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honors english vocab final

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abduct
(v.) to take someone away illegally by force
abberation
(n.) a departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically one that is unwelcome
abhor
(v.) regard with disgust or hatred
amenable
(adj.) open to answer or question or give a response
asinine
(adj.) extremely foolish, stupid or silly
assuage
(v.) to make less intense; to relieve or satisfy
barbarism
(n.) having no culture or civilization
barrister
(n.) a lawyer designated to practice as a promoter, usually in higher courts
barter
(v.) exchange of goods without the use of money
benevolence
(n.) to be kind or do something good
caliber
(n.) the aspect of someone's character or the level of their ability
callous
(adj.) showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others
candidly
(adv.) in an honest and straightforward way; frankly
capricious
(adj.) given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior
cogently
(adj.) convincing or believable by virtue of forcible
cognizant
(adj.) having knowledge or being aware of
concede
(v.) to admit that something is true or valid after first denying or resisting it
contemptuous
(adj.) showing contempt, scornful
debris
(n.) the remains of anything broken down or destroyed
defile
(v.) to make foul, dirty, or unclean
defraud
(v.) to deceive someone to gain money illegally
diffuse
(v.) act of diffusing, covering a large space, spread out
discern
(v.) recognize, distinguish by using senses
elegy
(n.) a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament poem for the dead
elite
(n.) a select part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of ability or quality
emaciated
(adj.) abnormally thin or weak, especially because of illness or lack of food
embellish
(v.) to decorate or to add more detail
ensuing
(v). to follow in order, come afterward, especially in immediate succession
explicit
(adj.) fully and clearly expressed or demonstrated, leaving inappropriate things
fallacy
(n.) a misunderstanding due to misleading clues
falter
(v.) to start to lose strength or momentum
fulminations
(n.) an expression of passionate protest
garrulous
(adj.) excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters
gaudy
(adj.) to be flashy, but tacky
gaunt
(adj.) extremely thin and emaciated
gluttonous
(adj.) excessively greedy
hackneyed
(adj.) overused to the extent that it becomes cheapened
haggard
(adj.) looking exhausted and unwell, especially
from fatigue, worry or suffering
hapless
(adj.) unfortunate, especially of a person
haven
(n.) a place of sanctuary
or refuge
illustrious
(adj.) well-known, respected, and admired for
past achievements
imbibe
(v.) to consume or to drink (typically alcohol)
immaterial
(adj.) unimportant under the circumstances; irrelevant
inane
(adj.) silly, Stupid, lacking point or significance
insidious
(adj.) proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, with harmful effects
jaunty
(adj.) expressing a lively, happy, and self-confident way manner
jocund
(adj.) cheerful and lighthearted
juxtaposition
(n.) two things that are seen or are close together that have a contrasting effect
laconic
(adj.) using few words; expressing much in few words; concise
larceny
(n.) to steal someone's belongings
legitimate
(adj.) following the law or the rules
lethal
(adj.) sufficient to cause death
lethargy
(n.) state of being abnormally drowsy
malevolence
(n.) wishing evil or harm
malice
(n.) the intention or desire to do evil
malinger
(v.) for one to exaggerate or fake illness in an attempt to to escape duty or work
negligent
(adj.) failing to take proper care in doing something
nimble
(adj.) very quick and light in movement or action quickly comprehended
obstreperous
(adj.) extremely noisy and extremely difficult to control
officious
(adj.) authority figure who is assertive normally with petty or trivial matters
omnipotent
(adj.) having all or a lot of power
pallid
(adj.) having a pale face, normally because of poor health; feeble or insipid
palpable
(adj.) so intense as to seem almost tangible
paroxysm
(n.) a fit or sudden outburst of emotion, an increase in disease
passive
(adj.) accepting or allowing what happens or what others do, without active response or resistance
paucity
(n.) scarcity of something, small amount of something
portent
(n.) something that foreshadows a coming event
profound
(adj.) very great or intense relating to state, quality, or emotion
rapt
(adj.) completely fascinated by what one is seeing or hearing
tacit
(adj.) understood or implied without being stated
unprecedented
(adj.) never done or known before
utilitarian
(adj.) having regard to utility or usefulness rather than beauty, ornamentation, etc.
vague
(adj.) not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed
zealous
(adj.) showing great energy and enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective
manifest
(adj.) clear or obvious to the eye or mind