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53 terms

Wordly Wise Chapter 2

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apprise
to give notice to
boss
a person who employs or superintends workers
checkered
marked by numerous and various shifts or changes
deviltry
reckless or unrestrained mischievous behavior
egregious
extraordinary in some bad way
emetic
medicinal substance that induces vomiting
entente
an alliance of parties to such an understanding
execrable
utterly detestable
fauna
the animals of a given region or period considered as a whole
immanent
remaining within
insensate
without human feeling or sensitivity
lachrymose
tending to cause tears
neophyte
a beginner or novice
paradigm
a pattern or model
penumbra
the partial or imperfect shadow outside the complete shadow of an opaque body
quondam
former
tenet
any opinion, principle, doctrine, dogma
acumen
keen insight
atone
to make amends or reparation
bucolic
of or pertaining to shepherds
codicil
a supplement
dissension
strong disagreement
egress
the act or an instance of going
emolument
profit, salary, or fees from office or employment
equity
the quality of being fair or impartial
exegesis
critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text
fetish
any object or part of the body that causes a habitual erotic response or fixation
incursion
a hostile entrance into or invasion of a place or territory
itinerant
traveling from place to place
libation
a pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a deity
nuptial
of or pertaining to marriage or the marriage ceremony
patrimony
an estate inherited from one's father or ancestors
precedent
an example or instance used to justify later similar occurrences
sobriquet
a nickname
yaw
to deviate temporarily from a straight course
apocryphal
of doubtful authorship or authenticity
bludgeon
to violently strike or knock down
cacophony
a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds
deposition
removal from an office
divine
of or pertaining to a god
élan
a combination of style and vigour
enjoin
to direct or order to do something
eulogy
a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing
extrude
to thrust out
gigolo
a man living off the earnings or gifts of a woman
inhibit
to restrain, hinder, arrest, or check
jocose
given to or characterized by joking
machete
a large heavy knife used to clear underbrush and as a weapon
palpable
readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived
peccadillo
a very minor or slight sin or offense
progeny
a descendant or offspring
stentorian
very loud or powerful in sound
zephyr
a gentle, mild breeze