth or sheet in which a corpse is wrapped for burial; something that covers or conceals like a garment
Spurn (verb)
to reject with disdain; scorn; to treat with contempt; despise
Supernal (adj)
being or belonging to the heaven of divine beings; heavenly; divine; of more than earthly or human excellence, powers, etc.
Surcease (verb)
to cease form some action; to come to an end; to cease or cause to cease
Surfeit (noun or verb)
noun: excess; an excessive amount; overindulgence in eating or drinking
Verb: to bring to a state of surfeit by excess of food or drink; to supply with anything to excess
Tangible (adj)
real or actual, rather than imaginary or visionary; definite; not vague or elusive; capable of being assign a value in monetary terms
Tendril (noun)
a slim, wispy, curling, or winding piece of something such as a wisp of hair or a vine
Terse (adj)
neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy; abruptly concise; curt; brusque
Variance (noun)
the state, quality, or fact of being variable, divergent, different; an instance of varying; discrepancy