3rd Quarter Vocabulary

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milieu
the social, cultural surroundings
fortuitous
happening by chance; fortunate
assiduous
Hard-working
heedless
Careless, thoughtless, unmindful
expeditious
Done with speed and efficiency
pedantic
showing off learning; bookish;
courtesan
a prostitute associated with a rich, powerful or upper-class man
boudoir
a lady's bedroom or private sitting room
pandemic
An epidemic that is geographically widespread and affects a large proportion of the population
sated
Satisfied fully, indulged to excess
effigy
A crude image of a despised person
chimera
(Greek mythology) fire-breathing she-monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail
elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech
primer
A textbook for young children
epitaph
(n.) a brief statement written on a tomb or gravestone
clochard
tramp; vagrant; hobo
croupier
someone who collects and pays bets at a gaming table
manifesto
A PUBLIC DECLARATION OF BELIEFS OR PRINCIPLES, USUALLY POLITICAL ONES
precipice
A very steep cliff
sickle
a hand-held agricultural tool with a curved blade typically used for harvesting grain crops
altruistic
(adj.) unselfish, concerned with the welfare of others
condone
Overlook, tolerate, regard as harmless
lament
To express sorrow or regret; to mourn
magnanimous
Generous in spirit
upbraid
to scold sharply
castigate
(v.) to punish severely; to criticize severely
indolent
lazy
indignant
Angered at something unjust or wrong
insipid
lacking interest or flavor
impetuous
quick to act without thinking
redoubtable
(of a person) Formidable, esp. as an opponent:
extoll
praised highly
disparage
regard or represent as being of little worth
redolent
fragrant, suggestive or evocative
epigones
A less distinguished follower or imitator
penchant
A strong attraction or inclination
erudite
learned; scholarly; bookish
lepidopterist
Studies butterflies and moths
salchow
a figure-skating jump