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English Lit Vocab 6

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anomalous
(adj) Abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual
aspersion
(n) an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
bizarre
(adj) Extremely strange, unusual, atypical
brusque
(adj) Abrupt, blunt, with no formalities
cajole
(v), to persuade with false promises and flattery
castigate
(v), to criticize or punish severely
contrive
(v), come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
demagogue
(n), A leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
disabuse
(v), to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking
ennui
(n), boredom
fetter
(n), a shackle for the ankles or feet
heinous
(adj), shockingly brutal or cruel
immutable
(adj), Not subject to change, constant; unchangeable
insurgent
(n), a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
megalomania
(n), a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc., far in excess of reality
sinecure
(n), an office that involves minimal duties
surreptitious
(adj), conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
transgress
(v), pass beyond (limits or boundaries)
transmute
(v), change or alter in form, appearance, or nature
vicarious
(adj), suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another