10th grade Honors English Vocabulary

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Group 1 and 2
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bellicose
war-like; aggressive
consummate
complete; supremely good
elusive
hard to pin down; hard to grasp
gregarious
sociable; out going
jaundiced
pessimistic; bitter; prejudiced, full of envy
nettle
annoy, irritate
phenomenon
a big event or happening, unusual occurrence
recuperate
getting well after an illness
superlative
very good; the best
ebullient
full of energy; overflowing with enthusiasm
pliable
flexible, bending readily, adaptable
whet
sharpen, make eager
belligerent
aggressive; ready to fight
contemporary
living or happening at the same time
emaciated
very thin; withered
gritty
rough; coarse
jaunt
a short pleasure trip or walk
ambiguous
unclear; murky
philanthropy
love of mankind
red tape
official procedure; high end paper work
surly
grumpy; rude; irritable
whimsical
magical; as in a unicorn
Group 3 and 4
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bemoan
Complain
contrite
sorry; extremely apologetic
emancipate
Set free
guffaw
Sudden loud laughter
jeopardize
Put to risk
nomadic
Wondering from place to place
philistine
Uncultured person,
redolent
Giving off of odors, aromatic
surreptitious
secret, sneaky
willful
stubborn, headstrong, inflexible
benevolent
kindly, generous, compassionate
contrition
sorrow; regret; remorse
embezzle
steal property entrusted to one's care
guile
craftiness; deceit
jingoistic
Very patriotic
nonchalance
Calm and composed
phlegmatic
calm; unemotional in temperament
redress
Put right something that was wrong
surreptitiously
secretly;stealthy
Group 5 and 6
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wily
cunning
benign
harmless
contumacious
Stubborn
embroil
Argue; to involve in a quarrel
guileless
free of cunning; straightforward
jocular
in a joking manner; humorous, jesting
Nondescript
not easily described; dull and ordinary
Pillage
to rob of goods by open force (as in war); plunder
Redundant
repetitive; unnecessary
Susceptible
Vulnerable
Wispy
Flimsy
Benignity
Compassion
Contusion
A bruise
Emerge
Come out; Appear
Gullibility
Easily fooled
Jollity
Happiness
Nonentity
Not famous
Pinnacle
Topmost point
Referendum
Public vote
Suspect
Doubtful
Wistful
Longing for
Group 7 and 8
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bequeath
Leave something in one's will to be given after one's death
conundrum
A puzzle
emulate
To imitate something admired
gullible
Easily fooled
jubilant
Ecstatic; delighted; rejoicing
nostalgia
longing or affection for the past
pious
Very religious
refute
Disprove
sybarite
Lover of luxury
zany
Crazy; wacky
berate
Scold; criticize
conventional
Usual; customary; common
endorse
Give support or approval to
gustatory
Concerned with the sense of taste
judicious
Correct in judgment; wise
notoriety
Infamy; known for wrong doing
pivotal
Of central importance
regale
Entertain
sycophant
Bootlicker; flatterer
zeal
Enthusiasm
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