40 terms

Kemp Vocab Unit 1

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Aquiline
curving like an eagle's beak; like an eagle (said of facial features)
Salient
moving by leaps; jetting upward; prominent (clearly noticeable)
Palpable
capable of being touched or felt; tangible
Lugubrious
mournful, esp. in an exaggerated way (said of demeanor, attitude)
Relegate
to send into exile; banish (to demote in rank or privilege)
Insolence
insulting contempt; bold effrontery; impudence
Rebuke
to criticize sharply; reprimand (to scold harshly)
Wane
to decrease in size, extent or degree; dwindle (light begins to wane at dusk)
Irreparable
not reparable; irremediable (irreparable damage cannot be fixed)
Indefatigable
incapable of being fatigued; untiring
Deleterious
harmful in a subtle or unexpected way (hidden dangerous side effects)
Uxorious
excessively fond of or submissive to a wife
Amenable
capable of submission; cooperative; willing (agreeable to something)
Compunction
anxiety arising from guilt; scruple
Litany
a prayer in series; a lengthy recitation or list
Copious
yielding something abundantly; plentiful (taking copious notes in class)
Sojourn
a temporary stay; a vacation (to vacation)
Sully
to make soiled or tarnished; defile (to sully one's reputation with scandal)
Supplicate
to make a humble entreaty; to pray or beg (esp. toward/from God)
Antiquated
obsolete; outmoded; out of style (like an antique)
Gesticulate
to make gestures, especially when speaking
Tumultuous
marked by uproar, disorder or agitation (the tumultuous crowd)
Immutable
not capable of or susceptible to change (the immutable laws of nature)
Puerile
juvenile; childish; silly (a puerile sense of humor)
Surreptitious
done, made or acquired by stealth; clandestine (sneaky)
Pertinent
having a clear, decisive relevance to the matter at hand
Plenary
complete in every respect; absolute; unqualified (a plenary indulgence)
Precipitous
precipitate; a very steep rise or fall
Coiffure
a style or manner of arranging the hair
Mitigate
to cause to become less harsh; to make less severe; mollifiy
Diurnal
recurring every day; active in the daytime (as opposed to nocturnal)
Adumbrate
to foreshadow vaguely; intimate
Prescience
foreknowledge of events; foresight (the ability to see/know things early)
Desiccate
to dry up; to dehydrate (also used as an adj. "desiccated")
Carrion
dead and putrefying flesh (the rotting meat of an animal)
Indolent
causing little or no pain; slow to develop or heal (also lazy/slow moving)
Aberration
a straying from the moral standard or normal state (unusual occurrence)
Precocious
exceptionally early in development or occurrence
Impunity
exception or freedom from punishment, harm or loss (to act with impunity)
Tenacious
not easily pulled apart; cohesive; tough; persistent