30 terms

Vocabulary for the College Bound (green) lessons 11-12

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capitulate
to surrender
catalyst
a substance that alters the rate
caustic
able to burn, eat away, or destroy by chemical action; sarcastic or cutting in speech
hierarchy
a group of persons arranged in order of rank
homogeneous
having or consisting of the same parts; similar
hypocritical
insincere, false
iconoclast
a person who attacks and seeks to overthrow popular ideas
piety
a pious act or thought; devotion to religious duties and practices
placid
calm; peaceful
pompous
acting with high dignity
sumptuous
of a size or splendor suggesting great expense
surmise
to reach a conclusion on slight evidence; to guess, to presume
surreptitious
acting in a secret way
susceptible
easily influenced or affected by; disposed to
validate
to confirm or support; to verify
celestial
of or related to the sky or universe; heavenly
chronic
lasting for a long time
clairoyance
the alleged power to see things not present to the senses
impartial
favoring no side or party more than another
implausible
not believable
inadvertent
accidental, unintential
ponderous
very heavy
prodigious
wonderful; amazing; of great size, power, or extent
profusion
great in quantity or amount; abundance
sycophant
someone who attempts to win favor through flattery
tawdry
cheap and gaudy; showy sleazy
vicarious
imagined participation in another experience
vanguard
the front or leading position in an army or movement
vicissitude
a sudden or unexpected change in one's life
pretentious
making an exaggerated show of dignity