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165 terms

Stracco Vocab Dimension 1 Part 1

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foible
a minor character flaw
ostracize
reject; banish, to exclude from a group by popular consent
caveat
A warning, or caution
catharsis
a cleansing and purging of emotional or spiritual stress
palliate
to cloak; to conceal the truth; to offer lame excuses
axiom
self-evident truth
ennui
listlessness; boredom
vacillate
to sway to and fro, to fudge
caprice
a turning of the mind
assuage
to mitigate; to lessen pain, physical or emotional
chagrin
humilition or embarrassment
specious
having a deceptive appearance of truth (false)
dotage
state of foolishness, especially in the elderly
expurgate
to purge; to cleanse
fulminate
to explode
grotesque
incongruous
ecdysiast
one who sheds outer layers
fickle
inconstant; changeable
fortnight
two weeks of time
holocaust
Widespread destruction by fire
chimera
a fanciful illusion
avuncular
having characteristics of a benevolent uncle
bane
a person or thing that ruins or spoils
calumniate
to deceive
Frenetic
frantic; frenzied
Imprecation
curse, evil invocation
Turgid
swollen; inflated
Nirvana
an ideal condition of rest and harmony; stability
Alpha and Omega
the beginning and end; all-in-all
Nebulous
hazy, indistinct
Vicissitude
sudden or unexpected turns often encountered in one's life, life's ups and downs
Unctuous
oily; smooth
banter
playful teasing
expunge
to strike or blot out, to wipe out or destroy
Titillate
to excite pleasurably, to tickle
Swastika
Nazi tyranny, good-luck charm
Sesquicentennial
reaching 150 years
cenotaph
the washington monument for example
austere
harsh or severe
licentious
unrestrained
apocalypse
discovery; prophetic revelation, plagues of humankind
vagary
purposeless, unpredictable, capricious
demagogue
a leader who makes false promises to gain power
torpid
slow, dull, apathetic, lethargic
inimical
hostile; harmful, an enemy
parochial
provincial; narrow
truckle
to submit; to be subservient
charisma
personal charm that allows one to hold sway over people
akimbo
hands on hips, elbows bent
peremptory
absolute; autoritative
asinine
silly: stupid
vestige
trace; remnant
monolithic
massive; solid
cursory
hasty; superficial
obelisk
4-sided tapered pillar; mark of reference
audacious
reckless; intrepid, bold, adventurous
penchant
a preference; strong taste for
obfuscate
to confuse; to obscure
impugn
attack; fight against, opposed or attacked as false
explicate
to explain fully
obtuse
dull; blunt, lacking sharpness (of the mind)
adamant
inflexible; unyielding
virulent
toxic; hateful
penury
destitution; dire need, poverty
emulate
try to equal; imitate
exult
to be elated, to jump for joy
facade
a false appearance
exigency
an emergency
heinous
hateful
exculpate
to clear of guilt or blame
euphemism
inoffensive expression
euphoria
a feeling of well being
flatulent
bragging; pompous; gassy
exurb
area beyond the suburbs
poltergeist
a noisy; impish ghost
brogue
grip, hold, irish accent
idiosyncracy
peculair trait; eccentricity
exude
ooze; display abundantly
catholic
universal
histrionic
theatrical, artifical
pontiff
spiritual leader, pope
anachronism
chronologically out of place
banal
lacking originality, stale
bellwether
an indicator of trends; a leader
quintessence
purest; most concentrated form
rue
regret; repent, type of plant
ephemeral
short-lived
sub rosa
secretly
poignant
heartrending; touching
coruscate
sparkle
nepotism
favoring one's relatives or friends in making important appointments
recondite
abstruse; obscure, to conceal
pogrom
organized massacre of defenseless people
clairvoyant
able to see things that are not visible; having second sight
carouse
to make merry; imbibe
carnal
sensual; fleshly
anthology
collection of literary, musical, or artistic works
bifurcate
divide into two parts
asperity
harshness; roughness
spurious
counterfeit; specious
acrimony
bitter; sour, sharpness or harshness
sycophant
apple polisher; flatterer, yes-man
trepidation
anxiety; apprehension
implacable
inexorable; unrelenting, not able to be satisfied
harass
to torment continually; besiege
manifest
visible; easily understood, to make known
nexus
a link; connection
mordant
caustic; incisive, sharp, biting
decadent
decayed; corrupt
melee
a jumble; brawl
vicarious
experiencing through imagination
debilitate
to weaken; wear out
indomitable
invincible; inconquerable
emasculate
to weaken; devitalize
jargon
gibberish; argot; idiom
aberrant
irregular; abnormal
digress
to turn aside; deviate from
humor
fluid or moisture, sluggish
millennium
a period of great happiness or holiness, 1000 years
contumacy
stubborn resistance to authority
convivial
affable; gregarious, friendly
kaleidoscope
an optical instrument containing bits of colorful glass
ecumenical
universal; all-encompassing
nostrum
potion; remedy
splenetic
irritable; spiteful
animosity
hatred; antagonism
travail
anguish; suffering
feckless
ineffective; incompetent, useless
pusillanimous
cowardly; apprehensive
epitaph
commemoration for a deceased person
antemeridian
before noon
pernicious
tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly; causing great harm; destructive
droll
whimsical; offbeat, amusing in an odd way
machination
scheme; conspiracy
cenotaph
monument to honor someone whose body is buried elsewhere
officious
interfering; meddlesome
vitiate
invalidate; corrupt
altruism
humanitarian; unselfish, concerned for the welfare of others
tsunami
tidal wave
inveterate
habitual; inured
venial
pardonable
attrition
the act of weakening, exhausting by constant harassment or abuses
caldron
large kettle
dissipate
squander; dispel
myriad
a great number, as stars in the sky
gambit
ploy; ruse
tyro
a novice; beginner.
accolade
award; citation, any form of public praise
maelstrom
whirlpool; uproar
supplicate
to implore; to beg
deprecate
to express serious disapproval; belittle
attenuate
to reduce in force, intensity, quality, or value
pedagogue
teacher-like manner
repugnant
arousing disgust or repulsion
pugnacious
eager to fight
inculpate
to assign guilt or blame
placate
to satisfy
eviscerate
to deprive of vital force or essential parts
phlegmatic
apathy or calmness
melancholy
sad
sanguine
cheerful
choleric
grouchy
postmeridian
after midday
epithet
phrase to characterize someone
venal
capable of being bought or sold