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Vocab Review Weeks 19-22

Vocab for Mrs. Smith's Honors 10 English class at Grissom
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Colloquial
informal; relating to conversation
Tacit
not spoken; implied or inferred
Whet
to stimulate or sharpen
Abstemious
sparingly used or consumed
Convivial
sociable and festive
Equanimity
calm temperament
Mollify
to pacify; to make something less severe
Engender
to give rise to
Iconoclast
one who challenges tradition
Lassitude
tiredness or weariness
Peripheral
at the edge of something
Pique
to spark an interest in
Incorrigible
impossible or very difficult to change or control
Sycophant
a flatterer
Spurious
not genuine or authentic
Perspicacity
acuteness or discernment of perception
Placate
to make someone less angry, upset, or hostile
Pugnacious
quarrelsome; inclined to fight
Catharsis
an emotional release or purification
Ephemeral
short-lived
Equivocal
ambiguous; intended to mislead
Duplicity
deliberate deceptiveness
Rescind
to make void; to repeal or annul
Gravity
grave consequence
Garner
to gather and store
Dissonance
discord or lack of agreement
Delineate
to sketch out or depict
Extol
to praise highly
Aberration
departure from the norm
Egregious
flagrant; outstandingly bad
Abstruse
difficult to penetrate or understand
Incipient
beginning to exist or appear
Surmise
to guess or infer
Tirade
a violent or angry speech; diatribe
Capricious
determined by chance; arbitrary
Officious
intrusive or meddlesome
Salutary
tending to promote physical well-being
Disparage
to reduce in rank; belittle
Indict
to accuse of wrongdoing; charge
Despot
an absolute ruler; a tyrant or dictator