36 terms

Everyday Classic Vocab Lesson 3

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animal
a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
aggrandizement
to widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend
viaduct
bridge consisting of a series of arches supported by piers used to carry a road (or railroad) over a valley
grandiose
impressive because of unnecessary largeness or grandeur
devious
deviating from a straight course
equanimity
calmness of temperament; composure
jury
a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law
recapitulate
summarize briefly
Jurisdiction
(law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law
mutant
an animal that has undergone mutation, a gene, animal, organism or cell that has mutated; offensive term; odd thing strange looking
Gregarious
seeking and enjoying the company of others
Purge
an act of removing by cleansing
Extenuating
partially excusing or justifying
Capital
a seat of government
Congregate
come together, usually for a purpose
Collect
get or bring together
Pedal
a lever that is operated with the foot
Assent
agreement with a statement or proposal to do something
Via
by a route that touches or passes through; by way of
Sacrilege
blasphemous behavior
Eligible
qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen
Decapitation
killing by cutting off the head
Purgatory
(theology) in Roman Catholic theology the place where those who have died in a state of grace undergo limited torment to expiate their sins
Grandiloquence
Pompous, stately speech; fancy but empty language
Animosity
a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
Segregation
the act of segregating or sequestering
Presentiment
Foreboding.
Pusillanimous
cowardly; fainthearted
Tenuous
having little substance or strength; shaky; unsure, weak
Election
the act of selecting someone or something
Mutation
a change or alteration in form or qualities
Mutable
capable of or tending to change in form or quality or nature
Pedestrian
a person who travels by foot
Abjure
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
Impediment
any structure that makes progress difficult
Dissension
disagreement among those expected to cooperate