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English Semester 1 Vocab

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sycophant
someone who uses flattery to try to get what he/she wants
pernicious
intending to cause harm
ubiquitous
present or existing everywhere
nonsequitur
a statement that doesn't logically follow a conversation
diatribe
a bitter verbal attack
slipshod
showing a lack of care or thought
nefarious
wicked or criminal
precursor
a person or thing that comes before another of a similar kind
impregnable
unable to be captured or broken into
demure
shy or modest
Jingoistic
overly patriotic
implacable
unable to be calmed down or made peaceful
affinity
natural skill
coquette
a woman who flirts to get what she wants
harangue
a long, strongly expressed, aggressive speech or lecture
bemoan
express discontent or sorrow over
misogynist
hater of women
abhor
to hate
talisman
object with magical powers to bring good luck
placid
not easily upset or excited
bovine
in the manner of a cow
facetious
treating serious issues with inappropriate humor
contrite
deeply remorseful for a bad action
erudite
showing great knowledge or learning
anomaly
something that deviates from what is expected or normal
noxious
very harmful
bilk
to cheat someone out of money
replete
well-supplied with something
blasphemy
profane talk about holy or sacred things
absolution
formal release from guilt or punishment
cantankerous
argumentative and uncooperative
deride
to verbally rip apart
debacle
a disaster
temerity
excessive or foolish boldness
ennui
dissatisfaction or exhaustion caused by boredom
abstain
restrain oneself from doing or enjoying something
haughty
arrogantly superior
tenacious
not letting go of or giving up on something one holds dear
acquiesce
accept something reluctantly but without protest
lampoon
publicly ridicule
curmudgeon
a bad-tempered person
sojourn
a temporary stay
gregarious
fond of company
augment
to increase
insidious
advancing in a gradual way to cause harm