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Diagnostic 8 Vocabulary

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exult
(v) to be extremely joyful; to leap for joy; to rejoice; exuberate; jubilate
transient
(adj) passing especially quickly into an out of existence; transitory; passing through briefly; impermanent; ephemeral; evanescent; deciduous
innocuous
(adj) producing no injury; harmless; insipid; not likely to give offense or to arouse strong feelings; benign
peripatetic
(adj) pedestrian, itinerant; (plural) movement or journeys hither and thither
audacity
(n) the quality or state of being audacious; boldness; brazenness; presumptuousness; temerity
inertia
(n) indisposition to motion, exertion, or change; idleness; laziness
imbue
(v) to permeate or influence; to tinge; infuse;
instigate
(v) to provoke; incite; urge forward
obscure
(adj) dark, dim; shrouded in darkness; mysterious; remote; secluded; not prominent; arcane; cryptic; enigmatic; equivocal; occult
belie
(v) to give a false impression; contradict; disguise
impiety
(n) the quality or state of being impious; blasphemy; desecration
vagary
(n) an erratic, unpredictable manifestation, action, or notion; caprice; whimsy
evanescence
(n) the process or fact of evanescing; evanescent quality; ephemerality; impermanence; fleetingness; transience;
narcissism
(n) egoism, egocentrism
vigilant
(adj) alertly watchful; especially to avoid danger; alert
temperamental
(adj) marked by excessive sensitivity and impulsive, erratic, or spontaneous behavior or performance
prolific
(adj) producing young; fruitful; marked by abundant inventiveness; fertile; fecund; fructuous
diagnose
(v) to recognize by signs and symptoms; to analyze the cause or nature of a problem or disease
callowness
(n) the quality of being immature or of lacking adult sophistication
ascendancy
(n) governing or controlling influence; domination; supremacy; hegemony; sovereignty
obstinacy
(n) the quality of being difficult to remedy, relieve, or subdue; stubbornness
autonomy
(n) the quality of being self-governing; especially the right to self-government
stoicism
(n) indifference to pleasure or pain; impassiveness
bombast
(n) pretentious inflated speech or writing; grandiloquence; bull-s***
acrimony
(n) harsh or biting sharpness; acidity; acridity; virulence; vitriol; asperity
pathos
(n) an element in experience that evokes pity or compassion; an emotion of sympathetic pity
iniquity
(n) gross injustice; sin; wickedness
idiosyncratic
(adj) something that is a characteristic peculiarity; something that relates to a peculiarity or temperament
vituperative
(adj) given to censure; containing verbal abuse; abusive; truculent; vitriolic
oblique
(adj) inclined; indirect; obscure; devious
eulogy
(n) high praise that is given in honor of one deceased; encomium
heretical
(adj) relating to heresy; relating to unorthodox beliefs or beliefs that are a departure from the accepted
dogmatic
(adj) characterized by the expression of opinions very strongly as they were facts; pontifical
esoteric
(adj) designed to be understood by the initiated alone; private; confidential; abstruse; arcane; recondite
sonorous
(adj) producing sound; full or loud in sound; having an imposing effect or style
enervate
(adj) lacking physical, mental, or moral vigor; enervated OR (v) to reduce the mental vigor of; to lessen the vitality or strength of
placate
(v) to soothe or mollify, especially by concessions; appease; pacify
impious
(adj) not pious; lacking in reverence or proper respect (as for God or one's parents); sacrilegious
obstinate
(adj) perversely adhering to an opinion in spite of persuasion; not easily subdued; adamant; obdurate; implacable; pertinacious
pontificate
(v) to speak or express opinions in a pompous or dogmatic way