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78 terms

English Midterm

for Midterms (12/21/12)
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surgical
very precise; clear and accurate
energetic
active and lively
ergonomic
intended to decrease discomfort and maximize work
vigorous
done with power, force, or energy
invigorate
to fill with strength and energy
prodigal
wasting money or resources
agitate
to publicly demand; to move vigorously or violently; to upset
enact
to make legal or official
reactionary
strongly opposed to change; conservative
agile
able to move quickly and lightly
allege
to put forth as true; claim
composure
control over expression and action
exponential
steadily increasing
imposition
an unwelcome demand; a burden
repository
a place designated for storage
instantaneous
happening immediately
reinstate
to bring back into existence or authority
inconstant
not lasting; not steady
synthesize
to combine; to blend
parenthetical
explaining the main idea or topic
hypothesis
idea proposed as true; theory
intercept
to catch or block
participant
one who takes part in
conceive
to come up with; imagine
deceptive
intending to mislead or trick
exceptional
standing out from others
anticipate
to expect beforehand
cohabitation
living together; coexistence
exhibit
to show; to display
editorial
expressing opinions or bias
nontraditional
going against the accepted pattern or style
donor
one who gives something
condone
to support; to give approval to
sanctum
a private place; a retreat
sanctify
to make holy
sanctions
something that forces obedience with a law or rule
sanctuary
a place of protection
deity
a god; a divine being
deify
to make into a god; to treat like a god
pantheon
a group of gods; a group of people so accomplished in a skill that they seem like gods
polytheistic
having several gods or deities
monotheism
worship of or belief in only one god
castigate
to criticize; to condemn
chastened
made less proud; humbled
chastise
to punish verbally; to scold
humility
lack of pride; modesty
exhume
to remove from the ground; dig up
stellar
excellent; outstanding
astronomical
enormous; immense
nebulous
not definite; vague
nimbus
cloud
celestial
having to do with the sky or heavens
terrestrial
earthly; of or from land
inter
to put into the ground; to bury
subterranean
beneath the ground
excursion
a brief pleasure outing
discourse
exchange of words; conversation
accelerated
made faster
volatile
changing often; unpredictable
immovable
impossible to move or change
mobile
moving; able to move
demote
to lower in rank or authority
fugitive
someone who is running away or escaping
refuge
protection or safety
subterfuge
trick; act of deception
static character
lacking in movement, action, or change, esp. in a way viewed as undesirable or uninteresting
dynamic character
positive in attitude and full of energy and new ideas, characterized by constant change, activity, or progress
flat character
character with little development
round character
character with a fully developed personality
tone
the attitude a writer has towards the subject they're writing about
mood
the atmosphere created by the setting, and actions of people and characters in it
theme
the central topic, subject, or concept the author is trying to point out
fairy tale
denoting something regarded as resembling a fairy story in being magical, idealized, or extremely happy
fable
a succinct fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects or forces of nature, illustrating an interpretation of a moral lesson
allegory
a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one
satire
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues
caricature
a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect
scapegoating
a person who is blamed for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults of others, esp. for reasons of expediency