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30 terms

Vocabulary Power Plus (9-10)

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machination
N - an evil design or plan
pejorative
ADJ - having a negative effect; insulting
harbinger
N - an omen or sign
nubile
ADJ - suitable for marriage in age and physical development, referring to a female
sapient
ADJ - wise; full of knowledge
chimerical
ADJ - imaginary; fantastic
masochist
N - one who enjoys his or her own pain and suffering
finesse
N - diplomacy; tact; artful management
heterogeneous
ADJ - different; dissimilar
eclectic
ADJ - choosing from various sources
grandiose
ADJ - impressive; showy; magnificent
raiment
N - clothing; garments
blanch
V - to whiten; to make pale
hybrid
N - anything of mixed origin
idiosyncrasy
N - a peculiar personality trait
idolatry
N - excessive or blind adoration; worship of an object
adulterate
V - to make impure; to contaminate
emanate
V - to come forth; to send forth
garish
ADJ - tastelessly gaudy
immutable
ADJ - unchangeable; fixed
diadem
N - a crown
bucolic
ADJ - pertaining to the countryside; rural; rustic
redolent
ADJ - having a pleasant odor; suggestive or evocative
impecunious
ADJ - without money; penniless
sedition
N - rebellion or resistance against the government
defile
V - to pollute; to corrupt
gratuitous
ADJ - unnecessary or uncalled for
onus
N - a burden; a responsibility
impious
ADJ - disrespectful toward God
caveat
N - a warning