80 terms

Mass English Vocab w/ pictures by Avery K.

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affirmative
n.
with a reply that means "yes"
anguished
adj.
extreme suffering, grief, or pain
bravado
n.
confident or brave talk or behavior that is intended to impress other people
dismantle
v.
1. to take (something, such as a machine or structure) apart so that it is in separate pieces
2. to destroy (something) in an orderly way: to gradually cause (something) to some to an end
dismay
n.
to cause (someone) to feel very worried, disappointed, or upset
eclipse
v.
a loss of power, success, popularity,etc.
feign
v.
to pretend to feel or be affected by (something)
finicky
adj.
1. very hard to please
2. requiring a lot of care or attention
fraternize
v.
to be friendly with someone; to spend time with someone in a friendly way especially when it is considered wrong or improper to do so
humility
n.
the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people: the quality or state of being humble
melodramatic
adj.
emotional in a way that is very extreme or exaggerated: extremely dramatic or emotional
opportunist
n.
someone who tries to get an advantage or something valuable from a situation without thinking about what is fair or right
omen
n.
something that is believed to be a sign or warning of something that will happen in the future
patriotism
n.
love that people feel for their country
pleasantries
n.
something (such as a greeting) that people say in order to be polite
rummage
v.
to search for something especially by moving and looking through the contents of a place
saunters
v.
to walk along in a slow and relaxed manner
somber
adj.
1. very sad and serious
2. having a dull or dark color
unmerciful
adj.
not having or showing any mercy: very harsh or cruel
utilitarian
adj.
made to be useful rather than to be decorative or comfortable
banish
v.
1.to force (someone) to leave a country as punishment
2.to send (someone or something) away
3.to cause (something) to go away: to get rid of (something)
boisterous
adj.
very noisy and active in a lively way
calamity
n.
an event that causes great harm and suffering
capitulate
v.
1. to stop fighting an enemy or opponent
2. to stop trying to fight or resist something: to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting or opposing
clandestine
adj.
done in a private place or way: done secretly
congenial
adj.
1 a. suitable or appropriate
b. pleasant and enjoyable
2. very friendly
declaration
n.
1. the act of making an official statement about something: the act of declaring something
2. something that is stated or made known in an official or public way
3. a document that contains an official statement: a document that makes a declaration
hospitable
adj.
1. generous and friendly to guests or visitors
2. having an environment where plants, animals, or people can live or grow easily
3. ready or willing to accept or consider something
industrious
adj.
working very hard: not lazy
inquisitive
adj.
1. tending to ask questions: having a desire to know or learn more
2. asking too many questions about other people's lives
ludicrous
adj.
very foolish
melancholy
n.
a sad mood or feeling
pedantic
adj.
a person who annoys other people by correcting small errors and giving too much attention to minor details
pique
v.
a sudden feeling of annoyance or anger when someone has offended you
ponder
v.
to think about or consider
relentless
adj.
1. continuing without becoming weaker, less severe, etc.
2. remaining strict or determined
scrounge
v.
1. to persuade someone to give you (something) for free
2. to get or find something by looking in different places, asking different people, etc.
speculation
n.
Ideas or guesses about something that is not known
supercilious
adj.
having or showing the proud and unpleasant attitude of people who think that they are better or more important than other people
tranquility
n.
the quality or state of being quiet and peaceful
amnesty
n.
a decision that a group of people will not be punished or that a group of prisoners will be allowed to go free
askew
adj.
not straight: at an angle
conspirator
n.
a person who is involved in a secret plan to do something harmful or illegal: a person who is involved in a conspiracy
crony
n.
a close friend of someone
consul
n.
1. a government official whose job is to live in a foreign country and protect and help the citizens of his or her own country who are traveling, living, or doing business there
2. either one of two chief officials of the ancient Roman republic who were elected every year
denounce
v.
1. to publicly state that someone or something is bad or wrong: to criticize (someone or something) harshly and publicly
2. to report (someone) to the police or other authorities for illegal or immoral acts
disarray
n.
a lack of order: a confused or messy condition
dissident
n.
someone who strongly and publicly disagrees with and criticizes the government
embargo
n. and v.
a government order that limits trade in some way
exile
n. and v.
1. a situation in which you are forced to leave your country or home and go to live in a foreign country
2. to force (someone) to go to live in a distant place or foreign country: to force (someone) to go to live in a distant place or foreign country
grievance
n.
1. a feeling of having been treated unfairly
2. a reason for complaining or being unhappy with a situation
3. a statement in which you say you are unhappy or not satisfied with something
immunity
n.
special protection from what is required for most people by law
jalousies
n.
a blind or shutter made of a row of angled slats
lackluster
adj.
lacking excitement or interest
languid
adj.
showing or having very little strength, energy, or activity
ransack
v.
to search (a place) for something in a way that causes disorder or damage
scour
v.
to search (something) carefully and thoroughly
squeamish
adj.
1 a. afraid to deal with or do things that might hurt or offend people
b. having an unpleasantly nervous or doubtful feeling
2. easily shocked, offended, or disgusted by unpleasant things
traipse
v.
to walk or go somewhere
wield
v.
1. to hold (something, such as a tool or weapon) in your hands so that you are ready to use it
2. to have and use (power, influence, etc.)
keen
adj.
1. having or showing an ability to think clearly and to understand what is not obvious or simple about something
2. very strong and sensitive: highly developed
3 a. very excited about and interested in something
b. feeling a strong and impatient desire to do something
4. strong or intense
game
n.
animals that are hunted
precipitous
adj.
very steep
afford(ed)
v.
to be able to do (something) without having problems or being seriously harmed
wrest(ed)
v.
to pull (something) away from someone by using violent twisting movements
petty
adj.
1 a. not very important or serious
b. relating to thinks that are not very important or serious
c. committing crimes that are no very serious
2. treating people harshly and unfairly because of things that are not very important
acquiesce(d)
v.
to accept, agree, or allow something to happen by staying silent or by not arguing
poach(ing)
v.
to cook (an egg without its shell) in boiling water or in a small cup over boiling water
affray(s)
n.
a noisy fight between two or more people in a public place
compromise(ed)
v.
1.a way of reaching agreement in which each person or group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute
2. something that combines the qualities of two different things
3.a change that makes something worse and that is not done for a good reason
quarry
n.
an animal or person that is being hunted or chased
roebuck
n.
a male roe deer
wont
adj.
1. likely to do something: having a tendency to do something
2, a usual habit or way of behaving
marauder(s)
n.
traveling from place to place to attack others
pinion(ed)
v.
to tie up (someone's arms or legs) very tightly
pious
adj.
deeply religious: devoted to a particular religion
interloper(s)
n.
a person who is not wanted not welcomed by the other people in a situation or place
succor
n.
something that you do or give to help someone who is suffering or in a difficult situation
pestilential
adj.
1. relating to or tending to cause infectious diseases.
2. (of a plant or animal) very widespread and troublesome.
plight
n.
a very bad or difficult situation

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