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Kenzie's Personal Vocabulary List

Personal Vocabulary List 2010-2011 Beaver Country Day School
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Refute
overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
Forsake
to give up, renounce; to leave, abandon
Sacrilege
(n) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
Perjury
criminal offense of making false statements under oath
Alarmist
a person who alarms others needlessly
Entreaty
a heartfelt plea or request
Sheath
a case or covering for the blade of a sword, dagger, or the like.
Evenhanded
impartial, fair
Belligerent
combative; quarrelsome; waging war
Transmute
change in outward structure or looks
stratagem
an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
revere
to worship; to honor
vindicate
show to be right by providing justification or proof
devoid
not having or using, lacking
archetype
an original model or pattern
Maim
to cripple; mutilate; disable
resuscitate
to revive, bring back to consciousness or existence
toil
to work long and hard; to make one's way with difficulty; hard and tiring labor
dominion
sovereignty; a territory of influence or control; a supreme authority
iota
a very small part or quantity
bumpkin
an unsophisticated, awkward person
(yokel)
yokel
not very intelligent or interested in culture
(bumpkin)
gnu
large African antelope having a head with horns like an ox and a long tufted tail
halitosis
the condition of having foul smelling breath
criminate
bring an accusation against
hedonist
one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life
pilfer
to steal repeatedly small amounts or things that are of little value
deltoid
shoulder muscle
hyperbolize
to exaggerate, embellish, overstate
brunt
main impact or shock
glut
(v.) to provide more than is needed or wanted; to feed or fill to the point of overstuffing; (n.) an oversupply
potpourri
a collection of diverse or miscellaneous items; a general mixture; petals mixed with spices for scent
conjecture
inference; guesswork
courtship
behavior patterns that lead up to copulation or gamete release
roomer
persons who rent and live in rooms in a house
heed
mind
vice
in place of
sonny
a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)
dinghy
small boat
introspection
the act of looking at one's inner self
tram
streetcar
impudence
the trait of being rude and impertinent
indistinguishable
exactly alike
ornithologist
scientist who studies birds
delirium
state of violent mental agitation
marginal
producing at a rate that barely covers production costs
doggedness
persistance
adhere
stick to firmly
piety
religious devotion
unfounded
groundless, without substance, false
diligence
conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task
despondency
depression, dejection
vitality
an energetic style
peppy
full of energy
debility
weakness; incapacity