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Wordly Wise Book 9 Lessons 1-6

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bewail
v. to express deep regret or sorrow over
destitute
adj. without resources or possessions, especially the necessities of life
lacking; devoid of
detract
v. to take away, especially from the value, beauty, or importance of
emancipate
v. to set free from slavery; to liberate
extol
v. to praise highly
flamboyant
adj. excessively showy; unrestrained
impetus
n. a driving force; anything that causes an action
Increased activity resulting from a driving force
insuperable
adj. incapable of being overcome or defeated
intermittent
adj. not continuous; happening at intervals
maxim
n. A general truth or rule of conduct; a short saying
obligatory
adj. required or demanded
plumb
v. to measure the depth of water
To reach the deepest part of
To understand by examining closely; to solve
adj. Straight up and down; vertical
vagabond
n and adj. A person who wanders from place to plcae
visage
n. A face, especially one that expresses feelings
wheedle
v. to coax by using sly persuasion or insincere praise
To gain by using sly persuasion or insincere praise
alacrity
n. promptness in responding
Eagernes
array
n. A large group of people or things
An orderly arrangement or display
v. to place in order
To dress up
deduce
v. To draw a conclusion from given facts
encumber
v. to weigh down or burden
To impede the action of
fraught
adj. full of or accompanied by (usually followed by with)
haphazard
adj. marked by lack of plan, order, or direction
incontrovertible
adj. impossible to dispute; unquestionable
inexplicable
adj. hard to explain or impossible to understand
ingenious
adj. marked by imagination, resourcefulness, or cleverness
laggard
adj and n. one who falls behind others because of moving slowly or loitering; a straggler
sustenance
n. something that provide nourshiment; food needed to live
torrid
adj. intensly hot and dry
Burning with passion
traverse
v. To pass over, across, or through
ubiquitous
adj. appearing to present in large numbers or in many different places
zenith
n. the highest point; the peak
The point in the sky directly above the observer
allude
v. To refer to in an indirect way (used with to)
consecrate
v. to set apart as holy
To dedicate to a cause; to devote
disseminate
v. to scattter or spread widely
dote
v. to show excessive fondness for (used with on or upon)
exhort
v. to urge strongly; to warn or appeal
feckless
adj. careless or irresponsible
implicate
v. to show to be involved with something, especially something dishonest or illegal
lament
v. to feel or express grief
monetary
adj. of or relating to money or currency
pensive
adj. deep in thought; dreamily thoughtful
pomp
n. a showy or dignified display
stilted
adj. artificially stiff or formal in manner
subjugate
v. to bring under control; to conquer
trauma
adj and n. a severe bodily ingury
Emotional shock
wanton
adj. ignoring what is right
Excessive or unrestrained
Playful or frolicsome
adage
n. an old saying that has come to be accepted as true; a proverb
camaraderie
n. good will and warm feelings among friends
contend
v. to struggle with
To maintain or assert
n. A conflict or struggle
A point made in an argument
extraneous
adj. not necessary; irrelevant
hubbub
n. noisy confusion; uproar
meander
v. to follow a winding course
To wander aimlessly
odoriferous
adj. having or giving off a smell
paraphernalia
n. personal belongings
Equipment associated with a particular activity
punctilious
adj. careful of and attentive to details, especially ones relating to good manners and behavior
recuperate
v. to regain health or strength
regale
v. to entertain or delight
sedentary
adj. doing or requiring a lot of sitting
Spartan
adj. marked by simplicity and lack of luxury
temporal
adj. relating to the everyday world as opposed to that which is spiritual or eternal
wry
adj. turned or bent to one side in distaste or humor
Amusing in a quiet but sharp way
callow
adj. young and inexperienced; immature
contemporary
n. a person living during the same period as another
adj. existing or occurring at the same time
cynical
adj. doubtful of the sincerity of others' motives; skeptical
despot
adj and n. a ruler with absolute power or tyrannical control over a group of people
enunciate
v. to pronounce clearly
to state; to announce
impediment
n. anything that gets in the way; an obstacle
impoverish
adj and v. to make poor
To take away
indolent
adj. indulging in ease; avoiding exertion; lazy
sagacious
adj. showing sound judgment; wise
secular
adj. wordly; not connected with a church or religion
speculate
v. to think about or make guesses
To engage in a risky business venture
strife
n. conflict or struggle
venerate
v. to show great respect for
voracious
adj. ravenous; desiring and eating a large amount of food
Greatly eager
wane
v. to get smaller; dimmer; or weaker; to near an end
apropos
adj. fitting the occasion; suitable or apt.
ascendancy
n. controlling influence; domination
assess
v. to analyze and determine the nature, value, or importance of
aver
v. to declare positively; to state as the truth
concede
v. to admit to be true; often reluctantly
To grant or let have
deficient
adj. lacking
dogma
n. an unproven principle or belief held to be true
adj. overly positive and assertive about something that cannot be proved
embody
v. to put an idea into a form that can be seen
to make part of a system; incorporate
impart
v. to make known; disclose
to bestow
oratory
n. the art of public speaking
n. a public speaker
propagate
v. to reproduce
To cause to reproduce
To foster the spread of
rudimentary
adj. not yet fully developed
Elementary
sojourn
n. a visit or temporary stay
v. to stay for a while
vociferous
adj. making one's feelings known in a loud way