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English I - Vocab Sem 1 Finals

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assuage
to satisfy, to make less severe, to soothe
embellish
to makes something prettier by adding ornamental objects; to add fictitious details
petulant
cranky, irritable, and full of ill humor
segregate
separate from others or to keep things apart
wither
dried up, shrunken, shriveled
enrapture
to delight, to thrill, or give pleasure
guile
craft, cunning, deceitfulness
grandiose
grand and impressive, especially flashy and showy
photogenic
suitable, especially attractive for photography
surfeit
an overabundant amount of something, excess
abyss
a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm
adjunct
something added to another thing but not essential to it
atypical
not typical; not conforming to the type; irregular; abnormal
bereave
to deprive and make desolate, esp. by death
cajole
to persuade by flattery or promises; wheedle; coax
emulate
to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass
idiosyncrasy
a characteristic, habit, mannerism, that is peculiar to an individual
relinquish
to renounce or surrender; to give up; put aside or desist from
tyro
a beginner in learning anything; novice
yore
time past; of old, long ago
abhor
detest utterly; loathe; despise
bigot
a person who is intolerant of anything different than their beliefs
counterfeit
made in imitation; pretend; unreal
hamper
to hold back, hinder, and impede
kindle
to ignite, to excite, to get something started
laconic
using few words; concise
noxious
harmful or injurious to health or well-being
placid
pleasantly calm or peaceful; tranquil
remuneration
the act of rewarding or paying
talisman
an object that possesses powers; an amulet
abrasive
rough; coarse; harsh
bilk
cheat; defraud
covert
hidden; undercover
engender
to produce, cause, or give raise to
hangar
storage area
knotty
complex; difficult to solve
nuance
something subtle; a fine shade of meaning
plagiarism
taking credit for someone else's writing
renown
fame
tangent
going off of the main subject
abase
to reduce or lower; degrade
billow
to make rise or swell
cower
to crouch, as in fear or shame
enhance
to raise to a higher degree; intensify; magnify
harangue
a scolding, long, or intense verbal attack
labyrinth
a complicated or torturous arrangement; maze
nullify
to render or declare legally void or inoperative
plaintiff
a person who brings a suit in a court; petitioner
replete
abundantly supplied or provided; fulfilled
tangible
capable of being touched; material or substantial
abrogate
to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal
blasphemy
impious utterance or action concerning god or sacred things
credible
capable of being believed; believable
enigma
a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation
harbingers
a person who goes ahead and makes known the approach of another; herald
lexicon
a wordbook or dictionary, esp. of Greek, Latin, or Hebrew
nuzzle
to burrow or root with the nose, snout, etc., as an animal does
plaudit
an enthusiastic expression of approval
reprehensible
deserving of reproof, rebuke, or censure; blameworthy
tardy
late; behind time; not on time
absolution
a freeing from blame or guilt; release from consequences
blatant
brazenly obvious; flagrant; offensively noisy or loud
creditable
bringing or deserving credit, honor, reputation, or esteem
ensconce
to establish or settle firmly or comfortably
hasten
to move or act in as in a hurry
laceration
the result of lacerating; a rough, jagged tear
obdurate
unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn
plausible
having an appearance of truth or reason
reprieve
a respite from impending punishment; temporary relief
tawdry
gaudy; showy and cheap
adversary
a person or group that attacks another; enemy
augment
to make larger; enlarge in size, number, or strength
importune
to urge; to demand with urgency or persistence
malignant
very dangerous and harmful; to show ill will or hatred
portentous
ominously significant or indicative
posterity
all descendants of one person
propagate
to cause; to increase in number or amount
transgression
violation of a law, command, etc.; sin
tyranny
undue severity or harshness
vex
to irritate, annoy; to disturb
agate
a playing marble made of this substance, or of glass in imitation of it
beget
to procreate or generate
dainty
of delicate beauty; exquisite
fortnight
the space of fourteen nights and days; two weeks
knave
an unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest person
lineament
often a feature or detail of a face, body or figure, considered with respect to its outline or contour
obscure
to conceal or conceal by confusing
stint
to limit to a certain amount, number, share, or allowance, often unduly; set limits to; restrict
visage
the face, usually with reference to shape
wean
to withdraw from some object, habit, form of enjoyment, or the like