20 terms

English 3H week 2 vocab

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feckless
adj. ineffective; incompetent; futile
glib
adj. readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so
*like a politician or salesman
halcyon
adj. calm; peaceful; tranquil
ignominy
n. disgrace; dishonor; shamefulness
jaunty
adj. easy or sprightly in manner or bearing; perky
fatuous
adj. foolish or inane especially in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly
gird
v. to surround; encircle; to enclose or bind with a belt or band
harangue
n. a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack
v. to criticize or scold or badger
imbue
v. to impregnate or inspire, as with feeling and opinions
jettison
v. to cast overboard in order to lighten a vessel or increase stability; to throw off something as an obstacle or burden
fastidious
adj. especially critical, particular or hard to please
gibe
v. to utter scoffing or mocking words; to taunt
heterogeneous
adj. different in kind; unlike
impervious
adj. not permitting penetration or passage; impenetrable
jingoist
n. extreme patriot or nationalist
fallacy
n. a deceptive, misleading, or false notion or belief
germane
adj. relevant; pertinent
histrionic
adj. overly dramatic in behavior or speech
importune
v. to demand with urgency or persistence; to beg
junta
n. a small group ruling a country before a legally constituted government has been set up following a military overthrow