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AOR English IV H #6-10

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allocate
verb to set apart for a particular purpose; assign or allot
fastidious
adj. excessively particular, critical, or demanding
incognito
adj having one's identity concealed (masked, under an assumed name) to avoid notice
martinet
noun a person who demands strict adherence to rules
nemesis
noun a thing or person that a person cannot overcome; also an agent or act of retribution
nuance
noun a subtle expression of meaning or quality
piety
noun dutiful spirit of reverence or devotion
recapitulate
verb to review by a brief summary; to summarize
spinster
noun an older, childless woman who has never been married
vacuous
adjective without contents; empty; lacking in ideas, emotions, or intelligence
assuage
transitive verb to calm, ease, pacify
conundrum
noun a puzzle or confusing situation; a problem
dirge
noun a slow, solemn, mournful song, such as would be appropriate at a funeral
fickle
adjective whimsical, unpredictable, easily swayed
fractious
adjective irritable; difficult to control, quarrelsome
impious
adjective wicked, disrespectful; lacking reverence
marshal
verb to gather together and order appropriately
nebulous
adjective vague, hazy, or indistinct
solicit
verb to ask for; seek or inquire for trade or business
wax
verb grow or increase (like the moon waxing); assume a specified characteristic (wax poetic)
abscond
verb to leave suddenly and secretly, usually to avoid capture. Often includes taking someone or something along
chicanery
noun trickery or deception by wily words or actions
deleterious
adj damaging or harmful
disparity
noun the condition or fact of being unequal; difference or dissimilarity
irascible
adj. easily provoked to anger, irritable, short-tempered
perfunctory
adj. done routinely, with little interest or care
pernicious
adj. very destructive or deadly; causing great harm
supercilious
adj. haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a facial expression or a person
surreptitious
adj. stealthy, sneaky, secret
umbrage
noun offense, annoyance, displeasure
arduous
adjective requiring great exertion, effort or energy; difficult or strenuous
conflagration
noun a great and destructive fire
hedonist
noun a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification
ineffable
adjective inexpressible; not to be spoken because of its sacredness
lugubrious
adjective mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an exaggerated or affected manner
nefarious
adj. extremely wicked or villainous; heinous
peruse
verb to read or examine carefully and thoroughly
plethora
noun overabundance or excess; more than enough
staid
adjective prudently reserved in color and style, manner, or behavior
vestige
noun a mark, trace, or remaining evidence of something that is no longer there
annihilate
verb destroy, wipe out; to reduce to utter ruin or non-existence
deranged
adjective generic psychiatric term for a mental state involving a loss of contact with reality: insane, disarranged
hitherto
adverb until this time
intercourse
noun interactions or communications between persons or groups
malefactor
noun one who does ill toward another; someone who has committed an offense against the law
promontory
noun a high point of land or rock overlooking or projecting above surrounding areas (a cliff or mountain peak)
quagmire
noun a difficult or precarious situation from which extrication is almost impossible
quintessence
noun the pure essence of something; the perfect type or most typical instance
tyranny
noun unrestrained, oppressive power ; absolute, often cruel power
wangle
verb to bring about, accomplish or obtain by scheming or underhanded methods