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English 3H vocab week 3

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knell
n. the sound of a bell rung slowly (to announce a funeral)
v. to ring
machination
n. the act of contriving or plotting, especially with an evil purpose
nebulous
adj. hazy; unclear or vague (when talking about a concept)
obeisance
n. deferential respect; an act or gesture of respect
palliate
v. to make a disease or its symptoms less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause
kaleidoscopic
adj. rapidly changing
malign
adj. evil in nature or effect; malevolent
v. to speak evil about
nefarious
adj. wicked or criminal
obloquy
n. strong public criticism or verbal abuse
panegyric
n. a public speech or published text in praise of someone or something
lacerate
v. to tear or deeply cut
manifest
adj. clear or obvious to the eye or mind
v. to make obvious
nominal
adj. existing in name only; minimal
odium
n. general or widespread hate or disgust towards someone because of their actions
paragon
n. a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a quality
lachrymose
adj. tearful or given to weeping
maudlin
adj. self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness
neophyte
n. a person who is new to a subject, belief or skill
officious
adj. assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way; meddlesome
paramount
adj. more important than anything else; supreme