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AOR English II H #6-10

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prodigious
adj-extraordinary in size, quantity, or extent; enormous; also marvelous or amazing
volition
noun- act of willing or choosing; will, accord
immaculate
adj. spotless, without a stain, absolutely clean
proficient
adj. well advanced in a subject or occupation, skilled, adept, expert
ebullient
adj.-exhilarated, full of enthusiasm and high spirits
meticulous
adj.- extremely careful and thorough, precise, painstaking
voracious
adj.-having or marked by boundless greed or desire
vacillate
verb: to physically sway; to be indecisive
diminutive
adj- below average size, small, tiny
abstinence
noun-the act of doing without, particularly pleasures or desires
loquacious
adj-very talkative
palatable
adj-acceptable to the taste, sufficiently agreeable to be consumed; also used as acceptable to the mind or sensibilities
perfunctory
adj-done routinely, with little interest or care
innocuous
adj-harmless
provincial
adj- not fashionable or sophisticated
surreptitious
adj-stealthy, sneaky, secret
acquiesce
verb-accept, agree, or give implied consent by not objecting; yield
tenacity
noun-perseverance; the condition of holding firmly to (a thing, idea, or act)
eschew
verb-to take care to avoid; shun
proclivity
noun-a natural inclination or predisposition
charlatan
noun-a person who claims to have knowledge or skill that he does not have; an imposter
soporific
adj-inducing or tending to induce sleepiness and drowsiness
propitious
adj- presenting favorable circumstances; kindly and gracious
quagmire
noun- a difficult or precarious situation from which extrication is almost impossible.
burgeon
verb- to develop rapidly, flourish, or grow.
heinous
adj- grossly wicked, vile, or abominable
miscreant
noun- evil-doer or villain; infidel or heretic
staid
adj-prudently reserved in color and style, manner or behavior
vociferous
adj- characterized by loudness and vehemence
wizened
verb/adj- shriveled and dried up
disparity
noun-the condition or fact of being unequal; difference, dissimilarity
maverick
noun-one who refuses to abide by the dictates of others; a dissenter
martinet
noun-a person who demands absolute adherence to rules
timorous
adj-full of apprehensiveness, timid
brazen
adj-made of brass; having a loud, resonant sound like a brass instrument; also impudently bold or shameless
efficacy
noun-power or capacity to produce the desired effect; effectiveness
ambivalence
noun-the existence of mutually conflicting emotions or thoughts, such as love and hate together, about some person, object, or idea;
bevy
noun-a group or assembly; also a group of animals or birds, esp. quail
churlish
adj-boorish, vulgar, difficult or intractable, stingy
convoluted
adj-coiled, twisted; intricate; complicated
audacious
adj-fearlessly daring or bold, also lacking restraint as in impertinent or insolent (disrespectfully bold
effulgence
noun- a resplendent radiance; effulgent (adj) shining forth brilliantly
lambaste
trans. verb: to give a thrashing to, to beat severely; verbal: to scold sharply, attack or berate
pernicious
adj. -very destructive or deadly; causing great harm
nefarious
adj.-extremely wicked or villainous; heinous
plethora
noun-overabundance or excess, more than enough
assuage
verb-to soften; to ease or lessen, make milder or less severe
irascible
adj-easily provoked to anger, irritable, short-tempered
supercilious
adj-haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression.
incongruous
adj-inconsistent with expectations; inappropriate