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FINAL EXAM STUDY SET

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Kleptomania
n. a continual urge to steal regardless of economic motive
Meritorious
adj. deserving of an award or honor
Mezzanine
n. the lowest balcony in a theater; a partial story between main stories in a building
Perennial
adj. lasting indefinitely
Purport
v. to claim; to have or to give the false impression of being
Recumbent
adj. resting or lying down
Renown
n. the state of being well known and honored; fame
Tribulation
n. an affliction, trouble, or difficult experience
Botch
v. to ruin through clumsiness; to bungle
Brinkmanship
n. pushing dangerous situations to the edge of disaster rather than conceding
Confute
v. to argue or point out error
Dynasty
n. a succession of rulers from the same family or group
Forte
n. an area of expertise or strength
Fortitute
n. strength in adversity
Ineffable
adj. too sacred or great to be described; indescribable
Malodorous
adj. having an offensive odor
Nanotechnology
n. the use of single atoms and molecules to construct microscopic devices
Negligible
adj. of little importance; insignificant
Notarize
v. to certify legally
Piquant
adj. a strong, stimulating taste
Precept
n. a rule of action; a principle to live by
Pungent
adj. a sharp taste; acrid
Renege
v. to break a promise or obligation; revoke
Visage
n. a face; a facial expression
Wunderkind
n. one who excels in a difficult field at an early age
Rigorous
adj. severe; relentless; harsh
Sedentary
adj. characterized by or requiring sitting; motionless
Stricture
n. a restraint or limit
Subversive
adj. in opposition to authority or government
Tantamount
adj. of essentially equal value or significance
Acumen
n. ability to discern or discriminate; shrewdness
Concurrent
adj. happening at the same time
Erroneous
adj. incorrect; mistakenn
Impasse
n. a problem or predicament with no obvious resolution
Irrevocable
adj. impossible to retract or revoke, irreversible
Amenable
adj. agreeable; responsive to suggestion or advice
Conducive
adj. tending to cause or bring about
Influx
n. an inward flow
Junta
n. a military group ruling a country after seizing power
Mollify
v. to reduce, soothe, or calm
Patina
n. a sheen on a surface resulting from age and use
Perjury
n. the act of lying under oath
Pinnacle
n. a peak or climax
Placebo
n.a fake drug used in the testing of medication
Plaintive
adj. expressing sorrow; mournful
Genocide
n. the deliberate destruction of a group of people
Gratis
adj. free; without charge
Manifesto
n. a public declaration of policies or intentions
Materialistic
adj. wanting material possessions
Monolithic
adj. massive, uniform, and solid
Predilection
n.a preference toward someone or something
Progeny
n. offspring; children
Quintessential
adj. the most typical; ideal
Rudimentary
adj. basic; not refined or well developed
Zaftig
adj. having a full, shapely figure
Melee
n. a noisy, confused fight
Pariah
n. a social outcast
Pedagogue
n. a schoolteacher
Personification
n. a person or thing that represents an idea
Rambunctious
adj. unruly; uncontrollable
Allocate
v. to distribute, allot, or designate
Belabor
v. to work at something beyond practicality; to overstress
Conjecture
n. a judgement or opinion based on little or questionable evidence
Faux
adj. artificial; false, not genuine
Foray
n. a surprise attack
Aloof
adj. reserved; distant
Bias
n. a prejudiced view (either for or against); a preference
Cavort
v. to leap about in a sprightly manner; romp
Desecrate
v. to damage a holy place; to treat with irreverence
Ensue
v. to follow as a result
Fiat
n. an official order
Fidelity
n. faithfulness
Fluent
adj. able to express oneself easily and clearly
Gyrate
v. to rotate or revolve quickly; to spiral
Hilarity
n. gaiety; jobiality
Delete
v. to take out; to remove
Impermeable
adj. not permitting passage
Imperturbable
adj. not easily excited, even under pressure
Lax
adj. careless or negligent
Mendicant
n. a beggar
Obeisance
n. a bow or similar gesture expressing deep respect
Oscillate
v. to swing or move back and forth like a pendulum
Oust
v. to drive out; to expel; to deprive
Paean
n. a fervent expression, or song, of joy or praise
Palpable
adj. obvious; capable of being touched or felt
Impervious
adj. incapable of being affected
Macabre
adj. horrible; grim
Mitigate
v. to make less severe; to become milder
Nadir
n. lowest point
Penchant
n. a strong liking
Admonish
v. to warn; to caution in counsel
Affliction
n. anything causing great suffering
Aphorism
n. a concise statement of a truth or principle
Cache
n. a concealed store of goods or valuables
Daub
v. to paint coarsely or unskillfully
Adjunct
adj. connected or attached to in a dependent, subordinate, or auxiliary manner, but not an inherent part of
Chicanery
n. the use of tricks or clever talk to deceive or evade
Debonair
adj. carefree and self-confident in manner; elegant and gracious
Deplete
v. to use up gradually
Equivocal
adj. ambiguous; intentionally vague
Farcical
adj. absurd; ridiculously clumsy
Feisty
adj. aggressive; lively; energetic
Filial
adj. of, relating to or befitting a son or daughter
Genealogy
n. family history
Gull
v. to cheat; to fool or hoax
Epitaph
n. an inscription on a tombstone; a brief comment about a deceased person
Foible
n. a minor weakness in character
Frivolous
adj. trivial; silly
Harp
v. to persist in talking continuously (on or about something)
Impel
v. push into motion
Impetuous
adj. acting suddenly without thought
Jargon
n. vocabulary distinctive to a particular group of people
Judicious
adj. showing sound judgement
Lateral
adj. of of relating to the side
Pallid
adj. pale; faint in color
Impertinent
adj. rude and disrespectful
Lackey
n. a slavish follower
Lament
v. to mourn
Lethal
adj. deadly; fatal
Nemesis
n. someone or something a person cannot conquer or achieve; a hated enemy
Alacrity
n. liveliness; willingness; eagerness
Benediction
n. the act of blessing
Carnage
n. bloody and extensive slaughter
Catalyst
n. a person, thing, or agent that causes or speeds up a reaction or change without itself being changed
Deify
v. to make a god of; to look upon or worship as a god
Anachronism
n. something existing outside of its proper time
Defunct
adj. no longer in existence
Denigrate
v. to attack the reputation of; to speak ill of
Effusive
adj. emotionally excessive; overly demonstrative
Embroil
v. to draw into a conflict or fight
Envisage
v. to form a mental picture
Gape
v. to stare with an open mouth
Haughty
adj. arrogant; proud
Holocaust
n. a great or complete destruction of life
Humane
adj. kind; compassionate
Deluge
n. a flood; an overwhelming rush
Eerie
adj. weird; mysterious; strange and frightening
Fester
v. to grow embittered over time; to rot
Guile
n. slyness and cunning in dealing with others
Havoc
n. great destruction; chaos
Languish
v. to become weak or feeble; to lost strength
Martial
adj. warlike; relating to the military
Modicum
n. a small amount
Pall
n. something that covers or conceals
Rancid
adj. having a bad taste or smell; spoiled
Lacerate
v. to tear (flesh) jaggedly
Nefarious
adj. very wicked; notorious
Patrician
n. an aristocrat
Query
v. to ask; to inquire
Queue
n. a line of people or vehicles
Anthropomorphic
adj. attributing human characteristics or qualities to objects, animals or gods
Aplomb
n. self-confidence
Beneficiary
n. one who receives benefits
Careen
v. to swerve or lurch from side to side while in motion
Catholic
adj. universal; wide-ranging