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Vocab Unit 4

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alacrity
cheerful willingness;readiness; liveliness
aversion
strong dislike;repugnance; antipathy
involuntary
not done of one's own free will; automatic; unintentional; spontaneous
loath
unwilling; averse; disinclined; reluctant
loathe
have an intense aversion; detest
volition
will
acclivity
upward slope
acme
highest point; pinnacle; summit
apogee
1. farthest point from the earth in the orbit of a heavenly body
2. highest point; culmination
climactic
arranged in order of increasing force and interest
consummate
perfect; superb; carried to the highest degree
eminence
high rank
eminent
standing out; notable; famous
ethereal
of the heavens; celestial;airy;delicate;intangible
exalt
1. lift up with joy, pride, etc
2. raise in rank, dignity, etc
precipice
very steep or overhanging place; cliff
precipitous
1.steep as a precipice
2.hasty; rash
preeminent
standing our above others; superior
sublimate
1.redirect the energy of a person's bad impulses into socially and morally higher channels
2.purify; refine
sublime
elevated;noble;exalted;uplifting
vertex
farthest point opposite the base, as in a triangle or pyramid
zenith
1. highest point;culmination;peak
2.point in the heavens directly overhead
abject
deserving contempt; sunk to a low condition; wretched
abysmal
deep; profound; immeasurably great
abyss
bottomless depth;immeasurably great space
anticlimax
abrupt decline from the dignified or important to the trivial or ludicrous; comedown
chasm
deep breach; wide gap or rift
declivity
downward slope
dregs
most worthless part; sediment at the bottom of a liquid
earthy
down to earth; realistic
humble
1. of low position or condition
2. not proud; unpretentious; modest
menial
low;mean;subservient;servile
nadir
lowest point
plumb
get to the bottom of; ascertain the depth of; fathom
profound
very deep; deeply felt; intellectually deep
ravine
deep, narrow gorge worn by running water
consanguinity
blood relationship
filial
of or like a son or daughter
fraternal
of or like a brother
genealogy
a person's family's descent
gentility
1.good manners
2.gentry; upper class
kith and kin
friends and relatives
maternal
of or like a mother
nepotism
favoritism to relatives by those in power
paternal
of or like a father
progenitor
forefather
progeny
offspring;children
sibling
one of two or more children of a family
aroma
pleasant odor
aromatic
sweet-scented;fragrant
fragrant
having a pleasant odor; pleasantly odorous or odoriferous
fusty
1. stale-smelling;musty;moldy
2.old-fashioned
incense
substance yielding a pleasant odor when burned
malodorous
ill-smelling;stinking;fetid
noisome
1.offensive to smell; disgusting
2.harmful;noxious
olfactory
pertaining to the sense of smell
pungent
sharp in smell or taste; acrid; biting;stimulating
putrid
1.stinking from decay
2.extreamly bad; corrupt
rancid
unpleasant to smell or taste from being spoiled or stale
rank
1.having a strong,bad odor or taste
2.extreme
reek
emit a strong, disagreeable smell
scent
1.smell; perfume
2.get a suspicion of
unsavory
1.unpleasent to taste or smell
2.morally offensive