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Vocab List 4 (166-220)

Vocab List #4 for words 166-220.
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adroit
adj - dexterous, proficient , skillful
adulation
n - excessive flattery, adoration, idolization
adulterate
v - to make impure or inferior, contaminate, pollute
advocate
v - to argue for a cause, defend; support, uphold
aesthete
n - person who cultivates beauty of art, connoisseur
blithe
adj - happy, pleased, delighted
circumlocution
speaking in a roundabout manner; speaking in circles
clamor
loud noise or complaint, commotion, din
clandestine
furtive, secret
clemency
mercy, compassion
cloister
concent, monastery, religious place
desecrate
contaminate, defile
desist
discontinue or stop, cease
desolate
alone, without hope of comfort
despoil
ravage, rob, loot
despot
dictator, tyrant, totalitarian
diatribe
extreme, bitter, and abusive speech
empathize
identify with, understand
emulate
to model, to pattern
enervate
to exhaust or weaken, debilitate
engender
to generate, produce, or cause
enigmatic
cryptic, mysterious
fecund
prolific, productive
felicity
great happiness, bliss
garrulous
talkative, loquacious
giddy
scatterbrained, silly
haughty
arrogant, disdainful, blatantly proud
hearten
to encourage, to give strength
inasupicious
unfavorable
inaudible
faint, soft ,hard to hear
inception
the start or beginning of something
incipient
embryonic, developing, in beginning stages
knave
a dishonest, deceitful person, a rogue
languish
to decline, dimish, weaken
largess
charity, gift
meander
to twist, bend, zigzag
mediate
to act as a go between in settling conflicts
nascent
beginning, incipient
nebulous
unclear, vague, indefinite
obviate
to make unnescessary
peripheral
marginal, outer, surrounding
perspicacious
astute, keen, perceptive
philistine
barbarian,
pique
to irritate or offend
pithy
brief, consice
refractory
unmanageable, obstinate
refurbish
to overhaul, remodel
regiment
an administration
relic
custom or object that has been around for a very long time
spurn
to reject
squalor
sever poverty
strident
hard, piercing
temerity
rashness, audacity, recklessness
verbose
wordy, talkative
xenophobe
one who dislikes strangers of foreigners