English III Vocabulary

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Trepidation
state of alarm, dread, apprehension, fear
Decadent
period of decline or decay, esp. morally
Manifest
- to show or to be made clear
Vicarious
- experienced through others action
Harass
- to torment without let up
Implacable
- incapable of appeasement, mitigation; not to be palliated
Melee
- a confused struggle, turmoil, a jumble
Debilitate
- to enfeeble, to weaken
Nexus
- means of connecting, a tie, a central link
Mordant
- harsh, biting
Acrimony
- sharpness, harshness, esp. in nature, speech or disposition
Anthology
- a literary collection
Asperity
- ill-temper, irritability, sharpness of tone, or manner
Bifurcate
- divide into two branches or parts
Carnal
- marked by sexuality, given to crude pleasures of the flesh
Carouse
- to drink excessively, and then indulge in drunken merrymaking
Clairvoyant
- a person who can foresee the future
Pastiche
- a hodgepodge, usu. of literary or artistic work
Spurious
- not genuine, authentic, or true
Sycophant
person who is willing to demean himself to gain favor
Alpha and omega
- beginning and end
Avuncular
- uncle like
Bane
- person or thing that ruins or spoils
Calumniate
- to utter false charges maliciously to damage another's reputation
Chimera
- an illusion of the mind; an unreachable dream
Frenetic
- frenzied, frantic
Imprecation
- invoke evil upon; to curse
Nebulous
- vague, hazy, indistinct
Nirvana
- an ideal condition of rest, harmony, stability, joy
Turgid
- swollen
A / an
- prefix meaning "without" or "no"
Anonymous
- without a name; unknown name
Atrophy
- to waste away, esp. muscle or tissue
Atheism
- belief that God does not exist
Agnostic
- person who believes that the existence of God cannot be proven or disprove
Anarchy
- lawlessness; chaos; no government
Achromatic
- lacking in color or variation in hue
Anomaly
- something that deviates from the norm
Anodyne
- anything to relieve pain, esp. emotional
Anesthesia
- drug that causes desensitization
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