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51 terms

Vocab 10/14

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robust
having or showing vigor, strength, or firmness
galvanize
to stimulate to action
conduit
a passage (a pipe or tunnel) through which water or electric wires can pass
pantheon
a group of people held in high esteem for their great achievements
derelict
a person unable to support himself
cavernous
like a large cave in size or darkness
thrum
sound with a monotonous hum
bristling
showing irritation
repository
a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
fidelity
accuracy with which an electronic system reproduces the sound or image of its input signal; faithfulness
lurid
causing horror or revulsion : gruesome
malapropism
the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
gaffe
a socially awkward or tactless act; a faux pas
gaggle
a flock of geese
repudiate
reject as untrue, unfounded, or unjust
liability
the quality of being something that holds you back
legion
in large numbers (adj... cool)
gloat
malicious satisfaction
humor
put into a good mood
idle
silly or trivial; without a basis in reason or fact
quixotic
not sensible about practical matters
sensible
marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters
detractor
one who disparages or belittles the worth of something
cannily
with foresight
vignette
a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)
ostensibly
from appearances alone
paean
a formal expression of praise
factotum
a servant employed to do a variety of jobs
grovel
show submission or fear
largess
a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually ostentatiously
ostentatious
intended to attract notice and impress others
dote
shower with love
grandees
people of high rank
flail
give a thrashing to
slender
meager; small in quantity
derail
cause to run off the tracks
gravitas
formality in bearing and appearance
testy
easily irritated or annoyed
nincompoop
a stupid foolish person
burnish
polish and make shiny
exemplar
something to be imitated
charlatan
a flamboyant deceiver
vet
examine carefully
scalable
capable of being scaled
consternation
fear resulting from the awareness of danger
punctiliousness
strict attention to minute details
symbiosis
the relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent
perspicacity
the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions
malevolence
wishing evil to others
alterity
otherness; specifically : the quality or state of being radically alien to the conscious self or a particular cultural orientation
vanilla
flavored with the extract of the vanilla bean
2 : lacking distinction : plain, ordinary, conventional (beige)