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Vocab#1-5 1-80

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chronic
adj. - long-lasting; constant
petulance
n. - petty fretfulness; peevishness
propinquity
n. - nearness; proximity
obtrude
v. - to enter when not invited; to impose on others
piscatorial
adj. - pertaining to fishing
schizoid
adj. - characteristic of schizophrenia(split/ multiply personality disorder)
prototype
n. - original model; first example; paradigm; pattern
non sequitur
n. - a statement or conclusion that does not follow logically from what has gone before
parietal
adj. - of any wall-like structure in the body
predilection
n. - preference; liking; bias; tendency; penchant
dearth
n. - shortage; absence; lack
obtuse
adj. - dull; not having acute sensibility; blunt; dense
judicious
adj. - wise; careful; showing sound judgment; prudent
immaterial
adj. - insignificant; unimportant
rabble
n. - a tumultuous throng of vulgar, noisy people; a disorganized crowd
perspicuity
n. - clearness in expression; clarity
paroxysm
n.-spasmodic pain; sudden outburst of emotion
raillery
n.- banter; jesting language; goodnatured ridicule; good humored pleasantry
paradigm
n.- model; pattern to be copied; prototype
obsequious
adj. - subservient; servile; overly willing to obey; groveling
nocturne
n. - a piece of music designed to be played at night
tractable
adj. -easily led or controlled; docile
parity
n.-comparative equality; evenness; symmetry
peregrination
n. - the act of passing through any space; journeying; traversing; wandering
obstreperous
adj. - noisy; boisterous; rowdy; unruly
nonpareil
adj. - without equal
obelisk
n. -a slender 4-sided pillar, gradually tapering as it rises, having top in form of a pyramid
quintessence
n. - concentrated essence; purest concentrated form
aesthetic
adj. - showing an appreciation of beauty in nature or art; artistic
virtuoso
n. - one with masterly skill or technique in any field, as in the arts
narcissism
n. love of one's own body; egoism
obdurate
adj. callous; hardened; stubborn
plethora
n. an oversupply; excess; overabundance
quadrennial
adj. lasting four years; occurring once in four years
providential
adj. fortunate; lucky; favorable
malapropism
n. a humorous misuse of a word ( "a shrewd awakening")
obeisance
n. a gesture of respect such as bowing
whisk
v. to wipe, sweep, or brush with a light, quick whipping motion
quirk
n. a turn, twist, caprice; peculiarity; idiosyncrasy
atrophy
n. the emaciation or wasting of tissues, organs, or the entire body
pernicious
adj. causing much harm; highly injurious; deadly
onerous
adj. burdensome; troublesome; difficult; unpleasant
pyrography
n. the burning of designs on wood
vacuity
n. dullness of comprehension; lack of intelligence; stupidity
tithe
n. a tax of one-tenth
ramshackle
adj. tumbling down; shaky; out of repair
parochial
adj. narrow in viewpoint; limited; provincial; pertaining to a parish
ostentatious
adj. elaborately showy to impress others
trireme
n. an ancient warship with three rows of oars
ramification
n. a branching out; consequence; result
nihilism
n. disbelief in religion or moral principals
capitulate
v. to surrender; to cease resisting
pecuniary
adj. financial; monetary; fiscal
quiescent
adj. not aroused; inactive; tranquil; still
penurious
adj. stingy; miserly; poverty-stricken; needy
pragmatic
adj. concerned with practical values; sensible; basic
ordure
n. filth; excrement
nefarious
adj. abominable; wicked in the extreme; vicious; evil
copious
adj. abundant; plentiful
formidable
adj. arousing fear or dread; difficult to overcome
precursor
n. predecessor; forerunner; warning
nirvana
n. in Buddhism, the state of perfect blessedness; heaven; paradise; rapture; bliss
quandary
n. doubt; uncertainty; state of perplexity or difficulty; dilemma
platitude
n. a trite remark; a cliche
noctambulist
n. one who walks in his sleep
ordnance
n. -military weapons; artillery
pejorative
adj. -disparaging; downgrading; tending to make or become worse
neophyte
n. -a new convert; novice; beginner
rampant
adj. - widespread, unchecked growth; uncontrolled
punctilious
adj. - exact in formalities and details; precise
occidental
adj. -pertaining to parts of the earth west of Asia; western
panegyric
n. - a discourse in praise of a a person; formal praise
sporadic
adj. - occasional; intermittent; irregular
niggardly
adv. - stingy; miserly; greedy
pariah
n. - social outcast; outsider
prevaricate
v. - to be evasive; to deviate from the truth; to lie
immutable
adj. - never changing; inflexible
pique
n. - a fit of resentment; indignation
nimbus
n. - bright cloud around the head of a deity; a halo
garrulous
adj. - talkative; loquacious