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Vocab. List #13

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staid
straight-laced and serious, unadventurous
candor
Honesty
condescend
to act as if you are better than someone
collusion
(n.) a secret agreement or cooperation
aphorism
a short saying
cajole
(v.) to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises
carouse
to party in a lively setting with alcohol and dancing, etc.
rancorous
showing hatred or ill-will
aghast
struck by amazement, shocked
celestial
Having to do with the sky or heavens
fabricate
(v.) to make, manufacture; to make up, invent
correlation
connection between facts or events
rampant
widespread
dissonance
a lack of harmony or lack of agreement
daft
foolish
presume
to take for granted or assume something is true
prophetic
describes something or someone that predicts the future
defame
to destroy someone's reputation
tryst
a secret meeting
excursion
a trip or outing
indifferent
having no feelings, not caring one way or the other
impervious
unable to pass through or enter
elocution
the art of public speaking
fatuous
silly, foolish
nonchalant
without concern
burly
very stocky and muscled
paramount
having superior power and influence
uncanny
strange and mysterious, of super natural origin
vicarious
experienced through the actions of someone else
soothsayer
a fortune teller
staus quo
*bonus
the existing state or condition of things
exalt
to hold someone in very high regard
douse
to drench
goad
to urge or provoke to take action
hail
to come from
invective
a verbal attack
maxim
a common saying (usually one of advice)
portly
chubby and round
mollify
to calm, soften in temper
stupefy
to astound
magnum opus
the greatest work done by an artist or writer
dutiful
careful to fulfill obligations and responsibilities
erroneous
mistaken, incorrect
myriad
a great number of something
pittance
a very small amount
forsake
to abandon, neglect
divisive
causing conflict
pliable
flexible, bendable
serendipity
a happy event that happens by chance, good luck
preponderance
a heat amount of frequency
pithy
brief in language, direct
whimsical
impulsive, acting on a fancy rather than thinking first
restitution
compensation
altercation
a heated argument or quarrel
wrath
anger with a desire to seek revenge
mortify
to make someone feel ashamed or humiliated
abate
to ease , lessen, or make less severe
virtuoso
a person with great skill, (often a musician)
turbulent
full of violent motion and agitation, sudden unrest
predilection
a particular liking or preference for something
evanescence
lasting a short time, fading away gradually
abject
of the most miserable kind
acumen
keen insight, wisdom
brash
assertive in a rude, noisy manner
boisterous
loud and energetic
wily
cunning, crafty, tricky
abstinence
act of refraining from indulging in something (such as alcohol)
capricious
unpredictable, impulsive
burgeon
to blossom, to begin to grow rapidly
vocation
one's work or professional calling
misogyny
hatred of women
salient
conspicuous and significant
seminal
original and groundbreaking
stagnate
to be idle, to be still
timorous
fearful
tantamount
equal in value or significance
torpid
lazy
harbinger
a messenger bringing news
baleful
harmful, threatening
bide
to wait
abet
to assist with or encourage something wrong
brazen
bold and assertive without care for what others think
camaraderie
cheerful unity among a group
clairvoyant
able to see the future, psychic powers
cosmopolitan
worldly, sophisticated
provincial
unsophisticated, narrow minded
exemplary
so excellent that it serves as an example
foster
to stimulate, promote, encourage
irascible
easily angered
infuse
to fill
plethora
a great number, an abundance
discrete
separate, distinct, individual
discreet
careful with language to avoid causing hurt
henchmen
a trusted follower or supporter (often in politics or crime)
inclement
stormy, cold weather
histrionic
excessively emotional and dramatic
portentous
foreshadowing evil, ominous
livid
very angry, or discolored or bruised
revel
to enjoy
conduit
a pipe, channel