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Vocabulary Unit 1: Definitions

Vocabulary: Unit 1 Definitions
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approbation
The expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise
assuage
to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease
coalition
a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose
decadence
decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence
elicit
to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)
expostulate
to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning
hackneyed
used so often as to lack freshness or originality
hiatus
a gap, opening, break (in the sense of having an element missing)
innuendo
a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)
intercede
to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement
jaded
wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satiated by excessive indulgence)
lurid
causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color, terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint
meritorious
worthy, deserving recognition and praise
petulant
peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset
prerogative
a special right or privilege, a special quality showing excellence
provincial
pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook
simulate
to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of
transcend
to rise above or beyond, exceed
umbrage
shade cast by trees; foilage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment; a vague suspicion
unctuous
excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety