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S. J. Welsh Vocabulary # 8

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palindrome
N.-a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward
parody
N.-a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing
misanthrope
N.- person who hates all people
egocentric
adj.-self-centered with little regard for others
belligerent
adj.-characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
decadence
(n.) decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence
aristocrat
N-a member of a rich and powerful family
dogmatic
Adj.-arrogant and stubborn about one's (often unproven) beliefs
bona fide
Adj.-genuine, sincere, authentic
genocide
N.-systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
eulogy
N.-speech in praise of someone
lucid
Adj.-clear; easy to understand
premonition
N.-an early warning about a future event
novice
N.-a beginner; one who is inexperienced
deride
to ridicule, laugh at with contempt
innovative
adj. marked by a new or unusual way of doing things
repugnant
(adj.) offensive, disagreeable, distasteful
omniscient
Adj.-knowing everything; having unlimited awareness or understanding
stagnant
Adj.-not running or flowing; foul from standing still; inactive, sluggish, dull
benevolent
Adj.-generous in assistance to the poor