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Vocabulary Words 1-108

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Presumptuous
adj. unwarrantedly or inpertinently bold; forward; rude arrogant, over confident
Ornery
adj. ugly and unpleasant in disposition or temper
Mercantile
adj. engaged in trade or commerce
Scalded
v. (past tense) burned or affected painfully with or as if with hot liquid or steam
Impersonation
n. to assume the character or appearance of; pretend to be
Decapitate
v. to cut off the head of, behead
Beseeching
v. (present tense) imploring urgently; begging eagerly for
Warrant
n. authorization, sanction, or justification
Jutted
v. (past tense) stuck out
Veneer
n. a thin surface layer of wood; the exterior appearance
Bona Fide
adj. made, done, presented, etc., in good faith; without deception or fraud; authentic true
Etiquette
n. conventional requirememts as to social behavior
Involuntary
adj. independent of one's will; not by one's own choice, forced
Deliberately
adv. carefully weighed or considered; intentionally
Consolation
n. comfort, solace
Assuage
v. to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease
to soothe, calm, or mollify
Indigenous
adj. originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native
Fractious
adj. unruly; readily angered, peevish, irritable
Ramshackle
adj. loosely made or held together
Hone
n. a tool used to sharpen things
v. to sharpen something; to make more acute or perfect
Rudiments
n. the elements or first principles of a subject
Obstreperous
adj. resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly
Prerogative
n. an exclusive right, privilege, etc., limited to a specific person or to persons of a particular category
Venerable
adj. commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity
Elucidate
v. to make clear; explain
Temerity
n. reckless boldness; rashness
Impertinence
n. disrespectful behavior or language; rudeness; insolence
Duress
n. compulsion by threat or force; coercion; constraint
Purloin
v. to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer;
to commit theft; steal
Persevere
v. to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement
Commissioned
v. gave an order for; to authorize
Melancholy
n. a gloomy state of mind
adj. depressed, mournful
Configuration
n. the relative disposition or arrangement of the parts or elements of a thing
Perpetually
adv. continually forever; eternally
Forage
n. food for horses or cattle; the seeking or obtaining of such food
v. to wander or go in search of provisions
Fester
v. to form pus; to putrefy or rot
n. a sore
Presage
n. something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication
Contradiction
n. assertion of the contrary or opposite; denial; a statement that denies another or itself and is logically incongruous
Indictment
n. any charge, accusation, serious criticism, or cause for blame
Oppression
n. the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.
Vindicated
v. cleared, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like; justify
Mutual
adj. having the same relation each toward the other
Vigorous
adj. strong, active, robust; energetic; forceful; powerful in action or effect
Permeate
v. to pass into or through every part of
Vengeance
n. infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person; violent revenge
Noble
adj. of, belonging to, or constituting a hereditary class that has special social or political status in a country or state; of or pertaining to the aristocracy.
Avenged
v. evened the score, retaliated
Impunity
n. exemption from punishment
Connoisseur
n. a person with knowledge, training, expertise, especially in the fine arts
Virtuoso
n. a master musician with ability, technique, or personal style
Imposture
n. the act of instance of engaging in deception under an assumed name or identity
Vintages
n. the yield of wine or grapes from a vineyard or district during one season
Motley
adj. consisting of haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity)
n. a medley
Absconded
v. ran away with, escaped with funds or possessions belonging to another
Catacombs
n. underground cemetery consisting of chambers or tunnels with recesses for graves.
Aperture
n. an opening, such as a hole, gap or slit; in a camera the opening to allow light to enter and expose the picture
Obstinate
adj. stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course of action
Palavering
n. idle chatter, talk, intended to beguile or charm
Demise
n. death; the end of existence or activity; termination
Forswearing
v. renouncing or repudiating under oath
Paraphernalia
n. equipment; tools used in a particular way
Ritual
n. the body of ceremonies or rites used in a place of worship; custom; traditional
Perfunctory
adj. done routinely and with little interest or care
Interminably
adj. seeming to be without end; endlessly
Ominous
adj. foreboding; threatening; boding evil; with and air or danger or fear
Parsimonious
adj. stingy; frugal; miserly; penny pinching
Avaricious
adj. greedy; rapacious; materialistic
Monasticism
n. having to do with a monastery; a way of life in which one lives apart from the world in simple, secluded, prayerful existence
Distraught
adj. deeply agitated, as from emotional conflict
Craven
adj. characterized by great fear; cowardly
Insolent
adj. rude; disrespectful; imprudent
gnarled
adj. contorted; knotted; convoluted; twisted as in the the roots of trees; bent, disfigured as in arthritic hands
Perverse
adj. wicked; evil; with unreasonable intent
Vex
v. aggravate; annoy; frustrate
Hubris
n. excessive pride
Vivacious
adj. full of life; animated; spirited; effervescent
Cuckold
n. the husband of an unfaithful wife
Libation
n. the pouring of a liquid offering as a religious ritual. Informal: A beverage, especially an intoxicating beverage
Precipitous
adj. of the nature of or characterized by precipices; extremely or impassably steep
Forfeit
n. a fine; penalty. Something to which the right is lost, as for commission of a crime or misdeed, neglect of duty, or violation of a contract. v. to lose or become liable to lose, as in consequence of crime, fault, or breach of engagement
Fray
n. a fight, battle, or skirmish; competition or contest, especially in sports. A noisy quarrel or brawl. v. to wear (sloth, rope, etc) to lost, raveled threads or fibers at the edge or end; cause to ravel out; to cause strain on (something); upset; discompose
Rapier
n. small sword. especially of the 18th century, having a narrow blade and used for thrusting
Augment
v. to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength, or extent; increase
Pernicious
adj. causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful; deadly fatal
Inauspicious
adj. boding ill; ill-omened; unfavorable
Presage
something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication. Prophetic significant; augury. v. to portend, foreshadow
Nuptial
adj. of or pertaining to marriage or the marriage ceremony;of, pertaining to, or characteristic of mating or the mating season of animals. n. usually plural, a wedding or marriage
Motif
n. a recurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work; a dominant theme or idea
Lamentable
adj. regrettable; unfortunate
Carrion
n. 1. dead and putrefying flesh. 2. rottenness; anything vile
Wanton
adj. 1. reckless; heartless; malicioius 2. without reason or excuse 3. not moral; not chaste 4. frolicsome; playful
Rogue
n. 1. a dishonest or unprincipaled person; a scoundrel; a rascal 2. a mischievous person; a scamp 3. animal with a savage nature that lives apart from the herd
Slain
past tense verb of "to slay" 1. kill with violence 2. (slang use) to greatly amuse
Ebb
n. the glowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea. 2. a point or state of decline as with an emotion. v. 1. to flow back, decline, or decay.
Wretched
adj. 1. unhappy, unpleasant or of low quality
Absolved
v. past tense - (used especially in religion or law) Freed from guilt, blame or responsibility for something.
Pestilence
n. 1. a deadly epidemic or disease. 2. Something regarded as harmful.
Obsequies
n. funeral rites or ceremonies.
Hierarchy
n. 1. a sustem in which people or things are arranged according to their importance.
Corruption
n. Dishonest practices like bribery.
Primacy
n. the state of being the most important thing; chief.
Rhetoric
n. 1. Speech or writing which is intended to be effective and persuasive. 2. language which sounds good but is not sincere or has no real meaning.
Sonnet
n. a fourteen line poem written in iambic pentameter with a fixed rhyme scheme.
Autonomy
n. the right of a group of people to govern itself, or to organize its own activities
Enmity
n. a geeling of bitter hatred; ill will
Juxtaposition
n. placement of things which are not similar next to each other for contrast. There is a verb form of this word as well
Exotic
adj. unusual and often exciting because of coming (or seeming to come) from a distant, especially tropical country.
Peruse
v. to read through something, especially in order to find the part you are interested in.