10 terms

Unit 4 Vocabulary

Prep Amer Lit & Comp
odyssey (OD uh see)
(noun) long, adventurous journey [SYN: wandering, roaming, expedition]
protean (PRO tee un)
(adjective ) readily changing form or character [SYN: changeable, variable, adaptable]
fiasco (fee ASS ko)
(noun) complete or ridiculous failure [SYN: failure, disaster, debacle (dih BAH kul)]
idiosyncrasy (id ee uh SING kruh see)
(noun) personal peculiarity [SYN: oddity, mannerism, quirk]
quintessence (kwin TES uns)
(noun) most essential part or quality; perfect example [SYN: essence, model, epitome]
rankle (RANG kul)
(verb) cause bitterness, hatred, resentment [SYN: irritate, anger, fester]
decimate (DES uh mate)
(verb) destroy or kill a large part of [SYN: destroy, slaughter, annihilate]
narcissism (NAR suh siz um)
(noun) extreme self-love or self-admiration [SYN: self-centeredness, vanity, egotism]
succumb (suh KUM)
(verb) give in, give up, yield; die [SYN: submit, surrender, concede]
incumbent (in KUM bent)
(noun) holder of an office or position; (adjective) holding an office or position; resting as a duty or obligation; required [SYN: (adj.) required, compulsory, obligatory]

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