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122 terms

Adv Comp Vocab Final

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Callow
young and inexperienced
Peccadillo
a minor offense; a misdeed
Laconically
using few words, short, concise
Sagaciously
wise; having keen perception and sound judgment
Quiddity
essential quality
Rationalize
to make an excuse for
Petent
obvious to call; evident
Adroit
skillful; clever
Ferret
to search or drive out
macroscopic
object visible to the naked eye
affectation
a phony attitude; pose
Pafuous
foolish; inane
Knell
a sound made by a bell often rung slowly for a death of a funeral
Bovine
pertaining to cows vor cattle
dichotomy
sharply opposed
Pedestrian
ordinary or dull
Deviate
turn aside for a course; to stray
Bona Fide
In good faith
Obfuscate
to confuse; to bewilder
Adventitious
accidental; nonessential
Impale
to pierce with a sharp stake through the body
Fecund
fertile; productive
Extenute
to lessen seriousness by providing partial excuses
Parochial
local, narrow, limited
Cataclysm
a violent change
Glower
to stare angrily
Optimum
best; most favorable idea
Edify
to improve someone morally
Importune
to ask persistently; to beg
Ambiguous
open to more than one interpretation
imperious
domineering; haughtly
Quagmire
a swamp; a difficult situuation
Gibe
to scoff, to ridicule
Grotesque
absurd; distorted
Agape
open mouthed; surprised
Neologism
a new word or expression
olfactory
pretaining to smell
hackneyed
common place; overused
Deride
to ridicule; to mock
Immolate
to kill someone as a sacrificial victim usually by fire
Censure
to criticize sharply
Recondite
Difficult to understand; profound
Gambol
to frolic; to romp about playfully
Martinet
a strict disciplinarian; taskmaster
Factious
causing disagreement
Perspicacity
keenness of judgement
Ignoble
dishonorable, shameful
Fervent
eager; earnest
Boor
a rude or impolite person
rectify
to correct, to make right
aegls
a shield;protection
enervate
to weaken
besiege
to overwhelm, to surround and attack
erotic
pertaining to sexual love
ephemeral
lasting only a brief time; short-lived
amorphous
shapeless, formless, vague
altruism
a concern for others; generosity
opulent
rich, luxurious, wealthy
carrion
decaying flesh
Impotent
powerless; lacking strength
Antinesis
an exact opposite; an opposite extreme
maelstrom
whirlpool; turbulence; agitated state of mind
emendation
a correction
chargrin
embarrassment; a complete loss of courage
bauble
a showy but useless thing
diaphanous
very sheer and light
labyrinth
a complicated network of winding passages; a maze
gloat
to look at or think about with satisfaction
bestial
savage; brutual
shard
a fragment
nihilism
a total rejection of established laws
impediment
a barrier; obstruction
effete
worn out; spent, lacking vigor
bland
mild; tasteless; dull
celibate
abstaining from intercourse
Baroque
overly decorated
Fortuitous
happening by chance or accident
hedonism
belief in the pursuit of pleasure
recapitulate
to summarize, to repeat briefly
obloquy
strong disapproval
perfunctory
done without care
Debacle
a complete failure; a total collapse
Quasi
resembling
besmirch
to make dirty
imperative
extremely necessary; vitally important
sacrosanct
extremely holy
sadistic
deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on others
demeanor
a behavior; manner of conducting oneself
Facetious
comical;jocular;flippant
Fop
an excessively fashion conscious man
Imprecation
a curse
non sequitor
something that does not logically follow
sanguine
cheerful; optimistic
bowdlerize
to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc
impair
to weaken
panegyic
an expression of praise
quandary
a puzzling situation; a dilemma
ebulient
overly enthusiastic
deference
respect
carnal
relating to physical appetite especially sexual
nebulous
vague, uncertain
rakish
dashingly stylish and confident
elegy
a sad or mournful poem
pedantic
tending to show off one's learning
antipathy
an intense dislike
affluence
wealth, richness
elucidate
to make clear
bedlam
a noisy uproar; a scene of wild confusion
imminent
likely to happen
peruse
to read carefully; scrutinize
Banal
common; ordinary
obdurate
stubborn; hard hearted
scurrilous
vulgar
amoral
lacking a sense of right and wrong
parody
work which imitates another in a ridiculous manner
eschew
to keep away from; to avoid; to shun
Sedulous
hard working; diligent
onerous
burdensome; heavy; hard to endure
denouement
an outcome; result
Setting
time and place
plot
exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, ending
theme
universal- everyone can understand, a general statement