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19 terms

GD HAmLit WOTDs

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abjure
to recant, retract, forswear -- usually under pressure
antebellum
belonging to the period before war -- particularly the American Civil War
incognito
concealed identity
benevolent
good-hearted; kindly
anachronistic
chronologically misplaced
inauspicious
unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting bad luck for the future
vociferous
clamorous, conspicuously loud
deter
to discourage or prevent from doing
demotic
of or pertaining to the people; common; popular
sanguine
n., a blood red color
adj., confidently optimistic and cheerful
ubiquitous
being everywhere at once; omnipresent
zephyr
a gentle wind
laconic
speaking or writing sparingly; brief and to the point; crisp
disdain
n., disrespect; scorn; contempt
adj., to look with scorn on
transient
adj., impermanent, temporary, fleeting; n., one who only stays for a short time
sumptuous
involving large outlay or expense; costly; luxurious; rich
surreptitiously
stealthily; sneakily
efface
to eliminate evidence of; destroy; overshadow; erase
mitigate
to soften, alleviate, lessen