E7H / EWP 190 Vocab List #6 Mr. Marx HSES (from Walden by Henry David Thoreau)

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sojourn
(verb) to inhabit temporarily or stay for a limited time in a certain place
obtrude
(verb) to thrust something upon another person, usually without cause or invitation
factitious
(adj.) artificial or manufactured; not natural or spontaneous
depreciate
(verb) to lessen the value or price of something; to belittle or give little value to something
gratuitous
(adj.) done without cause or justification; also, given or obtained without charge or payment
frivolous
(adj.) lacking seriousness or sensibility; not worthy of serious consideration
cower
(verb) to crouch or cringe, as in fear or shame
resignation
(noun) an attitude of acceptance towards to something that cannot be changed or avoided
console (pronounced con-SOLE)
(verb) to provide solace or comfort; to ease sorrow or disappointment
catechism
(noun) a list of the basic principles of a particular religion or worldview
belie
(verb) to contradict or show to be false; to misrepresent
avail
(verb) to be of use, value or advantage; to be in one's own benefit
lumbering
(adj.) moving clumsily or heavily, especially when possessing or carrying a large weight
constitution
(noun) the physical character of the body with regard to its strength or health
indispensable
(adj.) absolutely necessary or essential
hindrance (here spelled hinderance)
(noun) something that presents an obstacle or impediment
benefactor
(noun) one who provides a helpful or kindly service, often through money or patronage
impartial
(adj.) fair or unbiased; not prejudiced towards or against any particular side
magnanimity
(noun) the state of being generous or noble-minded, and of rising above petty matters
progenitor
(noun) an ancestor, particularly one who serves as a model for future generations to follow
enervate
(verb) to deprive of strength or courage; to weaken or destroy the vigor of
procure
(verb) to obtain by effort or the use of special means
divest
(verb) to strip or dispossess oneself of clothing, property or rights
soirée
(noun) an evening party or social gathering
behold
(verb) to observe or look at
grotesque
(adj.) fantastically ugly or absurd; odd or unnatural in shape or appearance
consecrate
(verb) to make something into an object of honor or sacred respect; to hallow or elevate
whimsical
(adj.) erratic or unpredictable; spontaneously fanciful or playful, as a person given to whims
behoove
(verb) to be in one's own benefit or to one's advantage
lest
(conjunction) for fear that; so as to prevent any possibility of a certain bad outcome
mausoleum
(noun) a magnificent tomb; an above-ground burial place, often for a family of people
vex
(verb) to irritate, annoy or provoke; to distress or trouble
callous
(adj.) insensitive or unsympathetic, usually as a result of repeated exposure to something
abode
(noun) a dwelling place or habitation; the place in which a person resides
commodious
(adj.) roomy or spacious; ample or convenient for a particular purpose
pecuniary
(adj.) monetary or relating to money
unwieldy
(adj.) not easily handled or managed; awkward or cumbersome
precept
(noun) a commandment or direction that is given as a rule of action for others to follow
apotheosize
(verb) to glorify or idealize; to ascribe divine status to something or someone
retinue
(noun) the group of servants or assistants who attend upon an important or high-class person
bolster
(verb) to support or uphold, usually by adding extra reinforcement or cushioning
bauble (here spelled bawble)
(noun) a flashy but cheap ornament or trinket; a useless toy
somnolence
(noun) drowsiness or sleepiness
aurora
(noun) the dawn (named after the Greek goddess of dawn)
cessation
(noun) a ceasing or stopping; a discontinuance or pause
transpire
(verb) to occur or take place
forsake
(verb) to abandon or desert; to give up something that one was formerly attached to
paltry
(adj.) ridiculously or insultingly small; utterly worthless or insignificant
Spartan
(adj.) frugal or austere, without excess or luxury; strictly disciplined
sublime
(adj.) elevated or lofty; possessing a sense of grandeur or divine inspiration
founder (as a verb)
(verb) to become full of water and sink, like a ship or boat; to fail completely
sentinel
(noun) a person who stands guard and watches for any new developments (such as threats)
culminate
(verb) to reach the highest point of development; to reach the final stage of a process
apprehend
(verb) to understand or grasp the meaning of; also, to arrest and escort into police custody
perturbation
(noun) mental disturbance or agitation; the state of being uneasy or upset
meridian
(noun) a dividing line that runs along the middle and divides a space into two equal parts
faculties
(noun) the powers of the mind or body; one's inherent capabilities or functions
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