Phoenix IV Vocabulary 1st Quarter

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abyss
bottomless hole; vast expanse, depth
begrudge
to give reluctantly
din
loud and discordant, cacophony
hack
forfeits professional integrity for money
paucity
scarcity, fewness of number, dearth
piety
dutifulness in religion
agile
ability to move with quick easy grace
enervation
weakness
coterie
a small group that shares interest
inert
unable to move or act, sluggish
analogous
alike or similar, able to draw an analogy
cynical
given to fault finding, sneering
scintillating
brilliant, shining, or flashing
malediction
curse
enumerate
to count one by one
fitful
irregular, erratic
desolate
deserted, without inhabitants
onus
a disagreeable necessity
antidote
something that relieves the effect of poison
squalid
filthy in appearance, sordid
pedantry
a showing off of learning
fetid
having an offensive smell, malodorous
ruminate
to consider for a long time, ponder
bombastic
using inflated language, pompous
antediluvian
very old, before Biblical flood
aplomb
composure, self-assurance
placid
peaceful, calm
impecunious
without money
tact
a sense of knowing the appropriate
circumlocution
talking around a subject
arid
very dry
decry
to speak against, to disparage
pulchritude
beauty, comeliness
luxuriant
abundant, very fertile
vindictive
revengeful, spiteful
paltry
trifling, petty, worthless
raze
to completely destroy
vexatious
causing discomfort or distress
awry
in a turned or twisted position; off the correct or expected course
egregious
very bad, shocking
dour
sullen, stern, harsh
mutability
ability to change; inconsistency
abandon
unrestrained behavior
cordial
courteous and gracious, friendly
galvanize
stimulate or excite as if by shock
ecstasy
extreme happiness
cumbersome
difficult to handle, unwieldy
impertinent
insolently rude, unmannerly
afoot
developing, in process of happening
penchant
a strong inclination
adulterate
to make impure; to corrupt
cloister
to seclude or to confine
exude
to come out gradually through small openings; to display conspicuously
neurotic
emotionally unstable
stalwart
strength and vigor of body, mind
asperity
roughness of manner or of temper
desiccate
to dry up
ponderous
heavy, unwieldy from weight
equivocate
to attempt to lie, to mislead
inimitable
not able to be imitated; matchless
evince
to show clearly
soporific
tending to cause sleep, boring
buffoon
a clown, a silly or inane person
inopportune
inconvenient, poorly timed
despondency
depression, dejection
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