2017/18 Weekly Words

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Gusto
great enjoyment; zest
Luminous
giving off light; shining
Uncanny
mysterious or impossible to explain; strangely out of the ordinary
Somberly
to do/say something in a very serious or sad way
Disdain
a feeling that someone or something is bad, worthless, or low
Malleable
capable of being shaped or formed by pressing, hammering, or another forceful action
Ominous
Being a sign of trouble, danger, or disaster; threatening
Quell
to cause a feeling to become less intense; calm or settle
Conspicuous
easily seen, obvious, attracting attention
Grueling
physically or mentally exhausting
Meander
to follow a winding and turning course
Replenish
to build up a supply of something again; fill again
Aplomb
self-confidence, especially in a difficult situation
Brackish
slightly salty in flavor
Furtive
done or acting in a way that is not intended to be noticed; sneaky
Swagger
to walk in a way that makes it look as if you are very confident or important; strut
foresight
the ability to imagine what is likely to happen
materialize
to appear out of nowhere
pertinent
related to the matter at hand; relevant
ambiguous
unclear; open to having more than one meaning; vague
ensanguine
blood red
egregious
well beyond the bounds of what is right or proper; outrageous
sabotage
a deliberate and usually secret act that causes damage or hinders an activity
surreptitiously
to do something in a furtive/sneaky way; secretively
apprehensive
anxious or fearful; uneasy
deft
quick and skillful
dispel
to cause to disappear; drive away; disperse
exhilarate
to cause someone to feel very happy; elate
contortion
a sharp twist or bend in something
hasten
to move/act swiftly; hurry; cause something to happen more quickly
repugnant
causing disgust; offensive or repulsive
terse
brief and to the point; concise
cunning
sly, crafty, clever
exasperation
a state of anger, impatience, or great irritation
misgivings
feelings of doubt or concern
waver
to move unsteadily back and forth; to hesitate or be unable to make a decision
aptitude
the ability to learn or understand something quickly
barricade
to block an opening or passage with an obstacle or barrier
recluse
a person who lives alone and has little to do with other people
stamina
the power to resist fatigue or illness while working hard; endurance
imperious
arrogant, overbearing, domineering
meticulously
to do something in a careful and thorough way
adversary
someone's opponent in a contest or conflict
vigilant
careful, observant, or attentive
falter
start to lose strength or momentum
vulnerable
capable of being wounded or hurt
jargon
specialized language of a certain profession or group of people
knoll
a small hill
brandish
to wave or exhibit something dramatically
commotion
noisy activity or confusion
impending
about to occur
monotonous
boring due to always being the same
headway
progress to a destination or goal
obscure
difficult to understand or not well-known; to hide
pristine
remaining in a pure or unspoiled state
ubiquitous
seeming to be everywhere
translucent
allowing light to pass through but blurring it so that images cannot be seen easily
engross
to occupy the complete attention of someone
kindle
to start a fire; to excite a feeling
havoc
very great destruction or disorder
eavesdrop
to listen secretly to the private conversation of others
potential
the ability to grow, develop, or improve
subside
to become less active, intense, or agitated
versatile
having varied uses or functions
Counter
to do or say something in opposition to something else
Momentum
the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes
Outlandish
unconventional; strange
Precipice
a very steep or overhanging mass of rock, such as the face of a cliff
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